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The Tabor College


Winter 2011 • Vol. 65 / No. 1


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From the President

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Each semester I choose a Bible story with the intent to absorb the truth and meaning into my life. I often begin my day by reading the passage, reflecting, meditating, and seeking insights for my life and leadership for the college. Each week when the senior staff meet, we read the story seeking to gain wisdom and direction for the management and operation of Tabor College. This semester it was the last chapter of the gospel of John. It is the story of the great catch of fish and Jesus taking a walk with Peter restoring him following his personal failure of denial. John ends his writing with these words: “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” The entire book of John is a collection of stories that John intentionally chose to make his point “...that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” Near the end of the semester, I was thinking about the stories here at Tabor and asked myself, “If a book was written about the Fall 2010 semester at Tabor, what stories would I chose to include in the book?” Here are some of them. Enrollment record for third year in a row. 669 is the number. A 4.5% increase over last year with a 7.3% increase on the Hillsboro campus with new students including 69 transfer students. We are full. Lounges turned into bedrooms. Two chapels. We are being stretched. But the real story is not the numbers but the stewardship that God has entrusted to us. Each student is a gift from God. “Obedient ownership” of the lives of these young people is what my friend Patrick McLaughlin calls it. God has entrusted into our care more lives to shape and send into society making the world more like He intended it to be. Our faithful stewardship of these lives is what really matters. Students coming to know Christ. This one thrills my heart beyond description. It seemed like each week I heard of someone deciding to follow Christ, beginning with over a dozen players receiving Christ at the pre-season football training camp, to a constant trickle

all semester of students coming to know Jesus. I lost count, but the number is somewhere around three dozen. The face of heaven changed this semester. I am convinced that at Tabor, our educational mission and activity are ways for evangelism to happen. Students growing in Christ. It is happening all through the campus. Bible study groups, or D-groups, as they are known on campus. Small groups of students are meeting to study the Bible and apply biblical truth to their lives. Share, Prayer, Dare. The historic church continues to be filled to overflowing each Wednesday night as students gather for student-led worship. Chapel. Twice weekly, the entire community gathers for a time of spiritual input. I am convinced that, at Tabor, our educational mission and activity are ways for discipleship to happen. Alumni accomplishments. Hearing the stories of our alumni and their accomplishments is invigorating. As I travel meeting alumni, I am constantly amazed at the significant influence that comes from a “small school on the plains of Kansas.” When the story of Tabor is told, it is a story of our alumni around the world influencing their communities, churches, and the world in positive Kingdom-building ways. The sun does not set on Tabor alumni. Tabor is having a global impact for eternity. Football accomplishments. I am amazed at how football impacts a college. I have to confess that winning makes a difference. Excellence enhances ministry. Going 4-5 in conference this year was an amazing accomplishment for Coach Gardner and his crew. Congratulations. The story is not about the record or the winning. The real story is what happened in the lives of the players and the impact that the entire team had on the campus morale. Dare I say it... we feel better about ourselves when we have a winning football team. Financial progress. Our audit report looked good. It is rare for an audit not to include management letters that recommend corrective measures to be taken. Not only was our report clean, but the numbers demonstrated good stewardship. We remained off the Government watch list. The Federal Government has a Composite Financial Index that they use to gauge the financial strength of an institution. When the CFI number reaches 1.5, the school is placed on the list. When it gets to 1.0, the school needs to provide a cure. With our spending the cash on hand for the stadium construction, and borrowing to complete the project, we feared getting on the list. We did not. Our number was 2.77. Again, the real story is not the numbers but the provision of God for Tabor. These are just some of the stories I would include in the Fall 2010 Tabor book telling the story of preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and His kingdom.

Dr. Jules Glanzer

Connection Winter 2011 Vol. 65 No. 1

Editor Beth Riffel Director of Communications Designer Diane Steiner Photographer Vance Frick 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: Vivian Olvera and Cortney Janzen capture insects during a field trip with Dr. Karrie Rathbone.


A magazine for Tabor College alumni and friends

From the President


Feature: Homecoming 2010


Campus News




Alumni News




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


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Celebrating “The Gang’s All Here” Homecoming 2010 Beautiful weather, good friends, tasty food, football, volleyball, theater and many more activities made Tabor College Homecoming 2010 a big success. The Hillsboro campus was abuzz with activities Friday through Sunday as many alumni and friends returned for the annual fall festival. A special section for children, organized by the education department, allowed the next generation of Tabor students to enjoy the beautiful fall morning. Activities included a treasure hunt, obstacle course, face-painting, popcorn and a bounce-house. Ron Braun, director of development, served as emcee for the Homecoming Festival Dinner, complete with pirate costume, in celebration of the weekend’s theme.


The classes of 1950, 1955, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005 gathered to renew old acquaintances and to reconnect. The class of 1960 was honored at the Festival Dinner and presented with the Tabor College Medallion, marking the 50-year reunion milestone. One of the many highlights of the day included the much-anticipated football game. The Bluejays faced a formidable opponent in the Sterling College Warriors, who they were not able to overcome. The final score of the game was 14-33.

Alumni Recognition Special honors were also presented to alumni who have carried the Tabor message and mission into their chosen career fields and have made a difference in their professional lives. Three individuals were honored by President Jules Glanzer. He bestowed the Alumni Merit Award to Steve Wilkens, Monrovia, Calif. And Brett and Tammy Thiessen, Topeka, Kan., were named the 2010 Alumni Medallion Award winners. Wilkens is a professor of theology and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. A 1977 graduate of Tabor in the Humanities, he also earned an MA in Theology in 1983 and a PhD in Systematic Theology in 1988, both from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He has authored several popular books on philosophy for lay persons. They include, Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics and Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans, The Original Dr. Steve’s Almanac of Christian Trivia: A Miscellany of Oddities, Instructional Anecdotes, Little-Known Facts and Occasional Frivolity. His newest book is Everything You Know about Evangelicalism is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything). Tammy (Carlson) Thiessen, 2010 Alumni Medallion Award winner, is a 2004 graduate with a BA in Communications & Graphic Design. After graduation she worked in the public relations field for To-Go Brands, Inc. in San Diego, Calif. She has earned five silver and two gold Addy Awards from the Advertising Federation. She is now a Senior Account Executive at MB Piland, a full service advertising firm in Topeka, Kan.

Pictured from left are Steve Wilkens, Dr. Glanzer, Brett and Tammy Thiessen.

Brett Thiessen, also honored with the 2010 Alumni Medallion Award, graduated Magna cum Laude in 2002 with a degree in mathematics and chemistry. He continued his education at MITZaragoza International, where he earned his Master’s in Logistics and Supply Chain Management in 2005. Since graduation he has been employed by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a division of Colgate-Palmolive, as a supply chain manager and production planner.

