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C O L L E G E A L U M N I,

F R I E N D S, A N D


Fall 2011 Vol.14, No.1

photo by Taylor Ladd

The mission of York College is to transform lives through Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to God, family and society.

Colis & Dolores Campbell 2011 York College Sports Hall of Fame Colis Campbell coached men’s basketball and taught Bible at York College from 1958 to 1975. During that time, he mentored hundreds of young men, teaching them more than how to just dribble, pass, and shoot. pg. 10 (top right) Dr. Billy Lones, associate professor of criminal justice and division chair of professional programs, visits with students on a beautiful autumn day. on the cover:

Laurel Simpson, freshman from Spearfish, S.D., takes center stage at a flash mob filmed during Homecoming. pg. 12

With a fall enrollment of 507, God continues to bless York College in incredible ways. We are reminded that the excitement of this fall semester is a continuation of a great story that started years ago. In October, we had an opportunity to look back and honor Colis and Dolores Campbell (be sure to read the story on page 10). More than anything else, their story, which dates back to the 1950s, reminded me of the unchanging nature of our purpose and the remarkable way God uses people for His purpose here at York College. The story of God’s work continued during Homecoming. In a weekend full of exciting events, the best of all was a baptism of one of our studentathletes after the volleyball game. Her teammate and friend had studied the Bible with her, leading her to Christ. Other times the YC story develops in ways we might not expect. A student who was enrolled here last year recently came by my house to visit—let’s call her Dawn. Dawn did not return this year due to some financial problems, but is planning to be back for the spring semester. As we talked, she reiterated feelings shared by many who leave this place. She missed her friends, most of whom she still has contact with on a weekly basis. But then she began to talk about the “feeling” of this place. York had become a part of her. The thing Dawn missed the most was the spiritual atmosphere on campus. Daily chapel, which she took for granted while here, presented the opportunity to get away from problems and studies and to refocus on what was important. Dawn is going to a school nearer home this semester. There, she is just another student. She feels no one really appreciates her. In this economy, there are more and more students like Dawn who have to “stop out” for a while due to financial considerations. While York College remains one of the least expensive Christian colleges and the least expensive private college in Nebraska, the economic burden of financing a college education continues to grow. We remain dedicated to holding our costs to the minimum and providing liberal scholarships to allow students to attend. However, without the help of those who understand the mission of York College and what it means in the transformation of student lives, there will continue to be a struggle to balance the need to meet our expenses and still keep the cost to students low. Please continue to pray for York College and the students whose lives are being transformed here. Come and visit when you can and experience the excitement of this place for yourself.

Steve Eckman President

Profile Excellence




ealthy cooking, marriage enrichment, parenting, gardening, canning, crafts, homeschooling… these are the topics you’ll find discussed on, the blog of Laura (Hamm ’95) Coppinger. In the crowded arena of “mommy blogs” on the internet, Laura’s work stands out among thousands of competitors’ because of one key ingredient: a spiritual focus that pervades every post. It’s clearly a difference that others appreciate. Each month, 100,000 unique visitors view 800,000 pages on her site. Readers are from all around the world and of all age groups. The online community she has created generates up to 200 comments per day—readers sharing recipes and tips, dialoging with each other, and always, asking Laura for advice. Sometimes the questions she receives are straightforward—“How can I make healthier meals my kids will actually eat?” Other times, they are heart-wrenching—“My marriage is in trouble. What should I do?” Responding thoughtfully to these comments is something Laura takes seriously. So seriously, in fact, she has recently hired friend and fellow YC alumna Lindsay (Gusaas ’03) Eckert to help handle the volume of less complicated questions so that she can minister more effectively to the readers who really need her advice. Laura says when she started the site four years ago, she had no idea that it would grow to be what it is now. It began during a time of job transition for her husband, Matt Coppinger ’96. “We were ...continued next page IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Laura was crowned Homecoming Queen the fall semester of her junior year at YC and named Ms. York College by the faculty in the spring. (right) Laura has a tender moment with her youngest son Malachi during the interview. (above)

2011 Homecoming Court with seniors Jason Lloyd and Bethany Saylor as reigning King and Queen. (above) Caleb Hawley gave an outdoor concert during Homecoming as part of his Man’s Best Friend tour. (below)

In this issue: 3 Laura Coppinger - Profile in Excellence 5 John Baker to be Published 6 On the Move 8 KJV - 400th Anniversary 9 Raising the Roof - Brad Reischl 10 Hall of Fame Induction 12 Homecoming 14 Alumni of the Year Awards 16 Alumni News and Notes 18 Milestones 19 Campus View 20 Panther Athletics 22 YC Online 23 Around the Corner 24 Calendar

photo by Bobby DeHart

Heritage is a semi-annual publication for alumni and friends of York College. The magazine is available online at Heritage Editor Vol. 14, No.1 Chrystal Houston ’03 Director of Alumni and Communication 402-363-5607 Assistant Editor/Design Steddon Sikes ’84 Director of Publications Heritage Contributors Steve Eckman ’71 Brent Magner ’79 Katie Perry Jared Stark ’01

Photography Amanda Baldwin ’09 Bobby DeHart ’95 Katie Kynion Taylor Ladd ’10 Ana Moyers

trying to decide where to head with our life and family,” she says. A stay-at-home mother of four, Laura started praying about ways she could provide some additional income. About that time, friend Charlene (Wasser ’00) Huskins, owner of website design business, suggested “You know so much. You should put it out there on a website.” Initially Laura was skeptical. What did she know about websites? Did she really have much to offer? And would it really be able to generate income? “Then I thought, well, there are many things I’ve learned that I could share. This could be a good ministry,” she says. She had no idea how God would use her. It started small, just a few pages of a site and a handful of readers. As her following has grown, so has her vision for the site. She now creates and sells e-books on the site, including specialty cookbooks and homeschool curriculum, as well as products from other companies that her readers enjoy. She runs contests for give-aways. She records podcasts and videos. She’s branching out on subject matter, letting questions from readers guide the content she creates. When taking her cues from the community and from her own family, she says there is no shortage of blog-worthy material. “The point of the site is that we’re trying to make our homes heavenly and strive toward our heavenly home,” she says. She wants her site to be a supportive and uplifting community anyone can enjoy, no matter if they are married or single, moms or not, working or stay-at-home, homeschooling or traditional. Is she successful? Her fan mail says she is. She hears frequently from readers that she has blessed, encouraged, and helped them. Every once in awhile she hears, “Thank you so much. You have changed my life.”

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The message is that God can do so much more than we imagine when we surrender our gifts and will to him, she says. “It’s incredible how he has developed gifts in me I didn’t know I had…I didn’t even know I liked writing.” Finding balance is her biggest challenge now. Juggling the demands of her four boys (ages 6-14), including homeschooling and cooking almost everything from scratch, is a job all its own. Add to that a couples ministry she and Matt lead and weekly youth group activities at their home. Then there is all the canning, gardening, and crafting activities that she discusses on the site. Plus creating fresh content for her site everyday and responding to readers. “Our lives are FULL!” she says. “I love what I do, but I have to work constantly to stay focused on one area at a time… Satan likes to take our blessings and turn them to something that won’t glorify God.” Like many moms, she says she feels the pressure. Some readers rave that she must be Superwoman to accomplish everything she does. She’s far from perfect, Laura assures. She sometimes yells at her kids, the house isn’t always clean, and she messes up as much as the next person. She tries to be open and vulnerable in her blog posts, reminding readers that we all stumble and need God’s grace daily. What’s next? A book? Public speaking engagements? It’s hard to predict. “I could never have envisioned the way it’s gone,” she says. “We’re always adding more. As God has shown us, the possibilities are endless.” lll CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: With their oldest son, Asa, in high school, Matt and Laura host the youth group in their home on Sunday nights. (right) The e-ministry mom ices a cake while her three youngest boys do their own thing. (above)

