Review - McPherson College Magazine, Spring 2019

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Should small colleges exist ? Billionaire philanthropist Harry Stine ‘63 challenges the value of small colleges.


McPherson College conferred degrees on 151 students in its 131st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The graduating class included seven students receiving Master of Education degrees.





President Schneider sits down with long-time supporters of the college Harry Stine ‘63 and Myron Stine ’94 to discuss the challenges facing small colleges.


Billion VISION



From its founding in 1887, the seeds of generosity have been sown and nurtured by thousands of individuals who believe in our mission.

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On the cover: Illustrations by Evan Hiebert ‘14 of Atelier Design.



Spring 2019 | Vol. 108, No. 1 McPherson College 1600 E. Euclid PO Box 1402 McPherson, KS 67460 (620) 242-0400 (800) 365-7402 www. The Review welcomes and reports the news of our diverse alumni and friends. Their activities may represent a variety of viewpoints which may or may not be endorsed by the college. McPherson College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or physical or emotional disability. © 2019 McPherson College


Melanie and Richard Lundquist, among California’s most significant philanthropists, are major supporters of McPherson College.



The Review McPherson College Magazine is published twice a year by the Office of Marketing and Public Relations for the alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the college. Editor - Tina Goodwin director of public relations Design - Brian Lundberg director of marketing, Corey Long ‘17 graphic designer Photography - Colleen Gustafson ‘06 promotions and new media manager Contributing Staff Monica Rice director of alumni and constituent relations Dave Barrett ’90 advancement officer Jeremy Nelson athletic communications director Kendra Flory advancement assistant



McPherson College Administration Michael P. Schneider ‘96 president Abbey Archer-Rierson chief of staff Roger Brimmerman vp for advancement Bruce Clary ’77 vp for academic affairs Khalilah Doss vp for student life & dean of students Andrew Ehling athletic director Amanda Gutierrez vp for automotive restoration Christi Hopkins vp for enrollment management Marty Sigwing director of facilities Brenda Stocklin-Smith director of human resources Rick Tuxhorn vp for finance

news Ready for Adventure!



his spring the college received a significant multi-year commitment to develop outdoor “adventure” programming. Programming will immediately impact current students and has potential for enrollment growth, according to college officials. Tony Helfrich was hired to direct the program. “We are the first college in Kansas to introduce this kind of comprehensive programming centered around one of Kansas’ greatest assets – its outdoor environments,” President Michael Schneider said. “The gift will help us develop programming for our students who sometimes struggle finding things to do off campus. Programming will also engage students in experiential learning and leadership development.” The gift, made by a local private organization, will fund start-up programming costs as well as offset the next two years of operations as McPherson College develops student opportunities.

This past fall, McPherson College closed a long-running and successful program that offered professional development for in-service teachers in the Milwaukee area. The McPherson College Milwaukee Center for Continuing Education served 12,000 individual teachers over the past 44 years, the last 20 years under the direction of Lorraine Lahdenpera. Because of changes made by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, demand for the type of professional development courses offered by the Milwaukee Center declined, and McPherson College decided to close its doors. The Milwaukee Center was one of a few outreach programs the college established




Director of Adventure Programs Tony Helfrich leads students on a hike through Horse Thief Canyon.

Called Bulldog Adventures, the new programming will provide students with unprecedented access to the outdoors in the form of co-curricular clubs, experiential learning in and out of the classroom, and fun social activities. The new program takes advantage of outdoor spaces around Kansas and may include cycling, hiking, fishing, hunting, water sports, camping, and nature conservation utilizing places like Maxwell Wildlife Refuge, Kanopolis State Park, Coronado Heights, the Meadowlark Trail, and the Flint Hills. In addition, McPherson College will explore student access on their own 9,500 acres of land. “McPherson College sits in the middle of some of the most picturesque landscape in our state,” President Schneider said. “We have thousands of acres of outdoor activity space that we will utilize to enrich our student experience.”

in 1975 to help generate revenue, and the only one that continued for any length of time. Lahdenpera was instrumental to the success of the Milwaukee Center, according to Bruce Clary, vice president for academic affairs. Her leadership and ability to foresee the changes taking place in Wisconsin enabled the college to phase out the program without it becoming a financial burden, Clary said. “Lorraine was really the secret sauce that made it so successful,” he said. “She was the only full-time employee who hired all the instructors and coordinated all of the course logistics. She was just phenomenal. I know the center made an impact on the

quality of teaching in Milwaukee.” The teaching staff was composed of area school district educators and administrators, many of whom taught for 25 years at the center. Courses such as “Creating a Classroom Website” or “Learning with Dr. Seuss” were taught at satellite locations throughout Milwaukee. “The Milwaukee Center was successful for a very long time thanks to the efforts made by Lorraine Lahdenpera. She was the reason why the center was such a success and served so many educators,” President Michael Schneider said. “We would still be there offering courses to teachers today if the rules hadn’t changed.”

New Health Center Set To Open In Fall

Navigating the complexities of health care can be confusing, particularly for college students who may be dealing with a health crisis alone for the first time. McPherson College will make it easier for its students to access health care and counseling resources on campus with a new student health center that will open in the fall of 2019. Construction on the new facility began in December on Gordon Street across from Morrison and Metzler residence halls. When completed, the new building will house the health clinic and counseling offices. Currently, the offices are located in converted residence hall rooms in Harter Hall. “Often cost, convenience, and office hours can prevent students from seeking medical attention off campus,” McPherson College President Michael Schneider said. “We offer our students the most comprehensive health and counseling services among colleges our size in the state. Our new clinic will allow greater access to high-quality wellness resources on campus.” Access to health and counseling services on campus was consistently the top concern on student surveys. In 2014, the college responded to students’ concern over the lack of on-campus health services by contracting with Partners In Family Care to provide physical health services to campus. Partners In Family Care, based in Moundridge, Kansas, is a practice run in part by Drs. Paul and Marla Ullom-Minnich, both alumni of McPherson College.

Dear McPherson College Alumni, Friends, & Family,

President’s message


In 2017 McPherson College introduced the Community by Design strategic plan, a five-year initiative that communicates our goals for growth. So far, our progress is significant: • Our Student Debt Project, which assists students to graduate college debt free, is off the ground with 60 student participants next academic year. • Our focus on preparing students for - and actually placing them in - careers in their chosen field has developed into an exemplary record of placement. Ninety-eight percent of our students are in careers within six months of graduation. • Our enrollment and retention numbers are at all-time highs as we expect over 800 students in the fall semester. • Our constituents have communicated over $175 million in non-binding estate commitments.

Soon we will announce new academic programming in health sciences. We are also examining how residential campuses are changing, and how they should be planned and built to meet the needs of the next generation of students to ensure community. In this issue, we feature stories about how our alumni and friends are helping us accomplish the goals set out in Community by Design. Their generosity through philanthropy and various forms of planned giving are invaluable as we bring Community by Design to life.

Health services are currently available to students, faculty, staff and community members Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and provided by Ashlee Pauls, P.A., another McPherson College alumna, as well as Dr. Marla Ullom-Minnich. The new clinic building will provide an opportunity for the practice to bring a full-time physician on staff.

I also want to invite you to join us during Homecoming on October 11-13 when the campus will celebrate the launch of our Community by Design comprehensive fundraising campaign. We will make some exciting announcements and let you know how you can support progress on our goals.

The college also works with Client Centered Counseling, a fully licensed practice in McPherson, to provide counseling services on campus, at its downtown location, and in the event of a crisis. Linda Helmer, a McPherson College graduate, owns the practice and is one of the therapists who works with students.

Our plans are coming to life and I encourage you our biggest advocates - to come with us on our journey to ensure our place as one of America’s great small colleges.

Health and counseling services at the college are highly utilized by students and staff members, according to the clinic records. Student fees will include unlimited health care office visits for full-time students, as well as four visits with the counseling office at no charge. Clinical services, like laboratory work, are also available but will be submitted to insurances.

It’s a great day to be a Bulldog!

Michael P. Schneider President, McPherson College



student awards

Art & Design Students Continue Success at Competitions Students in the McPherson College Visual Arts Department found success this year in design competitions and in career opportunities. Students in the program recently brought home top awards again from the Wichita AIGA Student Portfolio Forum and from the Dallas Society of Visual Communications (DSVC) national student show and conference, and one student was selected out of 700 applicants for a prestigious summer internship. This summer Chloe Cloud, a senior from Wichita, worked with Barkley Advertising in Kansas City, Missouri. Barkley is the largest independent advertising agency in Kansas City and the seventh largest independent agency in the United States. Its clients include Applebee’s, Cargill, Spirit Airlines, Russell Athletic, AMC Theatres, and many more. This was the first time that students from McPherson College applied for the internship opportunity.





This is also the first year that McPherson College students competed in the DSVC national student show. Six student projects were accepted into the show and Micah Gilbert, a junior from Elkhart, Indiana, received first place for his photography entry. Visual arts students also competed at the AIGA annual student competition, where college students have the opportunity to have their design portfolios reviewed by professionals in the industry. Students taking top awards there include:

• Italia Venegas, junior, Shawnee Mission, first place, motion design • Lillian Oeding, senior, Wichita, first place, web design • Chloe Cloud, senior, Wichita, first place, best ad • Jaden Hilgers, senior, Wichita, third place, overall portfolio

Parkes Wolters placed first in the undergraduate oral presentation competition at the annual meeting of the Kansas Academy of Science and Kansas Entomological Society on March 30. Wolters graduated in May with a biochemistry major and is from Osborne, Kansas. His presentation was titled “Measuring the Relationship Between Body Condition and Body Composition in Two Kansas Spider Species.” Wolters will attend medical school at the University of Kansas next year. During his sophomore year, he was one of 16 students accepted into the Scholars in Rural Health program at the university, which assures his acceptance into the medical school. Two other McPherson College students, Micaila Curtis and Samantha Nelson, also presented at the annual meeting. All natural science students at McPherson College work on a capstone research project for nearly two years. Students from McPherson College consistently place among the top undergraduate research presentations each year at the meeting, according to Dustin Wilgers, associate professor in natural sciences. “This meeting is an excellent opportunity for our students to share their research with scientists of all levels across the state, and our students all did an excellent job sharing their research again this year,” Wilgers said. “The opportunity to hear about other research going on by other students and other institutions and networking with other scientists makes this experience worth all the extra effort they put into it.”


