la ganadora es: Misty (McWilliams) Cunningham
first-grade students of Misty (McWilliams) Cunningham '99 are learning
about their world at the same time they learn their three R's. As a
result, Cunningham was awarded the first-ever Arkansas City Human Relations
award was presented at the annual banquet Feb. 12 of the Arkansas City
Human Relations Commission. It is the first-ever such individual award
given by the commission, with similar honors presented to a small and
a large business in the Arkansas City area.
Lisa Vetter nominated Cunningham for the award. "She has several ESL
(English as a Second Language) students in her classroom, so every day
she has a little Spanish class," Vetter explains. "She is trying so
hard to make the Spanish-speaking students comfortable."
who studied Spanish in college but did not major in it, is in her second
year of teaching at Francis Willard Elementary School in Arkansas City.
She splits a position with Katherine Scraper '98, teaching Title I in
the morning and taking over the first grade class in the afternoon for
math, science, and social studies.
award just fit very well with Misty. It's nice to hear all the kids
speaking Spanish," says Vetter.
innovation is not limited to her own classroom. She authored a $10,000
grant that has provided Francis Willard the resources to teach nutrition
in the classroom and at home. The grant is a pilot project with four
states (13 Kansas schools) participating. Students are taught good nutrition
and then allowed to get their hands in the dough by making their own
snacks. Training and consultation has been provided to the teachers
as part of the grant.
was a stand-out cross country runner at SC and is assistant cross country
coach at Arkansas City High School. -by Joni Rankin
Grants Aid Leadership Southwestern
Southwestern will receive more than $35,000 for its programs thanks
to two grants announced in the past few weeks.
$35,000 Faith in Action grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
will fund the coalition efforts of Leadership Southwestern with other
area groups that provide economic assistance to the elderly, children,
and single parent families.
college organization already has coalitions with such organizations
as the American Red Cross, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Cowley County,
Grace United Methodist Church, Winfield United Methodist Church, the
Winfield Rotary Club, and the Winfield Area Chamber of Commerce.
a nice recognition of the strong partnerships that Leadership Southwestern
has with the community," says Cheryl Rude, director of Leadership Southwestern.
funds will help us extend our reach in meeting this specific area of
second grant, a $750 minigrant from the Learn and Serve Initiative of
the Community Service Program of Kansas State University, will help
with several student-led programs.
funds will help leadership students explore such projects as the hunger
and homelessness awareness event, the Children's Health Insurance Program
(a statewide fund that helps pay children's health expenses), a Southwestern
College handicap accessibility plan, and Career Days.
to Lead Men's Basketball
Hall has been named head men's basketball coach, following the January
resignation of Brad Horstmann.
current associate head coach of the Builders, Hall has been a part of
the program for the past five years. Hall, Horstmann, and head women's
coach, Dave Denly, all played basketball for Wartburg (Iowa) College
during the early '90s. They came to Southwestern as a team in 1996.
native of Guttenberg, Iowa, Hall received his master's degree in sport
management from West Virginia University in 1994. In addition, he has
served as an intern in the athletic department at the United States
Naval Academy for one year, and was sales coordinator at The Palace
of Auburn Hills, home of the NBA Detroit Pistons, for 1½ years.
also served as Phonathon director for Southwestern while he was on the
am extremely excited to be named Southwestern's men's basketball coach.
Over the past five years, I have seen SC improve dramatically as an
institution. I'm thrilled to be selected to help take the basketball
program to the next level," he said.
lists recruiting as a top priority, while making sure players are united
in their goals. "I feel we have a huge advantage in our facilities.
Who wouldn't want to play in Stewart Field House? I love that place,"
and Tiffany (Granzow) '98 were married last summer.
for photo above: The Christmas break meant a trip to Alaksa for the
Moundbuilder men's basketball team. Dogsled races and trips to glaciers
were new experiences for many of the players and coaches. The group
included sports information director Mike Kirckland '82, coach Brad
Horstmann, Angie Horstmann '99, Kyle Wollenberg '96, George Lowe '74,
Tiffany (Granzow) Hall, '98, Doug Hall, and Brian Holthus '03.)
Bernette Joshua Johnson of Louisiana's state supreme court will be Commencement
speaker at Southwestern College Sunday, May 6.
graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, Justice Johnson was an exchange
student at Southwestern College during the spring semester of 1962.
exercises will begin in Sonner Stadium at 4 p.m.
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Day activities March 10 will honor friends and alumni who have made
special contributions to the college. In addition to honorary degrees
being presented to four trustees emeriti (see outside cover), special
donors will be honored when plaques naming members of the Heritage Society
(deferred gifts), President's Cabinet (annual gifts of $5,000 or more),
President's Circle ($2,500 to $4,999), and President's Council ($1,000
to $2,499), are unveiled.
estate gift from an alumna and her husband, Lavon Edwards Prokesh '28
and Hugh E. Prokesh, will be recognized when the small dining room in
the Roy L. Smith Student Center is named in their memory.
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Winfield Regional Symphony has been awarded the 2000 Governor's Arts
Award for an arts organization, and will be honored April 10 at a ceremony
and reception in Wichita.
by SC adjunct faculty member Gary Gackstatter, the symphony has gained
renown for its presentation of innovative programming, premiering works
with non-classical musicians such as singer-songwriter John McCutcheon
and Grammy award winners Tom Chapin and the Paul Winter Consort. The
WRS also has performed Gackstatter-arranged premieres with the rock
groups Kansas and Three Dog Night.
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representatives of Southwestern College-Steve Wilke, vice president
for enrollment management, planning, and new ventures, and Bishop Richard
Wilke, bishop in residence-visited Malaysia and Singapore in early December
as representatives of the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education
Wilkes visited Methodist College in Kuala Lumpur and Pilley Methodist
Institute in Sibu promoting newly-established scholarships. Bishop Wilke
preached at the consecration ceremony for the new bishop of Singapore.
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on the new women's residence hall at Southwestern continues on schedule,
with students scheduled to move in for the fall term. Track progress
of the building, which will house up to 100 freshman women, on Southwestern's
Web site at www.sckans.edu/campusnet/womenshall/.