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From the President A Mindset of Service.

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To prepare people for a life of learning, work, and SERVICE, for Christ and His kingdom. There it is. At the heart of our mission statement... service. Service is part of the Tabor experience. Learning it... doing it... being it. If you are like me, you have a love/hate relationship with the concept. I like the word. It describes what I want my life to be characterized by. It is what I value in others. It is what I want to instill in others. But doing it is just plain hard. I prefer to be served than to serve. Am I the only one? We say that Tabor students learn service. Our graduates enter the world with an understanding that service is what brings meaning to life and vocation. But how many parents say that they want their children to grow up to be a servant? How many parents send their children off to college, paying significant amounts of money so that their son or daughter can learn to be a servant? How many 18 year olds choose a college to become servants by the time they graduate? There is something about serving that goes contrary to our mindset as Americans. At the same time a new wave of a service mindset is sweeping across America. According to the Harvard

Business Review, “service is hot.” American corporations are incorporating service into their business culture. The president of ING, Aekadi Kuhlmann, recently gave an interview where he said, “Leadership is about service...” Even radio host Delilah encourages people to serve others. It would seem that Tabor is simply ahead of the curve and Tabor graduates are prepared for the service trend that is sweeping across American business culture. The relevance of Jesus is again evident in what He said about service. In the Gospel of Matthew three times He uses the word “great” and each time gives us a description of greatness. Each description is a characteristic of service. In Matthew 5:19 He defines it as humility. In Matthew 18:4 He defines greatness as obedience. And in Matthew 20:26 greatness is defined as service. “...whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Our mission, the current trend in corporate America, and the words of Jesus all point us towards a mindset of service. When Tabor is at its best, we are preparing men and women for a life of service. Our desire is that our alumni have a mindset of service as they engage in their chosen vocations. I once asked one of my mentors, president emeritus Larry Nikkel, how he had integrated his faith with administration. What makes your leadership Christian? He responded. “Service. That is where it comes together for me. My leadership is Christian when I see my role as one of service.” Each day I walk on to the Tabor campus, I am greeted by the sign on the Centennial Plaza, “Called to Serve.” I am reminded why I am here and what I am to be doing. May your life be characterized by a mindset of service.

Dr. Jules Glanzer

Connection Summer 2011 Vol. 65 No. 2 A magazine for Tabor College alumni and friends

Senior Designer Diane Steiner Photographer Vance Frick Anthony Monson Sports Information Director Webmaster Vance Frick Director of Alumni and Parent Relations Marlene Fast Tabor College 400 South Jefferson Hillsboro, Kansas 67063 620-947-3121 “Preparing people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and His kingdom.� Cover Photo: Courtesy of Del Gray


Editor Beth Riffel Director of Communications

From the President


Interterm Trips






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Board of Directors: Lyndon Vix (Chair) Loretta Jost (Vice Chair) Theodore Faszer (Secretary) David Karber (Treasurer) Darrell Driggers (at-large) Diana Raugust (at-large) David Wiebe (at-large) Loren Balzer Jose Cabrera Elaine Cargill Jim Classen Bryant Corpening Roger Ediger Roger Engbrecht

Richard Gramza Richard Kyle Jerry Kliewer Elaine Kroeker Brent Kroeker Bill Loewen Nate Loewen Dennis Penner Craig Ratzlaff Tim Sullivan Wilbur Unrau Richard Unruh Julie Wiens


International travel provides lifechanging lessons for students The world could be viewed as a classroom of sorts. From diversity to adversity, there are many lessons that are best learned by soaking up the experience in person. One of the unique opportunities students have while at Tabor is the chance to learn about other cultures. It is more than reading about these cultures in text books or engaging in classroom discussions -- they actually immerse themselves in the foreign culture and get to experience it for themselves. Tabor has offered international trips during the month of January for years, starting with the Belize and European excursions. Throughout the years, additional tours have been offered. The current student body has the opportunity to take in seven different international trips. All of the international learning experiences are led by Tabor faculty members who are always excited to travel again to the countries they have come to love. It is not all fun and jet-setting that the students get to do. Prior to departure, students spend time researching the culture and preparing themselves mentally, meet-

ing in small groups, completing required readings and watching videos about significant developments about the countries that they will visit. While the preparation does provide a working knowledge of their destination, they return to the Midwest with a very different, enriched perspective.



Bible professor Dr. Del Gray has led three teams of college students to India in the past few years. Next year, he’s planning on partnering with new business professor, Dr. Jayakar Dalavai, to offer one three-week trip to India with two very different focuses. The plan for next year’s trip is for each professor to lead his own team of students. Gray’s group will focus on missions, while Dalavai’s group will focus on business.

The teams will fly to India together and spend a few days in New Dehli. Dalavai’s trip will then travel around India, while Gray’s team will stay in that area. The two groups will meet up again for the flight back home.

India Trip – Missions The India trip with the missions focus will be spending time getting to know the people and the culture from within. “We are trying to become a part of the culture as much as possible,” said Gray, who has led three similar excursions. Being immersed in the culture helps students understand how to approach missions work. “What we want to do is learn and model the way missions should be done,” Gray said. The first part of the trip will take place at the Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College (MBCBC) in Shamshabad, which was founded just a few years earlier than Tabor. While there, the Tabor students will live in the dorms with the students from MBCBC. In the evenings, the American students will go with the Indian students to their “assignments,” which are similar to internships, at local churches. At the churches, the students will put on programs. “It is one of the richest experiences for us because they are so curious about us and much of the village comes out,” Gray explained. The second half of the trip is spent partnering with a specific church. The students will live with the members of the churches in their homes. “We really just live the life of the church there with them,” said Gray. He describes this time as a time of observing, watching, participating with the church, asking a lot of questions, and making mistakes. It’s also a time of meeting people from different religious cultures, especially Hindus and Muslims. Although the team cannot do explicit evangelism, they can and do talk about spiritual issues with those they meet. Gray said this international experience is for those who want to learn about the Indian culture at the grassroots level. The trip is not for everyone, Gray noted. “It really appeals to people who have a heart for ministry,” he said. “For those students who want to learn that, it’s a really rewarding experience.” He adds that one of his favorite things about the trip is being able to watch the students as they learn about what’s going on around them. “Students have life changing moments right in front of me.”

India - Business While Gray’s group is learning about the culture and religion, Jayakar Dalavai’s team will be traveling about the country learning about culture and its effect on business. “The purpose of the trip is to expose our students not only to different cultures, but to different business strategies in other countries,” said Dalavai, who spent much of his life in India. Students will meet various people, including business people, educators, and students, as well as government officials. The business students will travel around the country. They will start in New Delhi, and then travel to Hydrabad, Bengaluru (nicknamed the Silicon Valley of India) and Mumbai, the financial capital of India, before heading back to New Delhi. The team will spend about four days in each city. Their time will be split between business-related activities and sight-seeing. Although Dalavai hosted students in India while he was living there, this will be the first time he has led his own trip comprised of Tabor students. “When first I took this job, I wanted to serve the students and expose them to the international arena, especially international business,” Dalavai said. “The main reason I wanted to take this group with me was the richness of the cultures.” Although Dalavai is excited to see some of his family and friends in India again, he is mostly excited for the students and what they will experience on the trip. “In addition to exploring new cultures, they will see the economic standards of emerging cultures, such as India,” he said. “They will be able to learn how small businesses operate, as well as large businesses.” Dalavai added that the students will learn about the differences in the education system and how to get along with people from ethnic and regional backgrounds. “It will be a very rich experience for all the participants on the tour,” he said. Dalavai explained that international experiences will help the students get along better in the future. “We live in a different world these days,” he said. “The world is changing so much, we must be able to adapt.”

ent cultures, even though they are still Western cultures, and it may stimulate a desire for further travel. “For many students, it’s their first trip out of the country,” Kyle said. Kyle said the trip allows the students to expand their cultural horizons by visiting historic and religious places and seeing how other people live. “It’s one thing to read about these places, but it’s different when you see them. There is nothing like viewing St. Peter’s Basilica, or the Sistine Chapel,” he said. One of the parts the professor enjoys the most about the trips is seeing the students’ reactions to experiencing the new cultures. He added that the reactions are overwhelmingly positive. Kyle, a self-described “international person,” has traveled to 52 different countries and has lived abroad twice. “I do love foreign culture,” he said. Kyle has led the trips for so long he is now leading Europe trips for a second generation of students. “Almost every year, I have someone whose parents went on the trip as a student,” he said.