When ‘dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true’ York College faculty member’s Oz play to be published


ohn Baker, associate professor of communication, says that he screamed and shouted a bit when he got a recent letter in the mail from Big Dog Publishing. It was the letter he’d been waiting for, the one that represented a dream come true. The letter informed him that his play, The Patchwork Girl of Oz, was being published. “It was really cool,” he said of receiving the letter. “I am now a published playwright, which is something that I’ve always wanted…What it’s given me is validation.” Baker originally wrote the play, an adaptation of one of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books, in 1998. It was directed and produced by a theater company in Ashland, Wisconsin that year, but the project lay dormant for more than a decade afterward. In the spring of 2010, Baker was looking for a show to direct at York’s community theater for his annual Children’s Theatre program but couldn’t find anything he liked. Then he remembered his own show. After some serious revision, Baker decided it was worth another shot at the stage. The summer production was a hit. He continued to tweak the script throughout the production and made plans to seek publication. The first rejection he received was positive. “They told me it wasn’t right for their catalog, but they thought it was a great show and that it ought to be published,” he says. They also included a list of other publishing companies they thought would be interested. One of them was Big Dog Publishing. The story is an adventure through the marvelous land of Oz, filled with memorable characters such as Unc Nunkie, Ojo the Unlucky, the Glass Cat, and a giant named Yoop. Baker says he’s been a fan of the Oz books for many years. “They are imaginative and well-written,” he says, noting that in his own time (early 20th century), Baum was as popular as J.K. Rowling. Baker is currently working on two other writing projects: an adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which he plans to perform with the York College Travelling Children’s Theatre in the spring of 2012 and a show based on Grimm’s fairy tales for production with the Yorkshire Playhouse Children’s Theatre in the summer of 2012. lll

CURTAIN CALL: John gets the Yorkshire Playhouse Children’s Theatre cast in position for a group picture after their perfomance of The Patchwork Girl of Oz.

Tour Turkey and Greece, May 7-18, 2012


ow would you like to make the New Testament come alive by walking where the apostles walked, visiting lands of ancient treasures and Christian history? Join Dr. Frank Wheeler, chair of the department of Bible at York College, in a 12-day tour of Turkey and Greece that will enlighten and inspire you, and encourage you to experience the Bible in a whole new way. Some of the places on the itinerary will be Istanbul, Troas, Troy, Pergamum, Laodicea, Ephesus, Athens, Corinth, Thessalonica, and Philippi. One full day will be spent in Corinth and Cenchrae, studying ancient Roman culture. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love of First and Second Corinthians, says Wheeler. “Anyone interested in learning more about the cultural and religious dynamics of the world of the early Christians in Asia Minor (Turkey) and Achaia (Greece) should go on the trip,” he says. “The trip will give one a whole new perspective on stories in the Bible. After being in these places, when you read the stories in Acts and the Letters of Paul you actually have a picture in your mind and can see Paul and others traveling along the roads and through the streets of the ancient cities.” While York College students may participate in the tour for credit as part of a class on Corinthians, anyone may go on the trip. The estimated cost (based on double occupancy) will be $3,389. This includes roundtrip airfare from Omaha, as well as lodging, admission to attractions, and most meals. A full itinerary and a registration form are available at www.york. edu/academics/bib/dept.asp. The deadline to register is January 14. For more information or to register for the trip, contact Wheeler at or call 402-363-5646.

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photo by Ana Moyers

New and Improved: Keeping it Fresh Patricia Robinson

by Steddon Sikes


he buzz of anticipation that could be felt on the eastern side of York between 5th and 12th Streets might have been a little stronger than usual as the fall semester got underway. The campus atmosphere is always charged with excitement as upperclassmen return and freshmen enter their first college registration line. Orientation activities and mixers include block parties, picnics, community service projects, tailgate barbecues, and other ways to meet and greet. Add to that an infusion of new personnel to the YC ranks and growing enrollment and the table is set for an exciting start to the academic year. It turned out the anticipation for the fall enrollment was justified as student numbers ended at 507, the highest since 1999. The college enjoyed its third straight enrollment increase with a six percent jump in the size of the student body compared to one year ago. “At the beginning of the 2010 academic year we saw an increase of almost 50 students,” stated Willie Sanchez, vice president for admissions. “This continued growth is due, in large part, to the number of returning students. Our faculty and staff are to be commended for this great accomplishment as our retention rate has been consistently around 80 percent for the last three years.”

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York welcomed 16 faculty and staff to the family, representing departments across the campus. New faculty included Bible (Dr. Terry Seufferlein ’85), Business (Mark Moore), English (Joshua Fullman), Science and Mathematics (Dr. Jason Kite), and Online Studies (Lisa Cantrell ’91). Along with the additions in personnel, a BS in Chemistry was added to the fall offerings as the culmination of

HOME AGAIN: Dr. Terry Seufferlein ’85, associate professor of Bible, visits with students in The Caf’. Terry and his wife Catherine (Brown ’85), YC assistant dean of students, met at York College. Terry served the last 12 years as the senior minister at Central Church of Christ in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

IT’S ALL IN THE STRETCH: Sarah Hansen and Riannon Romero compete in one of the inflatable games during the opening days block party while Jordan Mestas and Andrew Aragon battle with batons.

FRESH PAINT: As part of an annual orientation activity, freshmen groups went out into the community to paint houses.

SEAT OF HONOR: Mark Moore goes over some business courses with a prospective student from Denver, CO. In an expansion of the business program, Moore is the first holder of the Roger Collins Endowed Chair for Business.

PRECISELY: Dr. Alex Williams and Bellevue, Nebraska freshman Lucienne Yunevich check out the new Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer purchased over the summer along with other chemistry lab equipment.

expansion in the sciences at York College. The purchase of new laboratory equipment required by the degree was made possible over the summer by gifts from friends and alumni of the college. A Domestic and International Studies Program has been launched to provide opportunities for students to travel to places in connection with special topics they have studied at YC. Study trips include several days of concentrated, classroom study, followed by a trip lasting from a week to several weeks. For the spring 2012 semester, Dr. Frank Wheeler will take a group to Turkey and Greece as part of his course on Corinthians, and the History and English Departments will sponsor a trip to the Mid-Atlantic states and Ontario, Canada. As was announced earlier in May, a master’s in Education was given approval by our accrediting agency. The first classes will begin in the fall of 2012. For more information on the program, visit our website at lll

Tim Bruner Joins YC Tim Bruner, a former York College PR director and journalism instructor, has rejoined the college staff as special assistant to the president. Bruner, who worked at York College from 1977 to 1985, went on to serve as vice president and chief development officer at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tenn., and Lyon College in Batesville, Ark. He also worked as executive director of the North Mississippi Health Systems Foundation. In his new role with York College, Bruner will focus on developing stronger financial resources for the college. He will work closely with President Eckman and the advancement staff in cultivating new funding sources for special campus initiatives and opportunities to underwrite and enhance programs. Bruner will focus most of his efforts in the Southeastern part of the United States as well as Eastern Texas. Bruner will operate out of Batesville, Ark., where he and his wife Kathy have lived for the past eight years. “Tim has always had a spirit for missions, going back to his and Kathy’s years of mission work in Zambia, Africa,” said Eckman. “He has always seen the work of York as a mission site, providing opportunities for church leadership development in an area where it is desperately needed. We’re excited about Tim’s willingness to join our effort to grow this work in the service of Christian education.”

