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I learned to type during the days when typewriters were the primary tool for learning the skill. I can still remember the mechanical clicking of the keystrokes and the audible dings indicating the end of a line and the necessity of using the manual return lever. Although manual typewriters are seemingly archaic today, I did eventually learn the skill of typing, and little did I know that it would become a most important skill. A phrase often used in my typing class for practice was “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.” This popular typing drill developed by Charles E. Weller took up exactly 70 spaces (one line with spaces and punctuation) and used a variety of keystrokes and hand movements. I do not remember how many times I typed the phrase, but it is still familiar to me and one I typically try on new keyboards to assess feel and comfort. In 2 Corinthians chapter 6 at the end of verse 2, Paul writes, “… Behold, now is the favorable time; now is the day of salvation.” (ESV) Paul reminds the Corinthian church by quoting Isaiah 49:8 in expressing his passionate concern that they hold fast to the faith so that their ministry would remain effective in drawing others to a saving faith in Christ while the Lord provided opportunity. The word “now” in the old typing drill and certainly in this passage connotes a sense of urgency, and this word has obviously been on my mind lately. Paul certainly was aware of the urgency of the gospel to a lost generation and of the opportunity the church had. He wanted everyone to be ready for such a time as this. We have named our capital campaign SterlingNOW. Our Board of Trustees, along with the administration, believes that Sterling College has the calling to improve and increase its educational offerings and opportunities. We believe that now is the time to build a brand new science center, revitalize Thompson Hall, add academic space at Gleason and build an auxiliary gym. We believe that now is the time to enhance the student experience by providing them facilities that improve their experience as Sterling students. We believe that now is the time that we grow our enrollment through new master’s degrees and broaden our footprint in the health sciences. It is with a sense of urgency that we contend to seize opportunity. We believe the time is now. By His grace, and for His glory,
Scott A. Rich, Ed.D.
MISSION STATEMENT Sterling College is a Christ-centered, four-year college with a mission to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith.
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STERLINGNOW: THE CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR STERLING COLLEGE
ATHLETIC TRAINING ACCREDITATION
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: SASHA HILDEBRAND ’03
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In the News 04 Warrior Athletics 06 SterlingNOW 08 Athletic Training 14 Alumni Spotlight 16 Alumni News 18 In Memoriam 21 Alumni Award Winners 22
PRESIDENT Scott A. Rich, Ed.D. | VICE PRESIDENT FOR INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS Scott Carter ’88, M.S.A. | DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Brad Evenson | DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI Susie (Rathbun) Carney ‘88 | WRITER FOR MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Rebecca Swartz | SPECIAL PROJECTS DESIGN LEAD Kara N. (Stineman) Smith ’14 | WEB AND VISUAL ARTS SPECIALIST Micah Black ’17 | VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND DEAN OF THE COLLEGE Ken Brown, Ph.D. | VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT Dennis Dutton '82, M.A. | VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION AND INSTITUTIONAL INITIATIVES David Landis Jr. '88, M.Ed. | VICE PRESIDENT FOR STUDENT LIFE Kimberly Christian, M.P.A. | CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Michelle Hall | ATHLETIC DIRECTOR Gary Kempf | POSTMASTER send address changes to 125 W. Cooper Ave. Sterling, KS 67579 | WEBSITE sterling.edu PRINTED BY Mennonite Press, Newton, Kansas. Letters and comments can be sent to email@example.com.
Larry Dashiell ’76
RECORD INCOMING CLASS JOINS CAMPUS With 218 first-time freshmen, Sterling College welcomed the largest incoming class in its history. The total headcount of 703 students, which is the College’s fifth largest count, also featured a growth in diversity with 34 percent of students claiming an ethnicity other than white. The population includes residents of 32 states and 14 foreign countries.
Parker Smith ’66
DASHIELL AND SMITH NAMED TO BOARD OF TRUSTEES Larry Dashiell ’76 and Parker Smith ’66 were voted onto the Board of Trustees during the Fall 2017 meeting. Dashiell is the retired senior director for Portland Public Schools, having served in education as both a teacher and administrator for 40 years. He graduated from Sterling in 1976 with a degree in speech communication and continued on to Wichita State University where he earned his master’s degree in education administration and supervision. He and his wife, Lisa (Christian) ’77, have two children, Christian ’02 and Harmonee. Larry and Lisa currently live in Portland, Oregon.