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“The Pirates of Penzance” thrills audiences

Major-General Stanley, played by Carson Stutzman, gave a captivating performance in the Tabor Theater Department’s production of "The Pirates of Penzance," which played to four evenings of sold-out shows.

It’s not homecoming without a Theatre production. Judy Harder, associate professor of communications, directed her cast of thespians in “The Pirates of Penzance,” a Gilbert and Sullivan comedic operetta. Dr. Brad Vogel conducted the orchestra. There was a full house for each of the four performances. Harder noted the audience each evening was terrific, providing energy that the cast thrived on during the performances. There were many individuals who contributed to the success of the operetta, including stage hands, lighting technicians, set designers, costumers and the 7 musicians that provided the accompaniment for the operetta. Principal members of the cast included MajorGeneral Stanley, Carson Stutzman, Beaver Crossing, Neb. Pirate King, Darren Enns, Hillsboro, Kan., Samuel, Aaron Stepanek, Hillsboro, Kan., Frederic, David Vogel, Hillsboro, Kan., Sergeant of Police, Aaron Epp, Henderson, Neb., Mabel, Hanna Bishop, Hays, Kan. and Ruth (Pirate Maid-Of-All Work) Maria Loewen, Andover, Kan.

Above: The Major-General’s daughter’s all decked out in their finest garb. Lily Arthur was the costumer for the production. Left: David Vogel, wowed the crowd with his performance as Frederic.



Homecoming Reunion Photos


1950: Front row: Ferne (Kornelsen) Hiebert, Roland Krause, Elma (Jost) Lohrenz, John E. Vogt Back row: Harold Vogt, Marvin Kroeker, Herb Richert, Otto Lohrenz, Cal Friesen


1955: Front row: Mary (Nachtigall) Graber, Helen (Loepp) Faul, Menno M. Friesen, Shirley (Penner) Friesen, Lois (Grauman) Reimer. Middle Row: Paul Funk, Naomi (Lepp) Wiens, Archie Heide, Clarence Harms, Loyal Martin, Rowland Reiman. Back Row: Del Richert, Ed Wiens, Elton Berg, Ray Brown, John Faul, Dean Kliewer.


1960: Front row: Bernice (Fast) Dueck, Janice (Plett) Goertz, Eunice (Wichert) Isaak, Walter Lichti, Paul Regier, Evelyn (Ediger) Heinrichs. Back row: Donald Braun, Willard Dick, Howard Fast, Gary Nachtigall, Roger Neufeld, Ted Nickel, Paul Wiebe (hidden) and David Wiebe.


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1965: Front row: Dale Suderman, Joyce (Reiswig) Loewen, Karen (Bartel) Wiebe, Janet (Fast) van Houten, Dorothy Dahl, Marlene (Funk) Kroeker. Back row: David Brown, Elaine (Quiring) Nikkel, Dick Unruh, John Goertzen, Harry Siemens, Bill Kliewer, Gordon Wiebe, Paul Block, Don Suderman, Glenn Harrison, Lois Lepp Funk, Curtis Funk.


1970: Front row: Fran (Wichert) Penner, Sandy Bartel, Elaine (Loewen) Goodwin, Kaylene (Johnson) Unruh, Dorothy (Thiessen) Brunk, Rosemary (Loewens) Prieb. Middle row: Eileen (Kroeker) Hiebert, Rich Penner, Eldora (Ewert) Penner, Kathy (Regier) Kleopfer, Norma (Thiessen) Johnson, Bob Ewert, Nancy (Thiessen) Regier, Russ Isaac, Cal Rempel, Marilyn (Friesen) Fast, Back row: Dean Hiebert, Ron Penner, Lowell Hofer, Ivan Flaming, Russ Regier, Steve Fast, Randy Sperling, Herb Schroder, John Quiring


1975: From L-R: Ron Voth, Tim Stevens, Lou Ann (Fredrickson) Voth, Nadine Friesen, Dwight Dirks, Deborah (Ens) Penner, Tom Voth, Ron Braun, Jay Huber, Pam (Penner) Voth, Ed Richert, Greg Suderman, Brenda (Vogt) Plett, Mel Koslowsky, Neva Fast, Helen (Loewen) Wohlgemuth Bumpus, Grace (Friesen) Steele, Janet (Epp) Heinrichs, Duane Penner, Glen Harden, Peggy (Bergen) Harden, Lonnie Thiessen. 1980: Front row: Marilyn (Wall) Just, Cindy (Fast) Hiebert, Joyce (Klaassen) Neufeld. Back Row: Mark Just, Gwen (Lohrenz) Brown, Connie (Jost) Faber, Jamie (Unruh) Rempel, Phil Neufeld.


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1985: Front row: Cameron Dick, Terry Ens, Gary Reiswig, David Suderman. Back row: Michelle (Thiessen) Kleinsasser, Joni Ensz, Allison Fikejs, Roberta (Gaede) Bird, Susie (Faul) Klein, Ellyne (Faul) Wiebe, Susan Merrifield, Joan (Steinle) Warkentin, Melanie (Kessler) Reed, Shelley (Friesen) Funk, Brenda (Winsinger) Eitzen



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1990: Front row: Laura (North) Martin, Brenda (Wichert) Sechrist, Cheryl (Wiens) Kauffman, Miriam (Klassen) Kliewer. Back row: Ronn Martin, Joe Sechrist, Brian Rempel.



2000: (L-R): Christy Goentzel, Sandra (Janzen) Gilland, Heather Wattson, Nicole (Regier) Dente, Rachel (Hanneman) Hein, Kate (Sayler) Husted.

2005: (L-R): Malinda (Olson) Just, Sara Waldner, Derrick Unruh, Jenna (Friesen) Unruh, Angie (Jost) Simpish, Alejandro Lopez, Tori (Trebelcock) Clark, Jan (Linsenmeyer) Beery, Erin (Voth) Hudson, Kim (Harden) Whiteman.

Homecoming Music Festival An integral component of Homecoming is the annual performance by the music department in the Rehearsal Hall of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. It was standing room only as Dr. Richard Cantwell, chair of the department gave the welcome. A special presentation was made as a new piano, given in part by Dr. Carl and Mrs. Marilyn Gerbrandt, was dedicated to Tabor College. The new instrument is a 6-foot, 6-inch, Yamaha baby grand piano. Several pieces were performed, including Magnificat, and Roll, Jordan, Roll by the concert choir. The trombone choir and the women’s chorale also were featured.

