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calendar Hesston College Today is the official publication of Hesston College, published three times yearly at Hesston, Kansas, for alumni and friends of Hesston College. Address correspondence to Hesston College Today, Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062, or e-mail to Editor Alumni News Graphic Design Photography Printing

Phil Richard Dallas Stutzman Nancy Miller Larry Bartel Baker Bros. Printing

Hesston College Board of Overseers Norm Yoder ’67, Henderson, Neb., chair Wilbur Bontrager ’73, Middlebury, Ind., vice chair Dee Custar ’98, West Unity, Ohio, secretary Dale Beachey ’66, Sarasota, Fla., treasurer Ginny (Davidhizar) ’68 Birky, Newberg, Ore. Annette (Steider) ’83 Brown, Frisco, Texas Kelvin Friesen ’73, Archbold, Ohio Denton Jantzi ’94, Hesston, Kan. Harley Kooker ’66, Christiana, Pa. Phyllis (Liechty) ’69 Nofziger, Goshen, Ind. Jorge Vallejos, Goshen, Ind. Alumni Officers Jeannine (Spicher) ’81 Janzen, president, Elbing, Kan., 316-799-2890, Mark Yoder ’80, vice president, Wichita, Kan., 316-440-2813, Alumni Advisory Council Royce Ac53, ’55 and Ardith (Freyenberger) ’55 Brunk, Hesston, Kan., 620-327-2080, Don ’69 and Shirley (Good) ’70 Kempf, Shickley, Neb., 402-627-7595, Patsy (King) ’75 and Doug ’74 Unruh, Perryton, Texas, 806-435-4558, Lynn ’80 and Janice (Leichty) ’80 Hostetler, Kalona, Iowa, 319-656-3022, Ben ’97 and Angie (Book) ’98, ’02 Savanick, Scottdale, Pa., 724-887-0193, Jeremy ’00 and Erin (Nebel) ’00 Kempf, Goshen, Ind., 574-903-0577; Lewis Miller ’01, Beemer, Neb., 402-528-3697,


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Hesston College Board of Overseers meeting, campus

Opening Weekend Classes begin

Prospective Student Visit Days Homecoming Weekend Dedication of the Friesen Center for the Visual Arts, 2:30 p.m. Hesston College Invitational Volleyball Tournament

Fall Drama Pastors-in-Residence Phil and Gail Ebersole Bel Canto Singers Fall Tour Fall Break Prospective Student Visit Days Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts presents Paragon Ragtime Orchestra, 3 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church

Melva Kauffman Lecture Series, Shane Hipps, pastor of Trinity Mennonite Church, Phoenix, Ariz. Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series, “Digital Discipleship: Forming Faith in an Electronic Culture,” with Shane Hipps Mission and Service Days Hesston College Board of Overseers meeting, campus Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts presents Lieurance Woodwind Quintet, 3 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church Thanksgiving Weekend Festivities Prospective Student Visit Days


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Call or write the Alumni Office to inform your classmates about your new job, the degree you just completed, your new spouse or baby, or any other significant events in your life. The Alumni Office and the editorial staff welcome your news, suggestions, and responses.

Dallas L. Stutzman ’76 Vice President of Alumni and Church Relations Toll-free 866-437-7866 (866-HESSTON) Hesston College Alumni Office, Box 3000, Hesston, KS 67062

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We serve as stewards by Howard Keim

This issue of Hesston College Today features how we are working to care for our physical bodies and our environment. Both are hot topics in recent years, and both deserve our attention. We have seen good progress in both of these areas. For example: • In spite of rising energy costs, Hesston College has come in under budget for the past three years. Our last energy audit showed us spending $.97 per square foot, while the average for a college campus is close to $1.20. As you will read in an article in this issue (see page 7), our efforts came to the attention of Kansas State Senator Carolyn McGinn during a tour of our campus, who invited Jim Mason, director of Campus Facilities, to speak to the Energy Council. • We are blessed with functional and well-maintained facilities. We receive many compliments on the beauty of our campus, yet spend a lower per- centage of our budget on maintenance than the average of our peers in the Kansas Independent College Association. • For several years, Jen LeFevre, physical education professor, has led the fac- ulty and staff in fitness initiatives that improve our overall health. You can read about the current year effort in an article in this issue (see pages 8-9). • Beginning in July 2007, a benefit of employment at Hesston College is a membership for the Hesston Wellness Center through a partnership with Schowalter Villa. Employees now have access to aerobic and weight equip- ment as well as the swimming pool. On-campus students have received this benefit since the fall of 2005. These initiatives have their benefits, including lower costs for energy and health insurance, a more beautiful campus, and an increased sense of well-being. We want to continue to develop policies, practices, and everyday habits that lead to these benefits. In January and February, we wrote and tested a vision and values statement for Hesston College. As part of that exercise, I met with 14 different groups of faculty and staff for feedback. One of the strongest themes was that we need to include a statement regarding our commitment to stewardship of all resources. Here is that statement, still in draft form. “We care for the spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional, and financial resources entrusted to us. We serve as stewards of the environment and work to develop sustainable facilities and practices.” The “why” of stewardship is more than financial gain or feeling better. It is rooted in the creation narrative itself, where God created the universe, the earth, vegetation, animal life, then created humans in the divine image. God pronounced creation good and charged humans to care for it. We are not owners of this earth, but stewards.

Howard Keim, President

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Hesston students focus on solar-powered golf cart by Phil Richard

Sophomore Physics II class member Brent Garber (right), Hutchinson, Kan., takes Hesston College Academic Dean Sandra Zerger on a spin around campus on the solar-powered golf cart on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22.

Cover Photo: Clockwise from the top: Tyler Wojcik, Durango, Colo.; Zefanya Yuwono, Kudus, Indonesia; professor Nelson Kilmer; Andrew Spotts, Wauseon, Ohio; Cody Batchelor, Durango, Colo.; professor John Yost; and Brent Garber, Hutchinson, Kan. (sitting in the cart) prepare to attach the photo-voltaic solar panels to the roof of the golf cart Tuesday, March 25.

An Earth Day gathering Tuesday, April 22, hosted by the Hesston College Academic Dean’s office and the College Physics II class, celebrated the class’ semester-long feasibility study and development of a solar-powered golf cart. Sunny and warm spring weather greeted the special occasion. During the semester, five Physics II students and two faculty members explored the feasibility of a solar-energy powered golf cart. They included sophomores Cody Batchelor, Durango, Colo.; Brent Garber, Hutchinson, Kan.; Andrew Spotts, Wauseon, Ohio; Tyler Wojcik; Durango, Colo.; and freshman Zefanya Yuwono, Kudus, Indonesia, along with physics professor Nelson Kilmer and chemistry professor John Yost. From early January until late March, the five students conducted research and tests on photo-voltaic (PV) collector performance, battery storage and charging controllers, electric circuit diagrams and cart wiring, and measuring electrical loads and performance expectations, taking into account factors such as cart weight, passenger weight, and terrain. Assembly and testing, which included a trial run of the cart on campus sidewalks, began on a partly-sunny morning Tuesday, March 25, and continued for nearly a month. Batchelor and Spotts worked primarily on the solar collectors, which sit on the cart’s roof. They said class research indicates a solar golf cart will work. “On a sunny day, the cart will average 3.2 miles total at up to 12 miles an hour,” Batchelor said. “On a cloudy day, the average is 2.5 miles.” Professor Kilmer said the solar panels will “collect enough energy in one day to play a round of golf (18 holes, with an estimated distance of 4 miles).” Spotts cautioned, however, that the cost is higher than the cost of electricity. “If the cost of the solar panels would come down,” he said. “this system would pay for itself, whether one uses it for a golf cart or heating one’s home.” Wojcik added that the solar panels, which are seven years old, have a nine percent efficiency. Today, solar panels have a 16 percent efficiency range, which is an improvement. But, he emphasized, “this application for a solar golf cart is practical, since a golf cart is always in the sun.” In Indonesia, the application is even more practical, according to Yuwono. “Solar panels are much more useful, because we receive more sunlight on average than Kansas,” he said. “Since our country is located at the equator, we don’t need to factor in the angle of the sun. “It’s been fun to see what’s involved in this project,” Spotts said. “The information is easier to understand, because we’re applying what we’ve learned.” According to Spotts on Earth Day, the performance of the solar cart was better than expected after a month of tests. “I’m impressed with the results. The solar panels have powered the cart for a month of testing and have topped off the six six-volt batteries. The panels have kept the charge up on the batter-

