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The Tabor College

Connection Summer 2014 • Vol. 68 / No. 3

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From the President

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Commencement marks a time of celebrating and sending. Those to whom we have given of our time, energy and attention are setting sail on the seas of life. All who are part of the Tabor community—faculty, staff, administration, alumni, churches, donors, parents— have invested in these young people, who now enter society better prepared for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and His kingdom. Commencement is a particularly special time for me because I am able to watch our students, who have worked so hard inside and outside the classroom, leave campus to begin their lives after college. Some of them are moving on to medical school, optometry school and seminary. Others are pursuing advanced degrees in engineering, social work and physical therapy. Many have already kicked off their career in their specific field of study with a job waiting for them. We are continually reassured that the

education we have provided them has been academically excellent, life transforming, globally relevant and decidedly Christian. All of our graduates are better equipped to enter society with the dream of making the world more as God intended it to be. Many of our graduates were involved in athletics and learned life skills while playing their respective sport. Others participated in the arts­—singing, acting or playing an instrument—integrating skills that can be practiced throughout their lives. I am confident that the Tabor experience prepared them well. The world will be a better place because of this graduating class. We will continue to provide strong academics, opportunities for involvement and excellent facilities to shape the lives of those placed in our care. To continue our mission here at Tabor, we are planning to build a Center for the Arts as a place for worship, community and learning. The new facility is the centerpiece of the Signature Campaign. Our hope is that the incoming class this fall will be the first to experience this facility before they graduate in 2018. For years, the Tabor community has waited for this facility. Now is the time. Time to plan. Time to give. Time to build. The dream of so many is about to become reality. With joy,

President Jules Glanzer


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Tabor College Celebrates 104th Annual Commencement Tabor College hosted its 104th annual commencement ceremony Saturday morning May 17 at Joel H. Wiens stadium in Hillsboro, Kan., honoring 137 graduates from the Hillsboro campus, the largest graduating class in history. Four master of business administration graduates and 37 undergraduates from Tabor College in Wichita also received recognition at the ceremony.

Above: In the hooding ceremony, Dr. Brett Andrews confirms Ashley Spencer’s MBA degree.


Tabor College graduates represented seven countries and 15 states across the United States, including Kansas. An estimated 2,800 family, friends, alumni, faculty and staff attended the commencement ceremony. President Jules Glanzer presented seniors Terach Antoine and Hannah Vogt with the Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award for $1,000 each. Frank Johnson, vice president for academics, said, “Commencement is unquestionably the highlight of the academic calendar. We are so proud of each student who has reached this milestone. I look forward to hearing the many stories of how these graduates will enrich the communities where they are soon to reside, work and worship.” Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, a Tabor alumnus and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Humanitarian Response Lab, delivered the commencement address. “It is an honor to be asked to give this address and it’s a privilege to return to a place that was so formative in my life,” Goentzel said. Goentzel titled his speech, “What will be your profession?” and admitted to the audience that he asked that same question at his own graduation from Tabor in 1990. He encouraged students to trust the voice inside themselves when making decisions about their career path. “Follow the little nudge to discover your passion,” Goentzel said. “Finding the right profession is rarely about a big revelation. It’s not the result of a test in the career office, although that can be helpful. “It often comes in little nudges that you need to follow in order to discover your passion. Those experiences build up throughout your career as it evolves and they shape your choices.”

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Goentzel encouraged the graduates to care for those around them. “The common denominator for everyone is how we invest in and how we cultivate our daily relationships. Even the most impactful businessman or aid worker, if he or she does not continually strive for healthy relationships in their daily interactions with family and colleagues, will diminish their quotient of success,” Goentzel said. “This call to cultivating daily relationships also applies to your parents, especially now as you take flight even further from the nest. Call them, or text them if you do, often. Your family and colleagues travel with you on your professional journey so take care of them.” He added, “Going forward you will face a balance, wanting to strive for it individually and wanting to take time for your family.” Goentzel also told the graduates that they should find time to show love through their actions and not just through words. “You will declare your faith through helping those who suffer and you will define your character through the relationships with your family and your colleagues. Today you may be worried about your career; you’re not alone. And he concluded, “Your occupation is one-third of the big picture. Success in life is more dependent on how you follow the example of the Good Samaritan in helping your neighbor and how you cultivate daily relationships at work and at home.

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And trust me, if you get those two-thirds right, then with the inspiration of those neighbors and the support of your family, the final third of your professional success will work out.”

Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, commencement speaker

Larry Ediger directs the band during a pre-ceremonial concert.

Kaitlyn Brown

2014 Tabor College graduates


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Master of Business Administration Jared Cardarelle, West Bend, WI Derek A. Deardorff, Kenton, OH Zachary Eli Goodrich, Tahlequah, OK Ashley Bernice Spencer, Weir, KS

Bachelor of Arts Christopher Thomas Acker, Littleton, CO English Jeremiah L. Alford, Pomona, CA Business Administration-Management Terach Larry Lee Antoine, Fort Pierce, FL Christian Ministry-Youth Ministry; Management John Matthew Bartel, Hillsboro, KS Psychology *** Katherine Theresa Becker, Kiowa, KS Elementary Education; Special Education Mallea Briette Berglund, Gettysburg, SD History; Social Science-History Anthony Blake Beye, Inman, KS Biblical & Religious Studies; Christian Leadership Matthew Ryan Bird, Quinter, KS Business Administration-Accounting/ Finance *** Kaylan Rae Blumanhourst Edwards, Wichita, KS Psychology; Social Work * Tyson Jeremy Brockel, Mobridge, SD Church Music Daniel Robert Brodell, El Centro, CA Psychology; Social Work Benjamin Brown III, Los Banos, CA Health/Physical Education-Strength/ Conditioning ** Kaitlyn Joy Brown, Wichita, KS Graphic Design Dalton Daniel Burkhard, Dodge City, KS Health/Physical Education; Coaching Victoria L. Cantu, Allen, TX Psychology Alysha Marie Carter, Gilbert, AZ Elementary Education Keenan Alexander Brett Chanin, White Rock, BC, Canada Mathematics; Management Alberto Manuel Checa, Miami, FL Business Administration-Management * Molly S. Clark, Fort Collins, CO Graphic Design; Communications; Integrated Marketing ** Charissa Jocene Cohlmia, Wichita, KS Elementary Education * Jessica Lynn Coldwell, Arkansas City, KS Music Education * James Alexander Cole, Rose Hill, KS Business Administration-Marketing Art Corona, Atwater, CA Health/Physical Education-Sport Management Jordan A. Costa, Lodi, CA Health/Physical Education-Strength/ Conditioning


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Sydney Morgan Coughlin, Visalia, CA Communications-Organizational Communications; Mission Tyler F. Davis, Hollywood, MD Psychology Lamar Anthony De Verney, Vallejo, CA Business Administration-Sport Marketing/ Management *** Deidre Leigh Derksen, Goddard, KS Elementary Education; Psychology Molly Marie Dick, Buhler, KS Psychology ** Tyler Robert Dort, Valley Center, KS Chemistry; Biology Tory T. Dudgeon, Apple Valley, CA Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies Bryant H. Edwards, Compton, CA Communications-Communication Studies *** Brooke Elizabeth Eitzen, Hesston, KS Mathematics; Management Robert Escobar, Hialeah, FL Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies Alexander Michael Eurit, Marion, KS Humanities-Biblical/Religious Studies Hannah Marie Evans, Wichita, KS Elementary Education *** Joetta Tiana Ewert, Wichita, KS Elementary Education Christina Marie Franco, Saint Cloud, FL Psychology; Biology Aaron David Garza, San Antonio, TX Christian Ministry-Christian Leadership; Psychology Kylie Elizabeth Gilger, Wichita, KS Christian Ministry-Youth Ministry Jasmine Lemmie Yvonne Gilkey, Wichita, KS Elementary Education Ezra Cody Godshall, Carbondale, KS Health/Physical Education Drew Lewis Gomes, Santa Rosa, CA Health/Physical Education-Sport Management; Coaching Jonathan Gutierrez, Rio Grande City, TX Health/Physical Education-Strength/ Conditioning; Coaching Karen Louise Harris, Paradise, TX Biology * Kristen Lynn Harris, Chapman, KS Biology; Chemistry Alexander Britton Hill, Edmond, OK Business Administration-Marketing ** Samantha May Hines, Goessel, KS Social Science-Psychology; Social Work * Brittany Allyson Hofer, Wichita, KS Biblical & Religious Studies; Elementary Education ** Marc James Hopkinson, Penn Valley, CA Business Administration-Management ** Robert Allen Howell, Newton, KS Biblical & Religious Studies; English ** Brooke Michelle Hughes, Reedley, CA Business Administration-Management Paige Nicole Hughes, Reedley, CA Educational Studies