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‘To Make a Good One Better’ York College faculty explore impact of King James translation of the Bible


very day people, not just leaders of the church, should be allowed to read the Bible. Therefore, it should be available in the language that every day people speak: English. This radical idea, wrought with political upheaval, religious persecution, and the blood of many scholars and their supporters, eventually brought forth the most influential book in Western culture, the King James Bible. Since its publication in 1611, its impact has been felt in every area of society, from politics and business to literature and art. This translation, originally so steeped in controversy, is still in print and is widely used today. To recognize the 400th anniversary of this work, faculty from the English, Bible, and History departments hosted a symposium on the publication on the York College campus in November. “No other book in history has had such an impact on any culture for 400 years,” says Dr. Frank Wheeler, chair of the Biblical Studies department and professor of Bible. During this anniversary year, symposiums are being held around the world, he notes. “We’re not celebrating it as the best translation. We are simply recognizing that it’s had such an impact culturally.” “‘To Make a Good One Better’: The King James Bible, 1611-2011” was presented over two evenings, November 8 and 29 in the Mackey Center. Assistant Professor of English Josh Fullman and Associate Professor of Bible Dr. Terry Seufferlein presented on the political turmoil in England in the 14th through 16th centuries that brought about the King James Bible. “It was a dangerous time to be a Bible translator,” said Fullman. Those who sought to bring scripture to the masses in the common man’s tongue, such as John Wycliffe and William Tyndale, were dealt with severely for their challenge to religious tradition and authority. The idea that individuals should have access to the Bible, that they should read it and interpret its meaning for themselves, was revolutionary. Church leaders feared that if laymen could read scripture, Christianity (and by extension, the power of the church-led government) would splinter, and dangerous heresies would abound. Wycliffe, the first to translate the New Testament from Latin to English, was arrested, but died of a stroke prior to his execution. More than 150 years later, Tyndale was executed

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for the same effort. His famed last words before being strangled at the stake were, “Lord, open the king of England’s eyes.” Tyndale’s final prayer was answered, as four years after his death an English translation of the Bible was produced at the request of the crown. Beyond the fascinating historical milieu of the translation, Assistant Professor of English Beverly McNeese explored the impact of the work on language and literature. Wheeler concluded the event with his presentation “In the Wake of the King James Bible,” which traced the reception of the new translation, both positive and negative. He noted that it was several decades before the King James Bible was widely accepted. Once it became the primary Bible for most in England and America, the method and theory of translation used continued to influence later Bible translation projects. Wheeler concluded with a brief analysis of more recent English translations. Moderator Tim McNeese, associate professor of history, brought much to the symposium as he arranged an extensive display of artifacts and facsimiles pertaining to the translation. Attendees were able to view illuminated manuscripts, an authentic reproduction of an original King James Bible, a leaf from an original, 400-year-old KJV Bible and other significant documents and items, including a rare coin collection from the period. Students modeled costumes authentic to the time and Renaissancestyle refreshments were served to make the glimpse into the world of the King James Bible more complete for audience members. The event was well attended by both campus and community and received positive reviews from all who were present. If you missed the live event, you can view the recorded presentations on lll

Reischl ’99 and partners provide unique gift to the college


t was a windy day in mid-November with temps in the 20s. Brad Reischl ’99 and his crew stood on the roof of Sack Hall attacking the aged tar and gravel with fulcrum spades, roofing saws, muscle and determination. They were thankful for their long sleeves, pants, and goggles, which offered protection from the elements as well as the hazardous chemicals exposed by their cutting and scraping. “Whenever we’ve worked on Sack Hall, we’ve had to deal with pitch in the underlying roof. Pitch causes a chemical burn on exposed skin. So, we cover up skin and eyes as best we can, but the pitch always seems to get us anyway,” says Reischl. “It’s nasty stuff.” It’s backbreaking labor, tearing off an old roof and replacing it. “There’s nothing easy about roofing. There’s nothing you can automate,” says Reischl. Still, he’s happy to do it. Why? Because it’s his way of blessing the students and continuing the mission of York College. The Sack Hall project is one of several roofs Reischl and business partners Nick Bieker ’03 and Curt DeBoer (dad of YC freshman Morgan DeBoer) have provided YC through their company R L Craft. Doing this kind of work is important to the men, who say that entrusting God with their business and their giving is a guiding principle of the company. “We believe God is in control of this company,” says Reischl. He quotes Malachi 3:10: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” “God has poured out so much blessing on our company,” he says. “It is uncanny how much we are blessed when we donate a roof to the school. You cannot out-give God.” The relationship between R L Craft and York College started in 1989 when Brad’s father, Jim Reischl, then-owner of the company, got involved with the college. He saw a need and decided he could do something tangible to help. The first donated roof was for the Freeman Center, home of YC Panther athletics. Keeping the basketball court dry turned out to be a good investment, as Brad later donned a YC jersey and played on the men’s team, including one season as an academic allAmerican. After building the business for three decades, Jim

began selling the company to his son in 2002. Since then, Bieker and DeBoer have joined Brad as partners and continued to use the business to bless York College. “I had a great experience at YC,” Brad and his wife Tina serve on the says Reischl. “I President’s Council for York College. have friends and experiences I will never forget… I will always hold YC in high regard. At our company, we all enjoy helping the college out. Nick, Curt and I all have ties to the college. YC has a special place in all of our hearts.” Fast forward to 2011. R L Craft replaced their eighth roof at York College this year when they worked on Levitt Library. In 22 years, projects have included the original slate roof on the Phyllis J. Mackey Center and two memorable jobs on Sack Hall, including one with an extra volunteer: YC President Steve Eckman ’71. “President Eckman joined us on the roof and worked side-byside with us,” says Reischl. “Despite a roof that was tough to tear off and contained pitch, he was right there at the heart of the work.” It was the least he could do, says Eckman, as the impact of R L Craft’s gifts over the years are enormous. “For starters, keeping dry and keeping our buildings in good shape is a gift to everyone. But when we factor in the savings for the college and the fact that no student ever had to pay higher tuition because of these repairs, I think the value of these gifts for our students hits home.” Reischl says they aren’t doing it for the thanks. “We don’t want to be recognized as great givers to the college, we want to challenge other contractors out there with YC ties to give. You won’t believe how God will bless you for it.” lll

"We want to challenge other contractors... to give. You won’t believe how God will bless you for it."

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ften, the term “coach” is associated with fiery tirades and impassioned speeches. Someone that pushes their players physically and mentally to the limits and then pushes a little harder. Someone who is feared as well as respected. This is not how players remember Colis Campbell. Campbell coached men’s basketball and taught Bible at York College from 1958 to 1975. During that time, he mentored hundreds of young men, teaching them more than how to just dribble, pass, and shoot. He taught them how to live in a way that honored God.

A Loving Leader “He was a different kind of coach than I had ever had,” recalls Dickie Hill ’64. “He was low-key, calm and laid back. He supported you. He didn’t yell. He was always positive.” Campbell led prayers before practice and games. Although winning was important and he hated to lose, he knew his real mission was to expose the players in his keeping to Christ. His calm and kind demeanor, as well as his obvious love for his players and his God, made Campbell a powerful witness. Under his guidance, many athletes were baptized and began their walk with Christ during their years at YC. Coach Campbell didn’t minister to the athletes alone, however. His wife, Dolores, was an integral part of the team. She cooked for and looked after the players and cheerleaders, many of whom called her “mom,” says Charlie Watts ’65. Some players got an extra measure of that loving attention, as a handful lived on the second floor of the Campbells’ home each semester. Respect was the cornerstone of Campbell’s coaching philosophy, says Watts, especially when it came to discipline. “He always showed respect toward his players and they had a great deal of respect for him.” Though practices were short, Coach Campbell had

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photo by Amanda Baldwin

1965 Conference Champs: 22-5 season record (1st row, l-r) R. Turner, J. Fenske, C. White, A. Holmes, J. Nixon, B. Keesling; (2nd row) J. Luke, R. Hiner, R. Jensen, C. Watts, D. Maxon, B. Price, K. Kaaihelo, V. Shelton, D. Neal

ALL B T E ASK Coach Colis Campbell with B D AN , T assistant coaches Paul C E P S Touchton and Bob Thomas, , RE E President Dale Larsen, and bus V O L driver Bernard “Cap” Veteto.