The Europe Trip This year Dr. Richard Kyle will lead his 27th trip to Europe. The itenerary varies each year. In January 2012, participants will travel to London, Paris, Zurich, Munich, Venice and Rome. “This is probably the best of the trips as far as visiting the big cities,” Kyle said "Because it includes the 'big three' -- London, Paris, and Rome." In other years, they have traveled to Spain, the Netherlands, and Ireland. The trip can be taken for history, religion, or art credit: it is the same no matter which credit it is taken for, however the readings and other assignments will be connected with the chosen credit. Kyle said the trip is a valuable experience because the students come in contact with a number of differ-

Disaster Relief Trip For those students who wish to stay a little closer to home, but still want to experience an intercultural experience during inter-term, a disaster relief trip is a popular choice. Such a trip is led each year by Dr. Karol Hunt. “What we do is we go to a place where there’s been a natural disaster and help people rebuild,” said


Hunt, who has led four different interterm trips to different places. Although the main purpose of the trip is to help people recover from calamities such as floods and tornadoes, Hunt has a secondary purpose in mind. “I want to get college students excited about service because (this) generation of students is the next generation of leaders,” she said. While on the trip, students have the opportunity to learn new skills, such as hanging drywall, laying flooring, and installing door and window frames. “Even though I like playing with power tools, I try to get out of the way, and let the college students work,” Hunt said. Students also learn how to labor alongside other people, including leading organizations, such as Mennonite Disaster Service and Samaritan’s Purse, and other students and volunteers from across the nation. The trip lasts for three weeks in January. The first week is spent in the classroom learning about natural disasters and how to respond to them as Christians. This includes watching videos and writing a couple of papers. “We try to discover what the disaster’s impact has been on the area before we get there,” Hunt said. Two weeks are spent in the area, actually working on homes destroyed by a disaster. Although the


trip may be domestic, there is a cultural aspect to be considered. Students get a chance to experience new people and regional traditions and customs within their own country. By taking part in the service trip students are able to participate in something beyond themselves and to help people who will never be able to repay them. An added bonus for Hunt is that she is able to get to know students she ordinarily wouldn’t have in class. Students also get the chance to spend a significant amount of time with other students they don’t normally spend time with. “We get to be a really close group because we’re with each other 24/7,” Hunt said. “It’s like camping together and working together.” At this point, it is hard to know for sure where

the trip will be going in 2012, since disaster locations change constantly. “One does not plan for natural disasters, but they happen,” Hunt said.

South East Asia Trip For students who want the experience of traveling to an Eastern culture, Dr. Aleen Ratzlaff offers a trip to Southeast Asia. The first Southeast Asia trip took place in 2003. Originally, it was held every year, but with the addition of the interterm trip to India trip starting in 2009, the schedule switched to alternate years. This trip includes travels to Singapore, Malaysia,(including Borneo) and Thailand. In the past they have also traveled to Taipei, Taiwan and in 2011, they went to Cambodia for the first time. “Our trip focuses on understanding the differences between Western and Eastern cultures,” Ratzlaff said. To fulfill the trip’s goals of interacting with the local people and becoming familiar with the area’s history, students visit museums, churches, temples, mosques, and different sections of cities. Students can receive credit for cultural, math, or religious studies. “It’s kind of like a world religions class,” Ratzlaff said. While traveling in the culture, students get to see and experience Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. For the communications credit, students learn how to be culturally competent and how to communicate with cultures other than their own. While in Malyasia, they learn about mathmatics from the perspective of Chinese and Indian mathematicians. The students are able to compare the math of that region with the math of ancient Greece. One of the reasons Ratzlaff enjoys leading these trips is seeing students’ eyes open as they become more aware of the culture around them. She said she also becomes more globally aware through these trips. “I listen to the news differently than I used to,” she said. Ratzlaff said when students go on a trip like this the world becomes smaller. “They come to understand that different doesn’t mean wrong,” Ratzlaff said. “They have appreciation for these cultures and for the people there.” Ratzlaff would recommend a study trip as a great way to experience other cultures. She believes a study tour is something different than going as a tourist, and suggests that students should take advantage of it now as they can they travel with friends. A trip like this can also be a litmus test for missions and how to live among other cultures. She recognizes that it can take a special kind of person to be a missionary. “To me, living in another culture is a gift from God.”

Israel Sometimes, an international trip gives students an opportunity to spend time not only with people from far away cultures, but also with people a little closer to home. That’s the case with the Israel trip, which Tabor offers in conjunction with Bethel College in nearby Newton. Bethel professor Dr. Patty Shelley has led multiple

trips to Israel, lived in the country for four years and is a licensed tour guide there. One year, Tabor professor Dr. Doug Miller asked if he could come along on one of Bethel’s trips. She told him they should try a joint trip. The two colleges have now worked together on three of them. This particular trip involves a lot of traveling. The group usually starts in Amman, Jordan. From there, they travel throughout Israel, including places such as Mt. Nebo, where Moses looked into the Promised Land, Petra, Jericho, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Caesarea, and of course, Mt. Tabor. Miller said this trip has four main goals, the first of which is to see biblical and historical sites. “Almost every day, we’ll see something related to the Bible,” he said. Israel is a country steeped in the religious traditions of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. The second goal is to learn about the modern expressions of these religions. The third goal is to gain a better understanding of the current political situation and the conflict between Israel and Palestine. “We spend time with people on all sides of the issue.” Miller said. Students are able to talk to Americans who have moved into the area, Palestinians, Christians and Muslims, and people who are trying to build bridges between the two sides. “You go in with your own understanding of that, and it gets turned upside down,” Miller said. “It’s painful, but in a good way.” The final goal of the trip is to focus on prayer and meditation. This includes deliberate, planned times with the group in the middle of the day and the evenings when someone will start to sing and everyone joins in. “It’s a rare day that doesn’t have those four components in it,” Miller said. Although the trip isn’t frantic, Miller said students experience so much every day, the evenings are purposefully kept open to give them time to process it all. It’s this intensity that separates this trip from all the other ones: students are forced to take time to listen and try to understand. “You know there’s a bigger world, but it’s different than you thought,” Miller said. “It’s a way to learn about yourself and learn about your world.”

Belize For students with a passion for science, the Belize trip offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with a tropical ecosystem. Dr. Karrie Rathbone leads the trip every two years, giving students the chance to investigate ecosystems new to them. “You have to really study the physical composition of the environment and the biological composition of the environment,” she explained. Tabor’s first trip to Belize was led Dr. Richard Wall, a professor of biology at Tabor, about 30 years ago. The trip was not offered for five years after his death. Rathbone reinstated the trip and has now led two

groups of students to the Central American country. The trip starts in the northern region of the country, and then heads south to the rainforest, ending on some island keys. While in the country, the students have the opportunity to visit ancient and modern Mayan sites, the rain forest, the coral reef and the island ecology. “We get to eat a lot of good food along the way,” Rathbone added. Rathbone describes the trip, which lasts about 12

days, as physically exhausting. Students will often spend much of the day hiking while carrying their bags. They also spend a few days snorkeling. “By the time we get home, most of the students are just plain wiped out,” Rathbone said. “I’m wiped out.” Rathbone explained students who have taken biology before the trip get the chance to apply their knowledge to a new ecosystem. Students who haven’t taken a biology class get the opportunity for hands-on learning. “And it’s always nice to go to a tropical environment in the middle of January,” she said. On this trip, students get chances to learn about the local culture and they are exposed to a very different way of life. They see how people live in huts with dirt floors with chickens running through. They also learn what it’s like to bathe in the stream instead of being able to take a normal shower every day. “It’s good to know how be a visitor,” Rathbone said. She explained that so many people from other countries visit the United States, students gain an understanding about what it is like to be a visitor to a foreign country. It helps students think about how they should treat others, about tolerance, as well as peace and justice issues. “It gives us a lot to think about,” she said.


