Affordable Colleges Foundation recognizes Tabor College as one of best Online Christian Colleges for 2015

December 10, 2014

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Affordable Colleges Foundation has ranked Tabor College 31st overall on their list of the Best Online Christian Colleges 2014-2015.

ACF is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information. The organization showcases schools that have clear and active Christian affiliations, plus proven excellence in online education.

“We are honored to be recognized as a college that provides a quality educational experience to students that need the convenience of an online delivery,” Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, said.

“The faith-based colleges on our list are making online learning a clear priority,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “Each of these Christian colleges incorporates innovative technologies to help students pursue their higher education, while providing a strong connection to spirituality.”

Tabor is the only Mennonite college to be recognized on the list and one of only two schools in Kansas.

“Tabor’s online programs are dedicated to providing an educational experience that is both academically excellent and thoroughly integrated with the Christian faith,” Brett Andrews, executive vice president of Tabor College in Wichita, said. “Additionally, we offer our students exceptional customer service and individualized attention.”

ACF’s data analysts and higher education experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank these faith-based colleges using various cost, quality and student support metrics, including: number of online programs available, online tuition cost, student-faculty ratio, 6-year graduation rate, percentage of students receiving financial aid, academic/career counseling services and placement services for graduates.

Frank Johnson, vice president for academics, said the future for Tabor’s online curriculum is bright.

“Tabor is committed to a quality, affordable, Christ-centered education regardless of modality,” Johnson said. “Tabor is authorized to offer 100 percent of current programs online, a critical measure of recognition of our quality.”

ACF helps students and parents identify colleges, degree programs and scholarship opportunities that fit their respective academic and financial needs. The organization also spreads the importance of accreditation. Whether learning on campus or online, accreditation is a vital component of making sure a student receives a quality education that employers (and other colleges) will accept. With so many non-accredited institutions and degree programs out there, removing them from college search parameters is key.

“We want anyone, anywhere to have the opportunity to receive a quality education,” Glanzer added.

Tabor is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities —an association of global, nonprofit Christian colleges and universities offering baccalaureate programs in the arts/sciences, plus professional studies from a biblical worldview.

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Tabor College to receive $1 million gift from Mabee Foundation

December 08, 2014

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Tabor College’s Signature Campaign received a major boost to its fundraising efforts with confirmation that the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla., will donate a $1 million gift to the school for the Center for the Arts. Nearly 1,000 donors have contributed the $8 million needed in order for the Mabee Foundation to donate this gift.

The announcement came during Sunday night’s performance of the Messiah.

“It’s the generosity of so many people, their sacrifices and the commitment of so many that this is becoming a reality,” Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, said to a full audience at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, who responded with thunderous applause.

“In two years, you’ll be hearing the Messiah in the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts,” Glanzer added.

This $1 million gift will allow the Center for the Arts project to move forward much more quickly than originally expected.

“We are planning, tentatively, to break ground in May 2015 with completion in August 2016,” Glanzer added.

To date, Tabor alumni and friends have generously donated $12.8 million of the $16.2 million total of the Signature Campaign goal.

“We are so pleased that so many people have contributed to this campaign and to the future of Tabor College,” Ron Braun, vice president of advancement, said. “We will be able to serve a need for our students and our community that has never been met.”

With this phase of the campaign finished, there is still $3.4 million needed –for enhancements, endowment for the new facility and the annual fund –to meet the needs of the college.

“There is still a lot of work to be done,” Braun added. “We are up to the challenge knowing that the majority of this campaign is behind us.”

The Signature Campaign—the largest fundraising project in the history of the college—will shape the lives of current and future students, for generations to come.

“The Signature Campaign is an ARTS campaign,” Glanzer added. “In addition to building a Center for the Arts, we also are committed to Attracting students, Retaining students, Transforming students and Sending students into God’s world. The Signature Campaign will help make this happen.”

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Local Nurse Leaders Elected to International Honor Society

December 04, 2014

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Several Tabor College nursing students have been elected to membership in the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, as nurse leaders through Epsilon Gamma-at-Large Chapter on Nov. 9.

The Tabor College registered nurses elected to membership were: Lisa Beggs from Garden City, Kan.; Evelyn Gharagouzloo from Woodbridge, Va.; Alyssa Kinderknect from Wichita, Kan.; Tak Yee Leung from Liberal, Kan.; Misty McReynolds from Maize, Kan.; Jennifer Pfluger from Wichita, Kan.; Kara Roszel from Wichita, Kan.; Connie Ruiz from Garden City, Kan.; Martha Slack from Peck, Kan.; and Samantha Smith from Andover.

“The honor society promotes and recognizes nursing excellence,” Marlene Pietrocola, chair of the nursing program at Tabor College, said. “We are very pleased that registered nurses participating in our program have received this prestigious international recognition.”

Left to Right: Tak Yee Leung, Jennifer Pfluger, Dr. Marlene Pietrocola, Martha Slack and Kara Roszel.

