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Spring 2018 • Vol. 72 / No. 2


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The weekend of Dec. 8-10, 2017, will go down in Tabor lore as one of the most historic and memorable in our history. Our auditorium along with a performing and visual arts space was dedicated to the glory of God. The Shari Flaming Center for the Arts held a ribbon cutting on Friday morning, a Signature Reception for major donors, builders and dignitaries on Saturday morning, a dedication service Saturday afternoon and the first event in the Richert Auditorium on Sunday evening when Handel’s “Messiah” was performed. The long wait was over. The dream that had been talked about for many years was now a reality. Tabor has its auditorium. The generosity of our people, the diligence of our planning team and the hard work of our construction crew culminated in a weekend that all who were there will remember. We did it. As Jesus said, “With man things are impossible. But with God, all things are possible,” or as Nelson Mandela said, “It always is impossible until it is done.” By the grace of God and with His help, the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts has been built debt free. The generosity of the people has been overwhelming and humbling. The Signature Campaign is pushing the $19 million mark with almost $14 million specifically for the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts. Hutton Construction, our general contractor, tells us that by its standards, we have a $16 million building. We have been good stewards of the gifts given. Our hearts are filled with gratitude. Throughout the entire process, there were two literary pieces that I constantly had available for me to read: “Possibility Creed” and “Great People.” Robert Schuller writes in “Possibility Creed”: When faced with a mountain, I WILL NOT QUIT! I will keep on striving until I climb over, find a pass through, tunnel underneath, or simply stay and turn the mountain into a gold mine, with God’s help.

This project took more time, more money, more energy and more leadership than we ever expected. However, dedication weekend affirmed that with God’s help, we never gave up. A second piece that I read often is about YOU. It is called “Great People,” and I first heard it from Rick Warren. Great People Are ready to help me At the right time In the right way People I do not even know yet! I promise: I’ll never give up because I do not have the help, but I will trust God to provide! God has resources to help you that you have not even considered. There are multiplied thousands of persons with all sorts of talents, skills, concerns, and contacts that God can bring into your life in order to fulfill His plans. So open your eyes and see the faces of people around you. Open your ears to hear what they are saying. Today, tomorrow, next week, you’ll meet someone – someone who is just the person you need. That right person will come along to fill the right place at just the right time. And you will marvel knowing that God arranged it so beautifully! You, the people, made this possible. Together on Dec. 8-10, we celebrated, worshiped and rejoiced at what God had done in us and through us. There was a pent-up joy that exploded as we gathered. People came from all over just to see, enjoy and participate in the experience. It was an event that we will all long remember. The Hallelujah Chorus has never sounded so good. Finally, one word summarized my experience of the weekend...GRATITUDE. I had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for everyone who made it happen. My soul could not contain the incredible joy and deep appreciation for the thousands who made the dream a reality. My heart was and still is filled with THANKSGIVING for all who made this possible. THANK YOU. With Joy,

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Coffee Brings Opportunity for Community Tabor faculty, staff and students as well as Hillsboro community members gathered on Jan. 4 in the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts to get their first taste of the building’s new coffee shop, Adrienne’s offering Starbucks® coffee. The coffee shop, which was named after the donor’s late wife, operates under the “We Proudly Serve™ Starbucks” label, serving Starbucks menu staples. According to Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, the coffee shop helps fulfill one of his goals for the new building: to become a “third place” for the entire Tabor and Hillsboro communities. “We hope it will be a place to build community on the Tabor campus,” Glanzer said. “It will be a place where all of the students and all of the faculty and staff will be able to gather. We also want it to be a gift to the community that they will feel at home to come here.” Glanzer said he specifically chose Starbucks for three reasons. The first was “to provide a reflective and

comfortable place for students to gather.” “This is a reflective, quiet place,” he said. “This is where you come and have a cup of coffee with a friend and have a serious conversation, come and read a book, come and sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, relax and be reflective.” Second, Glanzer wanted a place that allows the community to come to campus on a regular basis. “And three,” he said, “is to promote the college and increase the number of students. When our admissions counselors are on the road and they say, ‘We have a Starbucks on campus,’ it’s like, ‘Oh wow, you must be OK.’” Adrienne’s is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday. Former Tabor student Emma Roberts was hired to manage the coffee shop, and she will be responsible for marketing the shop and hiring students and community members. Roberts said she hopes the shop fosters community on campus. “It’s a big space and we can have Bible studies and a quiet place to do homework,” she said. “I hope we can bring the community and Tabor students together here.” According to Glanzer, the shop will be open year-round. “There’s a plaza out front and in summer, we’ll be able to put tables out there and sit outside,” he said. “It’ll just be a great atmosphere where people can feel at home.”