** Elizabeth Jean Janssen, Scandia, KS Graphic Design; Music *** Amy Elizabeth Janzen, Lindsborg, KS Elementary Education Brandon Taylor Johnson, San Diego, CA Biblical & Religious Studies; Social Work Tyler Scott Jones, Newton, KS Behavioral Science *** Makenzie Lee King, Schertz, TX Psychology; Social Work Lawson Charles Kingsley, Sedgwick, KS Business Administration-Marketing *** Justine Cora Langer, Gettysburg, SD Elementary Education; Mission * Nathan Michael James Lawson, Hays, KS Elementary Education; Special Education ** Micah Rachel Leake, Sterling, KS Elementary Education; Special Education Nicholas Michael Leppke, Corn, OK Athletic Training Nicollette K. Lewis, Tahlequah, OK Health/Physical Education-Strength/ Conditioning * Karly Anne Lindroth-Yates, Colorado Springs, CO Biology; Coaching ** David Edward Loewen, Hillsboro, KS Biology; Mission; Painting ** Ryan Hofer Loewen, Huron, SD Biblical & Religious Studies; Psychology; Music Taylor John Loewen, Hillsboro, KS Graphic Design; Painting * Brielle Elizabeth Lund, Green, KS Biblical & Religious Studies; Business Administration-Marketing Phillip Zachary Magos, Temecula, CA Business Administration-Management & Marketing Alexander Michael Mann, Saint Louis, MO Business Administration-Sport Marketing/ Management Amy Jo Maphet, Pratt, KS Biology Emilio Martinez Jr., La Grulla, TX Elementary Education Giovanni Anton Martinez, San Diego, CA Social Science-Psychology Katlyn Marie Mary, Joshua, TX Graphic Design ** Sarah Ashley Massey, Cedar Vale, KS Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies James Louis Monroe Jr., Pemberton, NJ Social Work; Psychology *** Molly Leeson Moran, Empire, NV Athletic Training ** Adam Morley-Winston, Manchester, United Kingdom Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies ** Jordan Scott Moshier, Meade, KS Health/Physical Education Roger Mujica, Santa Ana, CA Health/Physical Education-Strength/ Conditioning

Joshua T. Murphy, Eustis, FL Communications-Journalism Junior D. Mustain, Camdenton, MO Behavioral Science David Michael Myers, Palmdale, CA Business Administration-Management & Marketing *** Yvonne Marie Nachtigal, Hesston, KS Mathematics; Social Work; Psychology Elizabeth Ann Nachtigall, McPherson, KS Educational Studies Mallory E. Nelson, South Pasadena, CA Communications Ryan Augustus Nelson, South Pasadena, CA History; Social Science-History & Political Science Spencer Ellsworth Nemnich, Topeka, KS Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies Dawson Lyle Newman, Peachland, BC, Canada Biology Colton Dean Olsen, Marion, KS Psychology; Christian Leadership Ozzie Rene Orozco, Earlimart, CA Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies Hannah L. Paust, Parker, CO Health/Physical Education; Coaching *** Silas Miles Pederson, Gretna, NE Biblical & Religious Studies; Mathematics; Secondary Education Jasmine C. Peggese, San Bernardino, CA Athletic Training; Health/Physical Education-Strength/Conditioning Amanda Marie Peterson, Jamestown, KS Business Administration-Management Jordan Ragsdale, Goddard, KS Psychology; Mission; Social Work * Ruthann K. Ralstin, Mulvane, KS Elementary Education; Special Education * Zach A. Reed, Lakin, KS Business Administration-Marketing & Sport Marketing/Management Shaun Paul Reid, Maize, KS Business Administration-Marketing Kalija Joe Rogers, Camden, MO Business Administration-Agribusiness & Management *** Cora Elizabeth Ruhl, Leon, KS Biology; Music Janelle Marie Rust, Elbing, KS Communications Marian P. Saar, Nackenhaim, Germany Business Administration-Sport Marketing/ Management Adam Andre Sainz, Charlotte, NC Business Administration-Marketing Robbie L. Samuel, Dallas, TX Health/Physical Education-Sport Studies Esther Deborah Schmidt, Hillsboro, KS Educational Studies Cotorey James Seals, Naples, FL Christian Ministry-Christian Leadership; Psychology Kevin Andrew Seeger, Visalia, CA Business Administration-Marketing

Kyle Alan Smith, Ponca City, OK Business Administration-Management Nicholas R. Solis, La Porte, TX Business Administration-Management *** Kaylyn Rebecca Spencer, Florence, KS Business Administration-Accounting/ Finance & Management *** Shelby Lynn Spencer, Hesston, KS Psychology; Social Work Chloe Lea Stevenson, Wichita, KS Business Administration-Marketing Joshua A. Stone, Fort Worth, TX Health/Physical Education-Sport Management * Rachel Hannah Strobridge, Northglenn, CO Psychology; Biology Cari Le Tippin, Hillsboro, KS Health/Physical Education-Sport Management Troy N. Torres, Carson City, NV Psychology Zachary Joseph Trostel-Lopes, Reedley, CA Elementary Education ** Nicole Rae Tunks, Olathe, KS Elementary Education; English Hagen Noe Turner, Walsh, CO Athletic Training; Coaching Kelyn Wesley Vix, Maize, KS Christian Ministry-Youth Ministry; Camping *** Nathan Scott Vogel, Hillsboro, KS Psychology; Biology *** Hannah Kate Vogt, Newton, KS Biology *** Jessica Renae Vogts, Moundridge, KS Business Administration-Accounting/ Finance & Marketing *** Stacey Lynne Warkentin, Wichita, KS Elementary Education Patrick O. Watson II, Houston, TX Biblical & Religious Studies; Health/Physical Education-Strength/ Conditioning * Daniele Dawn Wendland, St. John, KS Graphic Design; Painting Brad M. White, Ladner, BC, Canada Business Administration-Management Cassie Whiteneck, Fairview, OK Educational Studies; Psychology *** Megan Joy Wiebe, Elbing, KS Mathematics; Secondary Education Benjamin Alan Wiens, Fresno, CA Biology *** Paul Michael Williams, Oklahoma City, OK Health/Physical Education-Sport Management ** Wilhelmina Jewel Witt, Central Lake, MI Biology-Environmental Biology Dayna Michelle Wohlgemuth, Wichita, KS Biology; Psychology *** Hollister Lynsee Wolf, Moundridge, KS Business Administration-Marketing; Communications Luke Aaron Zielke, Wichita, KS Business Administration-Management

Bachelor of Science ** Scott Allan Ayres, Norwich, KS Business Administration Victoria Hilén Carreón, Los Fresnos, TX Christian Ministry Jesse R. Coleman, Wichita, KS Business Administration Katy Jean Little, Wichita, KS Business Administration Michelle Ann Senst, Wichita, KS Business Administration James Albert Wilson, Newton, KS Christian Ministry

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Lauren Nicole Adams, Wichita, KS Linda S. Allen, Kechi, KS Janet Bruce, Lyons, KS Angela Reneé Carr, Fredonia, KS Cassandra J. Dickerson, Meade, KS Amanda Lynn Green, Fredonia, KS Shane Wesley Greene, Wichita, KS Cynthia S. Harmon, Andover, KS Brett A. Hartkopp, Wichita, KS Maryann Marie Hawkinson, Buhler, KS Kelley Ann Herron, Junction City, KS Teena Lyn Johnston, Sedgwick, KS Danielle Renea Klatt, Cheney, KS Sarah Carroll Kroeker, Inman, KS Lori L. Lewis, El Dorado KS Coryamber Marine, Oberlin, KS * Valentina Martinez, Wichita, KS Jo Mauk, Emporia, KS Susanne Christine Mitchell, Rose Hill, KS Jennifer Jeannine Nisly, Hutchinson, KS Mary Wanyru Nyambura, Nakuru, Kenya * Jenna Kay Owens, Bel Aire, KS Abigail Kay Paden, Newton, KS Jessica Rose Rindels, McPherson, KS Rhonda R. Schmeidler, Wichita, KS * Anna-Lena Schneider, Munich, Germany Rose M. Smith, Great Bend, KS Jessica H. Spore, Moundridge, KS * Sara K. Turner, El Dorado, KS Tiffany M. White, Lincoln, KS ** Marlene J. Winter, Burdett, KS *** Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00 ** Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849 * Cum Laude, 3.50-3.699 Minors are identified by italics Please note that participation in the commencement ceremony on May 17th does not necessarily indicate degree completion.