Tabor College confers degrees to largest class ever What started out as a slightly overcast morning concluded with blue skies and light breezes as the Tabor College Commencement ceremonies were held Saturday, May 21 in Joel H. Wiens stadium. In all, 157 diplomas were presented to the 101st graduating class. This is the largest graduating class in the history of Tabor College. The band opened the event with a pre-Commencement concert and the traditional Pomp and Circumstance processional. Representing the school of Adult and Graduate studies, Rose Samples provided the invocation. Andrew Rails was the speaker representing the Tabor College Hillsboro class, while Todd

Tangeman spoke on behalf of the class from Tabor College Wichita. President Dr. Jules Glanzer presented the Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award. It was given to Brianne Green, Littleton, Colo., and Brian Bostic, Mount Vernon, Ohio. They each received a cash award and plaque in honor of their leadership skills demonstrated not only during their time as Tabor College students, also for their potential leadership capabilities. The commencement address was given by Dr. Valerie Rempel, Tabor alumna and Associate Dean and Associate Professor of History and Theology at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Her address was titled “Strength, Courage and the Presence of God.� The graduating class was presented their diplomas by Dr. Jules Glanzer and the Tabor College Alumni Association provided each graduate with a Bible.

Dr. Valerie Rempel, Tabor alumna and Associate Dean of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, provided the commencement address.

Andrew Rails, pictured below, provided the remarks representing the Hillsboro campus.

Photographer Vance Frick captured some of the candid moments of the graduation ceremony.


Master of Business Administration

Heath W. Bechler, Hutchinson, KS Ladean Kolb, Larned, KS Ryan A Maddy, Norton, KS Christina M. Rossiter, Newton, KS Morena Anabelle Ruiz-Duran, Wichita, KS Misty Ann Smithson, Wichita, KS Ruth Catherine Staats, Larned, KS Julie Ann Stull, Wichita, KS Todd A. Tangeman, Newton, KS

Bachelor of Arts

Nathan Ivan Adamyk, McPherson, KS – English Artravius J. Addison, Bradenton, FL – CommunicationsCommunication Studies Whitney Nicole Allen, Hillsboro, KS – Biblical & Religious Studies; Camping DaQuon C. Anderson, Ardmore, OK – Psychology; Mathematics Katrina “Kaye” Ash, Hampton, VA – Psychology; Social Welfare Justin D. Ball, Welda, KS – Business Administration-Sport Management/Marketing Marcos Oliveira Bandeira, Porto Alegre, Brazil – Health/Physical Education- Sport Management & Sport Studies Aaron Christian Beagle, Topeka, KS – Biblical & Religious Studies Brian Joseph Bostic, Mount Vernon, OH – Biblical & Religious Studies; Information Systems Jack Ryan Boucher, Wichita, KS – Business Administration-Sport Management/Marketing Benjamin Paul Bridenbaugh II, Peoria, AZ – Business Administration-Marketing Tiffany Jane Bulk, Leonardville, KS – Health/Physical Education Tristan L. Burrow, Great Bend, KS – Elementary Education Julia Bonnie Carlton, Hesston, KS – Business AdministrationMarketing; Communications Katharina Rachelle Chlumsky, Wichita, KS – CommunicationsOrganizational Communications; Integrated Marketing Margaret Kay Cornish, Roeland Park, KS – CommunicationsCommunication Studies Ciara LaQuinta (Harris) Cox, Orlando, FL – Social Work; Psychology Jordan Ashley Crosson, Minneapolis, KS – History; Secondary Education; Psychology Heather M. Deckert, Minot, ND – Communications-Journalism; Marketing Adam Phillip Dirks, Hillsboro, KS – Elementary Education Amy Beth Dueck, Reedley, CA – Business AdministrationAccounting/Finance Justin Ryan Dupes, Salina, KS – Business AdministrationManagement Darren James Enns, Hillsboro, KS – Biblical & Religious Studies; Music Aaron James Epp, Henderson, NE – Psychology Joseph Scott Erickson, San Marcos, CA – Business AdministrationManagement Macy R. Fadenrecht, Hillsboro, KS – Christian Ministry-Youth Ministry; Accounting Benjamin J. Faul, Harvey, ND – Biblical & Religious Studies; Business AdministrationManagement Graham Wayne Faul, Harvey, ND – Biblical & Religious Studies; Business Administration-Management

Tyler Fenton, Holcomb, KS – Business AdministrationManagement Tina Michele Frick, Durham, KS – Social Work; Psychology Troy Benjamin Frick, Durham, KS – Athletic Training Mitchell Ryan Friesen, Newton, KS – Business AdministrationAccounting/Finance; Information Systems Stephanie Kay Friesen, Wichita, KS – Elementary Education William L. Friesen, Meade, KS – Chemistry Diedre Nicole Funk, Hillsboro, KS – Business AdministrationAccounting/Finance Eric Cornelius Funk, Littleton, CO – Natural and Mathematical Sciences-Biology; Music Jordan Lee Funk, Wichita, KS – Elementary Education Kayla Elizabeth Gershon, Littleton, CO – English; Secondary Education Brianne Nichole Greene, Littleton, CO – Christian MinistryChristian Leadership; Social Science-Psychology; Social Work; Mathematics Conner Hampton, Oxford, KS – Health/Physical Education ShaRae Machelle Harden, Greensburg, KS – Business Administration-Accounting/ Finance Elizabeth J. Harms, Lee’s Summit, MO – Elementary Education; Psychology Jessica L. Henion, Wichita, KS – Chemistry Michael Anthony Henry II, Oakland, CA – CommunicationsCommunication Studies Andrew Herard, Brea, CA – Social Work Jason Lee Hett, Marion, KS – Health/Physical Education Jason M. Hildebrandt, Wichita, KS – Biblical & Religious Studies Jeffrey C. Hutton, Delta, BC, Canada – Business AdministrationManagement Allison Marie Isaac, Visalia, CA – Philosophy; Psychology; International Studies Tasia Mone’ Johnson, New Orleans, LA – Biology-Environmental Biology Tyson Jerald Kendrick, Arkansas City, KS – Health/Physical Education Jessica Christine Klose, Hillsboro, KS – Psychology Hannah E. Lacy, Lawrence, KS – Missions and Youth Ministry; English Tanner T. Lacy, Western KS – Christian Ministry-Mission Lichelle Kaylene Large, Hayes Center, KS – Elementary Education; Coaching Scott R. Latimer, Wichita, KS – Chemistry; Mathematics Robere A. LeBeauf, Long Beach, CA – CommunicationsCommunication Studies Marquis Andrew Leauma, San Marcos, CA – Psychology Drew Benjamin Little, Weldon, CA – Health/Physical Education; Coaching Jarvis Javon Major, Homestead, FL – Social Science-Sociology; Psychology Jake Mays, Colorado Springs, CO – Biology; Mathematics Megan Ella McCarty, Hillsboro, KS – Social Science-History & Political Science; Communications; International Studies

Justin Michael Moore, Hillsboro, KS – Elementary Education Katie Elizabeth Mount, Ellsworth, KS – Health/Physical Education Corina Joy Neufeld, Denver, CO – Biology; Secondary Education; Music Tracie Renay Neufeldt, Buhler, KS – Graphic Design; Painting Andrew Jacob Pankratz, Abilene, KS – History; English Jenae Elizabeth Pauls, Inman, KS – Communications-Journalism & Organizational Communications Joshua Earl Paulus, Corona, CA – English Jessica Lynn Perrault, Westminster, CO – Health/Physical EducationStrength/Conditioning; Biochemistry; Chemistry Tabatha Larissa Phipps, Gower, MO – Mathematics; Secondary Education; Coaching; Communications Andrew Walter Rails, South Hutchinson, KS – English; Graphic Design Seth M. Ramsay, Owasso, OK – Health/Physical Education; Coaching Sarah Joanne Ratzlaff, Pottsville, AR – History; Biblical & Religious Studies Bethany Kay Regier, Marion, KS – Elementary Education Steven Abraham Regier, Enid, OK – History; Biblical & Religious Studies Joshua David Reiswig, Wichita, KS – Chemistry Elissa Joy Richert, Hillsboro, KS – Communications-Journalism & Performing Arts Jacob Scott Riley, Derby, KS – Biology-Environmental Biology Cole D. Ritchey, Hudson, CO – Communications-Organizational Communications; Biblical & Religious Studies; Marketing Leanne Christine Schellenberg, Reedley, CA – Elementary Education Zachary Louis Schibi, Parsons, KS – Health/Physical Education-Sport Management Dustin Ray Schrag, Pretty Prairie, KS – Business Administration-Business Education; Secondary Education Mary Tessa Siebert, Henderson, NE – Athletic Training; Health/ Physical Education-Strength/ Conditioning Stephanie Roxanne Silvas, Dexter, NM – Health/Physical Education; Psychology Joshua A. Smith, Newton, KS – History Megan Leann Souter, Fairview, OK – Music Wesley David Stancher III, Gulf Breeze, FL – Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies Tanner Dean Stevenson, Wichita, KS – Biblical & Religious Studies; Business AdministrationManagement Carson D. Stutzman, Beaver Crossing, NE – Biblical & Religious Studies Teal Aarron Stutzman, Lititz, PA – English; Secondary Education Michael David Suderman, Wichita, KS – Biblical & Religious Studies; Philosophy; Psychology Tyler Clayton Suderman, Hillsboro, KS – Biblical & Religious Studies; Philosophy; English Kristin S. Tanis, Grand Junction, CO, – Graphic Design Rebekah Lynn Thiele, Fountain, CO – History; Secondary Education; International Studies; Political Science