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ies on cloudy days. The panels even collected a little energy on rainy days. “This solar golf cart is definitely green,” he said. “We get a lot of power out of it. It’s just not cheaper than electricity yet.” Cody Batchelor reported that as a result of this semester’s studies, “My family [in Durango, Colo.] plans to install solar panels on our house. We want to help out the environment where we can. “With a thinner atmosphere in the higher altitudes of Colorado,” Batchelor said, “we expect to get a greater charge from the solar panels, increasing their energy output. “We’re also interested in alternate fuels,” he said. “My dad and Tyler Wojcik’s dad (both from Durango) are teaming up to convert a car engine so it will run on natural gas.” When the students presented their findings during a break for interested faculty, staff, and students on the morning of Earth Day, April 22, they offered food cooked in a Crock-Pot. The Crock-Pot was powered by a solarenergy electrical system using solar panels to show that the system will produce electricity in the home. “Solar energy is practical for cooking,” Wojcik said. Interested persons took rides around campus on the solar-powered golf cart. Printed on the roof is the following: “Start Here, Go Forever!”, a take-off of Hesston College’s marketing tagline, “Start Here, Go Everywhere.” “Today’s presentation was a perfect combination of technical knowledge and application,” Academic Dean Sandra Zerger said after the Earth Day celebration. “The students had to communicate what they did and learned. Everything worked together on Earth Day, even the weather. “Too often, we think of academic classes as theoretical,” Zerger said. “If we don’t see an application of theoretical knowledge, it’s like education in a vacuum. I was impressed with the students. I asked them technical questions and they were able to reason through them and come up with answers. It was fun to see and hear their excitement.” “As energy costs go up,” Professor Kilmer said, “people are starting to think about alternate energy. Photo-voltaic (PV) energy—converting light into energy—is one possibility. The production and use of PV panels in the world has doubled in the last year with lower costs. The panels also operate without producing any emissions into the environment and are guaranteed to last at least 25 years.”

Hesston College Academic Dean Sandra Zerger (third from left) gestures as she talks with sophomore Andrew Spotts, Wauseon, Ohio, about the Physics II class study on the feasibility of a solar-powered golf cart. On Earth Day April 22, students in the Physics II class shared their research findings with interested faculty, staff, and students, and took interested persons on a ride on the solar-powered golf cart.

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Students campaign against plastic bags by Phil Richard

Sophomores (left to right) Stephanie Kanagy, Timberville, Va., and Andrew Spotts, Wauseon, Ohio, work together to complete the plastic bags quiz, while Peace and Service Club leader Sarah Hooley, sophomore, Filer, Idaho, looks on.

A one-day campaign against plastic bags Wednesday, March 5, helped students understand their negative impact. Members of the college’s Peace and Service Club gave canvas bags to interested students as an alternative. Sarah Hooley, a sophomore from Filer, Idaho, and leader of the Peace and Service Club, notices that when students shop, “they come back loaded with plastic bags full of their purchases.” Fellow club member Heidi Gingerich, a sophomore from Parnell, Iowa, gathered facts from Internet sites with Hooley’s help. Then club member Zach Hurst, a sophomore from Glenmoore, Pa., compiled a five-question quiz. During lunch March 5, Hurst and Hooley sat just inside the dining hall, corralling students to take the quiz and in exchange, giving them a canvas bag with words “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” printed on them. In addition, Gingerich fashioned table toppers with this information: • Four to five trillion plastic bags are manufactured each year • An individual uses an estimated 130 plastic bags per year. • Production contributes to air pollution and energy consumption. • An estimated one billion seabirds and mammals die each year by ingesting plastic bags. • Plastic bags take 1,000 years to break down and photodegrade—break ing down into smaller and smaller toxic bits, contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food chain when animals accidentally ingest them. • Virtually no market exists for recycling plastic bags. Few recycling centers accept plastic bags because they are of little recyclable value. • Some countries in Europe and Asia are banning plastic bags altogether while others are implementing a tax on plastic bags to decrease their use. Why isn’t the U.S. acting? “We decided the quiz would be a fun way to get students to look at the facts,” Hooley said. “Maybe that way they’ll remember them longer.” “If one person starts using a canvas bag when they shop, someone in line may ask about it,” Hooley said. “If you don’t do it, nothing will change.” Gingerich said doing the research was interesting. “Then I walked outside and saw a plastic bag caught in a nearby tree,” she remembered. “So even here on campus, we deal with the problem.” Hurst observed that students who took the quiz were excited about the campaign. “Many were surprised that it takes 1,000 years for a plastic bag to [break down], or that about one billion seabirds and mammals die every year by ingesting plastic bags.” Hurst said they handed out all 100 canvas bags that they had. “It’s fairly easy to reduce use of plastic bags and make a small difference,” he added.

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Reducing energy consumption on campus Hesston College has worked hard to control and reduce energy consumption on campus for the past six years, says Jim Mason, director of Campus Facilities. “We’ve done that through the application of occupancy-based energy management systems,” he said. “We’ve improved and increased window and roof insulation, installed motion-sensor light switches, and converted many light bulbs and fixtures to more efficient fluorescent applications.” “We can impact energy consumption without sacrificing comfort,” Mason said. “through the application of common sense, technology, education, and an occupancy-based energy policy. The energy we don’t consume is the cheapest energy that there is.” As a result, consumption of natural gas and electricity fell significantly in the past four years. The college realized a 23 percent decrease in natural gas use, from 11.2 million cubit feet for the year ending June 30, 2003, to 8.6 million cubic feet for the year ending June 30, 2007. Meanwhile, electricity use declined 20 percent, from 2.38 million kilowatt hours for the year ending June 30, 2003, to 1.9 million kilowatt hours for the year ending June 30, 2007. Last fall, an outside firm conducted an energy audit for the 2006-07 school year, which showed that the college’s combined energy cost was 97 cents per square foot. A representative of the firm told Mason that most college and universities in Kansas have combined energy costs ranging from $1.30 to $1.90 per square foot. “Energy conservation is an ongoing thing,” Mason said. “We know of places on campus where we can still improve. I have some ideas about some buildings where more energy-efficiency dollars can be invested. We certainly don’t think we’re done.” Mason says Campus Facilities staff work with resident assistants in each dorm mod (section) to informally monitor heating and air conditioning use in dorm rooms, and turn down or turn off lights as appropriate during overnight hours. As needed during fall, Christmas, and spring breaks, staff in Student Life and Campus Facilities turn down heating units, turn off lights, shut windows, and unplug appliances in dorm rooms. Mason is intrigued by the possibility of producing “some of our own power using wind or solar energy. I’m exploring options, such as the availability and cost of appropriate-sized wind turbines or photo-voltaic panels that could be applied to our situation. We have 60 acres at the west end of campus and we have lots of wind here,” he said.