Global Expert Speaks About Food Sustainability “Feeding the Future with Forgotten Foods” was the topic of a guest lecturer who visited the campus in March. Professor Sayed Azam-Ali spoke in Brown Auditorium about his work with the Forgotten Foods Network, an initiative that aims to nourish the world population into the future. In his presentation, Professor Azam-Ali explored how forgotten foods and the “forgotten” crops from which they are produced can help nourish a global population on a hotter planet without destroying the natural resources on which we all depend. The Forgotten Foods Network was launched in 2017 by Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, in partnership with Crops For the Future Research Center (CFFRC), where Professor Azam-Ali serves as CEO. Based in Kuala Lumpur, CFFRC is the world’s first center dedicated to under-utilized crops for food and non-food uses. The essential concern of the CFFRC is that only four major crops now provide over 60 percent of the world’s food. Professor Azam-Ali studies ways to diversify the global food basket with nutritious crops in the face of climate change. Professor Azam-Ali has been recognized for his work with the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for research in Global Food Security. He holds the chair in Global Food Security at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom and until recently was the chair of the Association of International Research and Development Centers for Agriculture, a nine-member alliance focused on increasing global food security by supporting small-holder agriculture within healthy, sustainable and climate-smart landscapes. In addition to his public lecture, Professor Azam-Ali also spoke to students in the Peace Studies class.

Pianist Kodanashvili performs at Lingenfelter Accomplished pianist Vakhtang Kodanashvili was the guest performer in the spring Lingenfelter Artist Series hosted at McPherson College in April. He performed works by Schumann and Prokofiev. Audiences had a second opportunity to engage with the artist over a complimentary lunch provided by the college when he spoke about his craft and career. Kodanashvili made his New York City debut at Lincoln Center in 2001 after his victory at The World Piano Competition in Cincinnati. He has received prizes in several international competitions. Kodanashvili moved to the United States in 1995 and joined the world-renowned Alexander Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend. As a member of the studio he frequently performs throughout the world, appearing at prestigious music festivals as well as performing with numerous symphony orchestras. A native of Tbilisi, Georgia, Kodanashvili began his musical education at the age of six. While in school he regularly performed in Georgia and other republics of the former Soviet Union and had his orchestral debut at the age of nine. He appeared as a soloist with national orchestras, and his performances were frequently broadcasted on television and radio. He earned both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in piano performance at Indiana University South Bend and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Michigan State University College of Music. The Fern Lingenfelter Artist Series was established in 2016, thanks to a generous commitment to McPherson College honoring Lingenfelter. Her son, Steve Clark, chairman of Clark Investment Group in Wichita, established the fund that supports the two annual music performance events, with special emphasis on piano. Lingenfelter, an alumna of McPherson College, taught piano in McPherson for many years to both college students on campus and younger students at her studio downtown.

McPherson College celebrated 20 employees and trustees for their years of service to the college with a reception, dinner, and awards program in March. The annual night of recognition celebrated the work of faculty, staff and board of trustees members who have served the college from five to 30 years.


From left front: Patricia Hartshorn, Marylyn Matthaei, Bonnie Wall, Mariah Ramey, Carry Smith; From left back: Shane Kirchner, Ann Zerger, Andrew Olsen, Andrew Ullom, Chris Paulsen, Curt Goodwin, Brian Martin, Michael Dudley, Kenneth Yohn.

“The outstanding achievements and accomplishments by the honorees in the classroom, within individual departments, and in the McPherson community propel the college beyond being a great college to work for,” President Michael Schneider said. “These honorees facilitate world-class experiences for our students, and it is in this deep sense of campus community where our students excel to be leaders of the future.”



faculty RETIRED

Dan Hoffman

Looking back over a teaching career spent almost entirely at McPherson College, Dan Hoffman remembers the smaller moments most fondly. “When I was coaching track and a student set a PR on a day when they really excelled, that’s really fun to see,” he said. “In the classroom every once in a while you see a light turn on, and that’s fun too.” Hoffman retired in May as associate professor of health and physical education after 37 years at McPherson College. He arrived at the college after teaching in high school for two years and spending one year at Bethany Theological Seminary. His interest was in track, and McPherson had an opening. “The people and the relationship with the church are two of the biggies that have kept me here for so long,” Hoffman said. “Of course, I love the students. I stay in touch with many of them - some of them are from the very beginning.” Hoffman spent his career with student-athletes in the classroom and on the playing field. He likes to use a quote attributed to Plato that says “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation,” and says that he literally sweats with all his students. He is proud of the students who work with him each year at the Kansas Kids Fitness Day in Salina and always looked forward to spending a week in May camping with students taking the Camp and Recreation class. For many of the students, it was their first experience camping. Over his career Hoffman served as coach for golf, tennis, volleyball, basketball, defensive coordinator for football, and track and cross country. He filled roles as the director of continuing education, faculty chair more than once, and was athletic director off and on for a total of eight years. He also taught in the business and math departments. “I will absolutely miss my colleagues and students. I won’t miss grading papers,” he said. “I wanted to retire on a high note, while I still think I’m viable, and I think that’s what I’m doing.” Hoffman plans to continue farming and get started on a long list of projects in his retirement.

Ann Zerger

Coming to McPherson College 15 years ago as an adjunct professor was one of those turns in life that took Ann Zerger down a path she wasn’t really expecting. After earning her MFA in sculpture at Wichita State University, she imagined becoming a working artist. “I knew Wayne Conyers as a fellow artist. He knew I was getting my MFA and asked if I would be interested in teaching one class in photography,” Zerger explained. “I thought it might be fun. I started teaching more classes, and a couple of years later I was offered a full time teaching job.” Zerger is a sculptor whose work is appreciated throughout the region. She’s taught a range of classes within the department – everything from drawing to metalsmithing and jewelry. However, she is proudest of the work she has done to develop the photography program within the fine arts department. When she started, photography was offered only on a limited basis, but through her work with students taking photography as an independent study she was able to grow the curriculum. Today, graphic design photography is one of the emphases offered in the visual arts major. “I’m really proud of what my students have accomplished,” she said. “Sometimes as an instructor you open a door for a student, and you don’t know when it will happen, but it’s great when you can see a passion that was behind that door.” Zerger said she is ready to get back on the path of working as an artist and in the next year will be working on a major installation based on the butterfly sculptures she created for her own property. She also has a few commissioned pieces she will be working on as well as adding to her own installation on the prairie near her home. She will also be focusing on family and travel. “I will miss all my art colleagues and all my colleagues outside of the art department,” she said. “The college makes it so easy to interact with others across campus. There are none of the issues of hierarchy that exist at other places. This is really a stellar place to work.”




news Dr. Shane Kirchner, professor of education, presented at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) national conference in Louisville, Kentucky, in February. He spoke about the grant he received from AACTE used by the state chapter (KACTE) for the development of a statewide student teacher assessment tool. The assessment is now in its third semester of a pilot study. Dr. Julia Largent, assistant professor of communication, signed a book contract with Routledge to co-edit an anthology on foodie fandoms. The anthology, currently titled “Eating Fandom: Intersections Between Fans and Food Cultures,” is scheduled to be released in 2020. Dr. Cari Lott, associate dean of institutional research & assessment; associate professor of education, traveled to Chicago in March as a peer reviewer to evaluate Elmhurst College’s general education program curriculum and assessment. Elmhurst is a private liberal arts college in Chicago. Ed Barr, associate professor of technology, has written a new book titled, “Sheet Metal Shaping: Tools, Skills, and Projects.” It was available on Amazon May 1. Dr. Herb Smith, professor of philosophy and religion, will present a lecture on “The Importance of Names in Traditional Cultures” at the Pennsylvania Chautauqua Society this summer. He will also be presenting a series on “Jewish Festivals” for the Pennsylvania United Methodist Conference. He and his wife, Dr. Jeanne Smith, along with Professor Jd. Bowman, will be taking students to Kerala State, India, during interterm in January for a dramatic presentation and to visit various Hindu temple sites. Luke Chennell, in partnership with the American Bugatti Club and two students, Philip Reinhardt and Carlos Espinel, wrote and published a Bugatti Type 57 Rally Assistance Manual. The project immersed both students with the cars, including research with experts and specialists in the marque. The 45-page manual covering operation, care, and repair of the Type 57 was published in January and is currently on sale via the club. Dr. Jeanne Smith, professor emerita of English, is in the process of publishing her master’s thesis, “The Religious Element in the Plays of George Bernard Shaw.” Her recent publication of “Refugees: A Family’s Search for Freedom” has received positive reviews globally in Asia and Africa. This spring she was recognized as a distinguished alumna of James Madison University. Kyle Hopkins, associate professor of music and director of bands, was selected to present at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention in February in Wichita. His presentation was titled “Uncoiling the Mystery - Understanding and Teaching the French Horn.” Michaela Valli Groeblacher, assistant professor of art, won first place in the prestigious national ceramics exhibition in Wichita with her piece Clown #2. The exhibition focused on ceramics and sculptures made of clay and assembled entries from artists across the country. She also received Best of Show at the Prairie Art Show in Sterling, Kansas, with Clown #1.