“He had a unique way of letting you know that you were important to him.”

no problem getting players to give 100 percent during games, says Hill. Players wanted to play hard because of their great love and respect for him. “He was always concerned about you,” said Kenny Kaaiohelo ’65. “He had many people to be concerned about, but he had a unique way of letting you know that you were important to him.”

An Overdue Honor The Campbells had left such a mark on players’ lives, that on a recent visit to the York College campus, Hill was dismayed to find that there was no mention of the coach and his wife anywhere. Not a plaque, not a picture. That just shouldn’t be, he thought. Hill approached York College about creating a Sports Hall of Fame and honoring the Campbells by making them the first inductees. “It’s an honor that is way overdue,” says Watts. “They gave a great deal of their lives and time to York, and I know how much it meant to those of us that were here.” On Saturday, October 8, Colis and Dolores Campbell were recognized at the first York College Sports Hall of Fame induction. Hill presided over the ceremony along with York College Athletic Director Jared Stark ’01 and President Steve Eckman ’71. More than 120 attended the luncheon event, which also served as a fundraiser for York College athletics and the Hall of Fame display. Plans are underway for the display, which will be housed in a renovated area of the Freeman Center. The induction ceremony was also the kick-off event for the York College Lettermen’s Association, open to all former athletes and coaches. Dues from this group will support athletics programs and scholarships. To nominate someone for the York College Sports Hall of Fame, go to athletics and click on the Lettermen’s Association. lll

York College Lettermen’s Association The YC Lettermen’s Association is an organization committed to maintaining the fine tradition of York College athletics. Formed in 2011, the association seeks to link former athletes and coaching staff with one another and with the current studentathletes, coaches and administrators at York College. The goals and purposes of the organization are: • To maintain the traditions of York College athletics. • To sponsor special events, allowing teammates and friends the opportunity to rekindle old friendships and build new ones. • To provide a network of professional and personal contacts for the benefit of members. • To provide a direct link between the York College Lettermen’s Association members and the York College Athletic Department. • To provide support for the continued growth and success of the individual sports programs at York College. For more information or to join the York College Letterman’s Association, please contact Nick DiToro at Nick.DiToro@york. edu or 402-363-5660. Annual dues: $50; Lifetime Membership: $1,000.

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hat does a flash mob in front of McGehee Hall have in common with YC alumnus and American Idol participant Caleb Hawley and what are all those people waving at? Why did YC Theatre’s Caleb Clark get his hair buzzed and what does Maegan Detlefs see in Dylan Ford? Was Erich Loper able to pull off his Fire in the Furnace tenor solo at 10:30 in the morning? Who showed up Friday night at the alumni reception from the class of 1958, ’59, ’60, ...? For those who ventured to campus in October, these questions had answers as York College Homecoming brought back cherished memories and added new ones with classmates and friends. The campus, in all of its fall splendor and ideal temps, was right on cue for guests, alumni, and college prospects to enjoy the festivities. Details of the weekend can be found online at alumni but here are some highlights: • 15th Annual Homecoming Golf Tournament • YC Theatre’s hilarious production of Send Me No Flowers • Caleb Hawley concert and flash mob filming • Darrel Sears ’01 speaking in Alumni Chapel • Inspiring performances by the Concert Choir and Psallo • Alumna of the Year and Young Alumna awards (pg 14) • Homecoming soccer and volleyball games • King & Queen: Jason Lloyd and Bethany Saylor • Alumni receptions, dinners, and class reunions If you missed out on this wonderful time to be on campus, there’s always next year! Make plans now to join us October 1214, 2012, for a great York College Homecoming.

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“flash mob�: A group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, or artistic expression.

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THREADS OF HOPE by Chrystal Houston

Alumni of the Year awards exemplify hearts of service

I To read more about Eternal Threads or catch up with Linda on her blog, visit

s Linda Egle ’70 a “missionary”? She’ll leave you to decide on questions of semantics. She’s too busy helping impoverished women in 12 countries find a sustainable source of income so they can feed, house, and educate their families—and in so doing, save themselves and their children from a possible life of slavery in the sex trade.

“If someone rescued you from a life of horrific slavery and certain death from HIV/ AIDS, what kind of witness would that be?” challenges Egle. She shares Matthew 9:3537. Just as Jesus had compassion on the crowds, “because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd,” Egle’s heart has been touched by the multitudes she has seen struggling to survive in the bleakest circumstances. “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few,” the passage says. Egle, founder and director of Eternal Threads, is one of those workers. Eternal Threads is a non-profit organization that purchases handicrafts at a fair trade wage from women around the world and sells them in

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Linda Egle with a young artisan from Madagascar

2011 Alumni Awards

the United States. Proceeds go to support programs in developing countries to end sex-trafficking, build schools, and teach women how to sustain themselves through sewing and other crafts. On a given day, you might find Egle hopping a plane and donning a head scarf to meet with her contacts in Afghanistan or traveling in a remote area in Madagascar to meet with local weavers. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the poverty, she says. To feel helpless and insignificant, thinking about all the work there is to be done. Sometimes it feels like all her work is no more than a drop in a very large ocean. But then she remembers the individual women she has helped, like Rosemary, age 20, in Uganda. She makes baskets for Eternal Threads and uses the income to care for her disabled mother and send

her four younger siblings to school. Rosemary has trained other young women, who now work with her, to create more baskets for export. Each life she touches, says Egle, has a ripple effect on the family, the community, the region, the country. The women she helps in turn help others. “If I can help only one person, that ought to be enough,” she says. Egle’s servant heart and years of dedication to the plight of women around the world was recognized at this year’s Homecoming chapel with the Alumna of the Year award. lll n comparison, one might say that the 2011 Young Alumna of the Year, is still in the honeymoon phase of her chosen career path but already making a noticeable difference in her community. While still a medical resident, Dr. Kimberly (Hooten ’02) Williams was called in to confirm the death of a hospital patient. An old man had passed away peacefully in the hospital bed, surrounded by his family. She examined him, closed his eyes, and let the family know that he was indeed gone. Asking his loved ones if there was anything they needed, she was touched by the wife’s request. “Would you please close his mouth, so that I can kiss him goodbye?” A career in medicine is full of these moments, says Williams. “As physicians, we are in people’s lives at very poignant times. To be in people’s lives in that intimate way always strikes me.” Her willingness to serve with love and compassion during very personal moments is what sets Williams apart as a physician. In her residency, she won an award of excellence for OB/GYN care at Lancaster General Hospital. Helping women in the process of birth is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable parts of her career, she says. Today, Williams is an associate director of the


Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency in Salina, Kansas. She teaches and supervises residents, as well as sees patients at a general practice clinic. Williams says she enjoys the variety of the work and she plans to continue to build her career in academic medicine.

“... to be in people’s lives in that intimate way always strikes me.” —Kimberly Williams Williams wanted to be a doctor since high school because of her passion for people and science. Why did she choose YC for her undergrad pre-med degree? When she visited campus, faculty members said they would pray for her to make the best decision for her future, whether that be attending York College or another school. She knew then that YC was a place where she would learn more than organic chemistry and medical terminology; it was a place where she could learn to balance professionalism with Christian love and service. And that is one lesson she is still practicing today. lll

(left) Kimberly and her son Owen. (above) President Eckman presents the Young Alumna of the Year award to Dr. Williams.