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“House and Home” Exhibit Opens The A.R. Ebel Gallery opened during dedication weekend with an exhibit titled “House and Home.” Artists and faculty Shin-hee Chin and Derek Hamm displayed original works as well as a collection of items for the first installment in the space. “When we prepared the opening exhibit, we began to see the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts as the house of worship and the home for arts at Tabor College,” Chin said. In addition to the uses of the space, Chin said the exhibit explores the different meanings of the words house and home. “The notion of home emphasized much more than the notion of a house because of its psychological significance to individuals and its cultural meaning,” Chin said. “While to live in a house is to occupy, to live in a home is to dwell.” Chin created new fabric art from recycled cross-stitch pieces she found at regional thrift stores. “Though they might be under-appreciated or abandoned now by those who inherited them from mothers and grandmothers, I found those craft

items could be used as meaningful and valuable resources for art making,” Chin said. “I decided to utilize them in the context of house and home. And I consider these works as a collaboration with unknown women who spent numerous hours and days on making cross-stitches.” The concept was explored not only by the two artists, but also by Tabor staff and Hillsboro community members. Hamm collected objects from individuals and families that represent “home.” Contributors offered a wide variety of artifacts representing everyday objects and family heirlooms. Each piece was accompanied by a brief explanation of the choice. Aleen Ratzlaff, professor of communications, offered a tablecloth. “Thankfully, the apartment in which I live is a place of peace and solace to which I choose to invite friends and family,” Ratzlaff wrote in her explanation. “It gives me much joy hosting others, especially when sharing a home-cooked meal and meaningful conversation. This nostalgic tablecloth from the 1950s, a housewarming gift from a dear friend when I moved two years ago, represents the authentic hospitality I hope to share with others in my home.”


Tabor Dedicates the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts Tabor College hosted a dedication ceremony for the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 9. More than 800 community members, donors, friends of the college, students and employees attended the event. To celebrate the finishing of the largest building project in school history, Tabor scheduled an elaborate program. Music provided by Tabor’s Symphonic Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Voices was performed throughout the ceremony. Selections were themed around beginning new adventures and complimented the messages of excitement and possibility delivered in the words of speakers. Susan Franz Koslowsky, Ron Braun and Keith Harder spoke on behalf of the campaign committee, advancement staff and building committee, respectively. Braun shared a memory of Anna (Koehn) Martens, a donor, who attended Tabor and sang in the choir. “Then the lights would dim, and in would walk Herbert


C. Richert,” Braun said. “The room would become absolutely silent. Not a sound would be heard. Mr. Richert would reverently raise his baton and lead the choir in the opening hymn that would be sung every time his choir began a concert. “Anna today is in her mid-90s and unable to be with us,” Braun said. “Her desire is that every time we gather in this place that we, too, will feel like we are in the very presence of God.” President Jules Glanzer reflected on the multi-year project and many people who came together to work on the project. “My heart is full of gratitude to all who helped make it happen,” Glanzer said. “So many people have been part of this project. The thousands of donors that have given out of their abundance and sacrificially, those who planned the facility, those who raised the funds, those who designed and built the building, and those who planned the dedication service... all have helped make it happen.”