2010 Host and Hostess Homecoming tradition includes the naming of the Tabor College Host and Hostess at halftime of the Bluejays football game. The senior class selects candidates and the entire student body then has the opportunity to vote for the winners. Tina Frick, Durham, and Andrew Rails, Hutchinson, were announced as this year’s winners.

Children's Activities The sound of laughter could be heard across the lawn as many children took in the activities provided for them by the Education Department. From obstacle courses to fishing to face painting, the beaming faces told of the good times being enjoyed.


Terry Wise It has been said that the only person who likes change is a baby with a wet diaper, but Dr. Terry Wise, Tabor’s new Vice President of Adult and Graduate Studies and Professor of Communication, believes that change is inevitable; that it can and should be managed in positive ways. According to Dr. Wise, an institution’s DNA explains why it was created in the first place. “DNA never changes, for it is the heartbeat of an organization and the foundational bedrock for its existence,” Wise said. “Traditions, on the other hand, deal with how things are done and change over time in order to be culturally relevant. Confusing how things are done with why things are done often creates misunderstanding.” Dr. Wise continues, “As we pursue and implement innovative degree programs and delivery models, we extend the Tabor experience to a host of individuals who are unable or unwilling to

Dr. Terry Wise, Tabor’s new Vice President of Adult and Graduate Studies and Professor of Communication, believes that change is inevitable; that it can and should be managed in positive ways.


attend a traditional, residential campus. Innovation and technology allow us to multiply our influence and impact beyond the traditional classroom walls, and as a result, Tabor education becomes accessible, affordable, and life transforming to a national and global audience. Dr. Wise believes that by adding online, hybrid, and other educational delivery paradigms that enhance and augment an already strong traditional, residential program, Tabor keeps pace with the changing educational milieu. “We don’t want to be selling buggy whips in a jet engine age. Tabor is a special

place and has something to offer the world ‑ a high quality, Christian education that is challenging, relevant, and life transforming. Our DNA compels us to move forward and our tradition allows us the flexibility to move forward in a manner that is culturally relevant. It is exciting.” “Over the years my faith has deepened. I jettisoned the fluff and hold tenaciously to the central tenants of the Christian faith. I love helping nonbelievers reason through their questions as they consider following Christ. My life hasn’t been easy but as I look back, I can see the hand of God all over it.” Wise holds a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry, a Ph.D. in Speech, Communication and Conflict Management, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in Law. He came to the Lord while in sixth grade, is an ordained minister with over 25 years of ministry experience, and has served in various administrative and teaching positions within Christian higher education. “I come from humble means,” says Wise, “and I have deep respect for traditional, residential education. It transformed my own life and it was through that I fell in love with learning. I have since gone overboard with my own credentials, but it stems from my positive experience on the traditional campus.” Wise has a passion for distributing the transformation he personally experienced to those less fortunate. “If you are a 35 year old married female with three kids, and only two years of college under your belt from 15 years ago, how do you complete your degree while working full time? Do you quit your job, leave your family and go live in a college dorm? Of course not! These folks find a place at Tabor, are welcomed in, and, through innovative programming and technology, they too experience life transformation. The DNA of Tabor is affirmed as nontraditional students experience a life transforming educational experience.” Wise acknowledges that extending the walls of the classroom is not without its obstacles. “Anyone can put content online, but to do it with excellence is challenging. My experience has been that anything worthwhile never comes easily. But, while it can be challenging, it is also extremely rewarding. I work in a great institution with a wonderful staff and faculty, and on a daily basis I see the positive effect we are having in the lives of nontraditional students. It is the DNA of Tabor that grounds me, and it is the desire to extend the Tabor educational experience that gets my blood pumping. This is an exciting time to be a part of Tabor College and a partner with God in serving both traditional and nontraditional students.”

Fresh spaces at TCW It has taken a lot of hard work, a few late nights and an eye for detail, but the remodeling of the student lounge on the Tabor College Wichita campus has been completed. What was once a fairly bland, uninspiring space has been worked over to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for students to gather in fellowship as they work on their studies and complete their classes. Terry Wise, vice president for Adult and Graduate Studies, was pleased with the renovation. “This is a wonderful addition to our facility,” he said during the open house held this fall. “It gives a feeling of warmth and togetherness where students and staff can relax and share with each other during the evening class sessions." Additional remodeling projects of the TCW campus, located at 21st and Ridge Road, will address some of the classroom needs.

Dr. Glanzer, left, spoke to those gathered at TC Wichita for the AGS open house held in October.


New staff member

As part of his obtaining his bachelor’s degree in business administration, Randy Roatch is taking the Business Practicum from Lewis Lee.  In the class, to give students practice with real-world business skills, Lee uses the Business Strategy Game, an online resource with a competitive component, to reinforce the concepts taught in the undergrad program.  The week of November 29, there were 2,195 teams/companies from 167 colleges/universities participating in the simulation world-wide. There are several criteria that the teams are evaluated on, including stock price, overall game score, and earnings.  Roach was ranked 8th overall in the world. He was also listed as having the 11th best stock price performance that week.  

There is a new member of the TCW staff! Deborah Reynolds has been hired as the Academic Support Coordinator for Adult and Graduate Studies. She started in early November. Reynolds received her master’s of science in counseling and student development with a concentration in student affairs administration from Kansas State University in 2009. She and her husband, Kevin, who is a structural engineer for a firm in Wichita, were married in 2009.

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Tabor College again ranked among the best Tabor College has again earned a national, Tier 1, ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group, being ranked 40th in the division of regional colleges in the Midwest. This was an improvement over the 43rd ranking from the 2010 report. This is the seventh consecutive year the college has been recognized. Tabor was the highest-ranking Kansas college in this division. Dr. Jules Glanzer, Tabor College president, was pleased with the designation. “Tabor College continues our commitment to provide an outstanding educational opportunity for students. It is not without our highly-qualified faculty's pursuit of excellence so we can provide students the environment where they can


“With the outstanding faculty to student ratio, we can focus on the needs of the whole student, providing each one with an excellent college experience. Our faculty members challenge our students to learn and to grow by modeling academic excellence.” – Dr. Frank Johnson receive a first class, Christ-centered education.” This announcement follows the largest graduating class in Tabor history -- in the spring of 2010 when 145 bachelor’s degrees were conferred. Dr. Frank Johnson, vice president of academic affairs, noted that Tabor’s emphasis on students was recognized in the ranking. “With the outstanding faculty to student ratio, we can focus on the needs of the whole student, providing each one with an excellent college experience. Our faculty members challenge our students to learn and to grow by modeling academic excellence.” The annual listing provides insight as to how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving. To view the complete report, go to http://colleges.