Smith is a retired Presbyterian pastor of nearly 40 years and served on the National Advisory Council from 201417. He graduated from Sterling College in 1966 with a degree in biology and continued his education at Fuller Theological Seminary where he earned his Master of Divinity. Smith has served in churches in Lincoln, Kansas; Casa Grande, Arizona; Bellevue, Nebraska; and Linden, Michigan. He and his wife, Susan, have three kids: Amanda Thayer fs98, Melissa Rice and Kevin Parker Smith ’02. Parker and Susan currently live in Aurora, Colorado.
KANSAS COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS SESSION IN COOPER HALL Three Kansas Court of Appeals judges heard oral arguments in Heritage Chapel on Nov. 14, 2017. The panel heard five cases and included Judges Kathryn (McFarland) Gardner fs78, Michael Buser and Gordon Atcheson. The judges had lunch with Sterling College students in the criminal justice program and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Dr. Mark Tremaine.
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FOLLOW STERLING COLLEGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR ALL THE LATEST ON CAMPUS! WISE ’13 EARNS PH.D. IN BIOCHEMISTRY Assistant Professor of Chemistry Randi Wise successfully defended her dissertation this fall, earning the title of Dr. Wise with her new degree in biochemistry through Kansas State University. Her research has led to several papers on metastatic breast cancer, most recently in the medical journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment’s November 2017 issue. Wise is a 2013 SC graduate with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and biology and minors in Christian ministries and mathematics.
NATIONAL MATHEMATICS HONOR SOCIETY INSTALLED The inaugural ceremony for Kappa Mu Epsilon took place on Nov. 30, adding 10 members. The Sterling College chapter, Kansas Eta, is the seventh chapter in Kansas, and the first new chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon in Kansas in almost 20 years. KME president Brian Hollenbeck led the ceremony, which included a short talk on mathematics. Hollenbeck is a professor of mathematics at Emporia State University. Kappa Mu Epsilon is the third honor society for Sterling College. Alpha Chi, the honor society for general academics began in 1965, and Phi Beta Lambda, the honor society under Future Business Leaders of America, began in 2011.
Football Qualifies for NAIA FCS: 15 Warriors Named to All-Conference Team
The Sterling College Warrior football team finished 9-3, earned the 2017 KCAC Championship and secured a trip to the NAIA Football Championship Series (FCS) for the third time. After opening the season with a loss to No. 11 Doane University, the Warriors won five games in a row, including a thrilling 23-21 homecoming victory over Tabor College. Following a road loss to Bethany College, Sterling won four more games in a row before losing to No. 3 Morningside College in the first round of the NAIA FCS. The Warriors finished 16th in the final coachesâ€™ poll of the season. Fifteen Warriors earned KCAC All-Conference recognition:
Darryl Terrell of Muskegon, Mich. (sophomore) Swain Williams of Bellflower, Calif. (senior) Second Team Dezmond Howard of Montgomery, Ala. (senior) Ray Winfield of San Antonio, Texas (senior) Michael Winstead of Pearland, Texas (senior) Honorable Mention Eric Butler of Wichita Falls, Texas (sophomore)
First Team Aaron Chisolm of Las Vegas, Nev. (sophomore)
James Chancellor of Mulvane, Kan. (freshman)
Kenya Edner of Pittsburg, Calif. (senior)
Koltyn Ratliff of Ness City, Kan. (senior)
Rigo Guzman of Thermal, Calif. (sophomore)
Dezmon Walker of Detroit, Mich. (senior)
Maurice Rucker of Modesto, Calif. (sophomore)
Dominique Wilkins of Orlando, Fla. (senior)
Nathan Hiatt of Nickerson, Kan. (junior)
Freshman Kylah Comley earns All-American Honorable Mention Kylah Comley of Sterling, Kansas, was named NAIA Division II Womenâ€™s Basketball All-American Honorable Mention. Comley led the KCAC in scoring with 22.4 points per game. She also led the conference in assists with 3.7 per contest. During the season, Comley was also named the KCAC Offensive Player of the Week five times and was named the NAIA Player of the Week, the first time for a Lady Warrior in 17 years.
