Studies Expansion: A Facility of Substance
doors were opened on the East Wichita professional studies site in 1995,
the simple classrooms in a couple of rooms at the end of the Cedar Cove
shopping center represented a toehold into the urban degree completion
market. Today that toehold has grown into a fully-mature academic program
with 550 students in 10 undergraduate majors.
The entire building at the corner of Rock
Road and Pawnee is devoted to SC programs, including two technologically-advanced
master of business administration classrooms. President Dick Merriman
and Vice President Karen Pedersen cut the ribbon that officially opened
the expansion of the East Wichita site Jan. 19. Also on hand to mark
the moment were President Emeritus Carl Martin and Marvin Hafenstein
(the first vice president of the professional studies program), as well
as Southwestern trustees and other guests. It is, as one remarked, a
facility of substance. More photos can be found online by clicking
here to visit the scrap book.
Concept Brings Relevancy to Foreign Language Program
new concept in foreign language studies will allow Southwestern College
students to become fluent in a language without majoring in that language.
The new intensive foreign language program will begin in academic year
entering the program will spend a full year studying Spanish intensively,
the fall semester in an immersion setting in Winfield and the spring
semester at a university abroad. The remaining years of the student's
undergraduate major are complemented by continued language courses and
service learning projects in the foreign language.
to Moira Rogers, coordinator of international studies and language programs,
the result will be a graduate with skills appropriate for today's world.
globalization of markets, of international problems, and even of individual
lives has made the knowledge of more than one language an essential
skill," Rogers points out. "By teaching students to communicate in another
language and to function successfully in another culture, we help them
acquire a respect for human diversity, an awareness of the purposes
and possibilities of different forms of expression, and the experience
and skills necessary to pursue graduate studies or a variety of careers
in education, business, information technology, government, and other
its first year the intensive foreign language program will award approximately
15 Spanish language grants to students interested in accelerated language
study. These students will live and take classes as a group, working
in Spanish, to develop basic competency in the language. The second
semester their coursework in a foreign university will be chosen to
complete Southwestern's integrative studies requirements.
they have completed the second year of the foreign language program,
the students are expected to be able to score a minimum of 3 on the
standard assessment of the ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of
new program is expected to remedy two areas that have concerned foreign
language faculty in recent years-the low number of majors (during the
past two decades seven students is the most majoring in all foreign
languages at any given time), and lack of institutionally-organized
opportunities to study abroad.
success with the Spanish intensive language program is expected to lead
to additional programs for students wanting to study other languages
such as French or German.
excited to be one of the first in the nation to offer this type of a
program, one that will let students use their knowledge and skill in
a language to go on in any field they choose," Rogers adds. "This sets
Southwestern College apart as a leader in the kind of education that
will be important to today's students."
more information, contact Moira Rogers at (800) 846-1543 ext. 6276,
or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Awards Honor Southwestern, SC Communications Staff
College went head-to-head with some of the largest universities in the
Midwest and was a winner in several categories of the CASE District
VI annual competition.
the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, is the professional
organization for higher education in communications, alumni programs,
and fund raising. Its members include institutions of all sizes throughout
an eight-state area that includes Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri,
communications office received two gold awards and one bronze award
for excellence, placing in three of the 14 categories offered.
awards included a gold award for periodicals, given for the alumni tabloid
The Southwesterner; a gold award for writing, received for a memorial
tribute to Karen Mages; and a bronze award for editorial design for
were delighted to receive these awards, especially considering that
we were compared to such institutions as the University of Kansas, the
University of Missouri, Kansas State University, and the University
of Nebraska," said Sara Severance Weinert, director of communications
at Southwestern. "These larger institutions have much larger budgets
and staffs, and we were extremely pleased that the quality of our work
was considered excellent in this fine competition. I'm especially proud
of the award for The Southwesterner because it represents a team effort
by every member of our staff."
office staffers who worked on the award-winning entries included Weinert,
editor of The Southwesterner and writer of the memorial to Mages; Joni
Rankin, communications assistant and assistant editor of The Southwesterner;
and the late Karen Mages, graphic designer for The Southwesterner and
for the college, who was killed in a car accident on the day she completed
her award-winning design. Ralph Decker, director of record information
in the Office of Institutional Advancement, compiles and writes the
alumni notes for The Southwesterner.
were presented at the annual CASE District VI conference in Kansas City