Jim Mason (right), director of Hesston College’s Campus Facilities, poses with State Senator Carolyn McGinn at an International Energy Council meeting in September 2007. Mason told the Energy Council about the ways the college is saving energy and reducing energy consumption. Begun in 1975, the Energy Council is an international organization of 11 energyproducing U.S. states, five Canadian provinces, and the country of Venezuela. The council serves as a forum for energy and related environmental policy development. State Senator Carolyn McGinn, a Republican from Sedgwick, Kan., invited Mason to speak. She represents the 31st District, which covers Harvey County (including Hesston) and northeast Sedgwick County. At Senator McGinn’s initiative, Mason also testified last fall before a Kansas energy interim (House/Senate) study committee of which the senator is a member. Photo by Lori Cameron, executive director of the Energy Council

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College employees live healthier lives by Jen LeFevre

Dallas Stutzman, vice president of Alumni and Church Relations, exercises at the Hesston Wellness Center. See his article on Page 19.

“Think Thirty” was a common phrase heard around the Hesston College campus this spring. One could have associated the phrase with the fountain of youth. In a unique way, it was. Each year, I try to come up with a fitness incentive to inspire college employees to become more active as a means of living healthier lives. “Think Thirty” was the latest fitness incentive available to faculty and staff members. This incentive went into action during the last six weeks of the spring 2008 semester. The timing of it was intentional as spring generally motivates people to get outside and be active. However, this time of year is usually crunch time academically, so a little extra motivation can be helpful. The purpose of the Think Thirty incentive was to encourage participants to be active for an accumulated 30 minutes a day for at least five days of the week. Research clearly indicates enormous health benefits from just 30 minutes of moderate physical activity. The exercise minutes can be accumulated throughout the day rather than at one time—allowing people to “fit” exercise into their day. If people can be active nearly daily, for at least 30 minutes, we can see decreases in blood pressure, cholesterol, stress, and weight, prevention or retarding of osteoporosis, along with decreases in heart disease, diabetes, anxiety, and depression (information from the American College of Sports Medicine). Over the years, I have found that the key for successful fitness incentives is to have some sort of dangling carrot—an external reward for participating. To support Think Thirty, a modest fee of 30 cents a week was charged to each participant (for a total of $1.80 for six weeks). A small punitive measure was also added. Participants paid an extra 30 cents for each unsuccessful week of exercise (less than five days a week). The incentive money was used to help purchase healthy prizes. Each successful week of exercise was rewarded by the participant’s name being dropped in the prize drawing (six successful weeks = six changes to win). Another key to the success of the incentive was accountability. Several in the program exercised together in an effort to hold one another accountable. I also played the part of an accountability partner. Each week, I would make the rounds to check in with participants, celebrating their successes as well as helping them trouble shoot difficult weeks. I also created a couple of fun motivational YouTube videos that I sent to participants. The videos gave fun tidbits of fitness hints and information and generally encouraged people to stay active.

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Throughout the incentive, participants recorded their successful days by marking a slash on a business card size Think Thirty calendar (see example). This simple act of recording workouts aided in the motivation—participants saw the number of completed days building up, which gave them extra inspiration to ensure a complete week of activity. It was amazing how successful the calendars were in the process. Offering fitness incentives provides me with opportunities to share real life situations with my classes—specifically the Fitness Concepts course. Occasionally, the incentives will parallel the lectures and activities that we are doing in class. This allows for great connections to be made between the theory and the practice of activity, and helps students see the concepts working in the real world. It also shows them that motivation and time to become active (the biggest sabotages to fitness routines) do not improve with age. Motivating people to be fit and healthy is a passion and something I feel called to do. Being fit, eating healthy, and practicing preventive health shows God that we value the physical bodies he has bestowed us on earth. It’s stewardship at its best, helping us to live healthier more qualitative lives, while helping to reduce the strain on an overburdened health care system.

Sites to check out: Want to learn more about this incentive? Email Jen at

Jen LeFevre, M.Ed., American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health and Fitness Instructor Jen LeFevre is a professor of physical education and nutrition at Hesston College. She enjoys a variety of sports and integrates physical activity into her family vacations whenever possible. A self-admitted couch potato, she has chosen to live an active life.

Editor’s Note: In the fall of 2005, Hesston College began providing memberships for on-campus students at the nearby Hesston Wellness Center. Memberships for faculty and staff were added in July 2007.

Brenda Wenger (left), administrative assistant in Student Life, and Marlene Boese, administrative assistant in Academics, have walked together in Hesston for five years. Their walk runs about three miles three-to-four days a week during the early morning hours. Brenda said Think Thirty this spring pushed her to be more serious about exercising by doing alternative types of physical activity on the days she and Marlene did not walk. “Walking with a friend helps keep me accountable and makes walking fun!” says Marlene. “I found the Think Thirty incentive helpful in that it took my walking to a new level. It was exciting to experience additional benefits of weight loss and increased strength when I intentionally increased my walking.”

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Shue tells graduates to “Remember as you become” by Carol Duerksen

Bethany Stauffer, Burlington, Iowa, receives her diploma from Hesston College President Howard Keim.

Vallerie Gleason, vice president of Physician Services at Newton Medical Center, spoke to 47 nursing program graduates on the topic “The Whosoevers.”

“Remember as you become” was the wisdom offered by Commencement speaker Pastor Terry Shue to 170 Hesston College graduates on Sunday morning, May 4, in Yost Center. Shue’s address challenged the grads to remember the sacrifices of people who made it possible for them to be there. “There is no way you can repay all of that debt, other than to pay it forward, creating opportunities for others who will follow you,” Shue said. “God didn’t come to earth because he loved the church, but because he loved the world. . .I am convinced we do not belong to a church at work in the world who has a God, but brothers and sisters, we belong to a God who is at work in the world. . .who has a church. . .” Shue, a 1977 Hesston grad and pastor of Kidron (Ohio) Mennonite Church, also spoke at the commissioning Saturday afternoon in Hesston Mennonite Church for four Pastoral Ministries students and their spouses. With a theme of “Can you hear me now?”, Shue used the story of Elijah, who experienced many highs and lows in his prophetic ministry, to illustrate the ups and downs the grads will face in pastoral ministry. “You will be privileged . . .to enter into holy ground of people’s lives,” he said. “Few things compare in life to. . .understanding the reality that God just used you for something that he planned from the beginning of your calling.” At the same time, Shue said, Elijah experienced discouragement, as did the apostle Paul. Quoting Paul in II Corinthians 4, Shue offered this insight: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” “John (Thomas), Randall (Schlabach), Jeremy (Patterson), and Tony (Doehrmann), you came here with a calling that you sorted out with your home churches and spouses and families. You came here and have been equipped for ministry by Marion (Bontrager), Michele (Hershberger), Dave (Greiser), Kevin (Wilder), and each other. God equips the called, he doesn’t call the equipped. Now you are ready to go out into a new stage of ministry, and that calling that started you on