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Teena Johnston, representing Tabor College in Wichita, delivers graduate address.

President Jules Glanzer alongside the 2014 Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award winners Hannah Vogt and Terach Antoine

Zachary Trostel-Lopes, senior class president, delivers graduating class response.

Graduates Hannah Evans and Cari Tippin get a hug from junior Jessica Renzelman.

Amy Jo Maphet and Hagen Turner Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, directs the Concert Choir as they sing “My God is a Rock.�


Thank you Hello! I wish I could fully express how grateful I am right now; not just for being honored with the Fran Jabara Leadership Award, but for every moment I had at Tabor since I walked on to campus in my bright red

Because of all of you I am ridiculously eager to move on to medical school and other terrifying prospects because I will have the opportunity to live out what you taught me. I know I have a lot of progress ahead of me, but I also know that Tabor was the best place to start this process.

Because of all of you I am ridiculously eager to move on to medical school and other terrifying prospects because I will have the opportunity to live out what you taught me. I know I have a lot of progress ahead of me, but I also know that Tabor was the best place to start this process. Would saying “wings up” be too cheesy of a way to end this? I don’t care, I’m going for it… WINGS UP! Hannah Vogt Tabor College Graduate

Nikes four years ago. Though I walked across stage in those same red shoes, I am a completely different and better person because of my education here. I am a better person because of all of you. The reason I display leadership potential and received this award is because of the example set before me by every staff and faculty member at Tabor. Some of you have specifically mentored me and given me an example of what a Christian leader/servant is. (I believe the two are closely connected.) You are a blessing to me because you saw potential and actively invested in my life. I thank God daily for you all. And though there are some staff and faculty here that I did not have the pleasure of directly working with, you have impacted me as well. I see how you care for other students and invest in them. I hear from my peers about the influence you have made on their lives and this encourages me to invest in others. Your efforts do not go unnoticed.


Testimony in Chapel Like so many young men, James Monroe Jr. grew up in a home where his mother made him go to church every Sunday, “because that was the thing to do.” His mother made him sing in the choir, made him usher and made him go to Bible study. Even with all those church responsibilities forced upon him, Monroe says his faith still wasn’t lived out day-to-day. It was all for show— to show that he was committed to the church. Fast-forward to 2010. Monroe came to Tabor College to attend school and play football. He hadn’t come for a visit. He didn’t know what small town life was like. The Browns Mills, N.J., native knew that he wanted to live his own life and do his own thing. His plans were to “come

Monroe finished his football career with 3,927 rushing yards, 278 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns.


out here for a year, do good in football and transfer.” That first year in football, Monroe put up some decent numbers individually, compiling 487 rushing yards and scoring six touchdowns. After that year, Monroe tried to transfer, but it didn’t work out. Luckily for him, God was in control. “Just getting here, the atmosphere was different,” Monroe said. “It was something that I wasn’t looking forward to and I didn’t expect. It was real small, very strict rules that I didn’t like. That’s part of the reason I wanted to transfer, too—not allowed to have girls in the room, not allowed to go to the girls’ dorm, not allowed to have parties, not allowed to drink. I didn’t like that.” The temptations for this young college running back were too powerful and he gave in, a lot. “I did those things while I was here. I smoked. I drank. I had sex,” Monroe said. “I claimed to be Christian, not claiming to be perfect. At that point, I wasn’t a believer, but I thought I was. I was a hypocrite and didn’t even realize it. God was working on my heart without me knowing it.” While living the high life at Tabor, Monroe started thinking about death. Thoughts about his own mortality would give him “chills,” yet he would continue going about his day and not worrying about the afterlife. But those morbid thoughts kept coming back, frightening him. Even so, he kept brushing them off. “I know I’m saved,” Monroe said. “I look back at church—there would be times the pastor would say, ‘There’s some people who come to church every Sunday and they’re going to hell.’” Coming back from Interterm his freshman year, Monroe said he continued to brush off his negative thoughts about death. Then, one morning, God dug deep into his mind using a familiar television show, “The 700 Club.”

Monroe listened to the testimonies of those who had experienced death and came back to life. He brushed those off, too. When he woke up the next morning, the same show was on with different people talking about the same topic—life and death. They told how they found God, but really how God found them. One story hit him harder than any linebacker ever had. It was a story of a little boy who drowned and experienced heaven. When the boy was revived, he told his mother that his sister said, “Hi.” The mother had never told him that he had an older sister who passed away at birth. This simple yet powerful story got Monroe’s full attention, finally. “I was scared, I was convicted,” Monroe said. “The reason that touched me so much was that in high school, me and my girlfriend—there was one occasion, she had a miscarriage and, another occasion, she had an abortion. That really broke me down.” Monroe’s eyes were opened and he realized he was not living right at all. “If God really touches your heart, there’s going to be a difference, there’s going to be a change,” Monroe added. “Now you’ve got the Holy Spirit to convict you of the things that you were doing, and I didn’t have that before and I didn’t have the knowledge of the Scriptures at that point either. When I did get saved, I rededicated my life, but you can’t rededicate something that you were never dedicated to. I wasn’t dedicated. It took me awhile to understand that. I was a hypocrite.” Monroe had no testimony, no story. Now he does. Now he wants to tell everyone his story and his testimony. Several Scriptures definitely had an impact on his journey, the first being John 3:17 – “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

Monroe said: “God saved people like me, like you—people who aren’t looking for Him. I wasn’t really looking for Him. I was avoiding Him at all costs. I didn’t want to fully commit. He convicted me. This is eternal. This is His love poured out on us. This is His grace. This is His mercy.” The transition from his old life and old ways to a new life with Christ was certainly a challenge. “Everything wasn’t perfect,” Monroe said. “It was a process—couple of months or so to stop cursing, stop smoking—started changing the music I listened to.” But the urge to live the high life suddenly started to diminish. “I didn’t have the desire to go to parties anymore,” he said. “I didn’t have the desire to drink anymore. I didn’t do it out of self-righteousness. I did it because I just didn’t want to do it anymore. I’m not claiming to be perfect.” Thank goodness God never demanded perfection from Monroe, just persistence. He claims Ephesians 2: 8-9 – “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God—not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” God blessed Monroe with a humble spirit. Now he’s coupled that with the Holy Spirit inside of him. “Now instead of getting down on myself—the focus is, since I can’t boast on myself, I can boast in Christ,” he said. “That’s something that I love to do.” Finally, 2 Corinthians 5:17 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold the new has come!” “The old me is gone, same body, same face, but different spirit,” Monroe said. “My desires are new. We are a new creation in Christ.”

Monroe graduated from Tabor with a bachelor of arts degree in social work and a minor in psychology.


Tabor College Musicians Perform John Rutter’s “Requiem”

The Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce combined to perform John Rutter’s “Requiem” Sunday May 11 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The orchestra, mostly members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, provided a strong and professional accompaniment for the choir.

Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings Home Concert The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings performed a home concert Sunday May 4 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s

Photo courtesy Courtney Reed


concert was “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.” “Both ensembles played a mixture of classical and sacred music to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

Tabor College Theater Department Presents Tennessee Williams’ Classic The Tabor College Theater Department presented “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams April 10-13 in the Lab Theater. Laurel Koerner, director of theater, said this play demonstrated real-life struggle. “The play conveys a young man’s struggle between a sense of responsibility and the pursuit of fulfillment,” Koerner said. “It deftly expresses the tensions that can exist between parents and young adult children while sharing close confines. “This American classic is often considered Williams’ finest work.”

Laura Wingfield (played by Andrea Acker, junior) and Jim O’Connor (played by Robert Howell, senior) share a joyful moment over one of Laura’s most prized possessions.

Amanda Wingfield (Hannah Vogt, senior) and her daughter Laura are devastated to learn Jim is engaged to be married, destroying their hope that he could marry Laura and rescue the family from financial ruin. Laura is assisted by her brother Tom (Chris Acker, senior) when her nerves get the best of her.

In the closing scene, Amanda and Laura have been abandoned by Tom after his troubled relationship with his mother causes him to leave for the last time.

Jim teaches Laura how to waltz.

Laura escapes a difficult reality through her glass collection.


Signature Campaign Update In 2013 the Tabor board approved a $16.2 million campaign to build a new Center for the Arts, provide an endowment, make campus enhancements and support the annual fund. To date donors have given over $10.5 million. Of that total, $6.3 million has been designated for the Center for the Arts portion of the campaign, which has a price tag of $9 million. The public phase of the campaign was launched during the President’s Dinner this past February. Since then, nearly $1 million in gifts and commitments have been received. “Donor generosity and support for the Signature Campaign is amazing,” reported President Jules Glanzer in May to the Tabor College Board of Directors.