Jacob Dick Tippin, Hillsboro, KS – Business AdministrationAgribusiness & Management Naomi Lynn Toews, Hesston, KS – Elementary Education; Music Kayla Ruth Tonne, Ashland, KS – Graphic Design; History Nicholas James Trompert, Dallas, TX – Business AdministrationMarketing Mattie Ann Vance, Concordia, KS – Communications-Organizational Communications; Management Lacie Rae Ward, Harper, KS – Graphic Design; Painting Derek L. Washington, Houston, TX – Business AdministrationManagement; English Rachel Emily Welch, Bakersfield, CA – CommunicationsCommunication Studies; Marketing Adria Kay Whitehorn, Duncanville, TX – Graphic Design; Painting Aubrey Ann Whitehorn, Duncanville, TX – Psychology Julie Elizabeth Wiens, Fresno, CA – Biblical & Religious Studies; Graphic Design; Integrated Marketing; Music Stephanie Marie Wiens, Fresno, CA – Biology; Music Jaimie Shannon Williams, Wichita, KS – Elementary Education Ian Paul Wohlgemuth, Wichita, KS – Biochemistry; Management Rachael Marie Hamburger Worthington, Gettysburg, SD – Psychology; Social Work Nicole Anne Wright, Wichita, KS – Elementary Education Allen Ray Yoder, Kingman, KS – Graphic Design; Mathematics Lisa Faith Yoder, McPherson, KS – Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science

Demario D. Carter, Wichita, KS Christian Ministry Danny Wayne Chappell, Wichita, KS Christian Ministry Jeffrey W. Cody, Andover, KS Christian Ministry Edward Anderson Cottner, Wichita, KS Christian Ministry Martin Navarro, Chicago, IL Christian Ministry Nick Hyber White, Wichita, KS Christian Ministry

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Linda L. Barkman, Hutchinson, KS Julie Belt, Pawnee Rock, KS Monique Renee Boatner, Park City, KS Andrea L. Bribiesca, Hutchinson, KS Sandra Ann Clutter, Colwich, KS L. Victoria Cooper, Hutchinson, KS Natasha Yvonne Elwood, Concordia, KS Kimberly A. Hansen, Cunningham, KS Michelle Harsch, Lebo, KS Debra Rutherford Hertel, Emporia, KS Elesa Lynee Ignowski, Augusta, KS Kelsey Rae Kaufman, Hillsboro, KS Pamela S. Kvas, Admire, KS Jenna Lehrman, Newton, KS Kasey R. May, Oberlin, KS Sally Juvae O’Donnell, Derby, KS Tabatha K. Oakley, Emporia, KS Melodie Kay Owen, Derby, KS Ginger Faye Ratley, Hutchinson, KS Bobbi Robins, Benton, KS Rose L. Samples, Wichita, KS Harolyn A. Sanders, Wichita, KS Donna Seiler-Berry, Colwich, KS Terri Jo Craft Sterneker, McPherson, KS Teri J. Thomas, Larned, KS Denise Tuong Tran, Wichita, KS Glenda Louise Villegas, Wichita, KS Julie Ann Weakley, Emporia, KS Tara Lea Wieland, Colby, KS Aimee Diane Wilson, Wichita, KS

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Christian ministry students hold TCW worship service On a typical Saturday night at the Tabor College Wichita campus, you’ll find the doors are locked and the lights are off. That was not the case on Saturday, May 7. In an effort to build community and give Christian Ministries students an opportunity to organize a practical event, TCW held its first student-led worship night.  Members of the TCW staff, faculty, students and families gathered in what was the first public use of the new expansion at Tabor’s School of Adult & Graduate Studies.  The event, organized and led by several students in the Christian Ministries degree completion program, was a great way to express the mission of Tabor in its expanded facilities.  The worship band Road 23, led by Tabor student Stevie Warren, provided the music while students shared scripture and led participants in prayer and worship.  TCW plans to make worship nights a tradition.  

Dr. Terry Wise, Vice President, School of Adult and Graduate Studies, welcomed those gathered for the first student-led worship service.

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Above: Worship band, Road 23, including Stevie Warren, pictured far left, provided music for the service. Right: Shelly Westfall, shared testimony during the evening.


n Chris Ensley, adjunct professor at TCW and his wife Jessica, welcomed their second child Anani on April 26. She was greeted at home by big sister, Shaliah. Ensley also had the opportunity to lead the community-wide worship service on Sunday, June 5 during Chingawassa Days in Marion. Wayne Siemen was the featured speaker during the service. n David Gray, a TCW student, had thought of helping the community in a constructive manner after attending a course last year at Tabor College where “being the hands and feet of Christ” was encouraged. He exemplified this call in seeing the need for a wheelchair ramp for a community member in Augusta. Gray took it upon himself to gather a building crew and donations to see that a ramp was constructed. The recipient of the wheelchair ramp is battling cancer. He said it is the “Body of Christ” that is doing the work for others. n The renovations for the Wichita campus have been completed. The end result gives the students at TCW a coffee-shop style student lounge, remodeled classrooms with additional technology and three new classrooms. The classrooms were named after Kansas themes including Blue Sky, Sunset, Sunflower, Prairie, Harvest and Grasslands. The work also resulted in a student computer lab, a recording studio for audio/ video of online lectures, additional office space and a conference area with seating for 60.

American Brass Quintet to be in mini‑residency Sept. 28-29 To provide a dynamic learning environment for music students, the American Brass Quintet (ABQ) will be in mini-residency on the Tabor College campus this fall. The ensemble will be on campus Sept. 28-29, teaching classes, interacting with students and sharing their talents and passion for music. A special concert for the public will be presented at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Hillsboro MB Church. Admission prices are $12 for

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adults and $5 for students with ID, seats may be reserved by calling the Tabor College Music Department at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1401, or by email at

Equally committed to the promotion of brass chamber music through education, the American Brass Quintet has been in residence at The Juilliard School since 1987 and at the Aspen Music Festival since 1970. Since 2001, as part of its regular touring season, ABQ has offered its expertise in chamber music performances and training with a program of mini-residencies. Designed to offer young groups and individuals an intense chamber music experience over several days, ABQ mini-residencies have been embraced by schools and communities throughout the United States and internationally. “We are thrilled to have this caliber of musicians visit our campus and share their talents and passion for instrumental music with our students,” said Dr. Brad Vogel, newly appointed chair of the Tabor College music department. “This is a unique opportunity for our students and our campus, and one that I’m sure will have an appeal to the surrounding communities.” Current members of the ABQ include Raymond Mase, trumpet; Kevin Cobb, trumpet; David Wakefield, horn; Michael Powell, trombone and John D. Rojak, bass trombone. The ABQ has toured all fifty states and five continents (setting a record pace of twenty-nine weeks in 1968). The US State Department sent them to Asia and to South America. They were the first American brass ensemble to perform in China. But touring has taken a few new turns, especially with the guidance of Todd Stanton, manager since 1991. “Todd is not just our manager, he’s our best friend,” says Michael Powell, tenor trombonist since 1983. “And he gets what we are about.” Stanton says, “About a decade ago a few presenters asked for more than a drive-by master class. So we put together mini-residencies that take place over several days. The program took off immediately, and so far we’ve booked these residencies at over a hundred venues in seven countries.” Celebrating its fiftieth year during the 2009-2010 season, the American Brass Quintet has been internationally recognized as one of the premiere chamber music ensembles of our time.