The McPherson College Board of Trustees approved the following faculty for promotion and tenure at its spring board meeting. Luke Chennell

tenured and promoted to associate professor of technology

Garrick Green

promoted to professor of technology

Kyle Hopkins

tenured associate professor of music

Dr. Kirk MacGregor

tenured and promoted to associate professor of philosophy and religion

Lorena Medrano

tenured and promoted to associate professor of Spanish

Danielle Sutter, assistant director of residence life, was accepted into Baker University’s doctoral program for higher education leadership. Dr. James Bowyer, associate professor of music, was selected to present at the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention in February in Wichita. His presentation was titled “Bel Canto: Choral Rehearsal Techniques and Materials.” Dr. Kirk MacGregor, assistant professor of philosophy and religion, has published his fifth book, “Contemporary Theology: An Introduction – Classical, Evangelical, Philosophical, and Global Perspectives." It was released in January along with a 38-lecture video series that accompanies the textbook.

Dr. Bryan Midgley

promoted to professor of psychology

Dr. Kim Stanley, professor and chair of Department of Modern Languages, served as a site visitor for the National Endowment for the Humanities’ review of Colorado Humanities. She wrote a blog for Humanities Kansas website about her family history writing workshop titled, “The Flesh and the Bones,” and directed workshops in writing family stories at Donnelly College in Kansas City and at Stafford County Historical Society. She also conducted a book discussion for Humanities Kansas about Gish Jen’s “Typical American.”




Softball finishes as KCAC co-champs!

Softball (33-16, 20-4 KCAC)

It was a historic season for the McPherson College softball team under first-year head coach Tony Segovia ‘00. The Bulldogs, who were picked to finish sixth in the KCAC preseason poll, ended up as co-champions sharing the title with Avila University. The Bulldogs finished the season with an overall record of 33-16, setting a new record for wins in a season, and 20-4 in KCAC play, also a new record. The team won 15 of its final 16 regular season games and then went 2-2 in the KCAC tournament. The team placed players on All-Conference teams including Christie Betker, junior from Reno, Nevada, and Jessica Jones, junior from Brentwood, California, on the first team; Brittany Baroni, junior from Galt, California, and Jenna Christensen, sophomore from Fortuna, California, on the second team; and Kylecia Taylor, sophomore from Fort Hood, Texas, Chelsea Conrad, senior from Ione, California, and Destiny Bacon, sophomore from LaMesa, California, as honorable mention selections. In addition, Betker was named the KCAC Pitcher of the Year, Baroni was the Newcomer of the Year, Jordynn Corea, junior from Amarillo, Texas, was the Champions of Character recipient, and Coach Segovia was the KCAC Coach of the Year.

Baseball (36-17, 22-11 KCAC)

The Bulldog baseball team also had a historic run this spring. They were picked by the KCAC coaches to finish tenth, but when regular season ended they found themselves sitting in fourth place in the conference standings. This set a new program record for wins in a season, going 36-17 overall, and a record for KCAC wins with a 22-11 record in conference games. The team won 8 of its 11 conference series, three of them series sweeps over Avila, Southwestern, and Tabor. The three conference losses were to Oklahoma Wesleyan, Bethany, and York. Eight Bulldogs were named All-KCAC including Trevor Johnson, sophomore from San Diego, California, and Jarrod




Manick, junior from Aldergrove, B.C., first team; Lane Fleming, senior from Council Grove, Kansas, Brevin Baessler, senior from Gilbert, Arizona, and Jakob Shields, junior from DeSoto, Kansas, second team; and Josh Lewis, sophomore from Loveland, Colorado, Mark Strebin, senior from Westville, Illinois, and Jackson Goodmiller, senior from St. George, Kansas, honorable mention. Desmond Grayson, junior from Olathe, Kansas, was the Bulldogs’ Champions of Character recipient.

Men’s Basketball (10-19, 6-18 KCAC)

The Bulldogs had just four non-conference games before the KCAC season kicked off in the second week of November. The Bulldogs went 3-1 in those four games, their only loss coming in the Mayor’s Cup to crosstown rival Central Christian College. They were picked by the KCAC coaches to finish tenth in the conference standings and that is where they finished, going 10-19 overall and 6-18 in KCAC games. A couple of highlights for the team included two buzzer beating road wins, one on a layup by Chamaje Barideaux, sophomore from New Iberia, Louisiana, at Kansas Wesleyan University and the other three-pointer by Josh Rivers, freshman from Midwest City, Oklahoma, against Tabor College. The oddest thing about the season for the Bulldog men was that they actually played better on the road than they did in the friendly confines of the Sport Center. They went 7-8 in games played on the road, but were just 3-11 on their home floor. At the end of the season head coach Tim Swartzendruber stepped down to take the athletic director position at Pratt Community College. The job was opened up to a national search but in the end long-time assistant coach T.J. Eskildsen won the job.

Women’s Basketball (13-17, 9-15 KCAC)

The McPherson College Women’s Basketball team finished its season, under first-year head coach Josh Nichols, at 13-17 overall, and a 9-15 mark in KCAC play. The team opened the season with five straight wins, two of them over crosstown rival Central Christian College. They defeated the Tigers in the McPherson Classic, 75-53, then turned around five days later and beat them again in the Mayor’s Cup, 71-56. There were a few growing pains throughout the season, but despite struggles at times, the Bulldogs finished the season on a strong note winning six of their final seven games, including the last three in a row, each by double digits. The team ended up receiving one All-Conference selection. Brittany Roberts, sophomore from Mansfield, Texas, was named Honorable Mention All-KCAC. Four members of the team were also named Daktronics Scholar Athletes including Brooke DeLuca, senior from Hutchinson, Kansas; Elle Gillen, junior from Castle Rock, Colorado; Victoria Gonzalez, junior from Keller, Texas; and Danielle Holt, junior from Glenpool, Oklahoma.

news Track & Field

The track and field season is split in two with an indoor season starting in December and running through February, and the outdoor season beginning in mid-March. During the indoor season, the Bulldog women finished fifth at the KCAC Indoor Championships and the men came in third. The Bulldogs had three individual KCAC champions, Amy Braimbridge, junior from Connolly, Australia, in the 200m and 400m races, and Amari Heisser, junior from Palmdale, California, in the 60m hurdles. Five women and two men qualified for NAIA Indoor Nationals. The women ended up bringing home six All-American plaques, and finished in a tie for 21st place in the final standings.

Men’s & Women’s Tennis win KCAC tournaments Tennis

The McPherson College men’s and women’s tennis teams headed back to Mobile, Alabama, for the 2019 NAIA Championships. Both Bulldog programs were defeated in the first round by identical 8-1 scores, with the women falling to the Cardinal Stritch University (Wisc.) Wolves, and the men upended by another group of Bulldogs from Tennessee Wesleyan University. For the men it was the fifth trip in a row and for the women the fifth time in the past six seasons. Both teams made the national tournament field by virtue of winning the KCAC tourney. For the women, the road to a conference championship was a little more improbable than the Bulldog men. With only five players on the roster this season, the team started out 0-2 every time they stepped on the court for a dual match. The Bulldogs lost their first KCAC dual of the season, 6-3, to Southwestern College but then didn’t lose another conference dual the rest of the way. The team avenged the early loss by beating the Moundbuilders, 5-3, in the finals of the KCAC tournament. On the men’s side, the Bulldogs opened the season 0-6 with four of those losses coming to NAIA teams ranked in the top 15. Like the women, they also lost the KCAC opener to Southwestern, 5-4. Since that loss, the Bulldogs went 11-0 with the last win coming over Ottawa University in the finals of the conference tournament. The Bulldogs also collected a lot of post-season accolades. Brittany Zipf, junior from Rockhampton, Australia, was named KCAC Women’s Tennis MVP and Zoë Bouwmeester, senior from Zupthen, Netherlands, and Juan Jimenez, senior from Pereira, Colombia, were named KCAC Scholar Athletes of the Year. Four of the women were named All-KCAC including Zipf, Besa Bwalya, junior from Hoisington, Kansas, and Erica Paradise, freshman from Bakersfield, California, to the first team; and Bouwmeester as a second-team selection. The men also had four make the All-Conference teams including Jacob Turley, sophomore from Milton Keynes, England, a first-team selection; Jimenez and Julien Bodin, sophomore from Cartagena, Spain, to the second team; and Nicolas Wahl, junior from Koenigstein, Germany, honorable mention.

Poor weather in March delayed the start of the outdoor season for the Bulldogs. The teams’ first two meets were cancelled and didn’t get on the track for an actual competition until March 31. At the KCAC Outdoor Championships, the Bulldog women moved up a spot and finished in fourth place, while the men stayed put, earning another third-place finish. Braimbridge was again the KCAC champion in the 200 and 400 meter races, while for the men there were three individual champions all in field events. Tanner Trigg, junior from Mission, Texas, won the hammer throw; Brandt Wolters, senior from Osborne, Kansas, won the javelin; and Dylan Templeman, sophomore from Princeton, Texas, won the discus and set a new KCAC meet record. The Bulldogs had 14 qualifiers and competed in 11 different events at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on May 22-24. The Bulldogs finished strong, coming home with four new personal best times, two new school records, and two All-American plaques - Templeman with a sixth-place finish in the men‘s discus and Braimbridge with a fifth-place finish in the women’s 400m.

Competitive Cheer

The Bulldog Cheer team, under the direction of first-year head coach Ashlee Annis, completed its first year of competitive cheerleading in the NAIA. The team competed in three regular season events at Friends University, Sterling College, and Bethel College, then went on to compete at the KCAC Championships hosted by York College. The cheer squad wrapped up its season with a trip to the Southwest Championships, an NAIA regional event hosted by Oklahoma City University. The Bulldogs received their second best score at the Southwest Championships earning a 56.43 and landing them in the eighth spot in the team standings. Jennie Erven, sophomore from Scott City, Kansas, and Antonio Snyder, sophomore from Newton, Kansas, were both voted as All-KCAC Honorable Mention selections, and Olivia Baldner, senior from Johnston, Iowa, was the Bulldogs’ KCAC Champions of Character recipient.




