The attacks of
September 11 were a terrible shock for all of us.
Because our main
campus students are smart and very savvy, it's easy to forget how young
they are. The September 11 attacks are their December 7, 1941, their
Kennedy assassination, their Watergate, the first time for most of them
that the ground shook under their feet. The day of the attacks the college's
faculty and administrators actively sought out students, encouraging
them not to isolate themselves, discussing the attacks in class, and
spreading the word about an evening prayer service. The service was
led by Richard Wilke, the college's Bishop in Residence, and his words
of comfort were sorely needed.
In the weeks since
the attacks, students have organized fund-raising activities and a blood
drive to support the relief efforts. A scholar of Islam visited our
campus in early November and presented two very fine lectures. At the
urging of the college's Board of Trustees, the college has recommitted
itself to bringing students from around the world to Southwestern.
The attacks have
been felt by our professional studies learners too, many of whom are
employed in the commercial aircraft industry and related businesses
in Wichita. Layoffs were looming anyway, but now their pace has accelerated.
In response, the college has organized a number of career planning,
networking, resume writing, and job search workshops for professional
studies alumni and students.
For over a century
Southwestern College has championed faith, hope, courage, and knowledge.
Those values have informed the college's response to the events of September
11 and those values have never been more important and relevant.
I wish you peace
and joy this Christmas and happier days in the new year.
alumni and friends,
Like many of us these days, I am constantly looking
for hope. In the aftermath of the September tragedies, a conscious effort
is needed to remain hopeful.
Fortunately, I am blessed with hope-filled conversations
every time I interact with the current students at Southwestern College.
They are bright, energetic, and concerned about others. They are from
other countries and other parts of the United States. They are interested
in many different academic and activity areas. They are a great group,
learning, caring, and supportive of each other.
The good news is that this dynamic, positive student
body has room to grow. With a new residence hall and a remodeled Mossman
Hall, the college is ready for increased capacity.
And while Southwestern isn't for every student, we may
be perfect for a high school student you know. Think about the junior
high and senior high students you know, and ask yourself-would they
benefit from great classmates, outstanding instruction, and future-oriented
career preparation? If so, then we want to introduce them to SC.
You recently received the "What's In a Name?" brochure.
Please take time to respond. We are prepared to stay in touch with kids
of any age. Phonathon callers also can take your referrals, or call
the admission office directly with names at (800) 846-1543.
Southwestern is a great place. You would be proud to
meet our current students and have your kids, your grandkids, members
of your youth group, or any other young person you care about join this
Steve Wilke '78
Vice President for Enrollment Management, Planning, and New Programs