Shin Hee Art Show Every war affects millions of people. Every one of those people has a story to tell. This is the inspiration behind Tabor professor Shin-hee Chin’s new art show. “I want to work more on the victims' side and view,” Chin said. “I want to portray victims' images and common people who did novel jobs during the war.” Chin’s new show will be called “War and Peace.” It will open for Tabor’s homecoming this fall. It will also spend time at the Eisenhower Presidential museum in Abilene, Kan., and the Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kan. The show on display during Homecoming 2011 will feature all new work by the artist. Chin says the theme for her show started unconsciously. “In many people’s lives, the backdrop is kind of a war,” she said. Chin said each generation has had a war which, in many ways, defined the generation. From World War I and World War II, to the Vietnam War, to the War on Terror being fought today. Chin was born in Korea after the Korean War and

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says she does feel a sense of trauma because of it. “It feels as though the war passes away, but the trauma still remains,” she said.

In her new show, Chin hopes to use her art as a way to actively seek awareness of war and to fight for peace. She wants to examine what it means to be a peace-maker during times of war. Chin will do this through looking at people whom she calls “the heroes of the war,” such as the chaplains and the nurses “who have demonstrated the depth of human dignity during wars.” Some of the specific images Chin is working with are those of Anne Frank, Father Kapaun, Florence Nightingale, and Bertha Holt, who founded Holt International, an adoption agency which was started by finding homes for Korean War orphans. Chin specializes in fabric arts and this show will display her talent in both stitch work and quilting. She began working on the pieces for the new show last year while working with a program called Artist Exchange. While working with Artist Exchange, Chin’s theme was the 38th parallel, which divides North and South Korea and runs through Kansas. Chin will continue working on her show this summer while she works as the artist in residence at the Red Barn Studio in Lindsborg. Much of the cost for the raw materials Chin needs for her work is coming from the Hope Scholarship, which she won last year for her show called, “The Human Family.” – Heather Deckert

Homecoming 2011 – Oct. 13-16 Make plans now to join with friends and classmates for Homecoming! A full slate of fun activities is planned for the entire family. Make new memories while reminiscing about days gone by! See you in Hillsboro in October! You’ll find the full schedule/registration information included in the center of this edition.

10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shin-Hee Chin’s Art Exhibit Historic Church Presentation by the artist - approx. 3:30 (halftime of football game)

Schedule of Events

10:30 a.m. Music Fest Wohlgemuth Rehearsal Hall

Thursday, October 13 *7:30 p.m. Oliver! Tabor College Chapel ($12, students/$8). Seating is limited and reserved. Call Student Life at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1033 to make reservations Friday, October 14 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Student Art Show Meet the Students 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tabor Library, Second Floor. *9 a.m. Homecoming Festival Golf Classic Reflection Ridge Golf Course, Wichita $150/person 9:50 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Learning In Retirement Wohlgemuth Lobby *6:30 p.m. Homecoming Festival Celebration Hyatt Regency Hotel ($17.50/person) Registration due by Thursday, Oct. 13. *7:30 p.m. Oliver! Tabor College Chapel 10 p.m. Donuts at Druber’s in Newton (116 W. 6th St) Wear Tabor blue and the first two donuts are FREE! Saturday, October 15 REGISTRATION TABOR GYMNASIUM LOBBY 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. *8 a.m. 2 mile and 5K Fun Run/Walk Meet in Java Jays for check-in ($20/person includes a long sleeved t-shirt) *8:30-9:30 a.m. Golden Alumni Brunch with the President Free brunch for classes of 1961 and prior Wohlgemuth Lobby 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. / 11:00-12 p.m. Campus Tour Tour starts outside of Cafeteria.

10 a.m. Alumni Baseball Game Tabor Baseball Field (weather permitting)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cheerleading Reunion Java Jays coffee area *11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Homecoming Lunch Buffet Doc Kyle Imitation Contest! Gymnasium (Adult/$9.75, Ages 4-10/$6.00, 3 and Under/Free, Tabor Faculty+Staff/$6.00) Reduced price tickets for all graduates from 2001-2011! Adult/$5.00, Ages 4-10/ $3.00, 3 and Under/Free *11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Deli Sandwich or Chef Salad lunch (person/$5.75) Tabor Snack Bar 2 p.m. Tabor Varsity Football vs. Bethany College Joel Wiens Stadium (Adult/$6, Senior citizen/$3, Student/$2, 5 and under/Free) Halftime – Presentation of 2011/2012 Host & Hostess *5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Homecoming Fried Chicken Dinner Cafeteria/Memorial Mall (Adult/$6.50, Ages 4-10/$4.00, 3 and Under/Free, Tabor Faculty & Staff/$4.00) Reduced price tickets for all graduates from 2001-2011! Adult/$5.00, Ages 4-10/$3.00, 3 and Under/Free 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. All Class Reunions Classes of 51, 56, 61, 66, 71, 76, 81, 86, 91, 96, 01, 06 6 p.m. & 8 p.m. Women’s and Men’s Soccer Games vs. Ottawa University Joel Wiens Stadium *7:30 p.m. Oliver! Tabor College Chapel Sunday, October 16 *11:45 a.m. Sunday Lunch Buffet Cafeteria (Person/$9.25, ages 4-10/$4.50, 3 and under/Free)

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Student Art Show Tabor Library, Second Floor

*2:00 p.m. Oliver! Tabor College Chapel

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Say Cheez Photo Booth Student Center

Log on to for in-depth descriptions of each event and updates or changes to scheduling.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Children’s Activities – Preschool through 6th Grade Between the Lohrenz and S.L. Loewen Science buildings.

*Reservations and prepayment requested for these events. A credit card payment option is available (see registration form). All meals purchased Saturday, October 15 are $1.00 more.


First Presidential Leadership Scholarship recipients announced The inaugural recipients of the Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarship were announced this spring. Trent Vogt, Claremore, Okla., Ryan Jorgenson, Centennial, Colo., Marissa Hiett, Dinuba, Calif., and Courtney Erwin, Canyon, Texas are the four recipients of the prestigious $64,000 scholarships. These students will participate in a four-year leadership laboratory that is designed to develop young people into effective and skilled leaders for the next generation. Also announced were alternates Katy Abramowich of Inverness, Fla. and Andrea Acker, Littleton, Colo. In announcing the selections, Tabor College President Jules Glanzer noted that these are students of exceptional caliber. “We are excited that these outstanding student leaders will be spending the next four years on our Tabor campus,” he said. “These are young people with integrity, heart and a passion to serve. It will be a pleasure to welcome them to our community, interact with them and watch them grow and develop into outstanding leaders.” In addition to the four scholars, all of the finalists were accepted into a Leadership Fellows program also being initated this fall.

Dr. Linda Cantwell, Vice-President for Enrollment Management, and chair of the Presidential Leadership Scholarship Council, orchestrated the selection weekend held Feb. 19-20, 2011. “We enjoyed having the finalists on campus and that they interacted with our current students, faculty and staff,” she said. “We were excited to host such well-rounded, high-caliber students that expressed interest in a wide variety of academic areas through this search.” During the immersive four-year program, Presidential Leadership Scholars, while pursing academic achievements, will experience mentoring by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, have opportunities to travel with him to professional seminars, network with business, industry and political leaders and serve the Tabor College student population. The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarship program was initiated in 2011, with the first class fellows coming to the campus in the fall. The selection included an extensive application process. From the group of applicants, 19 finalists were invited to the Hillsboro campus for an evaluation of their skills in public speaking, writing, group problem solving and interactions with other students.