Tabor boasts largest freshman class in 22 years When the 20th day enrollment figures were released for the 2010 school year, registrar Deanne Duerksen indicated that the record-large enrollment for Tabor College has continued. This is the third consecutive year of growth. When combining all student programs, both graduate and undergraduate, there are 669 pursuing degrees at Tabor. President Jules Glanzer praised the news. “We have not had more than two consecutive years of sustained growth for over 40 years. Now, following this year’s record enrollment, we have broken that trend,” he pointed out. “God is smiling down on us and we are so thankful for his blessing.” Glanzer noted that each student who has chosen to attend Tabor College will have the opportunity to experience a life-transformation. “Our growth is a gift from God and we take this as a stewardship challenge to provide an environment where students can grow both academically and in faith.” The report shows that there is a grand total of 646 undergraduate students enrolled at Tabor College, which compares to 618 students taking classes in 2009. This is an overall increase of 4.5 percent. The Hillsboro campus included 557 students, compared to 519 for the 2009 school year, an increase of 7 percent. Of that total, 298 were from Kansas. There are 29 additional states represented in the student population, with California, Florida and Colorado making up the top three. This is the largest enrollment for the Marion County campus since 1974. TC Wichita’s enrollment included 89 students,

which, when factoring classroom hours, results in a full-time equivalency of 57 students. There were 23 graduate students on the Wichita campus. Dr. Linda Cantwell, vice president of enrollment management has worked diligently to assemble a team of admissions counselors who are passionate about the Tabor mission and able to communicate effectively with prospective students. “I am so blessed with an outstanding admissions team that connected tirelessly with prospective students,” Cantwell said. “We hosted 667 campus visits and I’m certain that the Lord was working through us as we connected with those students.” The incoming freshman class, the largest since 1988, included 153 students. Particularly notable, there was a 29 percent increase in the number of female freshman students -- from 55 in 2009 to 71 in 2010. Another positive addition to the Hillsboro campus was the 68 new transfer students, the most in history. Dr. Cantwell and her team also hosted several events to bring prospective students onto campus, allowing them to experience various aspects of student life. Girlfriends Getaway, targeting high-achieving girls, Campus Visit Days, Transfer Visit Days and Summer Sizzle each allowed prospective students to experience the dynamic Tabor community and students' opportunities for growth and learning. “A record enrollment means that we have the opportunity to impact more lives that can go into the world and influence it to be more of what God intended it to be,” Glanzer said.


Students immersed in rich, science-focused learning experience By Heather Deckert


Students in Tabor’s science department do more than just read about science, they actually have the chance to experience it. It is that interactive learning experience that professors at Tabor strive to incorporate regularly in their classrooms and through internship opportunities outside the classroom. Students often participate in experiments and hands-on activities, which may find them building rockets, sampling water quality or even chasing butterflies. And it’s because of this rich learning environment that many of Tabor's science majors go on to successful careers or pursue additional degrees, often in the medical field. “This semester, the really exciting project was the rocket program,” said Dr. Andrew Sensenig, assistant professor of biology. Sensenig is a new face in the department, coming this past fall to teach at Tabor. Sensenig explained that the rocket launches required planning and some calculations. Even so, some of the launches, especially those in high wind, had disastrous results. One time students had to spend several minutes combing a soybean field for the stray rocket. Digital cameras, with their imaging technology, made it easier for students to measure the speed of the rocket. Real life examples can be very helpful for students who will have to apply what they learn in the classroom to their future careers. Six of Sensenig’s students have declared career choices. These include a future medical doctor, a coroner, a nurse, a secondary education teacher and two engineers. Students pursuing these careers will have to know how to put into practice what they have learned. “Because of diverse learning styles, it’s not good to have only book reading,” Sensenig said. A recent experience found Sensenig taking his students to the local park to experiment with the playground equipment. The goal was to help students understand inertial reference frames in which Newton’s laws of motion are valid. Part of the experi-

mentation involved students riding on the merry-goround and trying to throw a ball to a partner. “Without a great deal of practice, it’s almost impossible to hit your partner,” Sensenig said. “We are so used to Newton’s laws, but, in this scenario, they don’t apply directly,” Sensenig added. Another experiment had students trying to measure the torque needed to start a tube of water spinning. They used food coloring to help them visualize the motion of the water. “That was a complicated problem, so I can’t wait to see the explanations they came up with,” Sensenig said. Immersion into science and culture Some students take that hands-on approach to a grander scale, pursuing internships during the summer months which find them tackling real problems and learning about science in a real-time mode. One such example is Tasia Johnson. During summer 2010 the senior spent two months with an organization called Wildlife ACT in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa studying animal behavior.

Dr. Andrew Sensing helps prepare a rocket for a launch. Students were required to do numerous calculations to achieve a successful blast off.

“I’ve always wanted to travel and get out of the classroom and experience working with animals in their natural habitat,” Johnson said. For two months she had the opportunity to work on two animal reserves: Thonda and Tembe. While at the Thonda Reserve, which was very hilly and dry, Johnson worked mostly with wild dogs. She also worked some with cheetahs and hyenas. At Tembe, she monitored elephants, lions, and cheetahs. Although her work was focused on those animals there were also rhinos, water monitors, crocodiles and other animals to observe in their natural habitat. In both reserves, the group’s job was to track the wild animals and try to keep them away from the people living nearby. Johnson explained that at the Thonda Reserve there is no separation between the animals and the people. If an animal gets too close, the people have the right to kill it to protect themselves as long as it isn’t an endangered species. At the Tembe Reserve, which is not far from the coast and includes swampland, people are allowed into the swamp six months of the year to gather reeds -- a source of their livelihood. “You have to allow the people to do what they need to do,” Johnson said. She added that the land belongs to the people and that the reserve is the main source of income for them. The Zulu king takes the monies raised from the reserves and spreads it among his people. In order to find the location of the animals, Johnson and her team would use a tool that shot frequencies into the air. They would then listen for the response signal. The stronger the signal, the closer the animals were. The team would then try to find the animal(s). “Sometimes it ended up we found them,” Johnson said. “Sometimes they were hiding in the bush.” Johnson said she learned a lot during her time in Africa, including the importance of preserving a place like Africa and teaching the importance of preservation to the local people. “It’s important that we fix the relationship between people and animals in an under-privileged place like this,” she said. “It’s crucial for the survival of the species.” Closer to home, Dr. Karrie Rathbone, head of the science department and associate professor of biology took her students to Cottonwood Point at Marion Reservoir. Donning waders and carrying vials, students actively tested water samples and drew conclusions from their findings. “By going into the field, students are able to see exactly the concept,” Rathbone said.