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Terrell, Chandler and Root earn NAIA honors Sophomore Darryl Terrell of Muskegon, Michigan, was named to the 2017 AFCA-NAIA All-America Second Team as a wide receiver. Terrell was awarded the 2017 KCAC Offensive Player of the Year and was also a unanimous AllKCAC First Team selection at wide receiver, leading the KCAC in receptions and receiving yards. Terrell finished his sophomore season with 10 touchdowns, collecting a total of 85 receptions for 1,045 yards, while also adding 38 carries for 171 yards. Seniors Garrett Chandler of Rockwall, Texas, and Gideon Root of Minneapolis, Kansas, were named to the 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes list, which included 379 student-athletes from across the country. In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved junior academic status.
zoni finished the season with five goals, five assists, and 76 shots with 35 of them on goal.
Three named to All-KCAC volleyball teams Three Sterling College Lady Warriors were recognized for their contributions to the 2017 season. Junior Chelsey Riffel of Sterling, Kansas, was named First Team All-KCAC; junior Mikaela Wells of Haven, Kansas, was named Second Team All-KCAC; and junior Alexandra Reid of Phoenix, Arizona, was named Third Team All-KCAC. Riffel finished the season with a total of 493 kills, breaking Sterling’s single-season record for kills for Sterling. She also had a .198 attack percentage, and collected 149 digs, 33 blocks, four assists and two aces. Wells led Sterling with 1,094 assists and finished the year with 271 digs, 73 kills, 55 blocks, and 31 aces. Reid completed her season with 599 digs, 36 assists, 36 aces, and nine kills this season.
Marques and Oord Named KCAC Men’s Soccer All-Conference Two Sterling College Warriors were named Honorable Mention All-KCAC selections: senior Adriano Marques of Toronto, Canada, and junior Colton Oord of Seattle, Washington. Marques, midfielder, led the Warriors with eight goals and added two assists during the season. He led Sterling with 49 shots taken with 30 of them on goal, and converted all four penalty kicks he attempted this season. Defender Oord was a critical member of the defense, starting 18 matches for the season. He added five shots for the Warriors.
Lemus and Cozzoni Named KCAC Women’s Soccer All-Conference Representing the Lady Warriors Soccer Team, junior Elena Lemus of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and senior Olivia Cozzoni of Aurora, Illinois, were named Second Team KCAC All-Conference. Forward Lemus led Sterling with seven goals and added one assist during the season. She also took 32 shots with 17 of them on goal. Midfielder Coz-
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The Sterling Experience is one of excellence, preparation and lifelong friendships. In order to maintain that standard, Sterling College has launched its largest-ever fundraising initiative to date, SterlingNOW: The Capital Campaign for Sterling College. The campaign will upgrade facilities to match the excellence of our programs and help attract students invested in a discernibly different education. The $25 million campaign has three main objectives: upgrade science and academic facilities, expand the Gleason Physical Education Center and grow the endowment. “Each facet of the SterlingNOW Campaign supports growth to our campus and our new master’s programs and encourages enrollment growth through improved facilities that help us compete on a regional and national level,” said Scott Rich, president. For Sterling College, the time is now.
STERLINGNOW OBJECTIVES 1. Upgrade Science and Academic Facilities 2. Expand the Gleason Physical Education Center 3. Grow the Endowment
Upgrade Science and Academic Facilities
Zaid-West Science and Research Center 34,000 SQUARE FEET OF NEW CONSTRUCTION • 9 LABORATORIES WITH ADJACENT PREP ROOMS 8 FACULTY OFFICES • 5 CLASSROOMS • CONFERENCE ROOMS AND STUDENT STUDY NODES
Sterling College has a long history of excellence in the sciences. From the College’s acquisition of an x-ray machine in 1897, only two years after its invention, to numerous students who have continued on to graduate studies in science and medical fields, to alumni who have built science-based companies and made their mark in research and lab settings, Sterling has a history of strong science programs and successes.
of the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. “The new academic building will provide our students with an outstanding classroom and laboratory experience that will also give them a competitive advantage as they go on to medical school, physical therapy schools, graduate programs or into the workplace. Students are entering a globally proficient workplace, and it’s critical that we train them to be competitive in technical laboratory skills.”