The dedication address, titled “The Secret Signature of Our Souls,” was given by Del Gray, associate professor of biblical and religious studies. “A dedication is a solemn affair,” Gray said. “It implies exclusive devotion to a sacred purpose. And so, this is a holy place, set apart for God’s use in our midst. What we do here in this building is a reflection of who God is and what He is doing among us. But it’s also perfectly OK for us to be a little giddy inside with joy that we cannot contain.” The ceremony included a performance of a commissioned composition written by Bradley Vogel, professor of music, for chorus, brass and organ. Stephen Vincent traveled from California to play the new organ created specifically for the auditorium. “For the dedication song I selected as the foundation of the text 1 Chronicles 29:10-14, which is King David’s prayer of thanksgiving for the gifts given by the nation of Israel to

build the temple,” Vogel said. “I also incorporated texts from Psalm 127 and 1 Corinthians that speak of God’s involvement in the work of our lives, highlighting that He is the ultimate Builder and that we are both the work of His hands and coworkers with Him.” The building has involved years of planning, construction and behind the scenes efforts to create a new place for the Tabor community to learn and worship. “I remember during one of the first dedication planning meetings we unanimously agreed to view the December weekend as a celebration,” said Judy Harder, chair of the dedication planning committee. “Since then, observing extraordinary efforts to complete the building, getting in on inspiring stories and memories from alums touring the building, and anticipating new possibilities in this space– definitely a grand celebration is in order, and one filled with gratitude.”


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Building Committee Keith Harder, chair Darrell Driggers, vice chair Luke Amend Shin-hee Chin Kirby Fadenrecht Josh Felix Chris Glanzer Derek Hamm Norm Hope Ethan Koerner Laurel Koerner Jim Paulus Bradley Vogel Campaign Committee Susan Franz Koslowsky, chair Diane Bartel Jim Bartel Christopher Dick Elinor Kliewer Jerry Kliewer Brent Kroeker Elaine Nikkel Larry Nikkel Clint Seibel Shawna Thiessen Stocks Tammy Thiessen Lyndon Vix Jon Wiebe Dedication Committee Judy Harder, chair Ron Braun Amy Doane Chris Glanzer Rod Hamm Erica Haude Staci Janzen Miriam Kliewer Bradley Vogel David Vogel Lee Waldron

Development Staff Ron Braun, vice president of advancement Rod Hamm, director of alumni relations June Mount, advancement office manager Heather Silhan, donor accountant Steve Warkentin, director of development Kim Wiens, major gifts officer Marketing & Communications Staff Amy Doane, director of marketing and communications Vance Frick, digital content manager Diane Steiner, senior graphic designer Tabor Arts Faculty Music Bradley Vogel, DMA, professor of music, director of choral activities J. Bradley Baker, DMA, collaborative pianist/ vocal coach, director of music preparatory school Shawn Knopp, MM, assistant professor of music, director of bands Shelia Litke, DMA, professor of music, director of keyboard studies David Martens, MM, director of contemporary Christian music Jen Stephenson, DMA, assistant professor of music, director of vocal studies Theater Ethan Koerner, assistant professor of theater, technical director Laurel Koerner, MFA, assistant professor of theater, director of theater Visual Arts Shin-Hee Chin, MFA, professor of art Derek Hamm, MFA candidate, assistant professor of graphic design

We owe a special thanks to BGW Architects; Hutton Construction; the City of Hillsboro; Allen Organ Co.; Beavers Plumbing LLC; Boelter Food Service; Builders Concrete and Supply; Coleman Materials; Construction Specialties Inc.; Construction Supply Inc.; Container Services Inc.; Dalke Construction Inc.; DH Pace; Drywall Systems Inc.; EBH and Associates, PA; Elcon Services; GEM Buildings; Glanzer Pro-Audio; Gray & Company Inc.; Griffith Steel Erection Inc.; Hartman Masonry LC; The Hayes Co.; Hett Construction; Hillsboro Hardware; Irwin Seating Co.; Jantz Construction Inc.; Jost Welding Inc.; Kruse Corporation; The Lumberyard; Mainstage Theatrical Supply; Manhattan Carpet & Interiors; McCullough Excavation Inc.; McDaniel Co. Inc.; Metal Arts LLC; Midwest Drywall Co. Inc.; Modernfold; Real Acoustix; SBK Supply & Millwork; Sounds Great; Stadium Seating Enterprises Inc.; Stage Drop LLC; Starbucks; Stress-Cast Inc.; Superior Building Maintenance Inc.; Supreme Floor Co.; ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp.; TriMark; Unique Metal Fabrications Inc.; Viveo; Vogts Parga Construction LLC; Wenger Corporation; Wickham Glass Company Inc. and Wray Roofing Inc. We also thank Tabor College Facility Operations and especially Terry Ens, Jon Pritchard, Vince Schroeder, Tim Unruh and Aaron Epp for their work in renovating and maintaining the facility. Thank you to Chris Glanzer and Wayne Kliewer for installing and providing technical support. Additional thanks goes to Hiedi Diaz and the staff from Pioneer Catering for their service this weekend and beyond.


