Campus Happenings

Spring is the season for recognition at Southwestern College, as outstanding students, faculty, and staff are honored.

SGA Citations were chosen by student vote, and went to Michael Tessmer, assistant professor of chemistry, and Alice Keith, faculty assistant in service learning, philosophy and religion.

Faculty and students choose Masterbuilders, the six graduating seniors who "best typify the spirit of Southwestern." This year, because of a tie in the voting, seven were named. Daniel Miller, Sweden; Andrea Schultz, Herington; Josh Smith, Newton; Amie Liebau, Cambridge; and Angela Tran, Augusta; Jonathan Conard, Salina, and John Nelson, Lenora.

Fassnacht Award winners were Reza Sarhangi, associate professor of mathematics and statistics; and Sharon Wright, administrative assistant to the dean of faculty.

Jim Strand, retiring professor of music, received the United Methodist Board of Higher Education and Ministry Exemplary Teaching Award.

News Briefs
Southwestern College has outgrown its phone numbers.

As a result of student body expansion and increased housing on campus, campus phone numbers will be changing July 14. Beginning then, Southwestern College phone numbers will begin with 229-6xxx, rather than 221-8xxx.

Phil Jarvis, director of information services, explains that for several months callers who use the old numbers will hear a recording asking them to update records to the new system.

The new system also will have the advantage of bringing consistency to campus numbers. For the past few years, as new numbers have been added, the prefix has differed from old numbers. Now all campus extensions (including the main campus number, 229-6000) will begin the same.

The only current phone numbers that will remain unchanged are the Horsefeathers and Applesauce box office (which will remain at 221-7720), Professional Studies Centers phone numbers, and the toll-free numbers.

A listing of the new phone numbers also will be on the Southwestern College Web site at by July 1.

The face of campus is changing again. Heavy equipment moved in after Commencement to clear the site immediately south of Wallingford Hall and west of the tennis courts, preparing for construction of a freshman women's residence hall. The new dorm is expected to be ready for use by fall 2001.

Also undergoing renovation and reconstruction this summer are parts of the Roy L. Smith Student Center, including the dining hall and the Book Cave. These renovations are a result of outsourcing agreements with Sodexho Marriott (food service) and Follett College Stores (bookstore).

A campus icon has been lost.

Genesis, the undulating bronze sculpture that has come to symbolize the integrative studies program and the Bridges conference, was stolen during the final weeks of the spring semester. It had been moved for use in a workshop sponsored by the integrative studies program, and was taken while waiting to be transported back to its secure site.

Purchased from sculptor Brent Collins as part of a Leadership Southwestern initiative, the stylized representation of a strand of DNA was a memorial to Joyce Focht '56, given by her family. Its value had been set at $25,000.

Police and college security forces are cooperating in the continuing investigation.

The third annual Bridges conference will attract international scholars to campus for workshops and presentations July 28-30.

Under the direction of mathematics faculty member Reza Sarhangi, "Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science" has become a widely renowned conference attracting mathematicians and artists from throughout the world.

This year presenters are expected from Italy, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Spain, and England, as well as from throughout the United States. Special guest once again will be Corey Cerovsek, international violinist, musician, and mathematician.

Special workshops for K-12 teachers will be presented during the conference.

For more information, check out the Web site at

Educators Hall of Fame

The first inductees into the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame were honored at a banquet April 29. Included in the first class are Linda Lungren '68, San Diego, Calif.; Larry Miller '71, Wakarusa; Bill Musick '39, Minneapolis; Brilla Highfill Scott '59, Lawrence; and P. Glenn Wooddell '63, Jeffersonville, N.Y. Shown accepting the awards are Roger Lungren '62 and Marilyn (Lungren) Houlden '61 (for Linda Lungren); Scott, and Miller. At left Verlene LeRock, Plainville, and Sondra Hickert, Hays, niece and grandniece of Marjorie Smith '27, receive the plaque honoring Smith as founder of the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame. Smith, who died in 1998 at the age of 94, left $44,000 to the college to establish the hall of fame. She was one of the first six inductees named to the hall. More information is available on the SC Web site.

'Live it Up at Homecoming'

Homecoming will draw Southwestern College alumni and friends to "Live It Up at SC" when the annual celebration is held Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 12 to 14.

Planning already is well underway for the celebration, which this year will feature reunions of classes ending in '0' and '5.' Special guests will be the golden year class of 1950.

In addition to traditional activities, Homecoming '00 will focus on education alumni and students, with an in-service training session and other special events set. John Kuglin, director of educational outreach at the University of Monatana - Missoula, will be keynote presenter during the Friday event.

An expert on the use of technology in the classroom, Kuglin also will lead break-out sessions along with other experts on technology. Graduate credit for the day's events will be available to teachers attending.

Kuglin, who also is executive director of NASA's Earth Observing Satellite, describes educators as finding themselves "staring into the box of a 5,000-piece technology puzzle."

"Most educational technology presentations address how technology is changing classroom instruction in theoretical terms," he says. "A few educators are able to tap into the excitement, envisioning all the learning possibilities. Others leave feeling dazed and confused, unable to link the pieces of the technology puzzle together. This presentation will demonstrate the availability of the puzzle pieces, and demystify the process for connecting them."

More details on Kuglin's work is available at his Web site, A full schedule of his presentations will be distributed as it becomes available.

Other events set for the Homecoming weekend include a golf scramble; the BuilderDash Fun Run and Walk; a parade; theatre presentations; campus tours; a reunion of football and cross-country teams; a tennis social; dances, and parties.

Information will be available by mail and via the Southwestern College Web site (, and a full schedule will be included in the fall issue of The Southwesterner.

For more details, contact the institutional advancement office, (316) 221-8231.