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IN THIS (ISSUE) News from your class agent News From Your Class Agent 1 What’s New With You? 2 Alumni Spotlight: Kim Norwood 2 25 Years of Graduate Education 2 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees 3 Inauguration Date Announced 3 Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Kettler 3 Spring Alumni Events 4 From the Desk of Lisa Tilma 4

Lu Duerksen, M’01 MFGP Class Agent You are invited to the inauguration of President Dr. T.J. Arant.

Over the last few months, I have been thinking about humor and the benefits from a great laugh. I usually start my education groups with some jokes and hope for laughter. It gives me a measure of how my patients are feeling that day. It is so good to see someone who has not been feeling well start to smile and then laugh.

I love those laughs where you start feeling it in your tummy and you are trying to keep it quiet. The laugh ends with tears in your eyes. Of course, when you tell some one else about this, they don’t think it is half as funny and give you that “look.” When was the last time you had a great laugh? My MFT class was usually willing to laugh and enjoy each other. I recall seeing an Elvis birthday cake, several people coming to class dressed as nuns and all of us leaving the class through the back door while the instructor stepped out to get something. Humor was such a help getting through those two grueling years.

One of the great things about this class newsletter is that it gives us an opportunity to network as professionals, reconnect as former classmates, celebrate each other’s successes and even offer words of encouragement or prayer for those who may need it. You will notice on page 2 of this newsletter that one of our own MFT graduates, Kim Norwood, M’98, has been selected as the “Alumni Spotlight” feature. In fact, this spotlight of Kim will be featured in all of the Friends University graduate class newsletters - 14 total in all that will go to approximately 5,000 alumni readers all over the U.S.! The world is not so big of a place as it once was, and our paths cross more often than we probably know. With that said, I encourage you to let me know what you have been doing since you finished / survived your MFT graduate degree. I would love to be able to share your news with all our fellow MFT alumni. You are always welcome to send me an email or you can even fill out the form on the top of page 2 and send it to the Alumni Office who will make sure I receive your news.


Friends University is more than just getting a degree, but developing a lifelong friendship, which is why we want to stay connected with you as a member of the Friends University Alumni Association. If you have some exciting news that you would like to share with your classmates, let us know! You can update your information online at Use your ID number to process the changes quicker.

Spring 2012 • (MFGP)

Alumni Spotlight In this issue of the Campus Connection class newsletter, we are pleased to spotlight Master of Science in Family Therapy (MSFT) alumna Kim Norwood, M’98.


Kim opened Stepping Stones Counseling Center in July 2011. She has provided individual, couples and family therapy to more than 30 families in the Hutchinson area since then, and has had the opportunity to reach out to the disabled community. Kim’s experience and education have led her to this point. Early on, she worked as a court probation officer, but soon grew disillusioned with holding people accountable but not providing the help they needed to change. After taking a break in 1985 to raise her children, she was inspired by her pastor to learn about family therapy. “When I found out about the Friends program, I thought that would be a perfect fit,” Kim said. She said the coursework gave her a broad exposure to the skills she would need later on. After graduating, she worked 13 years for St. Francis Community Services. Then legislature passed that allowed Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas to recognize and reimburse Marriage and Family Therapists through major insurance companies starting October 2010. Kim and her husband Randy, a district level administrator in Hutchinson schools, have three grown children and a two-year-old granddaughter. Kim enjoys being able to set her own deadlines so that she can spend time with her family, while also fulfilling her passion of helping people in need. “I’m loving it,” Kim said.