The Center for the Arts will host community events, formal dinners and a variety of Tabor College events­—such as the annual President’s Dinner and the Athletic Banquet. Students will gather here for chapel—to engage in ministry, biblical teaching and other academic pursuits. New classrooms and rehearsal halls will enrich the learning environment of the performing and visual arts departments. The quality of life in the community will improve because of the infusion of artistic opportunities.


At the same time the public phase began, the challenge phase also was launched. The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla., issued a $1 million challenge grant to Tabor. To receive the grant, $2.7 million for the Center for the Arts needs to be raised by Jan. 14, 2015. To date, we have just over $1.7 million left to raise to meet the Mabee Challenge. The Center for the Arts is a 55,000 square-foot addition to the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. It will include the Herbert C. Richert performance auditorium, a studio theater, a grand lobby, choral and contemporary music rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, an art gallery and a visual arts education wing. The Jonah Kliewer plaza will also be part of the expansion. Thanks to the generosity of Chuck and Shari Flaming, a farm couple from Paxton, Neb., the new facility will be named the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. Many of you have already contributed to the Signature Campaign. Thank you. We appreciate your loyalty and dedication to Tabor College and anticipate continued strong constituency support through December 2014 ensuring we meet the Mabee challenge. For pictures, specifications and more information on the Signature Campaign, visit our website at or call our Advancement Office at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1709 or email us at

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Signature Campaign as of June 15, 2014

Remaining needed: $5.7 million

Commitments and gifts: $10.5 million

$16.2 Million

Center for the Arts as of June 15, 2014

Mabee gift: $1 million Needed to meet Mabee challenge $1.7 million

Commitments and gifts: $6.3 million

$ 9 Million


Nurse Pinning Ceremony Sixteen nurses received their pins and recognition for completing the nursing program requirements at Tabor College in Wichita. The pinning ceremony was held May 16 at the First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita. “These nurses have worked hard for this day,” said Marlene Pietrocola, chair of the Tabor College in Wichita nursing program. “It is wonderful to celebrate their accomplishment with them and their families.”

Susan Fry, M.Ed., RN, adjunct nursing faculty and vice president of Healthcare Services at Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America, delivers the address for the pinning ceremony.

Jenna Owens, RN, is the nursing program’s Iota Chi recipient for Sigma Theta Tau Epsilon Gamma-at-Large chapter, the international nursing honor society.

Tabor College in Wichita Hosts First Ever e-Lab Tabor College in Wichita hosted “e-Lab” April 24 to launch Tabor’s new master of arts in entrepreneurial ministry leadership. The daylong event, modeled after the globally successful TED (technology, entertainment, design) talks, provided a glimpse into the focus and flavor of the new degree. Calling the day “Conversations from the Intersection of Faith and Human Need,” speakers presented six stirring 18-minute presentations. Around 100 people attended the creative event that was held at the First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita. Speakers included: • Leonard Sweet, an international speaker, American theologian, church historian and futurist. • Joe Skillen, local pastor of Faith Community Church in Wichita and adjunct professor. • Randy Friesen, executive director of Mennonite Brethren Mission. • Monica Epperson, co-founder and CEO of The Child of Divorce. • Bill Vann, Wichita pastor, adjunct professor and serial entrepreneur.


The new MA degree can be summarized as giving students tools to “see a need and fill a need.” This orientation is especially relevant as society encounters more family, social and economic challenges than the church and non-profit organizations can manage. In order to prime the pump with conversation points around this theme and to provide future lecture material for the new degree, Rick Bartlett, director of theological education at Tabor College in Wichita, wanted several people to share their powerful, fresh ideas on how entrepreneurship can link to ministry. “After almost 30 years in ministry, I know that church and business leaders are looking for ways to connect with each other and learn how to be more effective in work and service,” Bartlett said. “I’m glad that through the e-Lab event and, in the future, videos of the talks on YouTube, Tabor could be part of contributing to connections and conversation as it relates to faith and human need.” Leonard Sweet gave two impactful seminar presentations. “God is up to something big and beautiful among the Mennonite Brethren in general and at Tabor College in particular,” Sweet said. “I can’t wait to be a part of the excitement of what God is already doing in and through them.” The EML degree will typically take students 21 months to complete and is designed to help individuals achieve ministry training and education in a specific area of study. The program incorporates an international trip for cross-cultural experience and exposure, as well as an entrepreneurial final project in a local context. “This event was a great place to showcase all of Tabor College,” Bartlett added. “We engaged with ‘big ideas’ around the theme of faith and human need. The Tabor theater department shared a sketch written specifically for the day and Tabor faculty shared artistic and musical pieces. “It was a landmark event for Tabor and the Wichita area, and I’m already getting asked, ‘When will you do this again?’” All the e-Lab talks will be available for free viewing on Tabor College’s YouTube channel. For links, go to For more information about the entrepreneurial ministry leadership degree or the next e-Lab, contact Rick Bartlett at or call (316) 729-6333 ext. 2210.

Tabor College in Wichita Sends Faculty and Students to Bolivia As part of a study abroad course, Tabor College in Wichita sent two professors and five students to Bolivia March 21-29, to serve with Hospitals of Hope in Cochabamba. Co-team leaders Rick Bartlett, director of theological education, and Marlene Pietrocola, chair of the nursing program, have experienced the academic and transformational experiences of completing a college study abroad. “Having lived overseas and traveled to over 10 countries, I was encouraged by the attitudes of our students, many of whom had never been out of the USA before,” Bartlett said. “They had an adventurous spirit and a flexibility that is needed in cross-cultural situations.” Andrea Wilson, previous Tabor nursing recruiter, connected Bartlett and Pietrocola to Hospitals of Hope. Wilson and her family were missionaries in Bolivia and often worked with this Wichitabased organization. The trip taught students from nursing, business and Christian ministries programs how to provide spirit-guided ministry in a cross-cultural environment. The course included extensive pre-trip preparation focused around growing in the spiritual life. The team served in a variety of ministries in and around the hospital – including patient care, chaplaincy, prayer and orphan ministry. They also conducted three medical clinics in the Andes Mountains. At the end of each day, students were asked the question, “Where did you see Jesus at work?” “One of the highlights for me was praying for the Hospitals of Hope administrator,” Bartlett said. “We were praying for a new facility that Hospitals of Hope was expanding into and one of the students suggested we also pray for Rudy, the administrator. As we prayed, it was obvious to all that this was a holy moment.” One highlight for business and Christian ministry student David Gray was the way a Bolivian man demonstrated his faith in God. “The most amazing moment of this trip was an embrace from a man who dedicated his life to preaching the gospel when he realized that I have done the same,” Gray said. “I may never, on this side of heaven, hear him preach, but the instant love and respect that was felt between us was something that language could have never spoken.” The team also spent time experiencing the culture. They visited

the world’s tallest statue of Christ, known as the Christo de la Concordia, hiked in the Andes Mountains, attended a professional soccer game and ate llama meat in a local restaurant. “It was wonderful and inspiring to see the richness and fullness of the smiles on the faces of people that seemed to have nothing,” said Kurt Wiedenkeller, a Christian ministries student. “After being around the people we served and experiencing their happiness and joy for life, it was obvious they had far more than what originally met the eye.” Business student Shauna Holloway echoed Wiedenkeller. “We think that because we are Westerners we have it better, but these people are so incredibly resourceful,” she said. “If we were put into similar conditions, most of us would lie down and fail.” This trip was a life-changing experience for the entire group. Nursing student Maggie Sater agreed, “The trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia with Tabor College was an eye opening experience for me in seeing the needs of others. I was truly blessed.” Because of the success of this study abroad course, program chairs at Tabor College in Wichita are already discussing plans for a similar cultural immersion course in 2015. “This type of educational experience for an adult learner is transformational,” Pietrocola added. “This course brought three programs together in a cross-cultural academic setting. For many, it was a faith-shaping experience.” Brett Andrews, executive vice president for Tabor College in Wichita, underscored the significance the trip had on student learning. “This ground-breaking course is an example of the added value of a Tabor College education,” he said. “The activities in this course align perfectly with the mission and core values of Tabor College—to prepare people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and His kingdom.” Christo de la Concordia


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Presidential Leadership Scholars Win Leadership Challenge Event The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholars competed at the fourth annual Leadership Challenge Event April 3-4 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. The event, sponsored by Washburn and the Kansas Expocentre, welcomed participants from 19 high schools and seven colleges to compete against one another on different academic levels. A team of five scholars from Tabor College participated: Tristen Long, sophomore; Ashley Kemling, sophomore; Tena Loewen, freshman; Maci Root, freshman; and Matthew Wiebe, junior. Other colleges competing in the LCE included University of Nebraska, Fort Hays State University, Florida Gulf Coast University and Southwestern College.

