Web Site New and Improved
If you haven't surfed by Southwestern
College's Web site in the past month or so, it's time for another visit.
The college's cyber-presence, www.sckans.edu, has been re-designed and
has a fresh new look. Even more important than the look, though, is
a new navigation system that should make it even simpler to find your
Web producer Rhett Joy designed the site,
which places pages of most interest front and center. Prospective students,
alumni, and visitors to the college can find information and news by
clicking through such categories as "About SC," "Admission," "News and
Events," "Academics," "Professional Studies," and "Alumni." A new search
feature is displayed prominently.
Campus audiences (students, faculty, and
staff) find scholarship information, cafeteria menus, the daily electronic
newsletter and other features through campusNet.
The alumni front page also links to zMoundbuilders.com,
Southwestern's alumni portal to the latest news and off-campus information.
Joy continues to update and streamline
the site which, when he began the re-design, contained more than 9,000
pages. Terry Quiett, coordinator of the Center for Academic Technology,
is in charge of academic pages.
"A Web site is always a work in progress,
but I'm hopeful that visitors will be able to find their way around
Southwestern College's site in an easy, logical way," Joy adds.
Upcoming SC Alumni Events
Technology expert John Kuglin proved to
be a popular speaker at an education seminar held in conjunction with
Homecoming 2000-and Kuglin returned the compliments to Southwestern.
"John Kuglin speaks all over the nation,
but he said he couldn't remember the last time he had been on a campus
where he could just walk in to a classroom, plug in his equipment, and
be ready to present the seminar," says Victoria White, director of SC's
teacher education program.
About 70 educators, high school counselors,
and current education students attended the presentations.
"The response from people who attended
was so enthusiastic that we're considering having (Kuglin) back again,"
One teacher seconded the opinion: "That
was worth leaving my third graders for the day," she said. "I learned
so much and I am still trying to process the rest. If you bring him
back, I must know about it."
One million people have participated in
Disciple Bible studies, the United Methodist Publishing House has announced.
Richard Wilke, bishop in residence at Southwestern College, and his
wife, Julia, are co-authors of the popular study. The millionth participant
signed up in August. Disciple: Under the Tree of Life is scheduled for
release next year. Wilke will present the consecration message for Bishop-elect
Robert Solomon during the General Conference of the Methodist Church
in Singapore Dec. 8. He will be accompanied by Steve Wilke, vice president
for enrollment management at Southwestern, and the two will represent
the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry as they visit colleges
SC's men's cross country team won its 21st
consecutive KCAC title and women finished second during competition
in mid-November. As this issue of The Southwesterner went to press,
the men's team, Cassie Helmer, and Beth Barbiers were on their way to
participate in national championships. For up-to-date information, check
the cross country home page at www.sckans.edu.
Sarah Melcher, Ottawa junior, won first
place in her division at the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Convention at Kansas State University Oct. 26-28. The convention attracted
students from Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Kansas. Melcher is a
music education major with a minor in youth ministries. She also is
student director for the Keynotes group as it travels to area churches
for ministry and music. Brandi Henline, Augusta; Meagan Burns, Newton,
and Kristi Weaver, Wichita, also competed.
Theatre Joins Forces With Community Theatre in Schoolhouse Rock Live
Theatre at Southwestern has taken on an intergenerational
twist this year with the involvement of the Winfield Community Theatre.
The community theatre is in transition between venues (the Theatre Barn
at Winfield's fairgrounds was damaged beyond repair in 1999 floods)
and Roger Moon, director of Southwestern's theatre department, has invited
them to collaborate on several shows.
The traditional SC students participating in the recent
Schoolhouse Rock Live, for instance, got a glimpse of lifetime learning
when it comes to exercising creative energies. They worked alongside
lawyers, social workers, former school teachers, and homemakers-community
members who have been involved with theatre since their youth and continue
to stretch their skills.
Also participating in the show were 15 community children,
making the age range of cast and crew from five to about 65 years of
"On stage, the older people and the kids brought a freshness
to what we do here at school," says Megan Burns, a sophomore from Newton
who acted and served on the props crew for the show.
"The community theatre folks were so helpful and on-the-ball
committed to everything we were doing," she adds. "They were willing
to do the extra things. We worked very well as a team. There was no
separation between community people and students."
And the whole group kicked up their collective heels
on a multicolored Richardson stage to such Saturday morning cartoon
favorites as "Conjunction Junction, What's Your Function?" and the "Preamble
of the Constitution."
But the intergenerational experience will not stop
with Schoolhouse Rock Live.
Also scheduled for collaboration between the college
and the community is a December production, Last Stab, five directing
scenes done by the Directing II class; a March production, Six Characters
in Search of an Author, a serious drama; and an April showing, With
and Without, a festival of Becket and others.
"This is a good chance for community theatre members
to have an acting challenge in a drama," says Moon. "They can experiment
with characters or with sound, with stage design or lighting in a production
that is not bound by ticket sales."
Southwestern is a learning community, Moon stresses,
and the shows chosen for production here are not necessarily based on
what will sell, but are based on what the students can gain from the
experience. And this gives community members a chance to gain as well,