THE FACE OF GIVING I chose to come to McPherson College mainly to run track. I didn’t really know at all what I wanted to do with my life, so I simply followed an opportunity to visit campus to meet the coach and some of the professors. On my visit I was blown away by the friendliness of the coaches and teachers alike, and how much they seemed to care for the students. I loved how involved everyone I met was on campus and realized that was something I wanted to be a part of and would not have been able to be a part of at many other colleges. Since my initial visit I decided to major in business and to minor in Spanish. I have had an amazing time working with the business professors, have learned a ton, and was well prepared to intern at Waddell & Reed financial advisors. I have also learned an incredible amount from Professor Lorena Medrano, who has supported me and helped make the idea of a summer mission trip in Peru possible. At McPherson I have been able to be involved in things that I would not have had the opportunity to do at a larger university. Here I have been able to participate on the track team, be a part of Business Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Res Life, and even be in the Homecoming play, “Lend Me a Tenor,” all of which have helped me grow tremendously as an individual. During my sophomore year I began leading FCA and have found a passion for helping lead student athletes and general students alike toward a relationship with Christ. Being able to step into a leadership role in a club like FCA has helped me realize my passions and drive me to future endeavors with the help of my coaches, teachers, and other faculty. Thank you, MC!




At McPherson I have been able to be involved in things that I would not have had the opportunity to do at a larger university. Brent Masters

Howe, TX Major: Business Management Minor: Spanish

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Or contact the development office at (800) 365-7402.

Billion VISION Two years ago, McPherson College introduced a bold idea to create a plan to build a $1 billion endowment as part of its Community by Design

strategic plan. What was considered by many as a crazy idea has turned into an important vision spurred by real support from significant donors

and more than 30,000 active alumni and friends. To date, more than 40

people have quietly pledged over $175 million in non-binding commitments to our planned giving efforts.

Although MC’s plans to build a $1 billion endowment are a work in

progress, the progress the past two years has been significant nonetheless. The following pages lift up philanthropy at McPherson College and signal

support from three important benefactors who recently signed The Giving Pledge - an initiative where billionaires are invited to pledge at least half

their fortunes to charity. Enjoy reading what motivates them and their spirit of philanthropy.

Where will these donors’ gifts end up? Only time will tell.





The Legacy of Giving at MC A foundation for the $1 billion endowment Building a $1 billion endowment might be daunting for other colleges. But from the founding of McPherson College in 1887, the seeds of generosity have been sown and nurtured by thousands of individuals who believe in the mission, put their values into action, and support MC graduates as they advance the common good through service to the world. While MC enjoys the largest endowment of any private

institution in Kansas, the college’s strategic plan Community by Design goal of a $1 billion endowment will ensure its impact on students in perpetuity. The rationale behind the goal is that MC has the legacy and potential to work diligently with donors over time to make estate gifts. The work done today with our donor base in the area of planned giving will yield results decades from now. Building a $1 billion endowment is a lofty goal. But it’s doable. And the college has the constituency that can make it happen, says Dr. James M. Dodson, whose nearly 40

1887 The town of McPherson donates land for the college. Enough land, in fact, that the college is able to sell off lots to help finance the growing college in its early years. Support also comes from Brethren churches in the western plains, and continued through the 1930s.




1906 The Carnegie Library (today Beeghly Hall) is constructed with a gift from Andrew Carnegie.

years of service to MC include 17 years as vice president for financial services and treasurer. “An endowment of that size will give the college more freedom to try programs that might come to our attention from the donor base,” Dodson said. “I am extremely impressed by the number of people who listen to the stories from organizations like ours, then decide to become part of that story. Sometimes they see the work we do at McPherson College and want to become part of that. Sometimes, they have ideas they’d like us to implement and they endow us with the funds to make it happen.

“Either way, people experience joy through the act of giving, and it’s our job to demonstrate how every gift—large and small—can ensure success for the college and its students, now and into the future.” In the early days of the college, the students who graduated were primarily teachers and those who went into ministry of various types; many also went back to farming. So there

1930s During the Great Depression, faculty and staff sacrifice several years of salary to keep the college going. And the initial gift of land bore fruit, quite literally. The college farm at the time produces food, helping its employees make ends meet. Without the generosity of the community of McPherson, the faculty and others, MC would not survive to become the pride of the plains it is today.

1940s-50s Many individuals working on behalf of the college during the 1940s and 1950s, like Earl M. Frantz and his son Merlin Frantz, are very active in fundraising, again, planting the seeds of estate planning that will flourish in future years. Many of the estate gifts that come to the college during the late 1970s and early 1980s are because of their efforts, according to Dodson.

was visible demonstration by these graduates that they were doing good in their communities, Dodson said. “Today we do the same thing by saying, ‘Here are the values and the traditions of the college, and here is what our graduates are out doing in their communities and throughout the world.’ When prospective donors are given an opportunity to help support this mission, I think they want to help,” he said. Discovering the joy of giving is something Dodson has seen during his career. Royer and Edna Dotzour stand out in his mind. The couple had no children of their own but gave the initial gift for Dotzour Hall and “adopted” the women who lived there. “It gave the Dotzours immense joy knowing they were helping young people get their education and go out into the world to make a positive impact,” Dodson said. Dodson worked with President Emeritus Paul W. Hoffman from 1979-1996 and is credited with establishing McPherson College as one of the most financially stable private colleges in Kansas. Even after leaving the college

1976 Local entrepreneur, Gaines “Smokey” Billue, gives classic car collection and initial funds for Automotive Restoration program.

1980s After Dodson joins the college in 1979, Howard Braren is brought on as a consultant and helps the college develop a more modern office of advancement. He is a critical part of establishing a new level of fundraising for the college, laying a foundation for the next 40 years of successful fundraising efforts for the school, Dodson said.

in 1996 to become a consultant, he remained involved in managing and advising the college’s investments. During his long association with the school, McPherson College’s endowment increased nearly 50-fold. Although the $1 billion aspiration is symbolic, it is also something the college has made a lot of progress on the last few years. According to President Michael Schneider, McPherson College has received more than $175 million of non-binding estate commitments from its constituency. The tradition of fundraising combined with new friends in the automotive restoration world makes this goal worth the effort. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), a global leader in championing education, assists colleges to meet mission-inspired goals that transform lives and society. It recognizes that endowments are an essential tool for the future of any college. An article published by CASE says, “Endowed funds help keep college costs down for students. Tuition – even for students who don’t receive aid – covers only a portion of the cost of a student’s education. The rest is covered by endowment earnings, gifts from donors and alumni, and other non-tuition sources.”

1993 McPherson College is the only Kansas school recognized by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) for outstanding overall fundraising performance.

2000 College endowment surpasses $30 million.

2010 Enhancing the Legacy campaign is complete, raising $13 million for six new facilities and other capital improvements and $3 million for the annual fund, as well as meeting a $10 million match from Harry Stine ’63.



For schools the size of McPherson College, a strong endowment is a critical resource and source of financial stability, explains Harold V. Hartley, senior vice president of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC). The CIC is an association of approximately 650 nonprofit independent colleges and universities, including McPherson College, that works to support college and university leadership, advance institutional excellence, and enhance public understanding of private higher education’s contributions to society. “For small institutions, even small changes in enrollment or in the economy can all of the sudden make finances tight,” Hartley said. “The endowment provides a cushion to help get through difficult times. Endowments are really vital to institutions that operate on tight margins without access to large revenue streams.”

Beyond the safety net an endowment provides, Hartley explains it also provides a variety of benefits to an institution. Endowments provide scholarships making college more affordable, as well as recognizing student accomplishments, which is critical to student recruitment. Endowed funds may also support faculty by underwriting research, professional development, or salary support enabling institutions to attract high caliber faculty members.

2015 Power Day, a new one-day, online giving blitz, is introduced giving donors a new way to make an immediate impact with their gift.



2016 Fern Lingenfelter Concert Series is established by her son, Steve Clark.


Endowments may also provide support for operational expenses and special projects. “Small colleges depend on a healthy mix of resources for financial stability including annual support from donors,” Hartley said. “The gifts over and above that, like ones made to an endowment, increase the capacity of the school. For the most part those kind of gifts are ones that are built over time.” Growing an endowment to $1 billion is a long-range goal. Dodson’s history with McPherson College gives him perspective on how beneficial making plans that stretch well into the future can be for the college. “I have a unique vantage point from which to view the legacy of philanthropy at McPherson College,” Dodson says. “Efforts like estate planning seminars and the creation of the Heritage Honor Roll are now bearing fruit. “The work the advancement team is doing is part of that continuing legacy, both for the college and for the individuals who pledge gifts through their estates. Planned giving by individuals is the bedrock that enables our college to move forward with new programs and gives our graduates the education and life skills to help change the world for the better.”

2017 Power the Future Comprehensive Campaign surpasses its $14 million goal making it the third campaign completed since 2004 raising over $40 million.