Shari Flaming Center for the Arts Built Debt Free Tabor College announces that the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts, which was dedicated and opened in early December, will be completed debt free. “With the combination of end of year gifts and the ongoing fulfilment of donor commitments, we are pleased to say that the building will have no outstanding debt,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. Glanzer announced at the dedication ceremony the need for $150,000 in additional funds to complete the Shari Flaming Center for the Arts debt free. “The board of directors gave the blessing for this project with the goal of completing the construction debt free,” Glanzer said. “Our donors met every challenge we gave them. They have given of their hearts and in many cases, they have given sacrificially. We are humbled by the love our donors have shown to Tabor and our students through their gifts, and we can’t thank them enough.” Glanzer is especially pleased that the last effort of the campaign, called the Grand Finale, exceeded expectations. “We asked 1,000 people to give $1,000 to raise the final million dollars needed to be debt free,” Glanzer said. “We were overwhelmed with the response. The Grand Finale included 1,142 people for a total of $1,208,729 in contributions.”

Ron Braun, vice president of advancement, and the team of fundraisers at Tabor have been working for six years to complete the project. “This is a very exciting time on campus,” Braun said. ”Some of our alumni and supporters have been waiting more than 50 years to have an auditorium and dedicated performance space on campus. This is truly a dream come true.” Community support for the building has been apparent based on attendance at opening events. More than 800 people attended the dedication ceremony on Dec. 9. The Tabor College Oratorio and Alumni Chorus and Community Orchestra performed Handel’s “Messiah” for 1,100 guests the next day. Both events were streamed online to audiences around the country. The new building will host arts events for the public including student and guest performances. Beginning in the spring semester, the campus community will gather in the auditorium for weekly chapel. The center includes a “We Proudly Serve” coffee shop, opened Jan. 4, which offers Starbucks coffee and specialty drinks. The first guest performance in the Richert Auditorium was the Winter Classics Concert by Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 28.


Handel’s “Messiah” Performance Has Record Attendance More than 1,100 guests attended the Tabor College Oratorio and Alumni Chorus and Community Orchestra performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Dec. 10. The 830-seat Richert Auditorium was full and additional guests watched from an overflow space. “This was an extremely moving experience for our group,” said Bradley Vogel, chair of the music department and the conductor for the performance. “To have the first performance in the new facility be such an iconic one made the weekend that much more special.” The annual performance was scheduled as part of the


Shari Flaming Center for the Arts dedication weekend events and was a celebration of its own. Not only was this the largest audience in college history, but it was also the largest group of performers in Tabor history. The performers included a hired ensemble comprised mostly of players from the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and more than 90 alumni voices. The total chorus included nearly 200 voices when combined with Tabor choirs. “We treasure the relationships with our alumni, and it speaks volumes that so many want to return to perform at this event,” Vogel said. “It’s a fantastic tradition.”


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Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7 p.m. Wichita Symphony Orchestra Quintet Guest Recital Richert Auditorium March 8-10, 2018 – 7:30 p.m. Radium Girls Prieb Harder Theater Monday, March 12, 2018 – 7 p.m. Symphonic Band Concert w/ Hillsboro HS Band Richert Auditorium Sunday, March 25, 2018 – 4 p.m. Concert Choir Home Concert Richert Auditorium


Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 7 p.m. Nether Consort Guest Recital Flaming Center for the Arts Lobby Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 7 p.m. Spring Opera ~ Patience Richert Auditorium

Sunday, April 29, 2018 – 4 p.m. Concerto Bella Voce Concert Richert Auditorium


Tuesday, May 1, 2018 – 7 p.m. Vive la France! ~ Voice Studio Recital Vogel Choral Room

Sunday, April 22, 2018 – 7 p.m. Symphonic Band Pops Concert Richert Auditorium

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