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this journey will sustain you through all the seasons of the work you are called to do.” The service included the presentation of prayer stoles and a personal commissioning from the faculty for each graduate. Hesston Mennonite Church was also the setting for the pinning ceremony Saturday morning for 47 nursing graduates. Guest speaker Vallerie Gleason, vice president of Physician Services at Newton (Kan.) Medical Center, spoke on the topic of “The Whosoevers.” “In our Bible, we learn that ‘whosoever believes shall not perish.’ And we also learn that true believers yearn to reflect the light of Jesus Christ back into the world through good works done in his name,” Gleason said. “The ‘whosoevers’ who believe yearn to perform good works to proclaim the Good News. “Each and every day of your practice, try to reserve a little time on your way home from work to understand why you were at work that day,” Gleason encouraged. “How was your ministry evident to your patients? What was the gift only you had the capacity or the capability to manage that day at your job? I promise that if you search and question, these answers will be revealed to you. God will place you each and every day in the precise situation where you are needed. . .Your duty is to be your calling, to use your gifts for others. “Remember that ‘whosoever believes shall not perish.’ You have been created, gifted, and called. Now you follow. Graduates, from this day forward, go boldly into this world and minister so that others will look upon you and say, ‘I want to know that nurse’s God.’” The ceremony included a Blessing of the Hands for Nursing Service, when graduates received a personal blessing from a nursing faculty member. Other activities Saturday, May 3, included recognition for five Disaster Management graduates; a reception for 12 aviation graduates (plus three more who completed their aviation training); a concert by the European Chorale; and the annual Larkfest awards and recognition ceremony for sophomores. Meanwhile, the Hesston College Theatre Department presented three performances May 1-3 of An Impromptu Murder: An Evening of One Acts. Caleb Miller, sophomore, Middlebury, Ind., directed the one-act play called Sorry, Wrong Number!, while Bethany Miller, sophomore, Marion, S.D., directed another one-act play titled Impromptu. —Carol Duerksen is a freelance writer from Goessel, Kan. She is a 1974 graduate of Hesston College and former alumni association president. Duerksen also serves as editor of WITH magazine for youth in Mennonite Church USA.

Terry Shue, a 1977 graduate of Hesston College and pastor of Kidron (Ohio) Mennonite Church, spoke to the 170 graduates on the subject, “Remember as you become.”

Above: Nursing professor Rita Peters gives a nursing pin to graduate Erin Martin, Newton, Kan. Opposite page, lower right: Jim Dunn blesses Pastoral Ministries graduate John Thomas, Hesston, Kan., after giving Thomas a prayer stole. Dunn, who has a long-standing friendship with Thomas, taught Bible classes at Ellsworth (Kan.) Correctional Facility for Hesston College this past school year. Dunn pastors Burrton (Kan.) Mennonite Church. Above left: Graduate Meredith Kliewer (left), Hillsboro, Kan., and freshman Selamawit Mamo, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, celebrate after Kliewer and 169 others graduated from Hesston College Sunday, May 4.


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back—centennial stories

Almost a Hesston president in 1932 by John E. Sharp

In March 1932, two years after President D.H. Bender resigned, the Mennonite Board of Education (MBE) announced that they had finally found and named a new president. He was Hesston College alumnus and former faculty member, Chester K. Lehman. He, with Noah Oyer and M.D. Landis, had earned Hesston’s first bachelor’s degrees in 1919. After taking a study leave from Hesston in 1919 to attend Princeton Theological Seminary, Lehman had joined the Bible faculty at Eastern Mennonite School (EMS), Harrisonburg, Va. At the time of his presidential appointment, Lehman was also the school’s academic dean and registrar. The alumni supplement to the March issue of the Hesston College Journal carried the announcement of Lehman’s appointment, and noted with pleasure that one of their own was returning to lead the school. What was not communicated was that the appointment was conditional—on Lehman’s acceptance and the willingness of EMS to release him from their faculty. The MBE dispatched Daniel Kauffman and Orie Miller to Harrisonburg to interview Lehman and to negotiate his release. They met with the candidate, the faculty, administration, trustees, and conference leaders to present Hesston’s need and the MBE’s call to Lehman. Kauffman believed that the meetings had been “satisfactory” and that Lehman would accept the call. The following week, John L. Stouffer, secretary of the executive committee of the Eastern Mennonite School board of trustees, reported to D.A. Yoder, MBE president. The faculty and the executive committee had met to consider their “mutual interest” and were of a common mind that Lehman should not be released. Lehman now felt no calling to Hesston College and preferred to stay in Virginia. While school officials wanted to assist Hesston, they believed they “should take no action toward a release for a position contrary to [Lehman’s] conviction.” They further sent their best regards to Hesston, with the prayer that Hesston would be “directed to the right brother for this important position.” The Mennonite Board of Education (MBE) went back to the drawing board. On April 2, 1932, the executive committee of MBE appointed Milo Kauffman as the new president of Hesston College. —Hesston College historian John E. Sharp ’73 is writing a centennial history about the college, founded in 1909. Sharp is also a history professor at the college.

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ahead—centennial celebration

Hesston College Centennial celebration

A preview of Hesston’s Centennial celebration

• Anchor events will include Home- coming 2009,Thanksgiving Weekend 2009, and Commencement 2010.

by Phil Richard

Wednesday, September 22, 1909, marked the first day of classes at Hesston College, known then as Hesston Academy and Bible School. But the visionaries who saw the need for a Mennonite “school in the West” spent many hours of thought, dreaming, discussion, and prayer to make it happen. That’s been true of college leaders from then until now. The theme for Hesston College’s upcoming centennial celebration is “Living The Vision: Hesston College 1909-2009.” This vision, whether it’s played out in the various college departments today or describes the passion of Hesston College leaders of the past, is the same—the biblical vision. From its beginning, Hesston College has lived the vision that education must be grounded in the biblical narrative. We passionately believe, like those who have gone before us, that “the truth shall make you free.” At Hesston College, the two-year college of Mennonite Church USA, we seek “to educate and nurture each student within Christ-centered community, integrating thought, life, and faith for service to others in the church and the world” (Mission Statement, adopted by Hesston College Board of Overseers in July 1994). Over the past three years, a Centennial Symbol Task Force comprised of faculty and staff developed a centennial symbol, along with the theme “Living The Vision: Hesston College 1909-2009.”