2019 Power Day raises more than $100,000 online in one day.

2019 Anonymous multi-year gift establishes new Outdoor Adventure program.

The Giving Pledge is a public commitment by the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. Created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, the Giving Pledge invited billionaires to publicly dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. They were inspired by the example set by millions of people at all income levels who give generously – and often at great personal sacrifice – to make the world better. Three McPherson College benefactors - alumnus Harry Stine ’63, and Richard and Melanie Lundquist, friends of the college - have made the Giving Pledge commitment, Stine in 2017 and the Lundquists in 2018. In their pledge statement, the Lundquists say, “For us, philanthropy is the meaning of life and also what gives our lives true meaning. Our philanthropic journey has been our richest experience.” Today, the Giving Pledge includes 204 of the world’s wealthiest individuals, couples, and families ranging in age from their 30s to their 90s. Globally, those making the pledge represent 23 countries and give to a wide range of causes, including, poverty alleviation, refugee aid, disaster relief, global health, education, criminal justice reform, and environmental sustainability. The Giving Pledge also provides a forum for some of the world’s most engaged philanthropists to discuss challenges, successes and failures, and how to be smarter about giving. People who have joined the pledge gather throughout the year to learn from experts about how best to leverage their philanthropy to address some of the world’s biggest challenges. “We hope that a group coming forward to be explicit about their intentions for giving the majority of their wealth away will help inspire conversations, discussions, and action, not just about how much but also for what purposes, and bring together those committed to this kind of giving to exchange knowledge on how to do this in the best possible way,” The Giving Pledge administrators say on their website. “We live in an exciting time for philanthropy where innovative approaches and advances in technology have redefined what’s possible. Grassroots movements are proving every day how a single individual, regardless of wealth, can make a lasting impact on the lives of others.”





Should small colleges exist?




The following is a first-person account by President Michael Schneider documenting a conversation with two of McPherson College’s largest donors, Harry and Myron Stine.

The college has a long history with many of its donors, and I’ve been lucky to work with several of them for the past two decades. So, it isn’t unusual that I find myself driving through Iowa corn fields to visit with Harry Stine ‘63 and Myron Stine ’94, long-time supporters and alumni of the college.

What is unusual about this visit is that for some time Harry has been skeptical about the future of small colleges. Not many people challenge the idea of a small college like Harry. On my last visit several weeks ago, I asked Harry about signing The Giving Pledge. If you aren’t familiar with this program, it invites select billionaires to pledge at least half their fortune to charity. Given McPherson College is one of the Stines’ top charities, I wanted to ask Harry about his plans. His answer: “I’m not sure small colleges should exist.” I’ll spare you the details of the rest of that conversation. What do I say as the president of a small college to a donor who has the capacity to change the trajectory of the institution but who questions whether there is a place in higher education for a small college like ours? So, I’m back for more punishment and to make another effort to convince him McPherson College is a good investment. This time Myron Stine joins us, and Harry agrees to go on the record to document the conversation.



As we start the conversation, it becomes clear that Harry has a couple major issues. First, we are not efficient. The fact that we continue to raise prices, raise scholarships, and raise student debt is not a sustainable business model, he says. Not to mention there are endless cost metrics we could improve. I share our vision for moving away from the model nearly everyone in higher education uses and for focusing our model on reducing student debt. Yes, media like to talk about price and small colleges market big scholarships, but at the end of the day everyone is worried about student debt. A key component of our Student Debt Project model is the commitment students make to working while attending college. On this point, Harry and I see eye-to-eye. “Students should be working part-time,” Stine says. “I don’t think students should be going in and building up large debt when they don’t have any financing at all. They should work part-time in school so that their debt would be relatively less.”

There is no question we agree on this point. In fact, higher education started for a very vocational goal—training preachers. Three hundred years ago, when the first liberal arts college was founded, professions looked a lot different, and a pure liberal arts education made a lot of sense. As land grant institutions were founded and the needs of an exploding economy became greater, more practical subjects became popular, and the liberal arts began its decline. Liberal arts institutions generally have not come around to the idea that they need to change. Clearly there is value in our type of education, but we have to find a way to reinvent it. At MC the idea of a broad-based education and vocational training is not an either/or proposition. We’ve proven this in our automotive restoration program where students can not only train for specific jobs but also take classes that ensure diverse and long careers. The best part of this degree program is not the car, rather it is the broad-based education. This concept of career preparation, paired with a broad education, is a model

MC President Michael Schneider, Harry Stine and Myron Stine.

We do have to find a way to help families and students manage college debt. The Student Debt Project at McPherson College is aimed at making college education affordable, not by lowering tuition or fighting the tuition discount battle like many other small colleges opt to do, but by giving students an opportunity to pay as they go and by offering a financial literacy education that will benefit them long after they leave. Harry is right to be concerned about the accelerating number of colleges closing each year across our country. Between 2004 and 2014, on average, eight colleges (most small like McPherson) closed or merged. In the years since, approximately 20 colleges each year are estimated to close or consolidate. It doesn’t take long for us to get to Harry’s second big issue. Liberal arts colleges are not as attractive to students today and need to change. “I think in part it’s because students and families are not seeing the return on investment in a college education anymore,” Harry says. “If you can’t find a job after four years at college, why bother?”




MC uses across its entire curriculum. Although Harry has doubts about the quality of education provided at some colleges, he has never doubted the quality of education he received at McPherson College, and he appreciates the broad-based education that students receive at MC. “I took some graduate work at Iowa State University,” Stine says. “As I thought back on it, I learned more per month or year at McPherson College than I did at Iowa State. The business classes I took at McPherson College, which were outside of my major program, provided a foundation that enabled me to succeed in my own business.” According to Harry, MC was good for him and it was good for Myron. I remind Harry and Myron about our placement rates. In the past few years, MC has seen career placement success with 98 percent of our students in jobs six months out of school. Even more impressive is that 77 percent of our students were placed in their field prior to graduation, which is two times the national average.

Myron was a big part of driving our career-oriented approach when he was a board member. And he supports Harry’s thoughts on both jobs and the importance of reinventing the liberal arts. “A broad-based education will win in the long run,” Myron says, “as long as it doesn’t come at the expense of students getting jobs or getting into graduate school.” Both Harry and Myron agree that we need to make big changes in order to be relevant in the market. “The only way a small college will survive is to become more efficient and adapt to the changing marketplace,” Harry says. “Part of what it will take is growing more resources, not only more students—although that is necessary—but also more efficient financial resources.” This is good advice. Higher education talks a lot about change, but when you really think about it, not much has changed with the model. And we have a fiduciary responsibility to our students and alumni. The more efficient we are, while providing a great student experience, the more sustainable the model. This applies to business and colleges. I’ve shared our strategic plan Community by Design with both Stines, and we agree a lot of change is in order. But back to the original question. Should a small college like McPherson exist? And, what will it take for the Stines to be a part of it? “All your points are very well taken,” Harry says. “Any organization, business, or school needs to do things differently. If they don’t constantly change, they aren’t going to survive.” I’m not sure if I completely changed Harry’s mind, but Myron said it best. “Not all small colleges should exist, but this one should.” He went on to add that, “McPherson College needs to be a model for the future of small colleges, and that means changing and bringing innovation to higher education.” And he didn’t stop there as he issued a challenge. “I’d challenge you to figure out what those changes ought to be. We’d like to be a part of that future.” I think a small college like MC that sets a new trajectory for its future will not only exist but will lead the way for others. I always appreciate my conversations with Harry and Myron. This one in particular sets a new bar for us, and I’m optimistic that if we can be that model for higher education, the Stines will be right there supporting us. To be continued.

Who is Harry Stine? Harry Stine is a true entrepreneur. He is CEO and founder of Stine Seed Company in Adel, Iowa, the largest domestic, privately owned seed company in the United States. He made his fortune licensing corn and soybean genetics to multinational conglomerates such as Monsanto and Syngenta, and his research in the area of seed genetics and production continues to develop high-yielding soybeans and corn hybrids for growers. His company holds more than 800 patents, most concerning soybeans, and employs 600 people. His entrepreneurial roots can be traced back to McPherson College. He graduated with the class of 1963 and says the broad-based education he received serves as the foundation for much of what he has accomplished in business. A Forbes Magazine article from 2014 said Stine revolutionized agriculture by being the first to patent self-pollinating crops like corn and soybeans. The article went on to say that as early as the 1970s, Stine, “who had taken one business law class at McPherson College, a small liberal arts school in Kansas, was stipulating in contracts the royalties companies had to pay for using his seed.” Stine came to McPherson College because of its affiliation with the Church of the Brethren and because—at the time—it had an agriculture program. But it was in business classes where he started to develop his negotiating and business writing skills. “There are very few companies where the CEO is going to write the actual agreement, but he does,” his son, Myron Stine ‘94, president of Stine Seed Company, said. “He learned some of that at McPherson College. The broad-based education he received at McPherson was pivotal for him and his future business success.” When it was time for Myron to look for colleges, he was encouraged by his father to attend McPherson College. “Obviously there is something in my father’s heart for McPherson College,” Myron said. “He encouraged me to go there because he thought it was as good as any school that I might want to attend.” Stine is a significant benefactor to McPherson College. His matching gift challenge in the late ‘90s ultimately raised more than $20 million for capital projects.





Melanie and Richard Lundquist (center) with students, faculty and staff of McPherson College.

Philanthropy is selfish. You get more out of it than

The ART of





you ever put into it. And it’s the most rewarding journey you can ever take, says Melanie Lundquist. She and her husband, Richard, are major supporters of the automotive restoration program at McPherson College. Considered to be among California’s most significant philanthropists, the Lundquists own Continental Development Corporation, a commercial real estate and management company. They are among more than 200 of the world’s wealthiest people who have signed on to The Giving Pledge, created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. By pledging to give away more than half of their wealth, the Lundquists are leveraging philanthropy to address some of the world’s most significant challenges. “If we want our society to move ahead in the world, the private sector is going to have to step up. We have to take bold moves to get bold results,” Melanie says. The Lundquists subscribe to Buffett’s philosophy that they are only temporary stewards of their money. They believe it is their responsibility, and the responsibility of others who can, to put their money to work in society. “Philanthropy has the obligation, responsibility, and opportunity to step up – not only to plug the holes in the dam but to help fix things systemically,” Melanie says.