“While Thompson Hall in its current form has served our students well since 1964, the methods in which laboratory science is conducted has changed tremendously since that time,” said Dr. Jonathan Conard, associate professor of biology and the chair
A new, state-of-the-art science facility, combined with talented faculty teaching from a Christian perspective, will expand upon Sterling’s rich legacy in the natural sciences.
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Upgrade Science and Academic Facilities
Renovations to Thompson Hall 24,000 SQUARE FEET OF NEW AND RENOVATED CONSTRUCTION ELEVATOR AND SPACIOUS GLASS LOBBY • 18 FACULTY OFFICES • 12 CLASSROOMS • 2 CONFERENCE ROOMS
The enrollment of Sterling College has doubled since the College’s building boom of the 1960s, yet additional classroom and office space has fallen far behind that growth. With fiscal responsibility in mind, Sterling College will renovate Thompson Hall at a fraction of the cost of new construction to fulfill the need for both academic and office space.
rooms, offices that are easily accessible to students and spaces for collaboration and study. This renovation project will help ease scheduling conflicts and create a space that our students, faculty and staff can enjoy,” said David Landis ’88, vice president for administration and institutional initiatives.
“Thompson Hall provides a lot of great areas that can be renovated to create multi-purpose class-
“Sterling College is special to me because the people here care so deeply about everyone. All the new opportunities this campaign will bring will prepare students for the next step, from going to graduate school to being well-prepared for their vocation.” KRISTEN CALDERWOOD ’19 • ULYSSES, KAN. • BIOLOGY
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Expansion at Gleason Physical Education Center
Additions to Gleason Center 33,000 SQUARE FEET OF NEW AND RENOVATED CONSTRUCTION • 19 OFFICES FOR FACULTY AND COACHES 3 NEW AND RENOVATED CLASSROOMS • AUXILIARY GYM • CENTER FOR HEALTH SCIENCES • WELLNESS CENTER
The Gleason Physical Education Center is a hub of activity for our students, and many prospective students and parents begin their Sterling Experience in this building. With additional students participating in the master’s degrees that will take classes in the Gleason Center, the current facility needs expansion. A Center for Health Sciences will be created and will contain a 1,600-square-foot Clinical Athletic Training Facility, featuring hydrotherapy, rehabilitation, tap-
ing and treatment areas. This space is necessary for our master’s in athletic training and will help attract and retain student-athletes. Additionally, this expansion will feature a 9,000-square-foot auxiliary gym, a physiology lab and other classroom learning space, additional locker rooms, offices for faculty and coaches, and a Wellness Center with a Cardio Fitness Facility and weight room.
“Gleason plays a huge role in the city of Sterling and also on campus. It affects all students whether through athletics, taking classes or through fitness and exercise. Adding an auxiliary gym will help us tremendously to provide ample practice space as well as scheduling flexibility for our teams. This will allow us to continue to keep Lonnie Kruse Court as our playing facility, which is a true home-court advantage.” K.C. BASSETT ’07, HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH STERLING COLLEGE
Grow the Endowment
A growing endowment is one of the essential foundations to the vitality and financial security of Sterling College. An increased endowment will guard Sterling against both volatility in the higher education environment and the country’s economic conditions. Endowment growth will provide new resources for funding scholarships, on-going operations for buildings, faculty development, academic disciplines, new technologies and classroom equipment.
Providing a new stream of income for these areas will help increase enrollment and attract talented and deserving students, keep the campus up-todate with technology advancements, continue the investment in the enrichment of our faculty and staff, and update buildings to reflect changes in higher education teaching methods and delivery.