Student accomplishments

Dr. Jules Glanzer announced that recipients of the the Larry and Elaine Nikkel Student Service award were Hannah Lacy and Tanner Lacy. It is the annual recognition of seniors that exemplify a life of service. The presentation was made during the President’s Party held Friday before Commencement.


n Professor Fran Jabara Leadership award is presented annually to two outstanding seniors who have given leadership on campus during their college years and have shown potential for future leadership success. Recipients of the award for 2011 included Brian Bostic, Mount Vernon, Ohio and Brianne Green, Littleton, Colo. Each received a memento and a cash award of $1,000. n Lauren Just is the recipient of the $2,500 John J. Killian Scholarship given by the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants. She is the third Tabor College student to win the award in the last four years and the fourth Tabor student to win the award. This scholarship is given to one student enrolled as an accounting major in their junior year at an independent Kansas college or university. n Ben Heyen and Sarah Wyckoff were the 2011 recipients of the Hiebert Outstanding Student Merit Award. n Jordan Crosson was named the Outstanding Scholar Athlete of the Year.

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Event on campus part of Peace Corps 50th anniversary celebration The Tabor College Library hosted an event on Thursday, April 28 to help students and area residents to learn more about the Peace Corps. “We had the opportunity to do it, and we took it,” said Robin Deich Ottoson, associate professor and director of Tabor College library services. The idea for the event started when Ottoson heard about a rotating exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps. Ottoson, who is interested in peace and justice issues, inquired if it would be possible to host the exhibit at the Tabor Library and the opportunity was provided for the Library to host the exhibit from April 21-28. On the last day of the exhibit, a reception and discussion were held, with five former local Peace Corps volunteers speaking about their experiences overseas. The returned volunteers included Harry Bennett from Marion, Darryl Haynes from Andover, and Paul

Oberg, Jim Haynes, and Sally Pedruzzi from Wichita. “It was a really fascinating evening,” Ottoson said. The volunteers served in the countries of Belize, Brazil, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, and Korea, in both rural and urban settings. Most of the volunteers were in their early 20s when they served with the Peace Corps, however, Bennett served in his 50s. “It was really nice to have an inner-generational perspective on that sort of thing,” Ottoson said. Ottoson said part of the purpose of college is to help students gain a broader global perspective. This is one reason she was so excited to have the exhibit at Tabor. In addition, Ottoson is impressed with the organization in general. “It is a huge part of American history and it’s an amazing organization when you think that it is volunteer-based and has gone on for more than 50 years, involving people from all walks of life and all ages,” she said. – Heather Deckert

Ministry Quest program finds new home at Tabor College Wendell Loewen, Tabor College campus pastor and professor will be providing the oversight of the popular Ministry Quest (MQ) program effective this spring. The program, which was developed in 2002, has been housed until the present time by Fresno Pacific University and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. The transfer of the program was approved by the Tabor College board of directors at their February meeting. “Ministry Quest provides Tabor College with a wonderful opportunity to partner with our congregations to call out young leaders and shape the future of the church,” Loewen said. “Transform Lives Through the Power of a Call,” is the vision of the MQ program. It has worked in partnership with 115 churches and allowed nearly 300 high school students to focus on hearing the call of God. One special aspect of the program is that each student has been mentored by someone from his or her own congregation, resulting in stronger disciple-

making leaders in the local churches. Tabor College President Jules Glanzer was pleased that the program will be finding a new home on the Hillsboro campus. “Ministry Quest is an ideal mission fit for Tabor. Since our inception, we have trained men and women for ministry in the local church,” he said. “Ministry Quest will help us to continue to fulfill our mission of preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and his Kingdom.” The memo of understanding that formalized the transfer states, “In the spirit of working for the greater good of building Christ’s kingdom by calling out young people into service to Christ, we believe that transferring Ministry Quest from the seminary to Tabor College would glorify God and build His kingdom.” The document was signed by Seminary Dean Lynn Jost; Seminary Advancement (Midwest) Steve Prieb; Tabor President Jules Glanzer; and Wendell Loewen.


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Campus News n Jim Paulus has been hired as the Vice President for Student Life. Paulus, 1994 Tabor alum is a with a Bachelor of Arts degree; he also holds a Master of Science degree from California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif. He comes to Tabor most recently as a counselor and the director of disability services for California Baptist.

n Dr. Andrew Sensenig, Assistant Professor of Biology had an article published in the Journal of Zoology. The article is titled: "Adult spiders use tougher silk: ontogenetic changes in web architecture and silk biomechanics in the orb-weaver spider." n Rusty Allen, VP of Athletics was published in the Feb./March edition of the Christian Leader. His article was titled, “Passionate about Winning: Can competition enhance ministry?” n Linda Cantwell, VP of Enrollment Management co-authored an article which will be published this spring in the Journal of College Student Development. n Robin Ottoson, director of Library Services, published an article in the Journal of Church and State, titled: “The Battle Over the Flag: Protest, Community Opposition, and Silence in the Mennonite Colleges in Kansas during the Vietnam War.” J n Max Terman, Ph.D and Professor Emeritus, has had his book, “Hiram’s Honor: Reliving Private Terman’s Civil War” released as an electronic edition. In the book, Terman assumes the identity of his Civil War ancestor in all of his battles and prison misery.

Dr. Chris Dick was selected by the faculty, students and staff as the winner of the 2011 Hiebert Excellence in Teaching award. The announcement was made at the Honors Chapel. For the honor he received at $2,500 cash award. In making the nomination, students of his pointed out, “Out of all the classes I took while a student at Tabor, I learned the most from this professor. He took the time to really teach the students instead of just lecturing every day.  Not only that, but he also made sure to show us how what he was teaching us applies to everyday life.” Another nomination noted that “He is a great professor who knows how to integrate faith into his teaching. He keeps his class sessions interesting and knows how to keep students engaged. He also challenges students so that they (we) can learn more.”

Steve Schroeder, Hillsboro, Kan. USMB Leadership Board chair, right, and Marvin Schellenberg, Wichita, Kan. USMB Leadership Board vice chair, pictured left, presented a $250,000 to assist in launching a graduate distance theological education program. The money is part of the MBBS Inc. distribution of funds dedicated to distance learning. Dr. Jules Glanzer, President of Tabor College, expressed his gratitude to the conference and to Schroeder. “We want to plan carefully as we move forward and we want to collaborate with the USMB conference along the way. We want to be good stewards of these resources.”


Schroeder added, “It’s with a great deal of excitement and anticipation that the former MBBS Seminary Board has released these funds to be used for collaborative education of future pastors and church leaders. I expect that in the coming years we’ll see a increase in MB students from across the U.S. and beyond who will receive graduate theological training through Tabor College and through our MB Seminary at FPU.”

Alumni leave legacy of love Making a difference by investing in students has been a passion for many alumni. It is, quite simply, an investment in the future. Each year scholarship benefactors are invited to the campus to meet with their

scholarship recipients and to be recognized for the generous support that they give to the campus. This year, Rhoda Friesen spoke at the Scholarship banquet. Her remarks were worth sharing. “Although it has been more than 40 years since I studied here, why is Tabor College still important to me? Why do I keep funding scholarships? The story of the Dr. John Dick, Rhoda Friesen and Gilbert Friesen scholarship begins 20 years ago, in 1991 when I was relatively young – in my 40s. John Dick, my husband at the time, was a professor of Microbiology and Poultry Science and I was on research staff in the Food Science Dept. at Clemson University. The week before Christmas John died suddenly. While flowers of condolence were gratefully appreciated, I wanted to honor John in a more permanent way – to provide seed money that could grown and each year benefit students here at Tabor, the same place we got our start. That is how the scholarship fund started. John and I both graduated from Tabor with degrees in Science. Dr. Sol Loewen encouraged John to continue graduate studies at Kansas State University, completing his masters and his Ph.D. John’s graduate school cohorts and our associates at Clemson were generous in their donations to the fund. The seeds were planted. A fund was started in his memory at