The Lundquists host a breakfast each year at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance where students meet with industry professionals.

officials on systemic problems within the education system. Richard and Melanie – both graduates of the Los Angeles public school system – gifted $85 million to the Los Angeles Unified School District. It was the second largest gift ever to America’s public schools. Work done by the partnership has

The Lundquists like big ideas. So a big idea like the one outlined in President Michael Schneider’s Community by Design strategic plan to build a $1 billion endowment for the college intrigues them. “Great leadership inspires me,” Melanie says. “It’s obvious that there are great leaders at McPherson College. They are always trying to raise the bar to provide the best opportunities for students. It’s wonderful that the college is looking at creative ways to help students reduce their college debt.” The Lundquists, who are self-described "car people," support the college's automotive restoration program with a significant commitment to the the college's Paul Russell Endowed Fund for Excellence. They also host a breakfast each year at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where students, faculty, and staff meet with industry professionals to share information about the program and how to support it. They have also hosted faculty and students on field trips to California. “We are committed to McPherson’s AR program, particularly since it’s the only four-year program like it in the country,” Melanie says. “The college strives to provide the best student experiences. It’s a really wonderful, collaborative partnership and something we will continue to support not only through our lifetime but through our estate after we are gone.” The Lundquists see philanthropy as more art than business.

helped raise the graduation rate from 35 percent to 84 percent, and the successes are being accomplished on a fraction of the amount most schools spend per student, according to Melanie. Melanie and Richard realize successful philanthropy is more than annual outreach. It’s really about a thoughtful plan of giving more, giving sooner, and giving smarter over one’s lifetime, as well as maintaining that legacy through wills and estate planning. They also know that it doesn’t take billionaires to make the difference. Melanie grew up in a family that didn’t always have a lot but that always shared what they had with others. As a college student in 1925, Melanie’s mother raised funds to create a dental clinic, which still exists today, providing access to dental care to Los Angeles children who otherwise couldn’t afford it. As a teenager, Melanie’s own fundraising experience began by going door-to-door collecting for the March of Dimes. “I’m only a second generation American born in this country on my mother’s side of the family,” Melanie says. “The closer you are to your immigrant roots, the more you understand that you have a responsibility and obligation to

They are eager to share ideas and success stories about what philanthropy can look like. A perfect example is their long commitment to the Los Angeles Public Schools. Twelve years ago, the Lundquists funded the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and began working with school

help others. You need to be accountable for the air you breathe and space you take up on this earth. “It doesn’t matter what level you give, as long as you are doing it. If we can’t do this for each other, then we might as well fold up our tents and go home.”






A Career in Philanthropy Stepping off the train that pulled into McPherson, Kansas, at midnight back in 1966 was the beginning of what would become “quite an adventure” for Larry Martin ’70. Martin traveled to Kansas from upstate New York after he was accepted into McPherson College. It was during the Vietnam War, and he had been accepted into another larger school but not until the next semester. McPherson College had an opening right away, and Martin knew if he didn’t take it, he would probably be going to the Army. “Going to McPherson College was key to the success I have had,” he said. “It’s why I give back. I needed financial help to go to college. Now, let me help somebody in that position.” Martin made a long and successful career of raising money to help students go to college. When he retired from his post as vice president of development at Syracuse University in 2015, Martin had raised and awarded more than $3.1 million in scholarship aid to minority students, among many other accomplishments. He began his work at Syracuse as director of development in 1977 and was part of the task force that built the Carrier Dome, the first facility of its kind on a college campus. Over his nearly 40 years of service to the university, he was part of many initiatives that helped fund student scholarships and is especially proud of his work in establishing a university presence on the west coast through a program known as the “Hollywood Program.” The program gave Syracuse students a behind-the-scenes look at the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, providing




unique opportunities to meet with prominent writers, producers, agents, and entertainment executives. The program later became known as “Semester in LA.” “It was really a wonderful experience,” Martin said. “The program started out as a week and grew into a whole semester. When we started it, I knew nothing about Hollywood or the entertainment business. It goes to show that when you stretch yourself amazing things can happen. As a result, I feel a lot of pride and satisfaction knowing that students are going to benefit for a long time from something I was part of. Some of the ones I went out with as students are doing great things in the business today.” When you are in the business of realizing dreams, it takes a great deal of support, according to Martin. Although he was on the front lines of fundraising for the university, he credits the team behind the scenes for many of the successes. He also noted that alumni played a significant role in his career. “Alumni were responsible for a number of great ideas during my career,” he said. “They would come to us, and we would sift through the ideas and see what might be feasible. I also relied on their expertise in areas I knew nothing about. They played an important role.” Martin believes that a person should leave something better off than how they found it. That belief also helps explain his view of philanthropy. People are inclined to give when they can make a personal connection and believe in a particular mission, he said. “You also need the resources to be able to put your plan into action,” Martin said. “I feel blessed to have the means to give. It feels good. It’s therapeutic. If you want to see things grow and develop, it can only happen with support. How else will it get done?” It was that kind of determination that helped Martin get things done that he never imagined doing. Organizing art exhibits with world-class artists or leading a two-week journey to South Africa for 140 alumni are a couple of things he never imagined. “I don’t know anything about art, but working with alumni and with the artists coordinating the art exhibits really is one of the wonderful parts of my career,” he said. “Traveling to South Africa was another incredible experience. Sometimes I look back and wonder how did we pull that off? I think when you push yourself to do something that is out of your realm of thinking is how things happen.” In many ways, Martin said that his time as a student at McPherson College provided a foundation for his future success and was possibly the first test of pushing beyond his realm of thinking. “I just had a great experience there,” he said. “McPherson College expanded my horizons. I had never been to the Midwest; I met a variety of people and had to adjust. It made me grow and develop as a person. As a result, you can send me any place and I can adjust and deal with anybody. It all started for me at McPherson College. I believe in its mission, and I support it.”

why I give


harles Dickens once wrote, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Those words are no less true today than they were then. What can be said about the nature of giving and generosity that hasn’t already been said a thousand times in a thousand ways? Especially about giving to an institution which can, so fundamentally, change the nature of the mind and the perception of the world as much as McPherson College can. Some of us give when we are able. Some of us are never as able as others, but we manage to give what we can, when we can because of how it makes a person feel; how it lifts the soul aloft and makes it shine. Personally, I had such a wonderful experience at McPherson I relish in the joy that I, in some small part, can help someone new find similar experiences.

Dustin Gregg ‘01

Academically, I always felt McPherson was top-notch. Now, I have never been accused of being the sharpest bulb on the tree, but most of my modest brightness can be attributed to Mac. I was/am/will always be a poor student. However, I am passionately curious about the world around me. McPherson doesn’t have all of the trappings of larger universities, but it definitely excels through its liberal arts mission. This focus on the liberal arts allows students of all backgrounds to engage in a world populated with broad-reaching understanding. We give so new students can realize there is more that unites them with their neighbor than divides them. I give so new students understand community and lifelong friendships. I was a resident of Fahnestock Hall. I understand the value of community and the feeling that someone is always there to help you face the stiff wind of life. I give so new students have the chance to be mentored through life, the way I was, by the likes of Rick Tyler, Herb Smith, Manny Diaz, and countless others too numerous to name. Mostly, I give because, when you can identify the place that formed you, it feels great to be able to support it. Thank you McPherson and all the people still making it great.

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Rikki (Viehman) Nielsen '09 Because of the academic tools, unwavering support and that push to ďŹ nd my passion, I am grateful to be a Bulldog Forever.

Darrell Ames '80 When I showed up on campus in 1976 I didn't know what to expect, except that I wanted to earn an education. I didn't know anything about the Church of the Brethren. In fact I anticipated seeing nothing but long-bearded Mennonite type individuals in horse and buggy parading everywhere upon arrival. I quickly discovered however that McPherson College was an extremely progressive institution and quite diverse. They strongly emphasized acceptance and a sense of unity. Mac's own mission statement discusses the pursuit of truth and scholarly learning as being paramount to the advancement of the common good. I always felt accepted and appreciated at McPherson College. The balance of intellectual and spiritual teachings I encountered at Mac enabled me to grow and develop into a more committed and responsible servant to God, man, and country. These are but a few of the reasons why I remain a Bulldog Forever.

Elizabeth Lucore '02 McPherson College is a community of genuine people. Generations of friends walk with me on my journey and join in my God-song, strengthening me and teaching me. If you and I are Mac alum, I know we are family. That's why I'm a Bulldog Forever!

Evan Clary '14 McPherson College has provided me with the resources and connections to make my way in a world that caters to the old but needs the young. Education, athletics, and the arts were all made available to me and dramatically inuenced my character. Because of all these resources provided to me (and other alumni) it has allowed us to approach the world from a different perspective. I applaud the faculty and staff of McPherson College for always taking the extra step to care for students as well as one another. As an alum, it is reassuring to see the steps that have been taken to provide for future Bulldogs and I hope they appreciate the effort put forth as well.



honors C I TAT I O N O F M E R I T The recipients of this year’s McPherson College Citation of Merit Awards have clearly carried out the values and mission of the college through their lifelong commitment to service, scholarship, and participation. Citation of Merit Awards were presented to Gerald ’52 (posthumously) and Lois ’51 Neher; Steven ’76 and Paula ’78 Vincent; and Ron ’77 and Robin ’79 Hovis. The awards were presented at the annual Evening of Recognition dinner on April 26, 2019. The Citation of Merit, the college’s highest award, is given to the college’s most distinguished alumni for lifetime accomplishments in service to profession, community, church, and to McPherson College.