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1939 Dulcie Overmiller (Hoofnagle) Robinson will celebrate her 95th birthday on December 19, 2011. She and her 93 year-old sister Sease, both of whom are widows, are living healthy and happy lives in California. 155 Flood Ln, Auburn, CA 95603 1940 Leona P. Berry passed away Nov. 22, 2010 at the age of 94. After graduating from York, she went on to earn her Masters in English and then an additional degree in Library Science. She worked in libraries at four different colleges and universities in Washington, Kansas, and Michigan. Her last position was archivist at Eastern Michigan Univ. 1952 Betty Auchard had her 2nd book published... See Milestones pg. 18


and served his country in Special Forces as a Green Beret. After his discharge from the Presidio in San Francisco, he was employed as a cardiovascular technician until his illness and retirement. He is survived by his wife of 27 years Karen Bridges, five children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. Danny and Suzanne (Healy ’65) New are blessed with seven children and 16 grandchildren -- and counting. It’s been a full life with various careers: ornamental horticulture, literacy specialist with Wycliffe Bible Translators, author and public speaker, plus ranching and farming. PO Box 307, Hico, TX 76457 Larry and Judy (Gray) VanEgdom have four grandchildren from 18 months to 18 years and will be adding four more through marriage. Larry is a semi-retired construction subcontractor and Judy is the executive director of Eldergarden Adult Day Care. 5714 W 17th St, Greeley, CO 80634 judy_

1960 Harold and Dianne (Vincent ’61) Mitchell celebrated their 50th... See Milestones pg. 18 1962 David and Carylon (Eddy) Dallas celebrated their 50th anniversary September 1, 2011. Their three daughters, Ramona, Laura, and Amy, hosted a wonderful reception in their honor. “Hey, class of 1962—don’t you think we ought to have a 50th class reunion next year? Who wants to get the ball rolling?” 7140 Horsefly Ln, Noble, OK 73068 david_dallas@ 1965 Randy Hiner inducted into Hall of Fame… See Milestones pg. 18 1966 James Neil Bridges passed away from complications related to leukemia, May 6, 2011. He was active in his church, community and a member of the Peninsulaire Men’s Barbershop Chorus. He served in the Army during the Vietnam War

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1969 Sharon (Sikes) Disterlic competed in a triathlon this year with her daughter Robbie Lawless ’93 and had a blast. The race consisted of a half-mile swim, 11-mile bike ride, and 3-mile walk/run. 7113 Cobalt Ct, Castle Rock, CO 80108 sharon@ 1973 Doug Berry returned from mission work in the Ukraine after six years and now preaches for the Osceola CofC. His four children live in three different states and Ben lives in Japan. 530 E Clay St, Osceola, IA 50213 1975 Wendy Moomey works at WalMart and would enjoy hearing from classmates. PO Box 444, York, NE 68467



1976 Beverly (Thompson) Fulbright and her husband David have moved: 23139 Angostura Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78261. Beverly is an oncology nurse at Northeast Methodist Hospital and David works at the Army Residence Center. Greg and Lisa (Rhodes ’77) Ziegler want to share that their son Brad was traded from the Oakland A’s to the Arizona Diamondbacks in July 2011. 1977 Lowell Anderson is in his 8th year as principal at Lorena Elementary School, just south of Waco. He and Silvia celebrated their 29th anniversary this summer and have two grown sons: Lars and Loren Thomas. Lowell welcomes contact from old friends, since he is not a Facebook user. 841 White Oak Dr, Woodway, TX 76712 Jim and Pam Moore are anxiously anticipating the birth of their second grandchild in Dec. Jim is a 911 dispatcher for Utah’s Dept of Public Safety. They have three grown children: Jeremiah, Desir’ee, and Nicole. PO Box 1084, Castle Dale, UT 84513 1978 Mark Phillips is now working with Lifetime Strategies, Inc, providing financial planning services. He also preaches for churches of Christ by appointment. His wife Bonnie is an administrative assistant for Wellpoint. They have two children: Seth (21) and Hanna (17). 1616 Misty Creek Dr, Loveland, OH 45140 phillips_ Wendy Waterman is currently a teacher, leader, and coach at Aurora Public Schools, working with teachers and ELA (English Language Acquisition) students. After 25 years of teaching primary grades, she decided to try her hand with middle schoolers. She juggles coaching with teaching literacy (reading and writing) to seventh graders and loves it! She is a board member in a local union and has been a national delegate to the NEA convention for the past several years. 14221 D East Hawaii Circle, Aurora, CO 80012 1981 Randy and Dr. Jackie (Straker) Halstead moved to Nashville in the summer of 2010. Randy founded a nonprofit called Lifeworks of Nashville and Jackie teaches Christian Spirituality and Formation at Lipscomb University. 5016 Briarwood Dr, Nashville, TN 37211




Jeffrey Hines (’81 & ’00) is working at York College and is now a published writer of an online story called “Life In Corporate America.” 3320 N Lincoln Apt 5, York, NE 68467 RunningBear1959@hotmail. com 1982 Carla Jean (Schaldecker) DeVries is a daytime trainer/ drive cashier at Taco Bueno and her husband Dennis is an A & P mechanic for American Airlines. They have two daughters: Amanda (12) and Bethany (9). PO Box 1961, Owasso, OK 74055 Laurie (Luker) Lawrence and her husband Lane added a couple of sons-in-law to their family as their daughters Kayla and Tisa both married their York College sweethearts this summer. Laurie is a special assistant for the US Government and Lane is a program manager for the US Air Force. 12301 Tulane Falls Dr, Bristow, VA 20136 Sheila (Franklin) Nobles has moved: 121 Jack St, Billings, MT 59101 ybcrainbowsf1969@yahoo. com 1983 Vickie (Flory) Heinrich is a billing clerk for Refrigeration Hardware Supply. Her husband Steve passed away July 10, 2011 after a long hard fight with cancer. She has one grown daughter, Rebecca. 383 Fire Willow St, Grand Junction, CO 81504 1984 Shannon Crook earned his MBA with a concentration in Leadership from Newman University on May 14, 2011. 2821 W 9th St N, Wichita, KS 67203 Timothy and Marcie (McClung ’92) Jacobson have a son! Jack Timothy was born Sept. 26, 2011, and joins older sisters Shelby (12) and Kaitlyn (10). Tim teaches math at Estero High School and Marcie is a charge nurse (RN, BSN, OCN) at Florida Cancer Specialists. Ralph and Melissa Johnson have a new address: 11030 Evergreen Way Apt E 216, Everett, WA 98204. Ralph is a quality manager with Boeing. 1985 Christy Vaughn lost her battle with bone cancer and passed away Aug. 19, 2011, at the age of 45. Her older sisters Robin (Vaughn ’81) Katzenberger and Traci (Vaughn ’84) Schinnerer commented on how much Christy loved her friends and memories of YC. They asked for




prayers for Christy’s son, Caleb, who turned 17 the week prior to her death and is a senior in high school. Vance Weirick lives at 536 Alder St, Scranton, PA 18505 1986 Jay and Lisa Gonzalez have lived in Carmel, Indiana for seven years, prior to living seven years in Chicago. Jay leads his own consulting firm, JEX Consulting, specializing in customer service and sales operations, and Lisa continues her career at Hobby Lobby. They have three children: Carly (18), Chloe (15), and Fossen (11). 376 West Haydn Dr Apt #916, Carmel, IN 46032: 1988 Eric (’88 & ’91) and Jenny (Sobetski ’01) Tremaine welcomed Josiah Dean into the world Sept. 6, 2011. He joins siblings Julie (10), Simeon (7), and Emma (5). Eric is with the YC maintenance staff and is a deacon at the East Hill CofC; Jenny is a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher. 2117 N Lincoln Ave, York, NE 68467 eric.tremaine@ 1991 Armando Gonzalez has been accepted into the Masters program in Biblical Studies at Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, TX. His wife Cheryl teaches elementary education for Schulter Public Schools. They have two children: Elijah (17) and Elizabeth (15). Elijah has been accepted for enrollment at York College and offered a soccer scholarship. 807 Mockingbird Ln, Okmulgee, OK 74447 Jerry and Miki Morgan added another to the family with Mary Patricia, born Dec. 19, 2010. Big sister Elizabeth (8) and big brothers Michael (6) and Daniel (4) are keeping a watchful eye. Jerry is an attorney and Miki is a homeschool teacher. 8377 Lonkar Dr, St. Louis, MO 63123 Julie (Saunders) Person would love to hear from classmates. Julie is a daycare provider and her husband Robert is a welder at Strobel Manufacturing. They have two daughters: Hannah (14) and Sarah (9). PO Box 96, Polk, NE 68654 1994 Erin (Beske) DeHart, associate professor of education at York College, was recently recognized by the Nebraska State Council for Social Studies with an Outstanding Teaching Award for her work in holocaust education. Her husband