Tabor. Before long, Tabor students were receiving annual scholarships. But why establish a scholarship fund at an institution of Christian higher education? Why Tabor? When John died we had connections to four universities, but Tabor was where I wanted to establish the scholarship. And the reason is simple. Tabor College faculty members teach with a distinct and deliberate Christian point of view. This Christian perspective permeates a student’s attitude about the profession for which they are preparing. Someday they won’t need a seminar on “ethics in nursing” or "ethics on Wall Street.” With the Tabor teaching from God’s word, they will know how to make the right decision. A couple of years after John’s death I married Gil Friesen. Gil is also a graduate of Tabor and agreed to the importance of continuing to fund the scholarship. In 1998 we funded a Zoology office in the new Sciences building in memory of John and Arlene Friesen, Gil’s first wife. She too was a Tabor graduate. We have given to various other programs at Tabor as well. Last year, Dr. Karol Hunt’s class on disaster recovery spent an interterm week serving with Mennonite Disaster Service rebuilding homes west of New Orleans. Gil and I happened to be the project directors at that site. During the week we learned to know JD Tippin, a Tabor student, taking the class. We also learned he was one of our scholarship recipients. JD told us he was able to continue his studies at Tabor because of the scholarship. John Dick would be proud to see JD graduating from Tabor. You see, while he enjoyed research and significant publications, he really loved teaching young adults. He found great pleasure in watching his students go out into the world and succeed. In life, we have the opportunity to give in many ways – financially and of our time. We can choose where we would like to leave a legacy – and Gil and I want Tabor College and its students to be a significant part of our legacy. I am reminded of the parable of the seven loaves and a few fish, how just a bit of food grew to feed 4,000. Likewise, those seeds planted 20 years ago at a funeral just keep on giving and giving. If you would like information about how you can plant the seeds of your own legacy at Tabor College, please contact the Advancement Office at (620) 947‑3121 ext. 1709 or email By using various means, including estate planning services through the MB Foundation, the tradition of enabling student success through financial contributions can be achieved.


Sports Men’s basketball Tabor College senior basketball player Damon Dechant, Kit Carson, Colo., was recognized as he earned NAIA All-American honors for his play this past season for the Bluejays. Dechant was named an NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, one of only five players in the KCAC to receive the accolade despite missing part of the season due to an injury. He was also a unanimous First Team All-KCAC selection for the second consecutive year, while finishing second in the voting for Conference Player of the Year honors. He was the top vote-getter while being named to the KCAC All-Defensive team and represented Tabor College as its Champion of Character recipient for men’s basketball. Dechant also eclipsed the 1,000-point mark of his career on his second basket of the game against Friends University on February 17 in Wichita, Kan. In just three seasons, Dechant tallied 1,071 points, 566 rebounds, 111 assists, 87 blocks, and 82 steals, while shooting 51 percent from the field. Sophomore Lawson Kingsley, Sedgwick, Kan., who was named to the KCAC all-freshmen team last season, earned Honorable Mention All-Conference

honors this past season as the Bluejay’s starting point guard. The Tabor College men’s basketball team finished the 2010-11 season in second place in the KCAC standings with a record of 11-7, and an 18-11 record overall.

Women’s basketball Shawn Reed has been hired as the next head coach of the Tabor College women’s basketball team. A native of Sterling, Kan., Reed holds a Master's of Education from Wichita State University and a Bachelor's in Health and Physical Education and minor in History and Government from Sterling College. Reed comes to the position from Sterling College, where he has served most recently as assistant athletic director, assistant professor of exercise science and servant leadership coordinator. The 2010-11 Lady Jays finished the regular season in a tie for sixth place in the KCAC standings with a conference record of 8-10 and an overall record of 11-18.

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Student athletes of the year were honored at the Annual Hall of Fame Banquet. The recipients for 2011 included Damon Dechant, Kit Carson, Colo. and Tina Frick, Durham, Kan. Photo by Lily Arthur

Christine (Regier) Quiring (g’96) and Scott Siple (g’89) were honored as they were inducted into the Tabor College Hall of Fame at a banquet, held Saturday May 14, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Photo by Lily Arthur



The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference honored six Bluejay softball players for their efforts this season as they were named to the All-KCAC Teams. Sophomore Taylor Funk, Wichita, Kan., Freshman Kyleen Condon, Mulvane, Kan., senior Margaret Cornish, Shawnee Mission, Kan., junior Amanda Howe, Victorville, Calif., and freshmen Ashly Hernandez, Clint, Texas and Madi Simpson, Apple Valley, Calif. Funk was named First Team AllConference as the Bluejays everyday catcher. Funk batted .363 with 53 hits, ranking fourth in the conference in runs scored. Condon took home Second Team All-Conference honors as the Bluejays designated player. She batted .442 with 65 hits, ranking fourth in the conference in slugging percentage at .735. Cornish, Howe, Hernandez and Madi Simpson were included in the honorable mention roster for the All-KCAC team. Tabor (27-24) finished the season under first-year Head Coach Suzanne Unruh with the most wins in school history while fielding a roster of sixteen players that was made up of twelve underclassmen. Tabor also finished the season leading the KCAC in batting average, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits, RBIs, doubles, and homeruns.

In the wake of a record-breaking season fourteen members of the Tabor College baseball team were named to the All-KCAC teams including seven First Team All-KCAC selections, four Second Team selections and three Honorable Mention All-KCAC selections. A special NAIA honor was given to Jeff Hutton, Delta, British Columbia, being named NAIA second team All American. Along with setting the most wins in school history at 45, the Bluejays broke ten other team records and five individual records this past season. Tabor set new team records in runs scored with 461, 575 hits, batting average at .339, 439 RBIs, 109 doubles, 80 homeruns, 241 base-on balls, and 98 stolen bases. They also set a new fielding percentage record .965 and a team pitching record with 331 strike-outs. First Team All-KCAC honors were garnered by seniors Jake Mays, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kori Melo, Snelling, Calif., Hutton, Tyler Fenton, Holcomb, Kan., juniors, Andrew Perez, Corpus Christi, Texas, Matt Weger, Sebastopol, Calif. and sophomore Koby Temple, Mesa, Ariz. Second Team All-KCAC honors were earned by senior Tanner Stevenson, Wichita, Kan. and Brent McKinnon, Clarinda, Iowa and juniors Jonathan Murray, Wichita, Kan. and David Ormiston, Derby, Kan.. Honorable mention All-KCAC honors went to juniors Adam McCormick, Pittsburg, Kan. and Clayton Maloy, Van Alstyne, Texas and sophomore Brian Kowal, Wichita, Kan. Tabor finished the 2010 campaign as the KCAC regular season and tournament runner-up while being ranked in the NAIA national top 25 polls for a record six straight weeks.


Track & Field Tabor College women’s track and field sophomore Emily Post, Wray, Colo., recorded a top-ten finish in the triple jump at the NAIA National Track and Field Championships. Post finished the meet in 10th place out of 18 competitors in the women’s triple jump with her best leap covering 11.09 meters. A three-time national qualifier, Post finished her sophomore year with the Bluejays winning the conference title in the triple jump, taking second place in the long jump, and third place in the high jump at the KCAC Track and Field Championship meet. The Tabor College women’s Track and Field Team placed fourth out of nine teams at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Track meet. Senior Megan McCarty, Hillsboro, Kan., junior Jasmine Pegesse, San Bernardino, Calif., sophomore, Tynan Honn, Hutchinson, Kan. and Freshman Yvonne Brubacher, Hesston, Kan., each earned AllKCAC honors. The Tabor College Men’s Track and Field team placed fourth out of eight teams at the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Track meet. Senior Justin Ball, Welda, Kan. led the Bluejays winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.95 seconds on his way to earning All-KCAC honors. Other Bluejays that garnered All-KCAC honors included sophomore Michael Klaassen, Hillsboro, Kan. and freshman Joe Jimenez, San Antonio, Texas.


Tennis For the second straight season Tabor College sophomore tennis player David Simmet, Mainz, Germany was honored by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference as he earned All-KCAC honors. Simmet, who earned first team All-KCAC honors as a freshman, was named to the All-KCAC second team while leading the Bluejays to a fourth place finish in the conference standings with a record of 4-3 and an 8-9 record overall. Junior Amanda Faber, Hillsboro, Kan., in addition to winning the KCAC No. 2 singles title and the KCAC No. 1 doubles title with fellow teammate senior Amanda Gayer, McPherson, Kan., was honored nationally, as she was named the NAIA national tennis Player of the Week. Faber also received KCAC Player of the Week honors twice during the season. Tabor women’s tennis team enjoyed a second place finish in the KCAC regular season standings. Chad Gayer, a native of McPherson, who has served as the assistant coach for the past two years, will replace Michael Hagen. Hagen, served as the head coach for the tennis program since 2006. Gayer holds a B.A. in visual arts from Tabor and was a four-year member of the Tabor men’s team.