Learning with Technology In addition to experiments, Sensenig tries to increase learning through an online home work system that helps students learn the right answer even when they don’t know them right away. If a student answers a question incorrectly, the computer will tell them what the right answer is. If a student needs help the computer will give hints. Although the score is lowered with each hint, the student still receives partial credit. The online system has another benefit: it returns the results to Sensenig immediately, which allows him to track how students are progressing. In return, Sensenig is able to give a student more personal attention when they need it. When Sensenig came to Tabor, he came with the expectation that the classes were going to be small and that would allow him to have more one-on-one interaction with the students. Other members of the Natural and Mathematical Sciences Department include Dr. Bruce Heyen, professor of chemistry, Dr. Timothy Richmond, assistant professor of chemistry, and Timothy Frye, assistant professor of mathematics. Sensenig knows the benefits of small classes and personal attention. Although he went to a state school, his department was small and the studentteacher ratio was similar to Tabor’s, and he appreciated the personal attention he received, especially since he knows it’s not the norm for most places. Tabor is an exception. “You can find it elsewhere, but it’s rare,” he said. “Here, you get it for sure.”

Tasia Johnson operates the equipment that helped the reserve staff locate animals in the bush of South Africa.


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Hope scholarships

Dr. Richard Cantwell, a recipient of a Hope Scholarship grant in the fall semester, gave a campus presentation on his project.


The Hope Scholarship awards for the spring 2011 semester have been announced. The successful proposals are listed below. The Hope Scholarship program was established in the spring of 2007 by the New Hope Mennonite Brethren Church. The Minnesota church established an endowment to support scholarship pursuit at Tabor by students as well as faculty. Donna Bagley: Becoming a Professional: More than course work. The grant will be used to conduct research in order to determine teacher candidates’ perceptions about whether or not they see themselves as professional at the end of the student teaching experience and if so, what are their perceptions about when the transition occurred. Shin-hee Chin: Tabor College Homecoming 2011, Art Solo Exhibit: “War and Peace.” The grant will be used to prepare artwork celebrating the pacifist tradition of Tabor College as a Mennonite-affliated higher learning institution. The exhibit will be held at the Historic Church and Schlicting Center during Homecoming week 2011. Richard Kyle: “Apocalyptic Fever: Prophecy in Modern America.” The grant will be used to complete the remaining three chapters of his book. Ian Wohlgemuth and Mandilyn Phillips (students): Hog Barn Dust’s Effect on HFL-1 Cells Relating to Lung Disease. The grant will be used to identify possible causes of lung disease in hog farmers. Bruce Heyen: Logistical support grant to attend the National American Chemical Society Meeting. This grant will be used to fund accompanying three student presenters. Will Friesen (student): Logistical support grant to attend the National American Chemical Society Meeting. This grant will be used to fund travel for presenting research Extracellular Neuropeptide Degradation Monitored with MALDI-MS & ESI-MS. Jessica Henion (student): Logistical support grant to attend the National American Chemical Society Meeting. This grant will be used to fund travel for presenting research on the Analysis of Neuropeptides in larval Aplysia californica. Jason Hildebrandt (student): Logistical support

grant to attend the Society of Biblical Literature Conference. Scott Latimer (student): This grant will be used to perform research and present work at the regional and national ACS meetings. Bruce Plank: Hybrid Photography: Blending Digital & Analogue Methods. Logistical Support Grant. This grant will be used to conclude if digital and analogue photography can work together to achieve a superior final image.

Tabor Notables … n Kevin Hadduck, in addition to serving as director of Student Success is an accomplished poet. This fall he has had four poems accepted for publication in various journals. “You Know What I’ve Been,” will be published by Lullwater Review, of Emory University. “Among Trees,” in Plainsongs; [as yet untitled] in The Anglican Theological Review and “Advent” will be published in Time of Singing. These recent works contribute to his body of work, including approximately 90 poems published in about two dozen journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Lullwater Review, Wisconsin Review, The Sow’s Ear, The South Dakota Review, Theology Today, Sojourners, Literature and Belief, Christianity and Literature, and The Christian Century. n Tabor College Choir, one of only two choirs invited to sing, was featured at the Inaugural Prayer Service for Gov. Sam Brownback. The choir performed several selections. This is a warm-up for the choir’s upcoming performance at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention Feb. 25, 2011 in Wichita, Kan. n Three Tabor Students have spent the fall participating in the CCCU Best Semester Program. Amanda Faber in Washington, D.C., Brett Eitzen, Los Angeles, Calif. and Michael Suderman studying at Oxford. n Tabor student Troy Frick took a medical mission trip to volunteer at the Menno-Clinic in Chiluvuru, India. The clinic, founded in 1995, provides medical, dental and eye care to those in need, regardless of religion or caste. He traveled with John Murray, lead pastor of the Hesston Mennonite Church. They left December 27, 2010 and returned Jan. 9, 2011. n Mark your calendars now for the annual CMBS spring dinner and meeting May 7, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.. The event will be held in the Wohlgemuth lobby. Special feature of the evening will be the keynote address from Rodney A. Janzen, history professor at Fresno Pacific University. Janzen is the son of former Tabor College President Vernon Janzen.

Adjunct professor on stage at Carnegie Hall It has been a whirlwind of a semester for Sun Young Ju, who has served as an adjunct professor of piano during the medical leave of Dr. Sheila Litke. Ju is a doctoral candidate from Kansas University in musical arts in piano performance and piano pedagogy. “Tabor College has been honored to have Sun Young Ju as adjunct piano artist on campus this semester.” Dr. Cantwell said. “This was an opportunity for the piano students to learn from a high quality performer and coach.” Ju started playing the piano at age 4, under the tutelage of her mother. She noted that her interest in coming to the United States was to allow her to be more expressive in her musical performance, in contrast to the extremely disciplined approach of the Asian culture.   That disciplined approach, though, is very present in her teaching.  “I want my students to practice,” she said, adding that as a child she was made to practice each morning before being allowed to attend school. A native of South Korea, she has been in the United States since 2003, when she came to at the University of Kansas to study under Dr. Jack Winerock.

In addition to teaching on the Hillsboro campus, Ju has maintained a rigorous competition and performance schedule. Early in the semester she was invited to participate in the prestigious International Concours Grieg Competition in Oslo, Norway. She presented a faculty recital in the Tabor College Chapel auditorium on Oct. 24 and participated in a concert at Carnegie Hall on November 6. The Carnegie Hall performance was the winners’ recital for the American Protégé 2010 International Competition of Romantic Music. In the New York City performance, her piece was Liszt Etude No. 4 Mazeppa. In the national competition, she was the first-place winner in this category.