“The scholarships that I’ve received have really been an answer to prayer. And not just to me, but they have also been financially helpful to my parents, who are also helping me pay through school. Really, I think it’s just been amazing that I am being supported in my academics, and all glory be to God. ” ZACHARY CLIFFORD ’18 • THORNTON, COLO. • YOUTH MINISTRY
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Mabee Challenge Grant The J.E. & L.E. Mabee Foundation has issued a matching challenge grant to alumni and friends of Sterling College. When we raise $20 million for the construction projects in the SterlingNOW Campaign by October 10, 2018, the Mabee Foundation will grant the remaining $2 million needed to complete
those projects. We must reach the full $20 million to receive funds from the Mabee Foundation. We have raised $16.4 million for the construction projects. We need your help to raise the remaining $3.6 million.
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STERLING COLLEGE BECOMES THE FIRST ACCREDITED MASTER’S IN ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM IN KANSAS The Master of Science in Athletic Training is a two-year program and is currently accepting applicants who have met the admission requirements to begin the program in July 2018. Students can enter the program via two avenues, graduating with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or going through Sterling College’s 3+2 program. The 3+2 track is an accelerated program in which the student graduates with a bachelor’s in health science and a Master of Science in Athletic Training in five years instead of the traditional six.
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ALUMNI Sasha Hildebrand ’03
Nearly 20 years after her freshman year of college, Sasha Hildebrand ’03 returned to Sterling College for another freshman year – this time it was as a professor. Since graduation, Hildebrand has earned both a master’s degree and Master of Fine Arts degree in acting. Her studies and work have taken her to England, Iowa, Texas, Georgia, California, and Chicago. She credits much of her success to her time at Sterling, where she learned several aspects of theatre and formed a strong foundation to build her career on. Hildebrand now serves as the artistic director and assistant professor of theatre arts, where she plans to give students similar experiences to those that helped launch her career. SM: What has God been doing in your life? How did your new opportunity come about? Wow, so much has happened! I feel like I’ve been a world traveler. I’ve been all over the country and lived overseas as well. After I received my master’s degree from Liverpool Institute, I worked in Chicago in a variety of arts-based roles. I ended up going back to Liverpool for a year to guest teach a class at the Institute before I came back to become an admissions counselor for Sterling College in 2008. In this time, I knew that I wanted to teach at the collegiate level. I went to the University of Iowa and got my master of fine arts in acting. After more years in Chicago where I taught at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, I came home to Sterling. I’ve been hopping all over the place for quite a while now. It’s been really fun. SM: What did your journey look like to come to Sterling? And how did you get involved on campus? I had set myself up to go to another school and then my friend, Jennifer (Fairchild) Dyson ‘02, intervened. 16
I decided to come on a last-minute visit, met Diane DeFranco-Kling, and just fell in love with her and this place. Sterling wanted my character; it wanted my personality. It wanted to teach me things rather than me just going through the motions. I think that’s what set it apart. One of the things I asked Diane when I was auditioning was, “How quickly can I get involved? Do I have to be an upperclassman to be cast in roles?” She said, “Absolutely not.” That’s stayed with me a long time – being able to jump right in as an artist and be able to be as active as possible from day one. That’s how I ended up at Sterling. SM: How does Sterling prepare students for what’s next? One of the important aspects of Sterling College theatre is that you are highly encouraged to take part in other areas of theatre rather than just acting. With a little knowledge in sewing, I was grabbed up in the costume shop where Diane was quick to give me projects. By having that experience, I was able to have a second job in theatre that I could proficiently do as a professional. I was able to leave Sterling College with a resume that was extremely long and diverse. If I was a student looking at theatrical training, I’d want to come to a place that would get me onstage from day one, regardless if I was a theatre major or not. I’d want to be considered for lead roles if I was the right person for the role, regardless of what year I was in school. I’d want to have a lot of stage time and a lot of different types of theatre. I’d want to be able to be trained in other areas. I’d want a training program that was going to make me proficient enough that I could leave here and be my own business manager. That is what Sterling College theatre is to me, and it’s what I want it to be under my direction.