Steven ’76 and Paula ’78 Vincent; Lois ’51 Neher; and Robin ’79 and Ron ’77 Hovis.


erald ‘52 & Lois ‘51 Neher. With roots that run deep in McPherson College, it is not surprising that Gerald and Lois Neher’s life together is an example of scholarship, service and participation. Shortly after graduation from McPherson College, the couple began working as missionaries for the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria. Spending 14 years in Nigeria, they worked primarily as educators and agriculturists. They taught in schools and Gerald served as a school principal and introduced farming with oxen and plow. Along with teaching, Lois also dispensed medicine, hosted travelers, and even delivered a baby. The couple wrote three books about their experiences in Nigeria. After returning to the United States, the couple settled in Illinois where Lois continued her elementary school teaching career, which lasted nearly 25 years. Gerald worked for Farmer’s Home Administration as a loan administrator at both the local and district level for more than 20 years. The couple also operated a family farm and were very active as 4-H leaders and judges at the Union County Fair. They were active in the Union County Cattleman Association and hosted events on their farm for the Illinois Beef Council. They were leaders in the Appaloosa Horse Club and owned a national and world class champion horse. The couple served their church as teachers, Bible study leaders, communion assistants, and ushers. Gerald also served on the church council, as a lay pastor and church elder. Other volunteer service included working with the Heifer Project International and as a host for 18 international students from all over the world. Lois continues her volunteer work as a desk attendant and garden attendant at the Cedars in McPherson.


The Neher’s heritage is closely tied to McPherson College. Lois’s grandfather, Edward Frantz, was president of the college from 1902-1910, and her other grandfather was a graduate and business manager. The couple’s parents all graduated from McPherson College. All of their children attended the college (three graduated), a granddaughter currently attending is the fifth generation to attend, and next year another granddaughter is planning to attend.


teven ’76 and Paula ’78 Vincent. The career and life preparation they received at McPherson College has allowed Steven and Paula Vincent to pursue their personal and professional dreams. The couple met at McPherson College and both established long professional careers after graduation. Steven received a bachelor’s degree in biology from McPherson College and a D.D.S. from the University of Missouri as well as a master’s degree in oral pathology from the University of Iowa. He was a professor and eventually the head of the oral pathology department at the University of Iowa in a career with the institution that spanned 31 years. In July 2015 he received professor emeritus from the university’s College of Dentistry and Carver College of Medicine. During his long career, Dr. Vincent was named Instructor of the Year twice, was published several times, and worked on many research projects. Paula Vincent received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, special education at McPherson College. She continued her education obtaining a master’s degree in secondary education, special education, and a Ph.D. in planning, policy, and leadership studies from the University of Iowa. During her nearly 40 years in education, she worked as a teacher, executive director, associate superin-

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on ’77 and Robin ’79 Hovis. Ron and Robin Hovis have served McPherson College at nearly every level. As a student, Ron Hovis served as president of the student government, as an alumnus he served eight years as a member of the board of trustees, two years as its treasurer, was an associate professor of business and spent six years as the college president from 2003 to 2009. By his side, Robin participated in almost every kind of event at the college and volunteered at many events on campus. While president at McPherson College, full-time enrollment grew, graduation rate doubled and the college completed a successful reaccreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. He is currently the chair of the family sciences program at Texas Woman’s University in Denton where he has worked since 2012. He also serves as the special assistant to the provost and academic affairs and has held other leadership roles there, including dean of the College of Health Science and School of Management, interim executive vice provost, director of the School of Management, department chair of nutrition and food science, and chair of biology. Robin Hovis is an active community volunteer, and she currently serves on the yearbook committee at the Aristoi Classical Academy. She has volunteered at CASA as a special advocate for abused and neglected children and at the Pregnancy Help Center as a mentor for women with unplanned pregnancies. She has also been involved in her church as a Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher and director, youth group volunteer, choir member, as well as served on church boards and committees.

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tendent, superintendent, and chief administrator in Iowa school districts and area education agencies. As director of AEA, she served on the Governor’s Commission for Iowa Teacher Leadership, was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the Iowa Association of School Administrators and was inducted into the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids Corridor Business Journal’s Women of Influence. She is a past board member and chair of the McPherson College Board of Trustees, she is the immediate past chair of the American Red Cross Regional Chapter Board, and she was an elder and deacon at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church. The couple moved to Sagle, Idaho, when they retired.

and M C friends, HOMECOMING I appreciate each of the three pillars of McPherson College - Scholarship, Participation, and Service - in equal but different ways. I’ll be honest that the one that gives me the most hope for both our students and our world is that of service. Throughout my life I’ve had opportunities to connect with organizations that contribute to developing a lifetime of service - not simply disconnected experiences but an integration of service into all parts of life. McPherson College exemplifies this integration of service in our student culture in everything from valuing a history of service from prospective students to offering service opportunities through classrooms, clubs, and general interest programs. I experience our faculty and staff modeling service every day on campus and beyond. One of our brightest examples of that service model is longtime staff member Jim Dodson Hon ’15 who is highlighted in this Review. Likewise, MC alumni continue to integrate service into their lives and careers. Through parenting, alumni pass that value along to the next generation, and this edition is filled to the brim with a new generation of Bulldogs that will grow and learn in that ethos of service. Dustin “The Buddha” Gregg ‘01 shares it best when he says “I understand the value of community and the feeling that someone is always there to help you face the stiff wind of life.” Each of us can continue to develop our lives in a model of service and celebrate those in our Bulldog community who exemplify a life of service.


Do you have a group of Young Alumni in your area who would like to reconnect casually at a great local place with some fun MC door prizes? Contact the alumni office about planning a mingle for your area.

Monica Rice director of alumni & constituent relations



A N N O U N C E M E N T S Mary Jo Dell Christy ’50, Dallas, Oregon, celebrated her 90th birthday last fall surrounded by friends and family, including several McPherson College alumni: daughter Vicky Christy van Santen ’76, daughter Lori Christy ’80, and daughter and son-in law Trudy Christy McKinnell ‘83 and James McKinnell ’83. Lyle ’57 and Marlene Moats Neher ’56, Grundy Center, Iowa, were featured in an article in the Eldora Herald-Ledger, which highlighted the couple’s collection of 360 Christmas Crèches. The Nehers hold an annual open house displaying the nativity scenes, which come from over 100 countries on six continents. Rita and Ellis Yoder ’71, McPherson, were recognized as the McPherson County 2018 Farm Family of the Year. Ellis represents the fourth generation of Yoders to farm in McPherson County. Glenn Stevens ’72, Moneta, Virginia, is pastor at the Saunders Grove Church of the Brethren. Mark Goodheart ’76, Bison, Kansas, was awarded the National Federation of Officials Association Distinguished National Contributor Award in January. Mark has been a registered official with the Kansas State High School Activities Association for 46 years. He is currently the K-12 principal at Otis-Bison schools. Catharine Hamm Skolnik ’76, Glendale, California, has been the editor of the Los Angeles Times Travel section since 2003. The LAT Travel section was awarded best newspaper Travel section in the Lowell Thomas Awards for 2018, besting the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Steven Foulke ‘86, Professor of History, and Dr. Carine Ullom ‘84, Associate Dean of Instructional Innovation at Ottawa University, along with their




colleague David Zook ‘83 of Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany, received an award from Philipps-Universität Marburg as part of its second annual “Ideas Competition.” Their project involves an emerging pedagogy that is becoming known as “virtual exchange,” which leverages technologies to bring learners from disparate cultures together for a sustained, joint cross-cultural learning experience. Jason Pendleton ’92, Shawnee Mission, Kansas, was selected as the 2017-18 Boys National Soccer Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools and the 2017 National Girls High School Coach of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches. In 2017-18 both programs he coaches went undefeated and won Kansas state championships. Richard Fowler, Jr. ’93, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, completed 25 years of police work at Shaler Township. Erika Kitzel Saffer ’95, Arriba, Colorado, is Chief Operating Officer at Lincoln Community Hospital and Care Center. Amanda Wells Samland ’03, Denver, Colorado, began work last July as a library services coordinator for Denver Public Schools. Emily Tyler ’03, Carpentersville, Illinois, began her new role as Director of Brethren Volunteer Service in February. For the past six years she had been on staff with BVS coordinating and recruitment and workcamp ministry. Amber Wright ’07, Cushing, Oklahoma, works as a mental health therapist and horse trainer. At Char Lin Ranch she has helped to establish an equine therapy program that assists veterans with PTSD. Miles Birch ’11, Shelton, Connecticut, recently opened his own auto restoration shop specializing in sheetmetal, fabrication, and body and paint. Amanda Larsen Pierson ’11, Nevada, Missouri, obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ottawa University last August. Callie McCaffrey ’13, Limon, Colorado, began work as an occupational therapist at East Central BOCES last August.

alumni notes Kylee Scott ’13, Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, graduated in December from California University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Exercise Science with a concentration in Wellness and Fitness and Wellness Coaching.


Alexandria Parker ’14, Hutchinson, Kansas, entered Brethren Volunteer Service last fall. She is working at Quaker Cottage, a cross-community family support center in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Derek Bevan ’15, Haviland, Kansas, is a business teacher and boys basketball coach at Bucklin High School. Simone Donaldson ’16, Halstead, Kansas, is attending Missouri State University earning a Master’s Degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Taryn Lee ’17, McPherson, is Inventory Manager at Mid-Kansas Cooperative.

Sean McCrae ’09 to Ashley Irizarry

Amanda Larsen ’11 to Nick Pierson

Lane Allison ’12 to Elizabeth Peuchen

Torey Fry ’13 to Jeff Caviston

Nathan Clary ’10 to Jillian Bromby

Avery Goering ’16 to Brooke Martin

Orlando, Florida, Dec. 21, 2018.

Nevada, Missouri, Nov. 17, 2018.

Victoria Broers ’18, Ottawa, Kansas, works as a market researcher at DH Pace Company, Inc. Taylor Dreiling ’18, Ness City, Kansas, teaches science at Ness City High School. Seamus Hnat ’18, Mt. Clemens, Michigan, received the 2019 Ben Yumori Driving Award from the Model T Ford Club of America. The award acknowledges persons who travel great distances in their Model T, promote the hobby and club, and work to preserve the Model T legacy. Bryce Strecker ’18, Alamosa, Colorado, was hired in January as Head Baseball Coach at Alamosa High School. Ashley Unruh ’18, Salina, Kansas, teaches at Meadowlark Elementary School USD 305.