Students take part in regional audition Dr. Brad Vogel and Dr. Holly Swartzendruber took 16 vocal students to the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) West Central Region Student auditions. The auditions were held Nov. 5 and 6 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. This year, there were almost 100 more auditions than there were in previous years, making the competition even tougher. Each student prepares three songs for their audition and then performs them for a set of three judges in the preliminary round. “The process of preparing for this event is the greatest benefit to the student as each student prepares high quality literature and each song in a different language,” Vogel said. Students are scored on a scale of 75-100. Those who earn an average score of 90 from the judges advance to the semi-final round. In the semi-finals, the singers are ranked by the judges and the top five qualify for the finals. Tabor had four students advance to the semifinal round. Senior Corina Neufeld was one of 19 who advanced in the first-year women division. Junior David Vogel and Senior Aaron Stepanek were two of 14, who advanced in the third-year men division. In

addition, senior Darren Enns was one of only 12 in the fourth-year men division who moved on to the semifinal round. Although Ens, Stepanek, and Vogel placed in the final round last year, none of the Tabor students qualified for the finals. While in Colorado, the students had the opportunity to attend Mozart’s, “The Marriage of Figaro.” “For many students, this was their first experience with opera and another educational benefit of the event.” Vogel said. The students who attended the auditions included ten performers and six accompanists. The performers and their divisions were: Junior Clarissa Berglund, third-year women and upper division music theater Junior Hanna Bishop, third-year women and upper division music theater Senior Darren Enns, fourth-year men Junior Rebecca Friesen, third-year women Junior Lauren Just, second-year women Senior Justin Moore, fourth-year men Senior Corina Neufeld, first-year women Senior Aaron Stepanek, third-year men Junior David Vogel, third-year men and upper division music theater


Choir Tour Spring 2011

A Tabor College music department tradition is concert tours. Each spring the vocal group hits the road, performing at various venues, showcasing the student talent and praising God through music. The Tabor choir tour for 2011 will be centered in Western Kansas. According to Dr. Brad Vogel, choir director, there will be a diverse selection of pieces, including the challenging Magnificat. “The texts of our songs explore the different ways in which God is glorified in scripture, as well as in our lives,” Vogel said. “The title ‘Magnificat’ comes from Mary’s song of adoration (Luke 1:46-55), and the texts we sing are biblical texts of adoration, as well as hymns and spirituals written to glorify God. My hope is that people will be enriched by the beauty of choral music expressing texts that magnify God for His greatness, and express our future hope.” The concert repertoire for the tour performances is varied, with music featuring standard works by Byrd, Sweelinck and Schütz, and a range of contemporary sacred works by Z. Randall Stroope, John Rutter, Daniel Moe and Randall Thompson. Hymn arrangements by Mennonite composers J. Harold Moyer and Jonah Kliewer are featured, as well as an original composition by director Dr. Brad Vogel. The tour is a highlight for many students, as they are given the opportunity to travel together and share their God-given talents and participate in a dynamic worship service. Please note the schedule and plan on attending one of these events if you are able to do so. For more details, contact the venue directly or Carol Dirks in the music department at (620) 947-3121 Ext. 1401.


2011 Spring Tour Schedule Concert Choir March 19, Saturday, 7:00 p.m. Emmanuel Mennonite Church 415 E Green Street, Meade, Kan. March 20, Sunday Morning Service United Methodist Church 203 N Park Street, Meade, Kan. March 20 7:00 p.m. Ulysses MB Church 837 N Baughman, Ulysses, Kan. March 21, Monday, 7:00 p.m. Garden Valley Church 1701 N Third Street, Garden City, Kan. March 22, Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. First Missionary Church 1310 Avenue C, Dodge City, Kan. March 23, Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. Valleyview Bible Church 908 N Main Street, Cimarron, Kan. March 24, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Sacred Heart Church 202 S Cottonwood, Park, Kan. March 25, Friday, 7:00 p.m. North Oak Community Church 3000 Oak Street, Hays, Kan. March 28, Sunday Morning Service Greensburg Mennonite Church 310 W Pennsylvania Avenue, Greensburg, Kan. April 3, Sunday, 4 p.m. Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church Hillsboro, Kan.

Memorial prayer garden honors former football player “Tabor College misses Marcus.” Those were the words of Vice President for Athletics Rusty Allen on Saturday, Sept. 25, as the Marcus Manny Memorial Prayer Garden was dedicated. The ceremony included prayer and speeches from those who knew and loved the Tabor football player who died in a single-car accident on February 22, 2009. Allen opened the ceremony with some words about Manny and the effect that he had on campus, both as a person and as an athlete. The garden is located on the west side of the Campus Recreation Center, leading toward the football stadium. A crowd of teammates, family members, students, staff and community members gathered prior to the start of the Tabor vs. Friends football game. A special tribute was given by Manny’s roommate, Mario Nava. He shared a few words about his friend and teammate. “He was the type of person that was determined, outgoing, energetic, and most importantly a positive influence for many,” Nava said. Nava struggled with his emotions as he talked about Manny’s passions and goals, pausing once before continuing his speech. He said Manny never let anyone else get him down, even when others doubted that he could really accomplish his goals of becoming a personal trainer or kicking for the Dallas Cowboys. “Many people know Marcus was the man with the smile,” Nava said. “I really do not know how he did it, but he always seemed to take a negative situation and find something positive within it.”

Nava closed by saying that getting to know Manny was one of the greatest things in his life. Manny’s grandmother, Verda Grantham, was the one who had the idea for the prayer garden. She also spoke at the dedication. “Our family is so grateful to the Tabor community for the influence it had in Marcus’ life,” she said. Grantham said it all started when Coach Gardner came to the Dallas area and recruited Manny to come play football at Tabor. She credits Tabor for having a positive impact on her grandson’s life. It was during a chapel service his senior year that Manny committed his life to God. The speaker that day used Skittles to illustrate that all things come from God. After the service, Manny hung a package of Skittles on his bulletin board and a picture of the candy on his door as reminders of what he had learned. Grantham went on to say that she and the rest of the family are very grateful for Marcus Manny everything that Tabor did for Marcus while he was there, and for the family after his death. “And now, this Marcus Manny Memorial Prayer Garden is a significant tribute to him and his life.” She also said that she hopes the garden will be a place of beauty, rest, inspiration and prayer for the students at Tabor and that the garden will have a lasting impression on the community. “We hope the verses will be something students keep in mind all day, like a song that sticks in your head,” Grantham said. She added that because of its location, football players could reflect on their God-given talents before games. Tabor President Jules Glanzer closed the ceremony with the prayer of dedication. As people departed to watch the football game, a basketful of Skittles was set out for people to take as a reminder of the day and of how God had worked in Manny’s life. “The prayer garden will do so much for people,” said Grantham after the ceremony. “Maybe they will dedicate their lives to God.” She pointed out that, although there is another garden on campus, this is the only one with prayer in its name. “Tabor had an influence on Marcus, 19 but Marcus definitely had an impact on Tabor,” Grantham said.