From left to right: Tristen Long, sophomore; Ashley Kemling, sophomore; Tena Loewen, freshman; Maci Root, freshman; and Matthew Wiebe, junior


“They did an amazing job and a couple of the judges made it a point to let me know how well our team worked together.” – Jim Paulus, vice president of student life Given a real-life scenario, the competition challenged teams to react to the information given, collaborate with individuals’ ideas and make decisions when new information was added. Students were judged for their presentations, critical thinking, written work and on how they worked together and communicated. PLS students from Tabor College were awarded the most outstanding team honor. “Overall the experience was different and unexpected, yet positive,” Long said. “It tested our ability to work on the fly and pushed us. It made us realize there are things we can do that some of us didn’t know we could do.” Jim Paulus, Tabor’s vice president of student life, accompanied the students to Topeka. “They did an amazing job,” Paulus said, “and a couple of the judges made it a point to let me know how well our team worked together.” President Jules Glanzer echoed Paulus’s excitement. “This is a significant accomplishment for these students and validates the Presidential Leadership Program,” Glanzer said. “The students who are part of the PLP are high-quality students that have leadership capacity. Their experience at Tabor is shaping them to be leaders in their respective fields once they graduate.”

Enhancing Tabor’s Campus Our campus is in constant need of updates, enhancements and improvements. Here’s what we have been working on to make Tabor a better place for current and future students: • New cul-de-sac and landscaping on the northeast side of campus • Remodeled weight room​ • New soccer practice field • New and remodeled office spaces in the Student Center, Campus Recreation Center and Athletic Center We are also in the final stages of fund raising for the $9 million Center for the Arts. We anticipate breaking ground as early as fall of 2015. For more information on the entire project, visit signature-campaign.

New Madison Street cul-de-sac

New portion of east C Street

New soccer practice field

Proposed Center for the Arts


Tabor Baseball Team Makes History

The Tabor College baseball team advanced to its first-ever trip to the Avista-NAIA World Series after defeating fifth-seeded Viterbo University by the score of 5-1 in the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round Tournament Hutchinson, Kan., bracket May 15. It took just three games for the No. 1 seed and 10th-ranked Bluejays to earn the opening round tournament title and a trip to the World Series. Senior pitcher Alex Mann was spectacular in his first start of the tournament. The big right-hander needed just 92 pitches to finish off a complete game performance. Mann allowed just one unearned run on five hits, while striking out six. Senior Kevin Seeger got the Bluejays on the board in the first inning with an RBI double down the left field line that scored fellow senior Kirk Rocha, giving Tabor a quick 1-0 lead. Viterbo would tie the score in the top of the fourth as a costly

error allowed senior Matt Watkins to score from third with two outs in the inning. Senior Grant Silva gave the Bluejays the lead back in the bottom of the fourth with an RBI single to the gap in left center field scoring junior Pete Lelich from second base. The scoring for Tabor continued in the fifth as junior Armando Castillo scored on a passed ball and a throwing error by the catcher. Silva drove in the Bluejays fourth run of the game on a single to right that scored senior Shaun Reid from third. Rocha drove in the game’s final run in the bottom of the eighth on an RBI single to right field that scored Silva from third. Silva led Tabor at the plate going 3-5 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Rocha went 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Tabor outhit Viterbo 11-5 for the game. The V-Hawks committed three errors to the Bluejays’ one. Alex Mann

Results from NAIA Opening Round National Championship – Hutchinson, Kansas Bracket

Grant Silva rounds first base.


Game 1 on May 12 – Tabor 3, Viterbo 2 Game 2 on May 13 – Tabor 4, University of Jamestown 0 Game 3 on May 15 – Tabor 5, Viterbo 1

The Bluejays enjoyed their best offensive game of the tournaA historic season came to a close on May 27 at Harris Field in ment despite being outhit by the count of 16-11. Both teams left 11 Lewiston, Idaho, as the Bluejays were eliminated from the Avistarunners on base with Wesleyan committing three errors as well. NAIA World Series in heartbreaking fashion. The Bluejays finished No. 6 in the 2014 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Tabor, which was making its first ever appearance at the Series, Postseason Top 25 Poll, the highest fell to third-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan University by the score of ranking in Tabor College history. 10-9 in 12 innings. The loss put an end to an incredible season that not only saw the Bluejays in the World Series for the first time, but also was the first Tabor team, in the history of the college, to eclipse the 50-win mark, finishing with a 51-13 record overall. The four-hour marathon ended in the bottom of the 12th as Eagles batter Jeff Butler delivered a two-out single, scoring Gunner Joyce from third. The Bluejays were not without chances themselves as they tried to secure their spot in the final four of the tournament. The Bluejays took a three-run lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, while also having bases loaded and no Troy Torres and outs in the top of the 10th. CJ DeDeaux Tabor was able to capitalize in neither situation, as Wesleyan tied the score in the bottom of the eighth, and got an infield pop-up and a double play to end the threat in the 10th. Pete Lelich The Bluejays were their own worst enemy in the field— Junior Mustain committing four costly errors that led to five unearned runs. Wesleyan’s last five runs of the game all came unearned. Results from Avista-NAIA World Series Tabor, which had struggled to score runs in its first three games of the tournament, wasted little time getting on the board early. Game 1 on May 23 – (9) Tabor 1, (8) University of After a leadoff walk, junior Gadiel Baez drove in Grant Silva from Southern Polytechnic State University 0 first with an RBI double to the gap in left center field. Two batters Game 2 on May 24 – (1) Oklahoma Baptist 3, (9) Tabor 1 later Kevin Seeger would bring Baez home with an RBI single up Game 3 on May 26 – (9) Tabor 6, (6) Georgia the middle, giving the Bluejays a quick 2-0 lead after the first halfGwinnett 5 inning of play. Game 4 on May 27 – (3) Oklahoma Wesleyan 10, Wesleyan would get a run back in the bottom half of the inning (9) Tabor 9 (12 innings) with the help of two Bluejay errors—an error on a pick-off attempt and one on a wild throw at first trying to turn two—allowed the For more information on all Tabor Athletics, visit run to score. But Tabor would get that run back in the top of the third, as senior Troy Torres delivered a two-out RBI double to the deepest part of the park, scoring Seeger from first base. A five-run fourth inning by Wesleyan however would end Bluejays starter Junior Mustain’s day. The Eagles got a leadoff walk and five hits in the inning to take their first lead of the game at 6-3. Tabor began to chip away at the Eagles lead in the sixth on an RBI single by senior CJ DeDeaux. The lead would be cut to one in the seventh, thanks to a throwing error at first base that allowed Kirk Rocha to score from second. The Bluejays would reclaim the lead in the eighth with a twoout rally that scored four runs in the inning, giving Tabor a 9-6 advantage. A single by Shaun Reid, followed by DeDeaux being hit by a pitch, a wild pitch and a walk by Silva, loaded the bases for Tabor. Baez would clear the bases with an RBI double down the left field line and would score on a single by Rocha. The momentum, however, would swing in the bottom of the inning as Wesleyan capitalized on a leadoff double, a Bluejay error, two walks (one intentional) and two singles to tie the score at 9-9. Both teams would go scoreless over the next three innings before Wesleyan’s game winner in the 12th. Baez led the Bluejays at the plate going 2-6 with four RBIs and On June 7, RHP Jacob Webb was drafted in the 18th two runs scored. Rocha, Seeger, Torres and DeDeaux each recorded round, 553rd overall, by the Atlanta Braves. a pair of hits, while Silva walked twice and scored a pair of runs.


Track & Field In warm and humid Gulf Shores, Ala., the national qualifiers enjoyed a stellar weekend at the 2014 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships. The highlight of the meet was the bronze medal finish by junior Garrett Daugherty in the 800m, who earned his second All-American finish in 2014 following his All-American finish in the indoor 1000m race in Ohio in March. Daugherty broke the Tabor 800m record set by Landon Goertzen in 2004 in the prelims with a time of 1:52.33 as he led wire to wire in that qualifying round. In the finals, he held off a runner from Concordia, Ore., for third place, where he shattered his previous

Garrett Daugherty

best with a time of 1:51.41. Junior Hannah Holmes broke the school record of Christina Addison in the marathon. She finished 13th out of 46 competitors with a time of 3:23.04.20. Brielle Lund also ran well and finished in 17th place with a time of 3:25.18.70. Senior Alex Grier lowered his 200m school record by running 21.52 in the preliminaries. Grier just missed making finals placing ninth in the opening round because the top eight runners make the finals. He also competed in the 100m trials individually running 10.81. The Tabor men’s 4x100m relay team competed in the semi-final round running 42.23. The team included Caleb Blue, Daugherty, Josiah Oyebefun and Grier. Head track and field coach Dave Kroeker praised the hard work of his athletes. “We had just a great weekend both on and off the track,” Kroeker said. “Three school records were broken and all the athletes competed extremely well on the biggest stage of the year.”