New directory for 2020!

McPherson College is partnering with PCI to publish an updated printed alumni directory in 2020. This fall all alumni will be receiving postcards and e-mails asking that you verify and update your contact information. PCI is a trusted company and the college encourages all alumni to respond so that we have the best information possible for the directory. Any questions, contact Kendra Flory in the alumni office.

McPherson, Dec. 29, 2018.

Sarasota, Florida, Oct. 20, 2018.

Okemos, Michigan, Oct. 6, 2018.

Mulvane, Kansas, Apr. 13, 2019.


Bob and Gayla Thompson Green ‘83, McPherson, Jan. 21, 2019. 62 YEARS

Lyle ’57 and Marlene Moats Neher ’56, Grundy Center, Iowa, Dec. 26, 2018. 60 YEARS

David ’59 and Alma Goodfellow Nigh ’58, McPherson, Aug. 17, 2018. 50 YEARS

Jim ’68 and Char Lowe Bower ’70, Palmyra, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2018.




James Wilder to Steve and Andrea Wilder Connelly ’04

Mia Elizabeth to Colin and Elmi Sanchez Persel ’06

Baker Melvin to Josh '08 and Jamie Hubin '11

Maebel Marie to Michael and Mandy Yungeberg Meadows ’08

Cortland Hays to Andrew ’08 and Lacy Johnston Paull ’07

Ruthie Sue to Rory and Courtney Bersuch Rierson ’08

Zavier Brady to Noelle and Tyler Stewart ’08

Kinsley Harper to Harlan ’09 and Anneliese Rotering Hale ’12

Beauregard Roy to Aaron and Erikka Viehman Nielsen ’09

Quin Toepfer to Marlon ’10 and Ashley Toepfer Dominique ’11

Monica Cecilia to Kerry and Carley Sharp Hittle ’10

Brock to Luke and Michelle Ducy Perse ’10

Levi Joseph to Dylan ’11 and Amber Novinger Jandreau ’12

Emerson Rhett to Garrett ’11 and Kelsey Gray Parker ’11

Holly Raye to Nick Shue ’11

Otto to Josh ’11 and Amy Neufeld White ’12

Atchison, Kansas, Mar. 28, 2019.

Brookville, Kansas, Feb. 25, 2019.

Anchorage, Alaska, Apr. 2, 2018.

Woodland Park, Colorado, Dec. 24, 2018.



San Francisco, California, May 10, 2018.

McPherson, Kansas, Mar. 1, 2019.

Crescent, Oklahoma, Apr. 13, 2019.

Valley Center, Kansas, Apr. 22, 2019.


McPherson, Kansas, Nov. 28, 2018.

Shawnee, Kansas, Dec. 27, 2018.

Andover, Kansas, Jan. 18, 2019.

Pasadena, Maryland, Apr. 16, 2019.

Blue Rapids, Kansas, Dec. 10, 2018.

Colorado Springs, Colorado, Dec. 3, 2018.

Pueblo, Colorado, Jan. 11, 2019.

McPherson, Kansas, Dec. 18, 2018.

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Sawyer Ann to Amber and Andrew Skinner ’12 Liberal, Kansas, Dec. 28, 2018.

Danica Marie to Christopher ’13 and Catherine Bettles Moyer ’12 Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Jan. 3, 2019.

Tatum Grace to Kimberly and Erik DeRoo ’14 Abilene, Texas, Apr. 11, 2019.

Milani to Ruth and Devirous Johnson ’14 Higley, Arizona, Apr. 21, 2019.

Katy Madeleine to Michael and Rebecca Stover Roetzel ’05 Perryville, Arkansas, Dec. 29, 2018.

Lorelai Rose to Tyler and Rachel Arnold Detring ’10

Kansas City, Missouri, May 4, 2018.

Lillie Rayne to Blaque and Kelsie Patrick LeMaire ’11

Elizabeth, Colorado, Mar. 8, 2019.

Nora Rose to Tremon Robinson ’14 McPherson, Kansas, Sept. 14, 2018.

Aria Marie to Trea ’15 and Aspen Frey Lott ’13

McPherson, Kansas, Jan. 19, 2019.

Emmitt and Emillia to Mari and Jacob Simon ’09 Dallas, Texas, Feb. 15, 2019.

Audrey Nicole to Chad and Lauryn Morris Young ’14 McPherson, Kansas, Jan. 8, 2019.

Correction from previous issue

Ethan Holderreed to Patrick and Becky Ullom Naugle ’01 Gilberts, Illinois, Nov. 9, 2018.



Harry E. Crabb ’45, Lawrence, Kansas, Jan. 17, 2019.

James M. Freed ’61, Delaware, Ohio, Apr. 13, 2019.

Annette “Annie” Glasier Markham ’46, Carbondale, Colorado, Feb. 18, 2019.

Karen Stoner Huffman ’62, Quinter, Kansas, Feb. 19, 2019.

Violet Bollinger Munt ’45, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Feb. 17, 2019.

Norma Clark Coughenour ’49, Overland Park, Kansas, Dec. 17, 2018. Helen Thomas Watts ’49, Nampa, Idaho, Aug. 18, 2018. John “Irvin” Wolf ’49, Quinter, Kansas, Dec. 4, 2018.

Barbara Burton Harris ’50, Anaheim, California, Feb. 13, 2019. Donald “Dean” Duke ’51, Marion, Kansas, Mar. 29, 2019. John W. Ferrell ’51, McPherson, Feb. 27, 2019.

Gordon L. Fishburn ’54, Chicago, Illinois, Dec. 11, 2018.

Jerry M. McConkey ’54, Maple Lake, Minnesota, Dec. 2, 2017. Donald R. Glahn ’57, McPherson, Jan. 28, 2019.

Marion L. Johnson ’58, Belleville, Kansas, May 17, 2019. Earl C. Guiot ’59, Wichita, Kansas, Feb. 24, 2019.

Joe A. Dooley ’60, Laverne, Oklahoma, Feb. 19, 2019.

Donald W. Jones ’60, Springfield, Missouri, Jan. 7, 2019.

Edith K. Martin ’61, Salina, Kansas, Feb. 12, 2019.

Lorine M. Hewson ’66, Lakin, Kansas, Apr. 11, 2019.

Richard D. Burger ’69, Perryton, Texas, Dec. 18, 2018.

Donald Reese ’69, New Castle, Delaware, Apr. 2, 2019.

Madeline Peel Keenan ’69, Lindsborg, Kansas, Apr. 26, 2019.

Kenneth E. O’Vell ’70, Weedville, Pennsylvania, Dec. 10, 2018. Randall “Randy” Whelpley ’71, Topeka, Kansas, Mar. 3, 2018. Lewis “Lew” Keith ’73, McPherson, Dec. 18, 2018.

Thomas “Tom” Schulte ’74, Victoria, Kansas, Apr. 10, 2019.

Jeffrey T. Frazier ’83, San Bernardino, California, Feb. 10, 2019. Bradley Scott Bowman ’93, Topeka, Kansas, Mar. 20, 2019.

William “Bill” Kumle ’05, Cooper City, Florida, Feb. 28, 2019.

Jonathan “Jonny” Mills ’14, Dodge City, Kansas, Nov. 29, 2018. Christopher J. Schafers ’17, Emporia, Kansas, Feb. 13, 2019.




PHONATHON 2005 Keely (Walters) Bontrager ’08, Trenton Bell ’08, and Nicole Harkins ’07 make calls to alumni and friends during Phonathon. Many students over the years worked as callers during the long-running, annual fundraising event, including Myron Stine ’94 who is featured in this Review.




& now

POWER DAY 2019 Students Kourtney Jones, Nate McLaughlin, and Nick Navarro box up 'Bulldog Forever' t-shirts for donors during this year's Power Day. The college's annual day of giving in the spring celebrated ďŹ ve years and set new records for gifts and number of donors.



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Homecoming October 11-13, 2019

• Track & Field reunion and Hall of Fame induction • Art Ray 5K and dog walk • Pancake feed brunch | Food truck lunch tailgate • Community by Design update by President Schneider Class reunion years: ’59, ‘64, ‘69, ‘74, ‘79, ‘84, ‘89, ‘94, ‘99, ‘04, ‘09, ‘14. If it is your reunion year and you’d like to plan a get-together, please contact the Alumni Office at or (620) 242-0432.

FA L L C A L E N D A R Alumni: Fun in the Sun Pool Party Aug 18, 2019

Theatre: “Dearly Departed” Oct 4-5, 11-12, 2019

Admissions: Auto Restoration Visit Day Nov 15, 2019

Heartland Choral Festival Sep 23, 2019

Admissions: Bulldog Visit Day Oct 12, 2019

Admissions: ArtPop Juried Art Show Nov 21, 2019

Oct 26, 2019

Presidential Scholarship Competition Day Dec 7, 2019

Homecoming Oct 11-13, 2019

Band: Fall Concert Nov 17, 2019

Admissions: Auto Restoration Visit Day Sep 27, 2019

Ventures: Faith Through Action: Effective approaches to solving the climate challenge

Theatre: “Daddy Long Legs” Nov 21-23, 2019

and Creation Care

Jazz Festival Nov 7, 2019

Theatre: “The Christians” Aug 30-31, 2019

Ventures: God’s Relation to the Natural World Sep 28, 2019

Admissions: EdChat Workshop Oct 3, 2019

Ventures: We’d Prefer to Avoid That: Conflict

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Nov 9, 2019

Choir: Festival of Readings and Carols Dec 8, 2019

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