Student athletes take time to serve Teams give back to community

Community service opportunities are a significant part of the Tabor College experience. This fall found “It’s one way to serve and give back to the commembers of the Tabor College athletic teams giving of munity of Hillsboro that supports us and provides themselves for others. From playing bingo with resisuch a wonderful and accepting environment for dents of the Parkside care home to spending time with Tabor athletes,” – Dave Kroeker, Head Coach Track youngsters on Halloween, members of Tabor athletic and Field teams gave a little back to others. Tabor College men’s and women’s track and field teams participated in the Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church event Trunk or Treat, which is a Halloween event sponsored by the church for children through the sixth grade. “It’s one way to serve and give back to the community of Hillsboro that supports us and provides such a wonderful and accepting environment for Tabor athletes,” said Head Track and Field Coach Dave Kroeker. Women’s basketball head coach Shawn Winter and his wife Karly traveled with the women’s basketball team to Wichita. They visited the Wichita Children’s Home and spent time with the kids in foster care there. This allowed foster parents to have a break from their regular routine. Another highlight for the women’s basketWichita Children’s Home. ball team included a break from a busy practice that they want to make it a yearly tradition,” said schedule to give back to the local community by Head Women’s Basketball Coach Shawn Winter. “It’s spending time at Parkside Homes. a great sign when neither group is ready for the time On Sept. 15, 22 players and coaches spent a funto end. Our players genuinely enjoyed the time spent filled evening playing Bingo and sharing conversation with the residents and are ready to go back.” with the residents of the local care home. “Our team had such a positive experience last fall

Bingo at Parkside.


Bluejays football celebrate most successful season in four years The rebuilding process for the Tabor College football team took a couple of major steps forward during the 2010 season as Head Football Coach Mike Gardner made his return to the sidelines. After winning only three games in the past three seasons combined, the Bluejays ended the 2010 campaign in sixth place in KCAC standings with a record of 4-5 in conference play and a 4-6 record overall. This season was a solid start for our program,” said Gardner. “We will need to continue to build on what we have accomplished this year and continue to make improvements in the development of our players and their mental toughness, while continue to hold one another accountable.” 2010 was also a record breaking season for the Bluejays as 19 school records were either broken or matched. Quarterback Joey Erickson, broke the record for most passing yards in a single game at 511 as well as tying for the honor of most interceptions in a season with a total of 21. The team also broke the record of posting the most total yards of offense in a game at 693 yards. Eleven Bluejays earned all-conference honors this

season. The group was led by First Team AllKCAC selection junior defensive back Spencer Brown. Second Team all-conference honors went to sophomore wide receiver Duray Gardner, junior Kick returner Aziz Spellman-Smith, and senior defensive end Artravious Addison. Eight Bluejays also earned honorable mention all-conference honors including senior quarterback Joey Erickson, freshman running back James Monroe, junior offensive lineman Matt Stuck, sophomore offensive lineman Isain Garcia, sophomore defensive lineman Chris Sanborn, senior linebacker Charles Urrutia, freshman defensive back Jason Daughtry, Erickson and Spellman-Smith as a wide receiver.

Tabor volleyball enjoys another winning season Head volleyball Coach Amy Ratzlaff and the Tabor College volleyball continued its tradition of strong play this past season, as the Bluejays advanced to the semifinals of the KCAC volleyball tournament before falling to eventual champion Friends University. Tabor finished the 2010 campaign in 4th place in KCAC standings with a record of 12-6 in conference play and a 16-15 record overall. “The 2010 season was a season full of great matches from team effort,” said Ratzlaff. “It was exciting to see an entire team really contribute to our success as a whole unit. I think we can all name some of our favorite games of the season such as the win in the

Fall Sports Honors Women’s Soccer Meagan Beals - Honorable Mention All-Conference Molly Clark - Honorable Mention All-Conference Men’s Soccer Robert Masson - First Team All-Conference David Simmet - Second Team All-Conference Rafael Marins - Honorable Mention All-Conference Women’s Cross Country Brielle Lund - All-Conference

first round of the tournament at home, but another huge accomplishment is the ability of a team to make adjustments and work hard to be a better team at the end of the season than at the beginning of the season. This season was a great display of a lot of great women working together.  Five Bluejays earned all-conference honors this season led by First Team All-KCAC selections seniors Jordan Crosson and Tina Frick. Second Team allconference honors went to junior Mandilyn Phillips, while junior Cortney Janzen and freshman Jessie Vogts earned honorable mention all-conference honors. Vogts was also named the KCAC Freshman of the Year.

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KCAC Champions of Character Football - Spencer Brown Volleyball - Mandilyn Phillips Men’s Soccer - JD Tippin Women’s Soccer - Katie Mount Women’s Cross Country - Erin Flaming Men’s Cross Country - Matt Spurgeon KCAC Players of the Week Spencer Brown, two-time KCAC Defensive Player of the Week Tina Frick , KCAC Hitter of the Week Spencer Brown, NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week


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Marriages Daniel Carlson (g’09) and Heidi Glanzer (g’10), Abilene, Kan., June 25, 2010

Jared (g’07) and Lindsay (Faul g’07) Reese, Blackwell, Okla., a boy, Brady Cole, September 27, 2010

Manuel Barocio (g’07) and Erin Runge (g’10), Hesston, Kan., April 24, 2010

Daryl (g’97) and Amy Beth Moe, Castle Rock, Colo., a girl, Emerson Crosby, February 4, 2010

Tony Monson (g’07) and Amber Wiens (g’08), Topeka, Kan., August 1, 2010 Luke Froese (g’08) and Carrie Schroeder (g’10), Hesston, Kan., June 19, 2010


Braun Siblings

Grant Myers (g’08) and Stacie Herman (g’09), Wichita, Kan., July 10, 2010 Dallas Pruitt (g’10) and Megan Peters (g’09), McPherson Kan., June 19, 2010 James Rew and Kassie Bradley (g’09), Olathe, Kan., August 7, 2010

Molly Abbott

Nicholas Collins

Brett Bell and Michelle Rink (g’05), Siloam Springs, Ark., August 30, 2008 Zac Remboldt (g’09) and Leah Kopper (g’10), Hillsboro, Kan., August 29, 2010 Thayne Sparke and Janene Goertzen (g'09), Henderson, Neb., July 17, 2010