Bobby ’95 chairs YC’s physical education department. They have two beautiful daughters: Hannah and Megan. 1102 East Ave, York, NE 68467 1997 Angela Gregory is an educational assistant for the Behavior Intervention Program in the Albuquerque Public Schools. 1400 Pennsylvania St NE Apt B, Albuquerque, NM 87110 1999 Dana (Dudak) Carlson and her husband Andrew live at 3412 Spinning Wheel Ct, Muscatine, IA 52761. Andrew teaches for the Muscatine Community School District. They have two children: Caleb (5) and Chelsea (3). ddudak@ Jenelle Nash has a new address: 7110 Constitution Square Heights, Colorado Springs, CO 80915. 2000 David and Heather Buggeln were married Sept. 5, 2010. David is the director of information systems at Frandsen Financial. 2849 85th CT NE, Blaine, MN 55449 dbuggeln@ Kathy (Lambert) Mitchell and her husband Jeremy welcomed Amelia Frances into the world in April 2011. Kathy is a senior art director with GS&F and Jeremy is a senior web designer with CentreSource. 5218 Kincannon Dr, Nashville, TN 37220 kathy@kathymitchelldesign. com




2001 Annie (Keesee) Johnson and her husband Jared are the proud parents of Lillian Bree, born May 10, 2011. Annie is busy being a mom and Jared is a physician with Via Christi Medical Associates. 8201 E Harry #1501, Wichita, KS 67207 Darrel and Beth (Charchan ’00) Sears have moved: 10636 Timber Oak Dr, Oklahoma City, 73151. Darrel accepted a preaching position last year for a new church plant in Edmond called the Church of Christ at Oakdale. They have two sons: Benjamin (4) and Harrison (3). Jared and Charla (Farrell ’00) Stark welcomed their son Everson Avery into the world, Aug. 11, 2011. Jared is the athletic director at York College and Charla is a stay-at-home mom. 623 N Blackburn, York, NE 68467 Devon Teeple is a Scotiabank Small Business manager and lives in Thunder Bay, Ontario. He also runs his own business, The GM’s Perspective, a baseball specific website dedicated to bringing an insider’s point of view to the masses re: MLB, MiLB, and Independent baseball. www.thegmsperspective. com Kamau Turner coaches state champs… See Milestones pg. 18 2002 Misty (Wellman) Brestel was one of only 50 funeral director’s nationwide selected to participate in the National Funeral Directors Association’s (NFDA) inaugural Meet the Mentors program hosted by

SMILING THROUGH THE STORM: Joel Osborne ’00 is a missionary to Japan, serving with the Mito Church of Christ. After the multiple natural disasters in Japan, Joel continues to lead the relief effort via the nation’s churches. He is a co-chair of the nationwide committee and manager of the relief team which includes three Japanese young adults (Gaku Osugi, Hiroaki Akahoshi, Emiko Namae). Sasha Ingle ’06 volunteers with the team and serves as treasurer of the nationwide committee. YC alums Ben and Erica Berry, Holly Reeves, and Hannah VanBuskirk also serve in the relief effort. 2-25 Yurigaokacho, Mito, Japan, Ibaraki 311-1134

Harvard University on Sept. 13. Misty joined the staff of Metz Mortuary in York in March of 2005. Robert Peterson would like to hear from classmates. He and his wife Cheryl have a 4-year-old daughter, Naomi. PO Box 107, Hooper, NE 68031 Ginger (Hodson) Steggles and her husband Mark are the proud parents of a son, John Wesley, Sept. 7, 2011. They have been in Portsmouth, England for over a year and ask for prayers that they are able to strengthen the Lord’s church and plant seeds for growth. Mark is a web developer for FutureKode. com. Flat 2B, Rostrevor Mansions, St. Helens Parade, Southsea, Hampshire PO4 0RP  UNITED KINGDOM Jonathan and Cindy Taliaferro are soon-to-be parents anxiously awaiting the best Christmas present ever. Jonathan is a lead Android engineer and Cindy is a teacher. 2004 Doug Gunselman recently finished his Master’s in Educational Admin. from Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ. and passed certification tests to become a principal. He is the head baseball coach for Muskogee Public Schools. He and Dixie (Miller) have three children: Ethan (5), Owen (3), and Kathryn (1). 704 N. Anthony, Muskogee, OK 74403: Nathan and Ryla (Roseke) Rowedder welcomed son Lawson Ray on Oct. 28, 2011. He joins big brother Judson (2). Nate is a facility engineer at Bridgestone/Firestone. Ryla is a consultant for Thirty-One Gifts and stay-at-home mom. 3014 SW Brookeline Dr, Ankeny, IA 50023 2006 Erin (Rampton) and Joshua Antrim were married, June 17, 2011. Erin is in her 5th year as a kindergarten teacher at Joliet Public School, and Joshua is an application support analyst with NYSE Euronext. 5822 Walnut Ave Apt 1C, Downers Grove, IL 60516 erampton7@hotmail. com Mark and Chrystal (Duquette ’03) Houston have returned to York after a brief sojourn in College Station, Texas, where Mark completed a master’s degree in English at Texas A&M University. They have two daughters: Lily (5) and Fiona (2) and are expecting their third child in December. Mark is an adjunct/online instructor of English for York College and Chrystal is the director of alumni and communication. 942 E 8th St, York, NE 68467 markhouston1@, chrystal.houston@gmail. com (continued next page)

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PANTHER MILESTONES 1952 Betty Auchard (widow of Denny) had her second book published. “The Home for the Friendless: Finding Hope, Love, and Family” is Betty’s memoir about her unconventional childhood. It won two awards. Her first book “Dancing in My Nightgown: the Rhythms of Widowhood” was published when she was 75 and this one was published last year when she turned 80. “It’s never too late to discover a different side of ourselves,” Betty remarked. 115 Belhaven Dr, Los Gatos, 95032 btauchard@aol. com, 1960 Harold and Dianne (Vincent ’61) Mitchell celebrated 50 years of marriage August 19, 2011. They first met at York College in 1959 during the spring lectures. “We owe much to York College and are very thankful for the school.” Both are enjoying life on a farm in southern Iowa. Not yet retired. 2816 Vine Rd, Russell, IA 50238 1965 Randy Hiner was inducted into the Arizona Interscholastic Association Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame on September 12, 2011. He served as an athletic administrator for 28 years and as an educator for 41 years, retiring as the assistant principal with Page Unified School District #8. This honor was achieved with the support of his wife Susan (Hancock), son Bart and his wife Tammy, and granddaughter Mandy. Susan is a retired attendance clerk with the same district. PO Box 7140, Page, AZ 86040 2001 Kamau Turner won his first state championship as head girls’ basketball coach at Gallup High School. The team finished #1 in the New Mexico rankings, had two players named 1st Team All State, four players with offers to play college basketball, and the NM Gatorade Player of the Year. Kamau was named New Mexico High School Coaches Association Girls Basketball Coach of the Year and Rivals. photo by Brian Leddy com NM Girls Coach of the Year. Kamau and his wife Jessica have two children: Trajan (11) and Sydney (9). 1505 Kit Carson, Gallup, NM 87301 2007 Christopher Reid has joined the law firm of Baylor Evnen Curtiss Grimit & Witt, LLP. Reid will concentrate his practice in workers’ compensation and litigation. He received his Juris Doctor with high distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law in May where he received a CALI award for excellence in Mental Health Law, Employment Law, and Advanced Trial Advocacy. Reid is a member of the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Lincoln Bar Association and the Federalist Society. Chris and his wife Carrie (Becker) live at 3323 Starr St #2, Lincoln, NE 68503.