Centennial themes will be incor- porated into other regularly sched- uled events and activities on campus throughout 2009-2010

The premiere of A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College 1909-2009, by author John E. Sharp, Hesston College historian

The premiere of a Centennial Sculpture by Paul A. Friesen, visual arts faculty emeritus (1956-78, 2001-05)

• Historical Homes Tour • Centennial Cookbook: recipes from alumni & friends and famous cam- pus concoctions • Community Heritage Auction for the benefit of the next 100 years of Hesston College • Premiere of the Centennial Quilt alongside a college theater production • Musical Gala featuring alumni from across the ages • An all-class reunion banquet • Special alumni and church speakers reflecting on the past and looking to Hesston College’s future



COLLEGE 1909-2


The symbol depicts a stalk of ripened wheat and the Kansas sun, while the wavy lines denote the horizontal look of the prairie landscape, with the left to right movement symbolizing past to future. The symbol was developed partially in connection with the title of the forthcoming centennial history book, A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College 1909-2009, by John E. Sharp, Hesston College historian and history professor. Among other places, you will see this centennial symbol in this magazine, at centennial-related events, on gift items, and on banners across campus. See an illustration of one of the two banners in the far left column of Page 12 (facing page).

• Performances from Hesston’s rich music traditions, and former directors’ Alumni Choir •

A Commencement program honoring Hesston College’s legacy of the past, and establishing new traditions for future Hesston graduates

Watch your Christmas 2008 mail for the 2009-10 “Living The Vision” Calendar with details on celebration event dates

Thanks to the dedicated work of staff and faculty serving on the Centennial Steering Committee and the Centennial Symbol Task Force.

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New faces at Hesston






A number of new people are coming to Hesston College’s campus. Todd Lehman will assume his new position as campus pastor in August 2008. He replaces Kevin Wilder. Lehman graduated from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), Harrisonburg, Va., in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in culture, religion, and mission. From 2001 to 2007, Lehman served jointly as youth pastor at First Mennonite Church, and at Trinity Mennonite Church, both in Hillsboro, Kan. Lehman is married to Julie Stoltzfus ’98 Lehman, who was resident director of Erb Hall, the women’s dormitory, from 2002 to 2005. G. Lamar Roth, vice president of Student Life, says he’s thrilled to have Lehman as campus pastor. “Todd brings to his role strong relational skills and experience with youth ministry,” he said. “We believe that the religious life ministry at Hesston College will continue to blossom under his leadership.” In March, Dustin Galyon was appointed as men’s basketball coach. “Dustin brings to this position high energy and enthusiasm,” said Athletic Director Art Mullet. “His commitment to his faith and his loyalty to this institution will be important assets to his mission here.” A 2004 graduate of Hesston, Galyon holds a bachelor’s degree in communication (concentration in journalism/public relations) from EMU in 2006. An admissions counselor at Hesston since May 2006, he continues in that position part-time. He played basketball competitively in high school (Sterling, Kan.) and in college (at Hesston and at EMU). He served as assistant men’s basketball coach at Hesston during the 2006-07 season. Dan Harrison will coach the women’s basketball team. A psychology professor at Hesston since 2004, he served as assistant women’s basketball coach during the Larks 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. He has also coached boys and girls basketball teams at three Kansas high schools. A 1979 Hesston grad, Harrison has a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan., and a master of education degree in counseling from Wichita State University. Former women’s basketball coach Joel Kauffman now serves as vice president of admissions and financial aid at Hesston. Jeron Baker is the new men’s and women’s tennis coach. A 2003 Hesston College grad, he earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Goshen (Ind.) College in 2005. Baker played tennis competitively in high school and college. He will arrive on campus in early August. In academics, Jeanne Billings serves as the new college registrar. She has been a college staff member since 2001, working as an administrative assistant and an ACCESS lab supervisor. The ACCESS lab is a student-support center for academics. She also was assistant softball coach this spring. Billings replaces Gerry Selzer, whose resignation as registrar took effect June 30, after serving 14 years in the position. Selzer continues working halftime at the college, serving in the ACCESS lab, and assisting with institutional research.

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Living each day to the fullest by Phil Richard

Imagine that you’re only able to move your right arm and your head, and that you’re confined to sitting in a chair or wheelchair or lying in bed. Furthermore, you’ve experienced at least 25 surgeries or procedures in your 31 years. Yet your faith in God is solid, like the rock that God is. Your challenge? To live each day to the fullest, despite completex limitations. Rachelle Schweitzer, a 1997 Hesston graduate, lives with her father, Royce, in Henderson, Neb. Her medical problems began at the age of 16 months when she contracted meningitis, two weeks after she learned to walk. A doctor erroneously gave her a respirator for an adult rather than for a child. The result? She could only move her eyes. Over time, and up until high school, Schweitzer was able to walk short distances and move all her limbs except her left arm. But during high school and following, she has used a motorized wheelchair to get around. During high school, a special education teacher tried to put another roadblock in her way. “She told me I wouldn’t amount to anything since I was in a wheelchair, and that I’d never make it through college because I was dumb,” Schweitzer remembers. “I was upset,” she admitted, “but I let it go. I wanted to go to college, but the community college that I visited in Nebraska wasn’t what I wanted.” So her father and her aunt Trudy Schweitzer Kassebaum of nearby Hebron, Neb. (50 miles south)—both attended Hesston College (Royce in 1969 and Trudy in 1974)—suggested she visit Hesston. “People talked to me on campus,” Schweitzer recounted. “Nobody had treated me as nice and someone even opened the door for me. “Right then in my spirit, I knew God wanted me to go to Hesston,” she said. “And Hesston changed my life forever. If I hadn’t gone to Hesston College, I would have continued to believe I was dumb.” The turning point came one day when Schweitzer was scheduled to give a presentation in the Introduction to Special Education class taught by Luke Hartman. “Luke thought I’d wheel my wheelchair to the front of the class,” she said, “but I walked up.” After class, Schweitzer and Hartman began talking and she shared what the special education teacher told her in high school. “Luke told me, and over time, taught me, that the wheelchair didn’t make any difference, and that I was smart,” she said. “He gave me the confidence I have now. “The students were so willing to help me,” she said. “They’d carry me up the stairs or open doors for me. I could feel God’s spirit everywhere. “Hesston College built my faith tremendously,” Schweitzer added. “When I graduated from Hesston (with an associate degree in early childhood education), I transferred to the University of Nebraska, the real world. I was able to stick to my faith, which was hard. But Hesston gave me the rock to stand on.” “I remember the day Rachelle was slated to present to the class,” Hartman said. “It felt like an eternity watching her work so hard to get out of her chair, pull her walker off the back of the chair, and make her way forward. During Continued on page 18

Top photo: Rachelle Schweitzer with her physician at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Michael Priebe. Lower photo: Norm and Linda Yoder, Henderson, visit Rachelle Schweitzer. Yoder chairs the Hesston College Board of Overseers.

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Alumni News Notes, Summer 2008 1930-1939 Deaths Martha (Harder) Ac31 Dyck, Normal, Ill., Feb. 8, 2008 Eleanor (King) Ac39 Schrock, Kalona, Iowa, March 17, 2008 Rollin Yoder Ac39, Lenexa, Kan., March 4, 2008

1940-1949 Deaths Oliver Hathaway, husband of Ruby (Greaser) ’42 Hathaway, Quinter, Kan., Jan. 23, 2008 Lena (Schmidt) ’43 Good, Hesston, Kan., April 22, 2008 Duane Garber Ac44, Burnsville, Minn., May 25, 2008 Bernard Hershberger, husband of Neva Lou (Jantz) Ac44 Hershberger, Wellman, Iowa, Jan. 12, 2008 Milford Roupp Ac44, ’48, Goshen, Ind., Jan. 7, 2008 Donald Hochstetler Ac46, Kalona, Iowa, March 27, 2008

nonite, since Mennonites are not represented in the NCC as a member denomination. In addition to editing the Adult Bible Study, the adult Sunday school curriculum based on the Uniform Series outlines, Horsch also edits Purpose magazine, Mennonite worship bulletins, and the Mennonite Directory for the Faith & Life Resources Division of Mennonite Publishing Network. Marilyn (Begly) ’60 and Norman Stauffer, Pearl River, N.Y., served for three weeks in Viborg, S.D., with SOOP. James Wenger ’62, Baltimore, Md., ended a term as pastor at North Baltimore Mennonite Church on December 31, 2007. He began a term as intentional interim pastor at Conestoga Mennonite Church, Morgantown, Pa., March 1, 2008.