Remi Frick

Rebekah Henriksen

Births/Adoptions Lee (g’06) and Sara (Clark fs’08) Waldron, Reedley, Calif., a girl, Lydia Jane, July 27, 2010 Aaron (g’99) and Hayley (Kusch g’99) Abbott, Oklahoma City, Okla., a girl, Molly Carrington, April 6, 2010

Megan Wertenberger

Brady Reese

Justin (g’01) and Beca (Wenger g’02) Overmiller, Smith Center, Kan., a boy, Jackson James, August 3, 2010 Jason (TCW g’05) and Jennifer (Schmidt g’99) Bartel, Hesston, Kan., a boy, Darrin Walter, July 22, 2010 Jared and Julia (Schroeder g’98) Jost, Hillsboro, Kan., a boy, Ethan S., June 26, 2010 Vance (g’04) and Danni (Brucks g’07) Frick, Park City, Kan., a girl, Remi Cheyenne, September 22, 2010 Ryan and Jennifer (Johns g’04) Henriksen, Courtland, Kan., a girl, Rebekah Lynn, August 31, 2010


Wesley and Marcy (Sperling g’00) Ranfeld, Peabody, Kan., a girl, Addison Rose, June 25, 2010

Micah (g’03) and Amanda Ratzlaff, Hillsboro, Kan., a girl, Jetta Maryn, October 15, 2010 Mark II and Julie Pagenkopf (g’08), Newton, Kan., a girl, Marlie Briana, September 27, 2010 Randy (g’99) and Amy (Banz g’00) Wertenberger, Rose Hill, Kan., a girl, Megan Grace, April 12, 2010 Chris (g’94) and Julie (Penner g’97) LeFevre, Goddard, Kan., adopted a boy on August 3, 2010, Isaiah Tadu, May 16, 2009 Jon (fs’88-89) and Christi Braun, Justin, Texas, adopted a sibling group of 4 on July 22, 2010 from Ethiopia, Blaize Alexander (born 11-21-99), Brodie Amanuel (born 09-18-02), Ava Dagmawit (born 08-16-03), and Brennan Seifegebriel (born 12-20-06). Sara (Thieszen) Collins (g'98) and husband Gilbert, Namibia, South Africa, a baby boy Nicholas Glen, Dec. 12, 2009.

Deaths Menno Lohrenz (g’40), Hillsboro, Kan., July 24, 2010 Irene (Harms fs’46) Sperling, Newton, Kan., July 4, 2010 Rod Kornelsen (fs’55), Scottsdale, Ariz., August 2, 2010 Wilma (Bergthold g’40) Romine, Gentry, Ark., May 11, 2010 Rosalie (Harder g’49) Schlicting, Van, Texas, March 30, 2010 DeLoris (Willems g’48) Vogt, Dinuba Calif., January 28, 2010 Craig Unruh (g’93), Meade, Kan., September 7, 2010 Emma (Lepp g’45) Baerg, Saskatoon, SK (Canada), April 20, 2010 Luella (Funk fs’45) Gunther, Reedley, Calif., August 24, 2010 Paul D. Siemens (g’60), Parker, Colo., July 5, 2010 Agnes (Quiring g’40) Bernhardt, Hillsboro, Kan., September 25, 2010 Irma (Vogel g’43) Heiser, Wichita, Kan., September 28, 2010

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Carrol Eugene Koch (fs’70), Emporia, Kan., October 18, 2010 Marie (Ediger fs’50) Schultz, Hillsboro, Kan., October 23, 2010 Marge (Dick fs’56) Sykes, Corvallis, Ore., November 2, 2010 Norman Holmskog (ff/st’71-76), Kingsburg, Calif., November 2, 2010 Dr. Wallace Dunn (ff/st’66-80), Wichita, Kan., November 3, 2010

Alumni News – 1950s Leonard & Carolyn (Faul fs’53) Klein celebrated 58 years of marriage on September 3, 2010.

1960s Dr. Helmuth Poggemiller (g’61) has retired from Liberty University but is still reading GRE exams online for ETS. He and his wife Esther (fs’60-61) head up the local Wycliffe Associates in Rustburg, Virginia.

1970s Jacqueline Penner (fs’74) MSN RN completed her Master of Science in Nursing Education from South University in Savannah Ga. this past June (2010). She graduated High Honors with a 4.0.  Presently, she is working for Fresenius Dialysis managing a clinic providing dialysis for patients who have kidney failure.  In addition, she is an adjunct teacher for Tabor College Wichita in the RN-BSN program. Jacqueline resides in Wichita, Kan. The on-line journal of the Center for Mennonite Writing in Goshen, Ind. features the writing and life of Christine R. Wiebe (1954-2000) (g’76) in its October issue. The entire issue focuses on her and includes some of her poetry, her biography, and personal bibliography by her mother Katie Funk Wiebe (Tabor professor emeritus), essays by Ellen Kroeker (g’73) and Joanna Wiebe (fs’69), and an on-line edited version of Christine’s book, “How to Stay Alive,” which she wrote for people like herself who were suffering from a terminal illness.  The journal can be accessed at or Christine R. Wiebe: Writing as Spiritual Journey.

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1980s Judy (Wall g’80) Flaming graduated in 1980 with a BA in Health and Physical Education. She received an Adapted endorsement from Fort Hays State University and is teaching Adapted P.E. to grades 5 through 12 for the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative. Her husband, Tim, is a full time farmer/rancher and they reside in rural Hillsboro. Tim and Judy's eldest son, Ryan, raise registered Red Angus Cattle at the Flaming Livestock Company. The family travels to several of the neighboring states to compete in state and national livestock shows. Judy and Tim’s two sons, Ryan and Curtis, are both newlyweds. Ryan is a park ranger for Harvey County and lives with his wife at Harvey County East Lake and Curtis is a senior at Central Christian College majoring in pastoral ministries. He and his wife reside in McPherson, Kan. Mike Furches, (g’85) Church Ministries of Park City, Kan., has had a book, The Keystone Kid, published and is receiving good reviews. Several independent booksellers are carrying the book.

1990s Bryan Regier (g’92) has been hired as the Director of Music for Hyannis Area Schools. His job responsibilities include teaching elementary music, junior high choir, high school choir, elementary band, and high school band.  He also drives bus for a school route and for activities.

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Dr. Larry Jones (g’96) has been selected as the new pastor of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Salina, Kan. Daryl Moe (g’97) is the new head football coach at Lutheran Parker High School in Parker, Colo.

2000s Tabor alumnus Landon Fulmer (g’03) was named by Gov. Sam Brownback as his state policy director. Fulmer worked for Brownback in the Senate as his legislative director. He lives in Lawrence with his wife Lidiya and two daughters Anna and Victoria. Michelle (Rink g’05) Bell, received her graduate degree of Master of Science in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Counseling in 2008 from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark.


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