Softball After a sixth place finish in the regular season, Tabor made a heroic run in the KCAC tournament falling short of a title in the championship game, finishing the season 9-9 in the conference and 25-25 overall. Senior catcher Katie Henning capped off a stellar two-year Tabor career and was named to the KCAC first team. Henning was third in the KCAC in home runs (11), fourth in total bases (110), fifth in slugging (.667), sixth in hits (67) and RBIs (44), and eighth in batting average (.406). Freshman pitcher Marilee Burge made an immediate splash in the conference and was named to the KCAC second team. Burge led the league in innings

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pitched (175), while finishing fourth in strikeouts (92), seventh in wins (13) and eighth in ERA (3.04). Senior outfielder Sarah Massey finished her Tabor career tabbed as honorable mention in the league. Massey hit .299 with 11 doubles, seven HR and 30 RBIs. Softball head coach Suzanne Unruh complimented her team on their efforts at the end of the year. “With our strong finish as runners-up in the conference tournament this season, we have taken this program to a new level,” Unruh said. “We will aim high next year and set goals to win a conference title and compete in a national playoff round. The team is excited and we can’t wait to get started in August.”

Tennis Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams finished sixth in the KCAC this past season. On the men’s side, two seniors turned in very strong seasons. At No. 1, Kelyn Vix had a 5-8 record in singles and at No. 2 Tyler Dort was also 5-8. Vix and Dort also turned in a 5-8 record at No. 1 doubles. Tabor played three freshman in singles—Luis Navarrete at No. 3, Harry Faber at No. 4 and Darian Flores at No. 5 positions— as well as an additional freshman Jeff Pritchard, who teamed with junior Jared Friesen in the No. 3 doubles position. The women’s team was led by junior Becky Faber, who finished 8-5 in singles and was selected to second team All-KCAC. Two freshmen made huge contributions.

Celeste Worthy was 8-6 at No. 3 singles and was 7-4, along with junior Anna Friesen at No. 2 doubles. Kiana Fujioka was 10-3 at No. 6 singles and 5-6 at No. 3 doubles with junior Krista Schmidt. Schmidt posted a very good season with a 5-8 record at No. 4 singles. Head coach John Ruder said: “We lost two very close matches to Ottawa and Kansas Wesleyan where wins could have moved us up to the No. 4 position in conference. Overall, the experience our freshman gained, under the improved play of our juniors, along with incoming recruits, we are looking for a very successful season next year.”

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Athletic Spring Showcase April 26 “The Spring Showcase has become a tradition at Tabor College. Not only is it a lot of fun to have friends, alumni and family of our athletes on campus for the day, but it allows everyone an opportunity for a big picture look at the excellence we strive for in the athletic department.” – Rusty Allen, vice president for intercollegiate athletics

Women’s soccer scrimmage

Sand volleyball tournament featuring current players and alumni

Junior Jays Cheerleading squad performs at halftime of the women’s soccer game.

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Don Brubacher Inducted into Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame

Don Brubacher


Tabor College hosted its annual Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Banquet May 11. Nearly 400 people packed into a steamy Tabor gymnasium to honor former coach/athletic director and alumnus Don Brubacher, plus salute our student-athletes for their academic and athletic honors. Toward the end of the ceremony, Brubacher was inducted into the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame and was excited to be welcomed into this prestigious group. “When I think of the people who are already in the Hall of Fame, it’s a humbling thing to be considered for this,” Brubacher said. “It’s been surprising and really more fun than I thought to see the variety of people who have come tonight—my former players, my former colleagues. It’s been good to connect with a lot of old friends.” Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics, said Brubacher’s induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame was well deserved. “Don Brubacher served Tabor College with excellence and hard work for better than 30 years,” Allen said. “Personally, he was a mentor to me and I have deep appreciation for the time we worked together. God used his gifts in amazing ways. Not only in the Tabor Athletic Department, but the entire institution benefited from all that he gave.” Brubacher transferred to Tabor as a student-athlete in the fall of 1972. He lettered in basketball two years and was named to the KCAC All-Conference team in his senior year. As a fifth-year senior, Brubacher was a player and coach for the men’s soccer team, plus the assistant men’s basketball coach. He graduated in the spring of 1975 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, physical education and health, along with teacher licensure. In 1976, Brubacher returned to Tabor College to coach men’s soccer and women’s basketball. He remained at Tabor College for the next 31 years. Brubacher coached the men’s basketball team for 25

years (1978-1995, 1999-2007), men’s soccer team for 11 years (1974-1975, 1976-1984,1986-1988), women’s soccer team for three years (1998-2001) and the women’s basketball team for two years (1976-1978). Brubacher also served as Tabor College athletic director for nine years (1999-2008). During Brubacher’s 25 years coaching men’s basketball, he was named KCAC Men’s Basketball Coachof-the-Year nine times and his teams won 10 regular season conference championships and two post-season tournament championships. Brubacher was also named the KCAC Women’s Soccer Coach-of-the-Year two of his three years. His teams won the KCAC Conference Championship in 2000-2001. Tabor College athletic teams were very successful during Brubacher’s tenure as athletic director. During those years, the following teams were KCAC Conference Champions: football, two years; women’s basketball, two years; volleyball, five years; women’s soccer, two years; men’s tennis, two years; and men’s soccer, one year. Brubacher and his wife, Janette, reside in Hillsdale, Mich., where he is director of athletics & recreational sports, plus chairman of the Sports Studies Department at Hillsdale College.

Student Athlete Honors Three senior student-athletes took top honors at the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Banquet. Male Athlete of the Year Award was presented to Tabor College senior running back James Monroe Jr. The 5-foot-11 inch running back from Browns Mills, N.J., played for the Bluejays from 2010 – 2013 and compiled 3,927 rushing yards, 278 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns. After the 2013 season, Monroe was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and First Team All-KCAC. He finished his senior season ranked fourth in the NAIA in total rushing yards with 1,773 and seventh in all-purpose yards with 1,856 and eighth in rushing yards per game with 136.4. He also broke Tabor’s career rushing record, which stood for 40 years. Female Athlete of the Year Award was presented to senior point guard Nikki Lewis. The 5-foot Tahlequah, Okla., product was KCAC Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-Conference selection. She not only led the Lady Jays and the KCAC in total assists and assists per game, but also led the NAIA in each of those categories as well. On the year, she averaged 11.0 points per game, along with 222 assists (6.9 per game), and 3.8 rebounds per game. Lewis also led the KCAC and ranked second in the NAIA in assist to turnover ratio (2.810) and finished 26th in the NAIA in total steals

(77). In the conference, Lewis also ranked 15th in scoring, fifth in three-point field goal percentage, sixth in three-point field goals made and second in steals. She tied for 10th in double-doubles with three. For the second consecutive year, Lewis was honored by the NAIA, as she received All-American honors for her performance this past season. A year after being named an Honorable Mention All-American, Lewis earned Third Team All-American honors after leading her team to the KCAC Conference Championship title and an NAIA national tournament appearance. “Nikki and James are great examples of what we look for in our student athletes,” said Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics. “They were not only very talented and very effective during competition, but they were outstanding students with outstanding character. Their leadership and Christian influence on our campus is going to be missed.” Scholar Athlete of the Year Award was presented to volleyball player Hollister Wolf. The 5-foot 4-inch setter from Moundridge, Kan., played from 2010 – 2013 for Tabor College and finished her career with 3,973 assists, 1,177 digs and 113 kills in 449 games. Wolf ranked 15th in the NAIA in assists per game with 10.510 and ranked 28th in total assists with 1,272. Wolf fin-

ished the year with a 3.935 GPA and graduated with a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing and a minor in communications. “I can’t say enough about how well Holli Wolf has represented herself, her team and our college during her four years at Tabor,” Allen added. “She is the epitome of the studentathlete. She managed to be outstanding on the court and outstanding in the classroom. She has set an example for her teammates and all of our student-athletes in the future.”