SM: We hear there is special theatre programming at Homecoming 2018. What can you tell us about this? We are really excited to have as many people who have ever been involved in theatre at Sterling College come back for Homecoming in 2018, and we’re going to celebrate the theatre department at Sterling College. You do not want to miss it! Don't Miss! Be Brilliant: an SC Theatre Legacy Weekend at Homecoming 2018! Hildebrand performs as “Nurse” in Sterling’s spring 2018 performance of “Romeo and Juliet.”
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ALUMNI NEWS FROM ALUMNI AROUND THE WORLD
1960s Betty (Phillips) Herrera ’67 earned her second master’s degree in Christian counseling at Houston Graduate School of Theology in December 2017.
1980s Jesse Morgan ’81 submitted a winning photo of an Eastern Collared Lizard that was featured in the Kansas Wildlife and Parks Magazine January/February 2018 photo issue. Timothy Mann ’82 is serving as senior vice president, market director for the Bank of Tampa in St. Petersburg, Fla. Skip Kirby ’84 recently joined Northrop Grumman on the DCTP Exercise Support Team. Greg McGlynn ’87 was named Kansas Thespian Region #5 Teacher of the Year 2018. McGlynn is currently the theatre director/instructor at McPherson High School.
1990s Heather McCreery ’90 earned Master’s of Business Administration from Warwick University in Coventry, England. Scott Battoe ’97 was appointed a commissioner on the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for O’Fallon, Mo.
2000s Brianne (Lenker) ’02 and Raymond Hanson welcomed their son, Raymond Josiah, on Nov. 3, 2017. Amanda (Mount) McKimson ’02 has been selected as the registrar at Southwestern College. Jack ’03 and Kim (Reed) ’03 Dillard welcomed daughter, Sylvia June, on July 21, 2017. Amber (King) ’03 and Joseph Thomas welcomed their daughter, Lauren Mary, on June 8, 2017.
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Natalie (Durant) ’04 and Ben Thompson welcomed their son, Jett William, on July 7, 2017. Anna (Detrich) ’04 and Chad Wastell welcomed their son, Malachi Joel, on Aug. 31, 2017. Chad Hensley ’05 is the new associate pastor at Cedar Creek Community Church in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Erin (Yenter) ’05 and Frank Wolf welcomed their daughter, Sarah Elizabeth, on Dec. 9, 2017. Chris ’06 and Kylie Schneider welcomed their son, Kapaun James, on May 23, 2017. Tiffany Harms ’07, choir director at Central Christian College of Kansas, recently performed with her students at Carnegie Hall. Rachel (Harris) ’07 and Jake Morrison welcomed son, Makai John, on Jan. 24, 2018. Michelle (Wolff) ’07 and Chris Rosenhahn welcomed their son, Beckett Wilder, on Sept. 8, 2017. A
Terry Harrison ’04 has been named head coach of the Bethel College (Kan.) football program.
team at Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City.
A.B. Stokes ’07 has joined the Bethel College (Kan.) football program as offensive coordinator.
Natalie (Gordon) ’08 and Adam Ray welcomed their daughter, Heppner Lee, on Sept. 8, 2017. Karin (Lederle) ’08 and Benjamin ’09 Swihart welcomed their son, Daniel King, on Oct. 20, 2017. B
Lisa (Esquivel) Burgess ’09 earned a Master of Science degree from Fort Hays State University in December 2017. Esther (Epp) ’09 and David Miller welcomed son, Benaiah Ezekiel, on May 7, 2017. Mark ’09 and Jaclyn (Coxwell) ’09 Sievert welcomed their daughter, Clara Laine, on April 15, 2017.
2010s Matt ’10 and Tillie (Wilbeck) ’13 Ehresman welcomed their daughter, Heidi Mae, on Sept. 20, 2017. C
Paul Kempf ’10 has joined the Bethel College (Kan.) football program as defensive coordinator.
28, 2017. Sarah (Tucker) ’12 and Joshua Linn welcomed their son, Tyler Patrick, on March 17, 2017. Kara (Kenyon) ’13 and Jeffrey Heller welcomed their daughter, Ailynn Rey, on April 12, 2017. Matt James ’13 currently works for a sports marketing company in Newport Beach, Calif. Michelle Malette ’13 started a new job as corporate recruiter for Marcus & Millichap.