25 YEARS of GRADUATE EDUCATION Since 1986, Friends University has offered graduate education for professionals ready to take their careers to the next level. Friends University’s graduate offerings have grown from two programs and 41 students to 12 programs and more than 700 students. Currently, graduate students account for more than one-third of enrollment. Looking to the future, “the Graduate school’s next big step is to begin considering doctoral degree programs, as well as adding additional master’s degrees,” said Dr. Evelyn Hume, dean of the Graduate School. Learn more at

ATHLETIC HALL of FAME Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 In between the women’s 2 p.m. and the men’s 4 p.m. basketball games Garvey Physical Education Center

Ron Becker, G’80/M’96 football, basketball, tennis

The Friends University Athletic Hall of Fame currently honors 55 inductees, including athletes, coaches and supporters. This year’s inductees were selected by a committee of staff and alumni based on nominations received from members of the Friends University community. Congratulations to the following alumni and coach who will be inducted into the 14th annual Athletic Hall of Fame.

Inauguration the Presidential

Robert “Bob” Moore, 1957-1967 coach, athletic director Joseph “Joe” Hill, G’04 football


Thirteenth President of Friends University

Friday, the Thirtieth of March, Two Thousand Twelve 2100 W. University Ave. | Wichita, Kansas Learn more at

As Friends University’s new president, Dr. T.J. Arant’s engaging nature and passion for excellence make him an ideal fit to take the University to the next level.

While the role of teacher is among the most fulfilling for Dr. Arant, he describes his family as his great joy: his two grown daughters and his wife, Susan, a fundraiser and former director of alumni affairs at a small, private college.

In this issue of the Campus Connection class newsletter, we are pleased to spotlight Friends University graduate faculty member Dr. Chris Kettler, G’77, and his book titled, “The God who Rejoices: Joy, Despair and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ.” In this book, Dr. Kettler explores the implications of Christ’s humanity, investigating the paradigms of joy and despair in his experience and ours. Drawing on wide-ranging resources from Augustine and John Calvin to Bob Dylan, Kettler seeks to bring the meaning of incarnational theology to us by explaining how similar our Christ is to his Christians: filled with real despair and with real joy.

About Dr. Arant

Dr. Arant hails from the east with a doctorate in English from Duke University; a master’s in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and a bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University.

James Erik “Rick” Tjaden, G’72 football

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. T.J. Arant Hold the Date

Lori (Cox) Carter, G’90 volleyball

Dr. Kettler is professor of Theology and Philosophy at Friends University and Theologian in Residence at the Church of the Savior in Wichita. He has also written, “The God Who Believes: Faith, Doubt, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ.” Dr. T.J. Arant Thirteenth President of Friends University

“The God Who Rejoices” is available at the Friends University bookstore, or on the publisher’s website at www.wipfandstock. com/cascade_books or at in print or as a Kindle e-book.

Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. basketball games. Wichita Campus


Friday, March 30, 2012 • Wichita Campus

Annual Easter Egg Hunts

Saturday, March 31, 2012 • Topeka Education Center Saturday, April 7, 2012 • Wichita Campus

Chili Cookoff

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. Wichita Campus

Applications due for 2012-13 Alumni Scholarships Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Graduation Fair

2012 Commencement Exercises Wichita - Saturday, May 5, 2012 INTRUST Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman

30th Annual Urban Chicago Trip Reunion

Friday, May 13, 2012 • Wichita Campus

Thursday, March 15, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wichita Campus

Many thanks to everyone who had an opportunity to write the Alumni Office and share all the exciting things that have been happening in your lives since the last issue of Campus Connection. I am excited to say that with our new layout of the class newsletters, we received a record number of updates from our readers! Even more exciting is that we were able to spotlight some of our alumni in the various class letters as an opportunity to not only

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Inauguration Ceremony for President T.J. Arant

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showcase their accomplishments and talents, but also to hopefully reacquaint them with former classmates and introduce them to you as a new friend or business contact. As I’m sure you’ve heard, it’s not only what you know but who you know in today’s world to be successful. So isn’t it nice to know you will always have Friends? Best wishes to all our alumni and their families for a blessed New Year - we look forward to seeing you and hearing from you in 2012!

Lisa Tilma, G’01/M’04 Executive Director of Alumni Relations