Janelle Rust, speaker

James Monroe, Male Althlete of the Year and Nikki Lewis, Female Athlete of the Year

Jim Paulus, vice-president of student life

President Jules Glanzer

Rusty Allen, vice-president of intercollegiate athletics, and Hollister Wolf, scholar athlete of the year


Longtime Registrar Deanne Duerksen Retires CONNECTION: What year did you come to Tabor and why did you take the job here? DUERKSEN: I started in 1973. I needed a job that could use some of my skills. My first job was initiating the magnetic card system for Tabor. I was coordinator of word processing—faculty and administrators dictated over the phone and I transcribed it. Since we had

Craig Duerksen congratulates his mother, Deanne, on her retirement.


the magnetic cards, the text was saved so it could be edited—it was pre-computers. I did all the admissions letters and​​a lot of letters from administrators and faculty. One of my larger projects was an Old Testament professor’s​dissertation on “Law and Grace.”​In 1975, I became assistant to John Ewert, the registrar at that time, and held that position until he retired in 1984. I didn’t even have a bachelor’s degree then, but they thought my experience was worth enough that I was hired as “acting” registrar until I finished my bachelor of arts two years later. I then started using my vacation time to go to Emporia State where I earned a master of science degree in college student personnel in 1993. Instead of going to commencement to receive my hood, I had to trade the black gown for a white hospital gown because of emergency surgery—which resulted in six months of chemotherapy. CONNECTION: What have you enjoyed about your job? DUERKSEN: I love working with students and seeing them progress from freshmen to graduates. I was a freshman adviser for many years, and it was so fulfilling to have them as my students in freshman seminar and a few years later sign their diplomas. I was an

accountant before I worked at Tabor, and I have mentioned numerous times that a registrar’s job is the best of both worlds. I still was able to work with balancing numbers, but it was working with students’ credit hours instead of a financial account. That made it a great job for me!​ CONNECTION: What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced and had to overcome working in higher education? ​DUERKSEN: The biggest challenge has been the changing technology—from punch cards to strips on a transcript, to electronic transcripts and, most recently, online registration, degree audits, etc. Degree audits are very time-consuming to build, but so gratifying when I look at the graduates’ audits and see “COMPLETE” all the way down. Added to the changing technology was the challenge of losing the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas information technology staff, who had done so much work for our department. Most higher education institutions work on a tight budget and that’s true for Tabor as well. We are fortunate that we have a good integrated administrative software system, but hope that sometime soon a document imaging system can be added to it. ​ CONNECTION: What will you miss after you retire? DUERKSEN: Definitely the people! I love working with faculty and students in a Christ-centered environment. ​Tabor has a great faculty and I feel privileged to have served with them. I will also miss the ACCK registrars and the staff in the Tabor registrar’s office. We have become good friends, as well as colleagues, and I cherish the times we have had together. CONNECTION: What are your plans after Tabor? ​ DUERKSEN: I don’t really have any specific plans except to re-organize closets/files, digitize snapshots and de-clutter my home. As work demands increased over the last several years, my home hasn’t received much attention. At the time of my resignation, I wasn’t sure how I would come through some surgeries, but all is well. I’m feeling great and I’m ready to do something else. I have a couple of options for part-time employment. I will also do some volunteer work with Main Street Ministries and First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro. I am a strong supporter of Mennonite Central Committee and will find ways to volunteer with them. I occasionally want to take a few days to go to Arizona to visit my daughter or to California to visit my sister’s family. All seven of my grandchildren are in the area with many activities to attend, so I have no doubt that I will stay busy.

Conversation with Connie Isaac – 20 Years of Lifelong Learning CONNECTION: What have you enjoyed most about your 20 years as director of Lifelong Learning here at Tabor College? ISAAC: I’ve enjoyed meeting new people, attendees, speakers, musicians and trying new ideas to make the program broadly appealing. CONNECTION: What has been the feedback from people coming to your sessions? ISAAC: Often, participants are kind enough to tell me, as I run into them around town, that they enjoyed a particular session. What really feels good is when audience members stay afterward to talk personally with a speaker. There have been occasions when a speaker has sort of “held court” with a small group surrounding him or her—that shows the topic/speaker made a real impression. CONNECTION: Why did you take this leadership position 20 years ago? ISAAC: Having led the group for 18 years, Janette Brubacher wanted to move on to a social work position at Parkside Assisted Living and asked if I would take over what was then called “60+.” I had been taking classes toward a seminary degree at the extension in North Newton and “60+” fit with a desire to lead in a Christian setting. I enjoyed leading “60+” during the 1993-1994 school year and then got permission from Tabor’s academic dean, Stan Clark, to finish the master of arts in church leadership degree with residency at Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Va., during 199495. I’ve been in charge of the “60+” program on the Tabor campus ever since. CONNECTION: Who was your favorite speaker? ISAAC: If I were to single out a favorite speaker from the 400 or so I’ve had the privilege to work with, it would be Dr. Arthur Dyck, who flew in from his home in New Hampshire for Homecoming in 2007. As a youngster, I remember hearing about “Art Dyck” when he was a Tabor classmate of my oldest brother, Raymond. When he spoke to “60+” he was professor emeritus at the Harvard School of Public Health, research professor of ethics at Harvard Divinity School and director of the Kennedy Interfaculty Program in Medical Ethics at Harvard. Though intimidating on paper, he was most engaging, accommodating and appreciative during his three-day stay. CONNECTION: What have been some of your favorite topics? ISAAC: Every topic was interesting to me or I wouldn’t have scheduled it. Each semester I would try for a variety­—from the serious and educational to the entertaining. While sessions were mostly lecture format, every semester I planned at least one session built around audience participation. The session led by Lee Suderman based on Charles Fuller’s “Old Fashioned Revival Hour” was unforgettable. Lee had a packed audience of 187 people stand and sing “Heavenly Sunshine” accompanied by Steve Vincent just like on the radio show we remember! (You have to be pushing 70 to get this.) CONNECTION: Do you have any other thoughts regarding your time with Lifelong Learning?

ISAAC: Over the years, I’ve had five “bosses”—three academic deans, then the last two were vice presidents for advancement. Generously, each turned me loose to do what I thought was best, yet were there for me when their wise input was important. For example, when the nation was debating whether to enter war with Iraq, Dr. Howard Keim supported my plan to invite a professor from Wichita, a Muslim, to share his perspective. I am keenly aware that the program depended on the good work of others. I’m very thankful to have had the support of my husband who was my personal information technology expert and who often saw the job consume many extra hours. Tabor maintenance staff set up the room for every meeting and, in later years, audio staff provided a great public address system. Registration of attendees was handled by volunteers including Caryl Wiebe, Marcella Mohn and others. Tabor emeritus professor Clarence Hiebert was an active supporter. Those who attended our Elderhostel-like weeks the summers of 1996-98 remember his enthusiasm as he led “hymn sings” and tours including one with lunch in the homes of area Church of God, Mennonite— Holdeman—people. I’ll never forget that he took over the “60+” leadership on a moment’s notice the morning in 2002 when our daughter-in-law, Wendy, suddenly died. Throughout the years, I’ve depended on prayer and thought often of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” CONNECTION: What will you be doing with all your free time now? ISAAC: Being bored has never been part of my vocabulary and it won’t be now. For the sake of our children, there’s always downsizing to be done. It will be good to have more time for family, including our six grandchildren, ranging from college age (one planning to attend Tabor) to kindergarten. Along with the house and yard work that must be done, I hope to get to priorities that have been put off such as travel, researching family history and possibly facilitating a Bible-based small group focused on life challenges. CONNECTION: What will you remember most about your time with the Lifelong Learning Program? ISAAC: I will definitely remember the people. Though I was often amazed by the talent and expertise that would be revealed by a presentation at the podium, equally memorable were the folks in the audience. It was possible to develop relationships especially with those who attended regularly year after year. I grew to highly respect the age group because of the experiences and stories of survival that come with the decades! I often wished we could all just sit down and hear everyone tell their story. I’ve enjoyed the 20 years’ learning, meeting new people and getting to know new friends. It’s been a wonderful experience for me, but it is time to move onto the next chapter in my life.