Emily (Zerger) ’13 and Phillip ’14 Taylor welcomed their daughter, Annabelle Valeri, on May 2, 2017.
Nathaniel ’14 and Jenny (Linville) ’14 Boggs welcomed their son, Rowan Arthur, on Oct. 5, 2017.
Kami (Hodson) ’10 and Derrick Mead welcomed their son, Bryant Dawson, on Oct. 21, 2017. Matt ’11 and Betsy Jaderston welcomed their son, Henry Wells, on Oct. 30, 2017.
Spencer ’14 and Carley (Chambers) ’14 Childs welcomed their son, Oakley Row, on Jan. 17, 2018.
Carl ’11 and Talarah Nolan welcomed their daughter, Maya Grace, on Jan. 20, 2018.
Jonathan ’14 and Lacey (Rhoads) ’14 Perdoma welcomed their daughter, Miliana Joanne, on June 6, 2017.
Matthew ’12 and Kacie (Rogers) ’12 Hastings welcomed their daughter, Adelaide Anne, on Nov.
Brandon Morrow ’13 has been appointed pastor of preaching, vision, and leadership development at Good News Community Church in Okobohi, Iowa. Morrow is married to Erica (Herman) ’11.
Jonathan ’14 and Caitlyn (McCreight) ’15 Burnaman welcomed their daughter, Emery Amaris, on Dec. 12, 2017.
Jon ’11 and Dani (Burk) Van Veldhuizen ’13 welcomed their son, Blaise Russell, on Jan. 22, 2018.
Nicci (Navarro) ’14 and Robert Perez welcomed their son, Ezekiel Dakota, on Nov. 5, 2017. Randi (Lucas) Shannon ’14 earned a Master of Liberal Studies from Fort
Hays State University in December 2017. Kendall (Perry) ’14 and Todd Vogts welcomed their daughter, Presley James, on Sept. 7, 2017. Erica (Wilt) York ’14 earned a Master of Arts in Economics from Wichita State University in December 2017. Roy ’15 and Melissa (Cree) ’16 Abousamra welcomed their son, Carson Elie, on Jan. 18, 2018. Jacob ’15 and Larissa (Versaw) ’15 Blackwell welcomed their daughter, Theia Elizabeth, on Jan. 5, 2018. Lori (Dauer) Dierksen ’15 earned a Master of Science degree from Fort Hays State University in December 2017.
Deacon ’15 and Caroline Dobbs welcomed their son, Huntington John, on Jan. 24, 2018.
ciation of South Central Kansas.
Micah Black ’17 is now a web and visual arts specialist at Sterling College.
Reggie Langford ’15 earned a master’s degree in health, human performance and recreation with an emphasis in sport management from Pittsburg State University.
Renee Lanham ’17 is an art teacher at Central Plains USD 112 in Holyrood, Kan.
Abby (Suhler) ’15 and Spencer Stout welcomed their daughter, Millie Rose, on Dec. 21, 2017.
Brittany Lewis ’17 is now a web development intern at City of Santa Clarita.
Josh Landis ’16 was recently named director of logistics at AB May Company in Kansas City, Mo.
Lydia Morse ’17 has joined PAL (Police Activities League) as VPD program coordinator in Vancouver, Wash.
Maranda (Faucett) ’16 and Jaron Miller welcomed their daughter, McKinnley Lynne, on Dec. 28, 2017.
Cody Van Ry ’17 was named Rookie of the Year for the Alamosa Fire Department in Colorado.
Michaela Moore ’16 is now a case manager at the Mental Health Asso-
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01 Megan Strong ’04 married Mostafa Nejjahi on Jan. 13, 2018.
Kyle Finder ’14 married Breanna Qually on Jan. 12, 2018.
02 Jared Eddy ’09 and Elisabeth Gafford ’10 were married on Jan. 20, 2018.
04 Danae (Massie) ’15 married Mike DeWitt ’15 on July 16, 2017.
03 Aubri Brock ’10 married Robbie Deheck on Dec. 21, 2017.
Katrina Carman ’15 and Matthew Dodd ’17 were married on Sept. 9, 2017. 05 Lars Lind ’17 and Taryn Willms-Persichetti ’17 were married on Sept. 22, 2017.