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Work Days

A LITTLE TLC: President Eckman works beside Jaclyn Smith ’09 and YC student Jess Gaver as they beautify the landscaping around Hulitt Hall.

2006 Joseph and Jalena (Heflin) Morien are both employed by USD 475 Geary County Schools. Joseph teaches high school math and Jalena is an autism and behavior para for special needs. 636 W 5th St, Junction City, KS 66441 Josephmorien@ Josh and Crystal Nething are the proud parents of a son, Everrett Eugene, born June 10, 2011. Josh teaches physical education at Montrose County School District and Crystal is a stay-at-home mom. 551 E Miami Apt 1, Montrose, CO 81401 Lisa (Purdy) and Nicholas Roberts were married May 15, 2010. 7924 Willowood Lane Apt 1212, Port Arthur, TX 77642 llisa.purdy@ 2007 Damon and Michelle (Prather ’05) Grimes were blessed with the birth of their son Paxton Mark, Aug. 13, 2011. Damon is an account executive at Money Handling Machines and Michelle is a homemaker. 2711 N 191st Ave, Elkhorn, NE 68022 mjgrimes@cox. net Alyssa (Rowedder) Sollenberger graduated suma

A big thanks to all who participated in and survived YC Work Days. Five states were represented and countless hours were donated sprucing up the campus in anticipation of the new and returning students. Once again, a special thanks goes to Scott Eckman ’79 for organizing the event! Make plans now for next year’s Work Days, July 26-28, 2012!

cum laude from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in October. She and husband Nolan currently reside in Davenport but will likely be moving soon. Alyssa. 2009 Nick and Thessali (Good ’07) Jones are the proud parents of a son, Eli David, born Aug. 3, 2011. He joins big sister Torie (7). ‘Doc’ is a Nebraska State Trooper recruit and Thessali is the administrative assist. for academic affairs at York College., thessali.jones@ 2010 Chelsea Mullinix is requesting prayers for her health as she is undergoing treatment for thyroid cancer. If you would like to send Chelsea a note of encouragement, please send it to: 1907 Tarleton #202, Midland, TX 79707. Kristin Wiedmann moved and started a new job this fall. She is now teaching special education 10th grade English and coaching freshmen girls’ basketball at Yukon High School, in Yukon, Okla. 979 Castlebury Mansion, Yukon, OK 73099 kristin. 2011 Michael and Jordan (Daniels) Carney have a new address: 2811 E 31st St S, Muskogee, OK 74403. Jordan is an accountant at Connors State College. mandjcarney@

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Hello, York College! It’s good to be back on campus. A few months ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to return home to YC. I jumped at the chance. Now as the director of alumni and communication, it is my pleasure to serve you, alumni and friends. I am attempting to fill some mighty big shoes: Sue Roush ’01 held this position for a number of years and was an expert on all things York College. In June 2011, Sue took her many talents to Lincoln, Nebraska, where she is now the communications assistant to Governor Dave Heineman. While I rejoiced with Sue on this new career opportunity, as a former student I was sorry for York College to lose her.

photo by Bobby DeHart

A Campus View — Ana Moyers

While classmates talk about finding jobs and settling down near family after graduation, Ana Moyers talks about visiting the three remaining continents she hasn’t yet been to. She talks about living and working in Africa, helping those touched by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, joining the Peace Corps, getting involved with Product RED or World Vision or Invisible Children…anything that combines her passion for travel with her passion for serving the Lord and other people. She’s got so much enthusiasm for this work, she says “it’s super hard to be focused on school. I know I could be out there doing great things today.” “I want to go do things...I’ve always wanted to change lives. I want to make an impact on the world,” she says. Ana is the child of former missionaries. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, she says the mission bug has been in her since birth. She’s moved 14 times in her 20 years and says that her nomadic experience has made her who she is—outgoing, social, and ready to talk to just about anyone about the joy she has in knowing Jesus. Her missionary zeal was honed to a point a few years ago when she was living in Bayfield, Colorado. “I had a friend pass away when I was a junior in high school and I had never shared




As I learn the ropes of this new position, there is something important you can do to help me be successful: talk to me! Let me know what you think about what York College is doing well and what we could improve. I am eager to hear all of your thoughts about this place and how we can serve you better. The mission and future of York College are very important to me. I hope they are to you, too. Please partner with me in the labor of cultivating hearts and minds for lives of Christian service. Looking forward to hearing from you,

Chrystal Houston ’03 Director of Alumni and Communication

God with her…It’s too late for her, but it’s not too late for my other friends,” she says. Today, Ana leads Bible studies with her friends and isn’t shy about sharing her faith. Recently, her roommate was baptized after they studied together. The math education major is the captain of the JV volleyball team; she’s been involved in campus ministries; she served on residence hall staff; she’s a member of Delta. Being active in many campus activities means she can reach out to more people, she says. She’s proud that on the York College campus, she can say she knows just about everyone—including YC President Steve Eckman. Friends at other schools probably wouldn’t recognize their college president if he or she passed them on the sidewalk. The likelihood of their commander-in-chief recognizing them is even more remote. Moyers says she loves that President Eckman is involved in her life. “I have his phone number if I need anything…he’s like my dad when my dad isn’t around.” Ana plans to graduate in spring 2013. After that…well, plans are a little hazy. “There are a whole lot of things I’m up for,” she says. No matter which mission field she chooses to pursue, the preparation she’s had at YC will serve her well. (above) Ana with her friend and roommate Danielle Bowlby. (right) Ana gives a good set in the final varsity volleyball match of the season.

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York College


NAIA Champions of Character


ork College was recently selected as a 2010-2011 Five Star Champions of Character Institution by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The NAIA Champions of Character program seeks to create a campus environment in which every NAIA studentathlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through the five tenets: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. The group’s mission is to change the culture of athletics, replacing the current cycle of cheating, trash talking, taunting and out of control behaviors found in today’s sports culture with positive traits. To that end, the NAIA is recognizing athletic programs, such as the one at YC, that intentionally teach character along with athletic excellence. This aligns perfectly with the mission of York College, says Athletic Director Jared Stark, who noted that YC was recognized for 2009-2010 as well. “Service is crucial to our mission. One of the core components of the Champions of Character program is servant leadership. This program directly supports our mission of equipping students to serve.” The organization recognized 221 colleges and universities

Born to be a Panther: Colby, Kan., freshman Shelby Terrell holds cheerleader in training, Maddux Bandy. (above)

