Studies Wins Major Award
College's Professional Studies was among 58 Kansas businesses and organizations
honored at the sixth annual Kansas Award for Excellence banquet Oct.
23 in Topeka. Southwestern received a Performance in Quality Award.
This is the second level of three levels of recognition under the statewide
This is the second award for quality the
professional studies program has received this year: In September, the
Wichita chapter of the American Production and Inventory Control Society
(APICS), the educational society for resource management, announced
Southwestern as its 2000-2001 Company of the Year. This chapter, which
encompasses most of the state, chose SC based on its participation and
support. Professional studies was a pioneer in providing certification
preparation courses for APICS members, and has been an active supporter
of the group. The Performance in Quality Award is presented to organizations
that demonstrate through their commitment and practice of quality principles,
significant progress in building sound, systematic processes and management
This is the second time the program has
won this prestigious award, which is considered to be the statewide
equivalent of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 1997 professional
studies was honored for the first time.
"We are delighted to be singled out as
a top quality organization," says Karen Pedersen, vice president for
professional studies at Southwestern. "Because it recognizes our strength
in the field of academic and industrial cooperation, it touches on the
very characteristics that make our professional studies programs strong."
The majority of the awards were given to
for-profit corporations; Southwestern was one of the few non-profits
to be singled out, and only one other educational institution was named
a Level 2 winner.
New Vice President:
'Extraordinary energy, real commitment'
Dawn Pleas-Bailey has been named vice president
for student life and dean of students at Southwestern College. Now in
her eighth year at Southwestern, Pleas-Bailey had been acting dean of
students since spring.
"Dawn brings great things to this job:
extraordinary energy, wonderful skills in dealing with people, and a
real commitment to helping our students grow into responsible people
who contribute to society. I enjoy working with her. This appointment
recognizes her growth and great promise as a student life professional
and her many contributions to Southwestern," says President Dick Merriman.
Although she has been in the top student
life spot for only six months, Pleas-Bailey already has overseen important
milestones in the life of the college, including the opening of the
new women's hall for occupancy in August. She was the key administrator
in the successful "Fall Frenzy" freshman orientation that contributed
to exceptionally high student retention during the fall semester.
Her student life team has been reorganized
to include an associate dean, a full-time director of counseling and
career services, and a director of activities. In addition, Pleas-Bailey
oversees campus security and athletics.
Originally from Chicago, Pleas-Bailey graduated
from North Central College. She came to Southwestern from Columbus,
Ga., where she was director of women and youth services at Open Door
Community House. Last year she earned her master of science degree in
education from Newman University.
In addition to her Southwestern activities,
Pleas-Bailey is a sought-after speaker on issues of diversity and minority
encouragement. She has been keynote speaker in the Friends University
Faith and Learning Series, has presented workshops on minority preparation
for college, and has led sessions on conflict resolution and sexual
harassment. She is a popular speaker at Southwestern College's weekly
Premed Students Shine as Scholars in Primary Care
it's by far the smallest among participating schools, Southwestern College
is enjoying extraordinary success in the University of Kansas Scholars
in Primary Care program. During the past two years, three of the 12
participants have been Moundbuilders.
Juniors Emily Bauer and Casey Dreitz have
been chosen as 2001 participants; Ali Wait, an SC senior, is a member
of the class of 2000. Robin Walker '99 was one of the inaugural members
of the 1997 Scholars in Primary Care class. All have participated in
the program while undergraduates at Southwestern.
Other schools represented in the 2000 and
2001 classes include Kansas State University (four students), the University
of Kansas (two students), and one student each from Newman University,
Pittsburg State University, and Emporia State University.
"Southwestern students have been quite
successful with this program, but two in a one year is a tremendous
achievement, especially for a school of our size," says Patrick Ross,
Southwestern assistant professor of biology.
Launched in 1997, the program provides
primary care experiences to exceptional premedical students at Kansas
colleges and universities who plan to practice medicine in rural Kansas.
Six scholars are selected each year for the two-year program and paired
with physician mentors from or near their hometowns. The six Scholars
in Primary Care program participants chosen each year are pre-admitted
to the University of Kansas School of Medicine provided they complete
Bauer's mentor is SC alumna Dr. Ginger
Cauble Senseman '92, a pediatrician in Great Bend. Dreitz, whose hometown
is Plains, is paired with Liberal physician Dr. Ian Yeats.
Renovations Will Give Home to Departments
Heavy equipment has moved onto campus again
as Mossman Hall undergoes the most extensive facelift of its 50-year
The $1.7 million renovation will gut the
former science building, and the resulting construction will provide
homes for the business administration, the social sciences (psychology
and history), and the nursing departments. In all, 20,100 square feet
of building space will be renovated.
The college's board of trustees approved
financing the project during its mid-October meeting; by the end of
the month the first demolition had been done.
The project had been in the planning stages
for several years, with toxic chemicals cleaned out two years ago in
preparation. Fund-raising (underway for some time) received a major
boost with announcement of a $350,000 challenge grant by the Mabee Foundation,
a grant that must be met by Oct. 1, 2002. The Mabee Foundation helped
fund construction of the Beech Science Center and Mabee Laboratory Complex
with a 1995 challenge grant of $1 million.
"In addition to its importance in bringing
together academic units that needed new space, this is the first step
in creating a wireless computer network on campus," says President Dick
Merriman. "Our long-term relationships with Gordon & Associates and
Conco Construction would lead us to predict minimal disruption to our
current students and classes, and fast turnaround on the project."
Remodeling of Mossman Hall actually began
with the plans for the new science center.
Because the old science center was not
adaptable to state-of-the-art laboratories (with accompanying new mandates
for safety equipment) the decision was made to move science classes
out of Mossman. However, the new building was designed with future use
of the old building in mind. The boiler and electrical systems in Beech
were sized to handle the renovation of Mossman, thus eliminating that
cost from the current renovation.
When the project is completed in the summer
of 2002, several major shifts will be seen:
The renovation will carry the look of the much-praised
Beech Science Center throughout Mossman. On the outside, for example,
the windows and entryways will be redesigned to match Beech. A limestone
exterior and red tile roof will blend with Beech's look. On the inside,
faculty offices, classrooms, restrooms, and hallways will have the updated
And the renovation will be completed at a much lower
cost than building a new facility; contractors estimate that the work
will cost at least one-third less than a comparable new building.
Max Thompson, although retired from Southwestern
College's faculty, continues to immortalize his SC colleagues through
his prizewinning orchids.
Each individual plant awarded in American
Orchid Society competitions is eligible to be named, so Max honors people
and places in his life by saying it with flowers. Prizewinners have
included the Southwestern White and the Southwestern Purple, the Walnut
Valley (shown on the cover of this issue), the Barbara Kaiser, the Dick
Merriman, the Ed Erickson, and the Ralph Decker.
Like their namesakes, Max's orchids clearly