Deaths Loren Yoder Ac61, Leavenworth, Kan., May 1, 2008 David Stauffer ’66, Reno, Nev., June 22, 2007

1970-1979 Betsy Headrick McCrae ’73, Lakewood, Colo., was installed and licensed as pastor of Glennon Heights Mennonite Church, Lakewood, Sunday, September 23, 2007.

1950-1959 Norman ’58 and Phyllis Lind, Salem, Ore., served three weeks in Peticodiac, New Brunswick, with Service Opportunities for Older People (SOOP). Bill Zuercher ’56, Hesston, Kan., serves as volunteer Ministry Coordinator for South Central Mennonite Conference. Wilbur ’59 and Fanni (Marner) ’60 Birky, Goshen, Ind., served for three week in Phoenix with the SOOP program

Deaths Glenard Beyeler ’51, husband of Rita (Frey) ’54 Beyeler, Sun City, Ariz., March 19, 2008 Claire Eby, husband of Rosella (Kauffman) ’54 Eby, Drake, Saskatchewan., Feb. 21, 2008 Joan (Esch) ’56 Zook, Laramie, Wyo., March 21, 2008 LaVonda (Buller) ’57 Claassen, Newton, Kan., April 17, 2008

1960-1969 James Horsch ’60, Goshen, Ind., was elected chair of the National Council of Church’s (NCC) committee on the Uniform Series in April 2008. This is a unique and historic opportunity as a Men-

Kathy (Schmidt) Harder ’78, Mountain Lake, Minn., received her master’s degree in nursing from South Dakota State University in August 2007. She is employed by Sanford Health as a family nurse practitioner. Phyllis Miller ’76, Arlington, Va., has been named interim director of nursing at Bethel College, North Newton, Kan. Her appointment coincides with the launch of the college’s campaign to raise funds for a new facility for the 120-student nursing program. William ’79 MD PhD and Dawn (Burkholder) ’80 Weaver, Charlottesville, Va., traveled to Kijabe, Kenya, along with their two children for five weeks (May 11 to June 13, 2008) serving under World Medical Missions (Samaritan’s Purse). William taught new anesthetists’ in training while caring for patients in the operating room.

Death Joyce (Blough) ’71 McLear, Tulsa, Okla., Feb. 27. 2008

1980-1989 David Foncannon ’80, Pueblo, Colo., is pastor of Pueblo Mennonite Church. He was featured in an article in a February issue of The Pueblo Chieftain about how he allows the three streams of his life to flow together: song, art, and ministry. Larry Groff ’82, Kinzers, Pa., and his family (wife Sherry and children Tyler and Nicole) finished their term in Cambodia with MCC and returned to Pennsylvania in July 2008. Douglas Hadley ’82, Valparaiso, Ind., retired from ministry after 25 years in the United Methodist Church. He partners with The Growth Coach team as a business coach and motivational speaker where he helps to “create a path of success for personal and professional lives.” Kevin Yoder ’82, Elkhart, Ind., was licensed as pastor, along with his wife Sharon, at Olive Mennonite Church, Elkhart, in November 2007. Sheila Yoder Baer ’84, Villa Ridge, Mo., teaches music in a K-Grade 6 school in Union, Mo. She was invited to present at the Missouri Music Educators Conference in 2007 and the Kansas Music Educators Conference in 2008 on bucket drumming in the classroom. Kathy Keener Shantz ’85, Lancaster, Pa., serves as associate pastor of music and worship at James Street Mennonite Church, Lancaster. Chris Bellar ’87, Conway Springs, Kan., was featured in a May 2008 article in the Wichita Eagle on his success as boys and girls tennis coach at Conway Springs High School. The boys team finished second to Wichita Collegiate in the Class 3-2-1A state meet in May. The Cardinals won team titles in 2004 and 2005. And in the past 10 years, the Cardinals have qualified for every 3-2-1A boys and girls state meet. In addition, 19 athletes have received college tennis scholarships, while three former players are coaching high school or college tennis. Bellar began as tennis coach at Conway Springs in 1991.

photo by Marc Benavidez, the Wichita Eagle Judy Clemens ’89, Ottawa, Ohio, is the author of the Stella Crown mystery series of books and is a playwright. She has also written for short-story anthologies and periodicals. Her most recent book, Lost Sons, concerns Goshen (Ind.) College student Clayton Kratz, one of the first MCCers, who disappeared during service in Russia in 1920. The 291-page novel was pub-

17 alumni news lished in April 2008 by Herald Press. Clemens and her husband Steve Smucker ’89 attend Grace Mennonite Church, Pandora, Ohio. They have two children, Tristan and Sophia.

1990-1999 Shana (Miller) ’91 Meadows, Neosho, Mo., owns a thriving online business, along with her husband, Chris, called Simply Solutions, Inc., selling janitorial supplies and equipment to individuals and companies nationwide. Angie (Maury) ’94 Teeter, Hesston, Kan., began a part-time assignment as administrative assistant for South Central Mennonite Conference. A new Hispanic Mennonite church has been planted in Newton, Kan., and is meeting in a house. Violeta Ajquejay ’96 (right) and Norma Stoltzfus, some of the founding members of Iglesia Menonita Casa Betania, sing during the church’s dedication service Sunday, April 13. Another founding member is Maria (Irma) (Guzman) ’74 Gonzalez. The small congregation hopes to reach out to Hispanic members of the community. Jaime Cazares, with his wife Suhelen, moved from Omaha, Neb., to become part-time pastor June 15.

photo by Cristina Janney, the Newton Kansan Mark Schroeder ’96, Austin, Texas, was promoted to Regional Director for Africa with Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor) Inc. He relocated to Durban, South Africa, for a two-year assignment. Derek Yoder ’96, Hesston, Kan., was ordained for Christian ministry Sunday, April 20, 2008, at Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston. Gentry (Schmidt) ’99 Doggendorf, Holly Springs, N.C., teaches mathematics at Holly Springs High School. She is the math department co-chair, varsity volleyball coach, and the assistant track coach. With a conference record of 13-1, the volleyball team ended the season as conference champions, and Gentry received the conference’s Coach of the Year award for 2007. Adriana Koehn ’99, Hillsboro, Kan., has begun a one-year assignment with Mennonite Central Committee, serving in Guatemala with a program called Connecting Peoples, which facilitates crosscultural learning and work tours between North and Central America and between Guatemala and El Salvador.