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2011 MCAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPS: (l-r) Coach Justin Carver, Emily Meranda, Morgan DeBoer, Karissa Austin, Kameryn Brewster, Kristin Tuttle, and Alice Hackett

nationwide with this distinction in 2010-2011. Institutions were measured based on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character tenets and earned points in each of the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Stark says York College earned points for the numerous service projects athletes have been involved in, such as a recent 5K fundraiser hosted by members of the women’s cross country team for the non-profit Tiny Hands International, and annual projects such as Panthers vs. Cancer, which supports local families affected by the disease. York College also received points for its student-athletes’ cumulative grade point average, which is higher than the general student population. “In today’s complex college athletic environments – where success is sometimes only measured by wins and losses – strengthening effective athletic departments and leadership is key to advancing character-driven intercollegiate athletics,” said Kristin Gillette, NAIA director of the Champions of Character program. “The scorecard supports and recognizes member institutions and conferences using sport as a vehicle to teach life lessons. No doubt this is a point of differentiation in college athletics and making a huge impact on our 60,000 studentathletes.” lll

2011-12 Cheer and Pom Squad: Head Coach: Tamara (Wiggs ’11) Sanchez Asst. Coaches: Zeruiah (Montgomery ’09) Bandy and Marissa (Petrilli ’11) Roush For more information on the cheer and pom squad, visit

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• Both YC teams put together great finishes to the regular season by strong performances in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference meet. The women flashed through the finish lines ahead of the competition at conference with four of the five runners placing in the top 10. Led by Lincoln, Neb. senior Kristin Tuttle with her second place finish, the team came away with a conference championship and an automatic seed for Nationals, held in Vancouver, Wash. November 19. Named All MCAC were Tuttle, Karissa Austin, Alice Hackett, and Kameryn Brewster. • Two from the men’s team also competed at Nationals as Warren Lannon and Kyle Bottom ran their personal best times for the year and placed third and eighth respectively. The freshman duo paced the Panthers to third place in the conference and were also named All MCAC. • YC’s Justin Carver ’07 was awarded the MCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the conference meet. “I’m thankful for a team with not only talented athletes, but with great young women and men, who ran their hearts out all year,” said Carver.

• The women’s soccer team finished 3rd in the MCAC at 8-9-2 and fought a close 0-1 decision against the eventual conference champions Bellevue University in the postseason tournament. • Junior midfielder Carrie Berzins was named First Team All MCAC for the third year in a row. Lorena Medeiros, Morgan Tackett, and Jordan Veness received Second Team honors. • On the men’s side, sophomore transfer Santiago Castano was named First Team All MCAC as a midfielder. Chris Kistenoglu and Abdul Sesay were named 2nd Team.

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Cross Country

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• Second year head coach Meredith Fear guided the volleyball program to an impressive 20-12 season and a third place finish in conference. The Panthers were 8-3 in the MCAC and qualified for postseason play at the conference championship. • Erin Davidson and Laura Tesnohlidek were named First Team All MCAC along with three teammates named Second Team: Chelsea Caruso, Kimberlee DeGroot, and Rachelle Tialavea. Crystal Rush received honorable mention and Tialavea was named Newcomer of the Year. • The Lady Panthers rallied around Sylvia Warren, a beloved member of YC’s custodial staff, when they hosted Play for the Cure night. Along with a great night of intense volleyball in which they beat Central Baptist in three straight sets, the team sold t-shirts, had a bake sale, and ran a silent auction during the match to raise more than $700 for Warren and her family.

• Coming off a 15-15 season, head men’s basketball coach Delton Deal guided this year’s team to a home opener victory over 23rd ranked Morningside College. Led by junior guard Thaddeus Varmall’s 23 points, the team shot an impressive 57 percent from the floor in both field goals and three point attempts in an exciting 89-87 nailbiter. • Both the men’s and women’s teams are picked in the preseason polls to finish 3rd in the conference.

• YC hosted 143 wrestlers in the first open of the year and won five of 10 weight brackets. The team began the year ranked in the nation’s top 25. • In only the second week of competition, the Panthers qualified seven for Nationals: Miles Negley (125), Wes Negley (133), Chrystian Banuelos (141), Nicholas Clarke (149), Jacob McCoy (165), Bradlee Carls (197), and Ray Johnson (285). • In his second year as head coach, Ramon Diaz expects to take 12 wrestlers to Nationals, doubling last year’s total, and to finish ranked in the top 10 teams of the NAIA.

To get the latest updates on York College athletics, follow the athletic director’s blog at

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Questions about YC Online? Interested in fulfilling an educational or professional goal by taking classes in an accelerated and flexible format? Contact Lisa Cantrell ’91, director of online learning at Cantrell earned her Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, with an emphasis in online learning from Colorado Christian University. Most recently from Wichita,

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Kansas, she has a wide variety of experience, not only in evaluation, curriculum design and development, but also in web design, graphic design, digital art and photography. She is a great resource for online-learners. Whether you take one course as a refresher for your mind or a jumpstart for your career, or a few classes that will apply toward a college degree, Cantrell can help you select the best course of action for you. Visit today to find out more!

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Concert Choir Winter Tour, January 3-8


he York College Concert Choir will be touring five states during the winter break, January 3-8. Dr. Clark Roush and the choir invite you to attend this enjoyable and uplifting experience. January 3 East Point CofC—Wichita, KS / January 4 WestArk CofC—Ft. Smith, AR / January 5 Brentwood Christian School Auditorium—Austin, TX / January 6 Weatherford CofC—Weatherford, OK / January 7 Broken Arrow CofC—Broken Arrow, OK / January 8 Rocketdyne CofC—Neosho, MO. All performances are at 7 p.m. except for Neosho, MO (6 p.m.).

Spring HS Days/Songfest, April 5-8


his is a great time to see many aspects of YC: stay in a residence hall, eat in the caf, visit classes and attend the academic fair. Seniors who have been accepted can pre-enroll for the fall semester. Parents of current and prospective students are invited to a free brunch on Saturday. The weekend will include performances by the Concert Choir, Psallo, Traveling Children’s Theatre, and of course the 35th Annual Songfest! Tickets for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Songfest performances are $10—but all the other activities this weekend are FREE!

RoundUp, May 20-26


oundUp is a little bit Bible camp, a little bit college, and a whole lot of fun! It’s a week-long retreat for “Golden Agers” hosted on the York College campus. Attending RoundUp is like a mini-term as a student at York College. You will attend classes, eat in the cafeteria, participate in fun activities, and meet new friends from across the country. For registration information, contact Gayle Good at or (402) 363-5621.

Soul Quest, June 10-16


ork College is proud to host its 32nd annual camp for middle school and high school students. Soul Quest is for 6th-12th grade campers and features incredible worship times, exciting classes and activities, and awesome friendships with teens from across the country. Visit our website at www.york. edu/soulquest to see what director Tim Lewis has planned.

More Upcoming Special Events in 2012 Turkey and Greece Tour, May 7-18 (see pg 5) York College Workdays, July 26-28 (see pg 18) Bible Teachers Workshop, July 28 Hosted in conjunction with the Christian Education Association, workshop sessions have been developed for Cradle Roll through Youth Bible teachers.

Legacy Alumni Reunion, August 7-9 York College EUB alumni gathering, go to

Homecoming, October 12-14 Don’t forget to check the calendar on the back cover for other important dates.

Looking for a new direction? YC Online now offers degree completion options. Learn more at

COMING EVENTS January 3-8 Concert Choir Winter Tour (KS, OK, TX, AR, MO) 9 Classes Begin February 11-13 Shine Retreat 23-26 Spring Play March 10-18 April 6-8

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Spring Break Spring High School Days (Songfest : April 5 - 7, 7:30 p.m.) (Parents Brunch: April 7, 9:30 a.m.) Panther Home School Day All-College Banquet Concert Choir Spring Works Concert

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Commencement Turkey & Greece Tour RoundUp

June 10-16

Soul Quest

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York College Work Days Bible Teachers Workshop

August 7-9 15-19 20

Legacy Alumni Reunion New Student Orientation Classes Begin

York College Heritage Magazine  
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York College Heritage Magazine , Fall 2011 - Vol. 14, No. 1