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Marriages Donnie Agler (g’05) and Elisa Hlad (fs ‘06), Topeka, Kan., August 28, 2010 Allen Yoder (cs) and Lisa Hall (cs), McPherson, Kan., December 18, 2010 Scott Adrian (g’09) and Audrey Schellenberg (g’09), Wichita, Kan., June 12, 2010 Danielle Pohlenz (g’09) and William Peterson, Florence, Kan., on August 28, 2010. Kyle Kroeker (g’10) and Alyssa Voth (g’10), Newton, Kan., on July 3, 2010 Nathan Faul (g’05) and Abigail Loewen (g’07), January 1, 2011 Jeff Harden (g’10) and ShaRae Wadel (g’11), Greensburg, Kan. on May 7, 2011

Nicholas (g’06) and Dana (Entz g’07) Oswald, Wichita, Kan., a boy, Mark Andrew, January 13, 2011. Ryan and Amanda (Edington g’02) Lee, Denver, Co., a girl, Alexandria Jordan, Feb. 1, 2011



Jeremy (g’05) and Amy (Goertzen g’05) Jordan, Oklahoma City, Okla., a boy, Virgil Jon, Feb. 8, 2011

Jonathan (g’02) and Christy (Wehrman) (g’01) Hula, Derby, Kan., a girl, Ellie Louise, Dec. 19, 2010 Earl Voeller and Suzanne (Boke) Voeller (g’ 91), Rapid City, S.D. a girl, Abby Joy born Oct. 29, 2010

Jeremy (g’05) and Dionne (Jost g’04) Loewen, Saint George, Kan., a boy, Broden Cade, November 12, 2010

Ryan (g’96) and Melissa (Warkentin g’98) Thiessen, Tucson, Ariz., a boy, Zebulun Ray, Feb. 4, 2011

Caleb (g’06) and Arika Mason, Marion, Iowa, a boy, Cole Brian, December 14, 2010 Kevin (g’01) and Audrey (Loewen g’03) Koehn, Denver, Co., a girl, Scarlet Ryan, November 3, 2010

Alexandria Lee

Cole Mason

Kobie McAtee

Madelyn Olsen

Mark Oswald

Simon Regier

Eleanor Van Roekel

Marlee Rowe

Zebulun Thiessen

Abby Voeller

Lucas (g’06) and Rachel (Weber) (g’06) Regier, Wichita, Kan., a boy, Simon Kale, Feb. 1, 2011

Luke and Heidi (Kinsell g’98) Van Roekel, Fort Collins, Co., a girl, Eleanor Grace, November 19, 2010

Jeremy (g’06) and Nicole (Ellis g’07) Olsen, Newton, Kan., a girl, Madelyn Grace, December 2, 2010

Scarlet Koehn

Rocky (g’04) and Darnel Rowe, Wichita, Kan., a girl, Marlee Addison, April 30, 2010 

J. Andrew and Tricia (Brauch) (g’98) Forsythe, Montgomery, Pa., a girl, Aurianna Wiconi, Jan. 29, 2011


Aurianna Forsythe

Todd and Heidi (Braun g'04) McAtee, Shawnee, KS, a girl, Kobie Brogan, May 2, 2011


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Alumni News – 1960s

Dorothy (Meisse fs’39) Varenhorst, Goessel, Kan., December 19, 2010

Correction from Fall 2010 Connection – Esther Poggemiller is a graduate of 1961 not just a former student.

Judy (Johnson g’72) Jost, Wichita, Kan., December 29, 2010 Rosalie (Harder g’49) Schlichting, Van, Texas, March 30, 2010 Kenton Schroeder (g’05), Atlanta, Ga., January 26, 2011 Annie Lee Graf (g’49), Corn, Okla., Jan. 30, 2011 Mildred Kennedy Karnowsky (g’66), Hillsboro, Kan., Jan. 26, 2011 Dr. George Ens (g’50), Hillsboro, Kan., February 17, 2011 Dennis Gaede (g’62), Shafter, Calif., February 23, 2011


Dolores Friesen (g’51), Reedley, Calif., March 6, 2011

Larry G. Friesen (fs’72) was one of six nominees for the Butler County Community College School Bell Awards. The awards were sponsored by El Dorado Chamber of Commerce. His nomination stated, “Mr. Friesen has an exceptional ability to present the subject matter and address any question that came up… I always felt free to ask questions in class or during his office hours.”

Robert W. Nickel (g’66), Wichita, Kan., March 6, 2011 Dean C. Batt (g’45), Marion, Kan., February 5, 2011 Leonard F. Klassen (g’51), Marion, Kan. May 7, 2011


Lynell Klassen, M.D. (g’69) was inducted as a Master of the American College of Physicians. Masters comprise a small group of highly distinguished physicians, selected from among fellows, who have achieved recognition in medicine. Criteria include exhibiting preeminence in practice or medical research, holding positions of high honor, or making significant contributions to medical science or the art of medicine. Klassen is a professor and chairman of University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Internal Medicine. A rheumatologist, Dr. Klassen joined UNMC in 1982 and served as vice chair of medicine and chief of rheumatology and immunology at UNMC.

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Joyce (Friesen) Herrington (g’76) "Teaching third grade at BFA is different from the typical public school class.  I have 10 students, but they have all lived in some other country.  For some, English is their third language.  For others, one parent is an English speaker, and the other is from a different country, so they live in a bilingual home.  My students transfer in from German, French, or Swiss schools, as we are in the tri-country area.  My students this year have attended schools in Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Germany, Kenya, and Kazahkstan.  Each year I have had a student that was adopted by a missionary family.  In fact, more than the usual number of families have adopted children from countries in which they have ministered.  Often these children have learning challenges.  Others struggle with grammar and spelling due to the different rules in the languages they know.  On the other hand, students share first-hand knowledge when we study different countries on places around the world." Dennis Janzen (g’75) long-time successful volleyball coach at Fresno Pacific University has stepped away from court-side to focus on his duties as athletic director. Walt Wolff, (g’73), Mankato, Minn., retired in January as the admissions director at Minnesota State University, Mankato. This spring he received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Fitterer Service Award from the university, given to individuals who have used their time, treasure and talents to preserve and promote university programs. Dr. Steve Wilkens (g’77 ) received Christianity Today’s 2011 Book Award of Merit for his book Everything You Know about Evangelicals Is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything).

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1980s Ron Rempel (g’82) was awarded “Salesman of the Year” and earned “General Motors Mark of Excellence Award” at Janzen GMC in Enid, Okla.

2000s Matt Esau (g’05) hired as the art director at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana in their marketing office. Aaron Friesen (g’07) has been working for the FDIC since graduation, living in the Phoenix area. Roman Hofer (g’07) will transition into the position of acccounting assistant/student accounts representative with Tabor College. Dr. Bruce Anthony (ff’05) died May 6, 2011 after a six year battle with cancer. Dr. Anthony was born May 4, 1934 in Avalon Calif. on Catalina Island. Dr. Anthony received a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1971. A lifelong minister and educator, Dr. Anthony served as the pastor of University Baptist Church in Wichita, Kan. from 1974-1980 and Spring Valley Mennonite Church of Canton, Kan. from 2004-2007. He served as the headmaster of Trinity Academy from 1995-2000 and as an Assistant Professor of Education at Tabor College from 2000-2005. Dr. Anthony is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lorraine Anthony of Beavercreek, Ohio, daughter Laura Bergquist and her husband Joe Bergquist of New York City, New York, daughter Mary Beth Doornbos and her husband Daniel Doornbos of Oakland, Maine, daughter Sharon Hackelman of Winston-Salem, N.C. and daughter Janet Boucher and her husband David Boucher of Beavercreek, Ohio as well as well as twelve grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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Tabor College Connection Summer 2011  

Tabor College alumni magazine, including highlights from Commencement and spring sports results.

Tabor College Connection Summer 2011  

Tabor College alumni magazine, including highlights from Commencement and spring sports results.