Marriage Matt Burkey ’98, former staff and Kristy Fornwald, Pittsburgh, Pa., Jan. 15, 2008

Births Heather Wengerd ’91 and Mark Kaufman, Minneapolis, Minn.: Elias Alvin, Feb. 18, 2008 Travis ’93 and Tonya (Litwiller) ’93 Unruh, Washington, Iowa: Teagen Kate, Feb. 11, 2008 Rod ’94 and Paula Eby, Hartville, Ohio: Kate Marie, Sept. 6, 2007 Jeff ’95 and Peggy Fast, Maple Grove, Minn.: Evanston Graham, May 18, 2007 Tara (Amstutz) ’95 and Kevin Goering, Cambridge, Iowa: Sadie Grace, Nov. 26, 2007 Leigh Ann (Peachey) ’95 and Keith O’Halloran, Hesston, Kan.: Emmet Elam, March 5, 2008 Julie (Owens) ’95 and Bob Roth, Middlebury, Ind.: Aaron Charles, March 28, 2008 Valerie (Jantz) ’95 and Stephen Seely, Inola, Okla.: Josiah David, Feb. 17, 2008 Sara (Nitzsche) ’96 and Rob Simms, Omaha, Neb.: Olivia Rose and Avery Ruth, Dec. 27, 2007 Brad ’96 and Stephanie Ernst, Folsom, Pa.: Samantha Mae, Aug. 13, 2007 Derek ’96, former staff and Joy (Smith) ’96 Yoder, Hesston, Kan.: Callie Rae, March 21, 2008 Warren ’97 and Emilie Bontrager, Hutchinson, Kan.: Madison Paige, Jan. 7, 2008 Jordan ’97 and Kristin Burch, West Linn, Ore.: Tommy Levi, Feb. 20, 2007, and Peyton Jackson, Feb. 1, 2008 Angela (Parker) ’97, ’05 and Tony Estes, Lebanon, Ore.: Emma Mae, Feb. 9, 2008 Debbie (Miller) ’97 and Matt Hickman, Cassopolis, Mich.: Makyla Elizabeth born Sept. 11, 2006; received for adoption April 7, 2008 Tasha (Propps) ’97 and Ben Warner, Hydro, Okla.: Caleb Don and Kiersten Elaine, Feb. 22, 2007 Todd ’97 and Betsey (Carman) ’97 Yoder, Greeley, Colo.: Katherine “Katie” Mae, March 21, 2008 Rachel George-Miller ’98 and Dustin Miller, Goshen, Ind.: Levi Trennis, March 20, 2008 Brent ’98 and Rachel (Hoffman) ’98 Yoder, Jacksonville, Ill.: Caroline Grace, March 25, 2008 Jessica (Krabill) ’98, ’05 and James Polk, Hutchinson, Kan.: Kenzie Elsie, Feb. 15, 2008 Sherri-Lynn (Kauffman) ’98, former staff and Ryan Wenger, Tofield, Alta.: Caleb Garrett, March 22, 2008 Kristen (Miller) ’99 and Brent Estep, Boswell, Pa.: Caleb Thomas, March 22, 2007 Andy ’99, staff, and Amy (Yoder) ’99 Sharp, Hesston, Kan.: Jack Andrew, March 5, 2008

2000-2008 Jennifer (Yordy) ’02 Hostetler, Eureka, Ill., along with her husband Nathan, will be missionaries in Argentina from November 2008 to March 2009.

Andrew ’04 and Heidi (Bender) ’04 Willems, Kalona, Iowa, began Mennonite Voluntary Service assignments in San Antonio, Texas. Andrew is a program assistant with House of Teens at Divine Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Heidi is a resident supervisor with Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Inc. Bruce Yoder ’04, Greenwood, Del., along with his sister, Evie Yoder ’06, started a three-month bike trip on June 2, 2008, across the United States from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Portland, Ore. Ho-Hyun Lee ’06, Gun-po City, South Korea, was among ten Eastern Mennonite University seniors who were honored as this year’s “Cords of Distinction” recipients. The students, nominated by faculty, staff, and fellow students, were cited for exemplifying the school’s highest ideals. Lee graduated from EMU with a major in biochemistry and a minor in business administration.

EMU photo by Jim Bishop Ryan Troyer ’07, Lititz, Pa., began a Mennonite Voluntary Service assignment in Sioux Falls, S.D., as a resettlement assistant with Lutheran Social Services Refugee and Immigration Programs.

Marriages Nate Gillis ’00 and Marika Nolt, Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 27, 2007 Audra Booth ’02 and Matt Franz, Sturgis, Mich., March 22, 2008 Denae Kennel ’03 and Benjamin Weaver, Souderton, Pa., June 23, 2007 Lori Holsopple ’04 and Chris Jantz, Harrisonburg, Va., Jan. 19, 2008 Rhiannon Schrag ’04 and Matt Royston, Wichita, Kan., June 7, 2008 Dena Hochstetler ’05 and Shannon Sensenig, Spooner, Wis., April 7, 2007 Rochelle Zook ’05 and Nathan Grieser, Sarasota, Fla., Feb. 2, 2008


Rachel (Buckwalter) ’00 and Paul Amudala, Denver, Pa.: Elizabeth Grace, April 1, 2008 Rose (Martin) ’00 and Jason Kousky, Goshen, Ind.: Jasmin Joy, Jan. 9, 2008 Reuben ’01 and Jeri Hunsberger, Davidsville, Pa.: Andie Grace, Feb. 27, 2008 Greg ’01 and Laura (Regier) ’01 Myers, New- ton, Kan.: Luke Benjamin, March 3, 2008 Sonya (Salas) ’03 and Jay Jernigan, Wamego, Kan.: Laina Rae, March 2, 2008 Luke ’04 and Hannah (Hartzler) ’04 Krehbiel, Garden City, Kan.: Lily Elizabeth, Feb. 28, 2008 Dawn Ebert ’07, Newton, Kan.: Cole, March 17, 2008

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Living Life to the Fullest, continued from page 15

Danielle (Miller) ’08 and Dominque Craft, Hutchinson, Kan.: Colby Marie, April 3, 2008 Shannon Wright ’09, Wellington, Kan.: Addilynn Rachel Lucille, March 18, 2008 Stephanie Gehring ’10, Wichita, Kan.: Mackenlee Jo Soden, March 6, 2008

her laborious walk to the front of the classroom, I realized the true meaning of perseverance and determination, and received evidence that the limits that we put on ourselves or society puts on us can be transcended.” After two years studying with fellow Cornhuskers, Schweitzer underwent 15 various procedures all at one time. Then, in the fall of 2001, she transferred to Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kan. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in education in the spring of 2003, she served as a substitute teacher at Henderson (Neb.) Elementary School. But in February 2006, her medical condition suddenly grew much worse. “I woke up one morning and could only move my arms,” she said. “Doctors still don’t know why.” From April 2007 through February 2008, Schweitzer was either at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, or in a Rochester, Minn., nursing home recovering. During that time, doctors discovered one of her kidneys died, but they don’t know why. Schweitzer has been home since the middle of March (2008). “A home health nurse stays with me during the day,” she explained. “My dad stays with me a lot, too.” Her brothers, Derek, who graduated from Hesston in 2003, and Bret, a 2004 Hesston grad, are studying at the University of NebraskaKearney. But along with her dad, they help or stay with her, even when she’s at Mayo Clinic. And she says her aunt Trudy assists any way she can. [Her mother left the family when Rachelle was 10.] The people at Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson have also been a huge support. “If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t be able to go to Mayo Clinic,” she said. “They’ve helped with some of the bills. And one member, Norm Yoder, usually takes me to and from Mayo Clinic by adapting his van. He and Linda are wonderful people.” Yoder has chaired the Hesston College Board of Overseers since 2005, and has been a board member since 2001. “Rachelle is the most positive individual I know,” Yoder said. “No matter how bad she feels, she always has an upbeat ‘How are you?’ with a smile on her face. She is always more interested and concerned about how we are, even though she has gone through so much. She is a real inspiration to all of us.” Schweitzer uses a computer, typing with her right hand. She can sit up and eat or visit, or talk on the phone. But her medical condition has affected her bodily functions. “People ask me why I’m not upset,” she said, “or wonder whether I ask why. But God has a reason.” She points to John 11:4, where Jesus spoke to Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus was sick. “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (NIV) Schweitzer says Dr. Michael Priebe at Mayo is pulling for her. “He told me he wants to do all he can,” she said. “So he prays every time before he reviews my case and tries to figure it out. Doctors don’t usually tell you that.”