Alumni News Marriages

Joe (fs’99) and Lesli (Jury g’02) Beery, Marion, Kan., adopted Maddison Denly Jean, born Sept. 30, 2008

Thomas Wenner and Lorelei Jordan (fs’01), Lawrence, Kan., April 27, 2014 Jason Zimmerman and Abbey Burns (g’13), Leon, Kan., on Oct. 12, 2013



Brooklyn Beery

Astrid Huber

Joe (fs’99) and Lesli (Jury g’02) Beery, Marion, Kan., adopted Brooklyn Elizabeth Lucille, born Jan. 31, 2010 Kevin (g’07) and Jill (Crawford g’07) Larson, Garden City, Kan. a boy, Seth David, Dec. 9, 2013

Grant (g’06) and Vickie (Collins g’07) Brubacher, Hillsboro, Kan., a boy, Weston Matthew, May 27, 2014

Brent (g’07) and Cindy (Wertenberger fs’09) Wichert, Salina, Kan., a boy, Micah Scott, April 17, 2014

Jake (g’10) and Joanna (Pyle g’09) Mays, Hillsboro, Kan., a girl Aliya Jolynn, May 22, 2014


Tyler (g’07) and April (Funk g’07) McKim, Red Bluff, Calif., a girl, Aubrey Skylar, March 3, 2014

Rachel (Kornelsen fs’51), Hillsboro, Kan., June 9, 2014

Maddison Beery

Seth Larson

Weston Brubacher

Timothy (g’04) and Heidi (Buller g’05) Huber, Newton, Kan., a girl, Astrid Beatrix, Feb. 14, 2014

Aliya Mays

Lee (g’06) and Sara Jo (Clark fs’06) Waldron, Hillsboro, Kan., a girl, Penelope Pearl, Sept. 6, 2013

Penny (Hein fs’74) Unruh, Sherman Oaks, Calif., May 8, 2014 Vernon Friesen, (fst’99/fs’48), Hillsboro, Kan., May 18, 2014 Rev. John Ratzlaff (g’43), Hillsboro, Kan., April 16, 2014 Velma (Reimer g’74) Tyson, Kansas City, Mo., April 17, 2014 Don L Dahl (g’68), Hillsboro, Kan., April 18, 2014 Mary (Eitzen g’46) Baltzer, Hillsboro, Kan., March 26, 2014 John Wall (g’63), St. Catharines, ON, Canada, March 18, 2014 Rubena (Wiens g’46/fst’86), Wiebe, Hillsboro, Kan., Feb. 13, 2014 John Krahn (g’71), Winkler, MB, Canada, Dec. 29, 2013

Aubrey McKim


Penelope Waldron

Micah Wichert

Norman Wiens (fs’49), Reedley, Calif., June 9, 2014

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Alumni News – 1970s JoLynn (Duerksen g’78) Curtin released a new instrumental album that has been accepted by Pandora Radio. “Tigris and Euphrates” is a musical interpretation that begins in the Garden of Eden and ends in the city of Zion. Patrick Curtin, JoLynn’s husband, and her son, are also featured on the album.

2000s Kevin Wahl (g’04) began his love for animals while working on his family dairy. After graduating from Fairview High School, Fairview, Okla., Wahl attended Tabor College on a football scholarship and worked with horses at a local veterinary clinic while in college. Kevin recently published research in Veterinary Surgery, a veterinary journal. That research won him the prestigious Outstanding Surgical Resident Award from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Wahl has also recently earned his Board Certification in Large Animal Surgery through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Idaho Equine Hospital says that they are pleased to have Wahl as part of their family, and that he is a compassionate, skilled veterinarian whose passion for sports medicine and extensive interest in current and cutting edge research make him a good fit for the mission of the equine hospital. Andrew Wiens (g’11) Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Phyllis Gilmore is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Wiens to the position of DCF legislative and policy director. Wiens formerly served in the Office of Governor Sam Brownback. “Andrew will

do a tremendous job in this role as he serves Kansas families by working closely with legislators and various stakeholder groups,” Gilmore said. “We anticipate that he will be a strong advocate for our clients as he works to improve policies and laws related to our mission of protecting children, promoting healthy families and encouraging personal responsibility.” Wiens, a Topeka native, is a Tabor College graduate. He studied philosophy, history, religious studies and business management. As a policy analyst in the Governor’s Office, his duties included research, policy development and project management of issues such as taxes, energy, social services and education. “I am eager to learn more about the issues of importance to children and families. I look forward to working alongside DCF staff, legislators, community organizations and service providers to help Kansans in need,” Wiens said. Wiens and his wife, Kelsey, live in Topeka. His first day on the job was Monday, May 19. Martin Navarro (tcw’11) graduated May 24 with a Master of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. Navarro will begin an assignment with Mennonite Education Agency in Elkhart, arranging and coordinating logistics for events and providing program and administrative support for MEA and Mennonite School Council initiatives. He is married to Viridiana Lopez-Soto and is a member of Comunidad Cristiana Vida Abudante, Cicero, Ill. He is the son of Miguel Navarro and Nilda Navarro of Chicago. Previously he earned a bachelor’s degree in ministry from Tabor College, Wichita, Kan.

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Upcoming Events Experience Europe – Interterm 2015 General Information: During the Interterm of 2015, Tabor College will offer a 21-day trip to six countries in Western Europe. Countries to be Visited: United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy & Vatican City

Major Cities to be Visited: London, Paris, Zurich, Munich, Venice & Rome Cost: $3,250 (This is a tentative, but realistic figure. At this point some costs can only be estimated.) From More Information Contact: Dr. Richard Kyle, History Department Home Phone: (620) 947-5726 Email:

Join us for Homecoming Oct. 16-19, 2014 Featured Events

• Music Fest • Theater production of “Our Town” • Festival dinner • Avista-NAIA World Series presentation to the Tabor baseball team • Golf Classic at Reflection Ridge • Reunions—everyone welcome! Featuring the 1964 class

• New Center for the Arts presentations • Mabee Challenge update • Bluejay football, volleyball and soccer • Children’s activities • Golden Brunch for all alumni 1964 or earlier • Late night at Druber’s Donuts

Southeast Asia Study Tour Jan. 2-23, 2015

Countries to be Visited: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia & Singapore Focus is on cultures & religions of countries visited ​ ost: Approximately $3,300, depending on cost of air travel C $500 deposit due by Sept. 15 (Refundable until plane tickets are p ​ urchased) Contact: Dr. Aleen Ratzlaff, Professor of Communication Email​:​ 30

Internships for Tabor Students Do you own a business? Are you looking for an extra pair of hands around the office? Does the company you work for have any internship opportunities for college students? If so, we want to hear from you! Here’s why: Internships are vital to students’ resumes when they graduate from college. They need in-the-field experience to enhance their overall education. An article in the May 27 issue of the Huffington Post cited a recent post-graduate survey done through the Office of Career Services at a small liberal arts school in Texas: “As students participated in more internships, they improved their odds of receiving full-time employment. This may be indicative of the fact that students who complete internships gain valuable career contacts and experience within the industries of their choice. Also, students who completed at least one internship reported higher levels of being very happy with their outcome (35.3 percent vs. 28.9 percent).” Tabor graduates are more prepared for the workforce if they receive hands-on training that can only come with an internship in their specific field of study. This semester, we caught up with one student who interned locally at Hillsboro State Bank. Junior Jessica Renzelman, who started in March, walked into the bank and just asked for an internship. She is majoring in accounting and finance, with hopes of becoming an actuary. She needed to get into a financial institution and see what it was really like. So for nearly two months, Renzelman spent two eight-hour days a week at the bank. “It just gave me experience working in a business setting,” Renzelman said. “I learned how to tell and worked on my customer service.” Renzelman worked on their advertising strategy and as a teller, created a Facebook page and developed

a PowerPoint display that still runs in the lobby. She rated her internship experience a 10 out of 10. “I really enjoyed it,” Renzelman said. “I liked the people I worked with. I worked for eight hours each time I came in and it went by really fast.” Dawn Helmer, senior vice president of HSB, said the internship couldn’t have gone any better. “We had a really good experience with Jess,” Helmer said. “It was fun to have her here. It’s always hard with an internship because it’s very limited time, and you really don’t have time to fully train someone, but I think she made the best of the experience. It went by really fast for us, too.” At first, Helmer worried that Renzelman would be overwhelmed with all the details of banking. “There’s so much to learn in banking,” she said. “To find the time to put into it was my biggest concern. There’s always so much more you’d like to show.” In the future, Helmer would welcome other interns to HSB. “The schedule was good, because of Jess being able to come in eight hours a day,” she added. “Just an hour or two here and there is even harder, so her schedule did make it much easier since we had two full-days every week.” Helmer’s best advice was simple for Renzelman moving forward in her career. “Confidentiality is very important—we talked about that the first day—and customer service, because going into the real world of working it’s a lot different than being in class,” Helmer said. If your business or the company you work for has any internship opportunities for Tabor students, email us at

Dawn Helmer and Adele Hougland help intern Jessica Renzelman learn about the banking industry.


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