From the President
Top of the News
Alumni Programs
Cole Hall Special
Builders of Excellence
Alumni Notes
Special Features
Email Us

Coin to Connect SC PS and Online Graduates

SC’s professional studies and online graduates will have a new token of connection soon—a Southwestern College commemorative coin.

Military style challenge coins are a valued collectible item for persons in the service, veterans and their families, explains Karen Pedersen, vice president for professional studies.

“Our military learners and staff have noted that the coins are used for a variety of purposes—not only to recognize certain accomplishments, but also to show unit pride and affiliation,” Pedersen says. “We’re hoping these coins will help our learners and alumni feel this same pride and affiliation to Southwestern College.”

With SC’s growing global involvement in distance learning and with military personnel (including selection as an eArmyU host institution), professional studies personnel have designed a coin to be distributed to graduates. One side of the coin shows the four pillars of Christy along with a portion of the college’s vision statement; the opposite side bears the Lux Exto college seal.

“We have a limited number of coins available for alumni who are active or retired military or veterans of the armed forces, and wish to earn the coin in the spirit of the challenge coin,” Pedersen adds.

Interested persons should contact Pedersen at kpederse@sckans.edu, or call (888) 684-5335, ext. 114.


Business Program Adds New, Updated Majors

The business administration major at Southwestern College has long been among the most popular on campus (last year it enrolled the second highest number of students of any major).

But with an extensive redesign of the business curriculum, including addition of four majors unique in this area, students enrolled on the Winfield campus in the fall of 2005 will have even more options.

Michael Wood, who chairs the department, explains that extensive market research went into the redesign of the program. In recent years, he says, the business program had not kept up with the changing business environment.

“We are responding to the needs of the students who attend Southwestern, but we’re also responding to the kinds of career options experts project will be available in the future and what kind of leaders are needed in these fields,” Wood says.

Eight majors will be offered on the path to the bachelor of arts degree. Of the eight, four have traditional roots—accounting, finance, management, and marketing. Another (business education) replaces what had been a certificate program.

The remaining three new majors are unusual in the small college setting, according to Wood, and will provide background and training for fast-growing career paths:

Nonprofit management. A recent Johns Hopkins University report detailed that more than 25% of all job growth in the last decade has been in the nonprofit sector, Wood says, and that nonprofit jobs exceeded manufacturing jobs for the first time. This trend is expected to continue.

Entrepreneurship/small business management. Ninety-five percent of American workers are employed in small business, according to the Small Business Administration. Continued corporate downsizing and rapidly advancing technologies make career opportunities in this field nearly limitless, Wood points out.

Sustainable economic development. “With the changing face of agriculture, rural communities know they must find ways to re-think their economies if they are going to survive, and our graduates will be skilled in leading this reshaping,” Wood explains.

The new business offerings mean that the college will go from having three degrees in business to a single degree, eliminating the certificate program that had existed in business education. All of the majors will share a core curriculum, with specialization in the chosen major.

For more information on the business program, contact Michael Wood at (620) 229-6389.


Sheppard Accepts Dean Position

Following an extensive search, a Southwestern College faculty member has been promoted to the position of vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

J. Andrew Sheppard had been serving in this position on an interim basis since July, and was chosen from a pool of candidates attracted from across the nation.

“In Andy, Southwestern has an academic leader who truly loves the college and respects its values and traditional commitments,” Merriman says. “He is also a very innovative thinker and problem solver.”

Sheppard, a native of Durango, Colo., has been at Southwestern since 1997 when he became an assistant professor of philosophy and religion. He was named associate dean of faculty in 2001.

For more complete biographical information, see the Fall 2003 edition of The Southwesterner, online at www.sckans.edu/Southwesterner.

A banner year in SC basketball will have come to an end by the time this issue of The Southwesterner is in print. Dave Denly's women's team was ranked as high as eigth in the nation during the regular season behind play of seniors including Missy Lungren (shown here against Tabor). Doug Hall's men's team finished strong at sixth in the KCAC. For play-off game scores, check out www.buildersports.com

Braun to Head Athletic Training

Lisa (Ashenfelter) Braun '96 has been named director of the athletic training program at Southwestern College, making permanent a position she had held on an interim basis since July. Braun holds a master's degree from Wichita State University and is a certified athletic trainer.



SC Shines at CASE Awards

Southwestern College received two gold awards and one silver award in the annual competition of the District VI Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) recognition program. CASE is considered the top professional organization for educational fundraising, alumni, and communications programs.

“We’re always delighted to be recognized by CASE, especially given that they don’t separate schools by enrollment, but judge our entries alongside the major public and private universities in our region,” says Sara Severance Weinert, vice president for communications.

Award winners this year included:

  • “Heart of the Hill” fundraising brochure, designed by graphic designer Sunni Sheets for the Office of Institutional Advancement, gold.
  • “SC&Say” new student recruitment CD, produced by BigShot Design Company in conjunction with the Office of Admission and the Office of Communications, gold.
  • “Heart of the Hill” campaign materials, produced by the Office of Communications and Office of Institutional Advancement, silver.