Faculty/Staff Brenda Martin Hurst, former faculty, Frazer, Pa., was installed as lead pastor at Frazer Mennonite Church Oct. 22, 2007. —————————————————— CORRECTION: Two children of Hesston College alumni were omitted from “Thank you for sending your very best” on Page 15 of the Spring 2008 issue of Hesston College Today. We apologize for the omissions. That list should have included: * Sidney De Coster—Alene Nafziger ’71, Keerbergen, Belgium * Andrea Gallardo—Robert and Sheila (Morgison) ’94 Gable, Wichita, Kan.

A call for entries The Hesston College Theatre Department in cooperation with the Hesston College Sociology Department seeks entries for a reader’s theatre forum for the 2008-09 school year. Four evenings throughout the year will be set aside to present essays and first-person narratives on a variety of themes. Megan Tyner, theatre director; Dwight Roth, sociology professor; and John C. Murray, pastor of Hesston Mennonite Church; request that Hesston College students, faculty, alumni, and community members submit material in a first-person narrative on one of four topics.The topics are: What Religion Means to Me; Stories of Peace; Families: Whole and Broken; and What I Know/The Meaning of My Life. For more information, contact Tyner at 620-327-8142 or e-mail: megant@, or go to hesstoncollegetoday for the complete news story.

“This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4 (NIV) UPDATE—Schweitzer is taking a new regimen of antibiotics intravenously over a period of 28 days, medication prescribed by Dr. Michael Priebe at Mayo Clinic in late May. Dr. Priebe hopes the antibiotics will address the problem(s) that’s causing intense pain in her one remaining kidney. The hope is that the antibiotics will improve her health to the point where she can return to Mayo Clinic for an MRI of the kidney.

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Scott Barge receives Fulbright Fellowship Scott Barge ’97 has secured a prestigious J. William Fulbright Fellowship to conduct a ninemonth study in Lithuania on the different models of higher education in eastern Europe. A doctoral student at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., Barge says his nine-month research fellowship begins this September. His goal is to study how undergraduate students are engaged in their education across a variety of institutions—both private (like LCC International University in Lithuania), and larger public institutions. From 2001-2004, he served at Lithuania Christian College (LCC) with Mennonite Mission Network. The college changed its name to LCC International University in 2007. At Harvard, Barge is in the beginning phases of his dissertation work for his doctorate in higher education, with a focus on undergraduate institutions. For the complete news story, visit NOTE: Read the regular column “the Editor’s Desk” by Phil Richard at

Journey toward wellness By Dallas Stutzman

January 29, 2008, seemed like any day. A treadmill test as a part of my physical, then a day of HC work and both college and high school basketball games with my daughter Kara. It ended with a failed treadmill, and admission to Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita. A heart catheterization was done, then I was scheduled for heart bypass surgery in two days. In all of this, my wife Jan (Unruh) ’72 Stutzman and I felt God’s presence in powerful ways. The words from Psalm 34 rang true: “The angel of the Lord is on guard round those who fear him, and rescues them.” The patient in one “service station stall” said, “You will survive this and God will care for all your needs. I’ve done it and so can you.” The time since has revealed how close I was to death, but also has given validation to the Scripture and the patient’s words. The level of caring and prayer from all of God’s community of people has been unbelievable. I have more energy than I’ve had in years, and I have breath to sing in church again! Along this post-surgery journey, I determined that I was not going back to my life as it had been. I am choosing to experience life in a much different way. This “shock to the physical system” has jarred every part of my life. I am enjoying the wellness benefits that come from 30-45 minutes of daily aerobic exercise (see related “Think Thirty” article by faculty member Jen LeFevre on pages 8-9) and from evaluating everything I eat on a daily basis. I’m not perfect and I will make mistakes. I do, however, want to pay significant attention to all aspects of human wellness. One theme that I’ve heard in conversations with many persons after my “Cabbage Surgery” (check your doctor for that definition!) is: people desire to eat healthy and to exercise properly each day, but the stress of everyday life makes these important life needs low priorities—“I’ll start walking tomorrow” or “I really do need to lose 20 pounds.” There is no day like today to start for all of us, and I hope and pray to continue doing it myself so that I’m around to meet the grandkids and continue to live life to the fullest as God intended. Our culture is such an “oxymoron”—we have more knowledge than ever about healthy eating and exercise, but we are significantly worse off physically. Will I eat at a fast food restaurant? Yes! I’ve learned that you can’t just stop being a part of the society we live in. Restaurants now offer great tasting and healthy options and we can cook that way at home, too—if we choose to. But as an example, “I’m lovin it” at McDonald’s won’t happen anymore. A large sandwich, fries, and soft drink meal includes nearly 100 percent of the daily total and saturated fat suggested to maintain proper cardiovascular living. Our “Super Size” culture goes way beyond the recommended calorie and fat levels. As the song goes­—God is SO Good! Blessings to you in your own journey toward wellness. Dallas Stutzman ’76, vice president of Alumni and Church Relations, has served at Hesston College from 1978-82, and from 1991 to the present.

A Hesston Homecoming 2008

September 26-28

321 Improv comedy show

Reflect, Rejoice, Renew A Hesston Homecoming 2008 September 26-28 featuring: • Dedication and tours of the new Hesston College Friesen Center for the Visual Arts, in honor of Paul and Wilma Friesen

• Thirteen anniversary class reunions • Soccer matches, volleyball games, alumni vs. varsity baseball and softball games • BBQ Picnic Tailgate and Festival • Hesston College history storytelling with faculty member and historian John E. Sharp and alumni luncheon • Alumni Artist Show and “Meet the Artists” reception • Alumni banquet and program featuring Swaziland (Africa) highlights with Jim ’62, faculty and Phyllis Yoder • 321 Improv comedy show—Laughter to complete a wonderful evening with alumni friends and the college community in the recently completed Hesston Mennonite Church facility • Worship service Sunday morning with student and alumni led worship. Featured worship service speaker: Dave Foncannon ’80, musician, sculptor, and pastor Complete weekend brochure and registration (including on-line) enclosed inside this Summer 2008 issue of Hesston College Today magazine. Class Reunion Members: Go to the alumni page at for directions to join your class Facebook Group and to connect with your classmates before the reunion!

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