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EMPLOYEE | LEADERSHIP
Thomas C. Simpson Board of Trustees 1988-2017
Virginia M. Beard ’44 Clyde E. Work ’45
Donald K. Caywood ’70 Alathea R. Watts ’76
Marjorie M. Cox ’50 Frank R. Churchill ’51 Max I. Tedford ’51 Mildred L. Shepard ’54 Marjorie J. Hayes ’55 Robert D. Stout ’57 Winifred N. Dray ’59
Linda G. Bailey ’81 Sharon L. Lacey ’82 William B. Walker ’83 Judith L. Knight ’89
1990S Bradley D. Bernhardt ’90
1960S Martin E. Ward ’63 Jerry L. Hammons ’64 Jeffrey W. Tinsley ’69
A SPECIAL REMEMBERING... Dr. Thomas Simpson was described as caring, compassionate and a servant leader to the many groups in which he was involved. In addition to his family medical practice of 30 years, Simpson served on seven different professional associations, was a perinatal consultant for three organizations, worked with the University of Kansas School of Medicine and served in the community in 15 different capacities. He had served on the Sterling College Board of Trustees since 1988, acting as chair from 2005-08. Simpson graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Emporia in 1969, followed by graduating from Kansas University School of Medicine in 1973. He was board certified in 1976 and then served three years as lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy in New Hampshire. He established his family medical practice in 1978. Simpson is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, Mike Simpson ’94; his daughters Anne-Marie ’98 and Josh Friesema, Nancy and Brian Inwood, and Pamela Simpson; brother Jack and Wally Simpson; sister Jane Ellen and Bob Mark; and 13 grandchildren. S T E R L I N G C O L L E G E 21
2017 Alumni Award Winners
John Wilkey ’67
Gary White ’73 Alumni Award
Young Alumni Award
During Homecoming, John Wilkey ’67 was recognized as the 2017 Distinguished Service Award recipient, the highest alumni honor given by Sterling College. The award is given for exceptional contributions to society, distinguished professional accomplishments, and outstanding leadership and character.
Former educator and coach Gary White ’73 was awarded the Sterling College Alumni Award for his continual dedication to the College and his lifetime of service to the community.
Dr. Drew Miller ’02 was awarded the Young Alumni Award for excellence in his career, service to others and loyalty to the College. Now a family medicine doctor in Lakin, Kansas, Miller was a finalist for the 2017 Kansas Family Physician of the Year by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians. He serves as District 7 Director of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians and has served on two medical mission trips. Locally, he has participated in community health efforts, his church’s worship team, and as a coach for his children’s ball teams.
Distinguished Service Award
“John Wilkey’s life is marked by humility, faithfulness and generosity. Whether it is the local church, the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Sterling College, or simply people in need, John and his wife, Phyllis, have met the call and provided love, truth and a helping hand,” said Dr. Scott Rich, president. Wilkey graduated from Sterling with a degree in education with an emphasis in math. He taught for a year in Newton, Kansas, and after marrying his wife, Phyllis (Farr) ’65, moved to Salina to teach and coach basketball and track. During his summers, Wilkey would return to help on the family farm. They moved back to Sterling in 1975 to continue farming, where they continue to farm with their son, Tanner. Wilkey is now the owner and part-owner of Sunflower Cattle Company and the Clark County Feed Yard.
After graduating from Sterling College, White went on to become a teacher and head football coach at USD 376 in Sterling. In 1982, White led the Black Bears to its first football state championship. He then transitioned to Sterling College and served as coach of the football team, assistant track coach and also served in the Student Life Office at Sterling College from 1984-88. He later served as director of admissions at Marymount College and directed the enrollment efforts at Kansas Wesleyan University. White then joined USD 305 in Salina, retiring in 2017 as assistant principal at Salina South High School. White holds a bachelor’s degree from Sterling College and a master’s degree in educational administration from Kansas State University.
Drew Miller ’02
Miller has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Biology from Sterling College. He graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 2007.
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