Each of these registered nurses received their basic nursing education in other colleges, obtained licensure and then enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program at Tabor.

“These students have consistently demonstrated excellence in their academic work,” she added. “I expect no less from them as they apply what they have learned to their practice as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse.”

Membership in STTI is by invitation to nurse professionals who have demonstrated achievement in nursing, hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and are a registered nurse.

Tabor College Oratorio Chorus to perform “Messiah” on Dec. 7

December 01, 2014

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Tabor College’s long-standing Christmas tradition of performing “Messiah”—the 18th-century work by George Frideric Handel about the prophecy and life of Jesus Christ—will continue at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 with a performance by the Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra.

The performance will be at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, in Hillsboro. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, will be conducting “Messiah” for his 17th time at Tabor.

“For many, it serves as the beginning of the Christmas holiday season,” Vogel said of the performance tradition that dates back more than a half century in Tabor’s history books.

Vogel noted that part of his enjoyment of conducting “Messiah” is the collaboration by so many performers on many different professional levels.

“It’s a focal point that brings current and past choir members together,” he said, “and I very much enjoy maintaining that connection with alums. I’m honored that they enjoy it enough to return and continue to sing.”

Featured as soloists in this year’s performance are current students: Faith Tonne, junior from Ashland, Kan.; Olivia Kliewer, junior from Hillsboro, Kan.; Heather Loewen, sophomore from Hutchinson, Kan.; Trevor Morris, senior from Murdock, Kan.; and Sara Sagner, senior from Cheney, Kan. Faculty members performing solos are Janie Brokenicky, David Martens and Holly Swartzendruber, along with alumni Glenn Litke.

Additionally, the stage will be graced by professional instrumentalists, many of whom return to perform with Tabor every December.

“The community orchestra is comprised primarily of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. The majority of the musicians have played for Tabor for many years, which gives us a solid core,” Vogel said.

“Messiah” premiered at noon on April 13, 1742 in the New Music Hall on Fishamble Street in Dublin, Ireland, as a benefit concert for local charities. Handel composed the entire piece in only 24 days.

The annual performance of “Messiah” is a community tradition and signals the start of the Christmas celebration for many.

“We enjoy and are honored to provide this performance as the beginning of the Christmas season for the Hillsboro and Tabor community.”

Lifelong Learning session on December 5

November 25, 2014

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The fourth and final fall session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

We will celebrate the holiday season with a feast of music and Christmas goodies. Please bring a plate of holiday finger food to share. As we fellowship, Tabor College assistant professor of choral music, Janie Brokenicky, will be performing several holiday pieces for our enjoyment. We are also excited to welcome a group of fifth graders from Hillsboro Elementary School, under the direction of Lynn Just, to share some Christmas songs with us.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $5 per session. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.

​For more information, contact Miriam Kliewer, director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-3121 ext. 1706 or

2015 Presidential Leadership Program Scholarship Recipients

November 24, 2014

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Tabor College is excited to announce the four recipients of the 2015 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarships Program: Alison Nikkel, from Centennial, Colo.; Alyssa Abbott, from Jones, Okla.; Michael Prichard, from Aurora, Colo.; and Cody Kroeker, from Henderson, Neb.

The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Program is the largest and most selective scholarship award available to incoming freshmen. The four-year, eight-semester program recognizes students who have been leaders in academics, school activities and communities during their high school career.

Tabor College president, Jules Glanzer, said the competition for these scholarships was outstanding.

“We had a strong group of candidates and each of them has leadership capacity,” Glanzer said. “I was impressed with each candidate, which made the selection process difficult.

“I am thrilled to have these four young people become part of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Their character and leadership skills will add to the existing group. I consider it an honor to walk with them in the next chapter of their journey.”

Rusty Allen, vice president of enrollment management, added, “This year’s group of PLP participants were again a gifted group of young men and women. The four chosen as Scholars will have a very positive impact and we believe their development as leaders over the next four years will prepare them for all God has in mind for their respective futures.”

In early November, Tabor hosted 20 candidates from: Kan., Colo., Okla., Calif., and Neb., all vying for these four prestigious scholarships.

Students had to meet the following criteria to be eligible: admittance to Tabor College, minimum high school GPA of 3.3, minimum and ACT composite score of 23 or a combined SAT critical reading/math score of 1070.

Lee Waldron, director of admissions, said, “The weekend was a great success. I enjoyed meeting so many bright young leaders and look forward to many of them being on our campus next fall. It is always fun to watch them interact with one another throughout the competition. Our future is in good hands.”

The Presidential Leadership Program creates a leadership learning community that provides experiences, networking, exposure, mentoring and literature for today’s young leaders.

These four students will be considered Leadership Scholars. Curriculum for this track involves eight leadership courses taught by Glanzer. The courses consist of seminars, movies, excursions, book discussions, presidential mentoring and online asynchronous activities. Emphasis is placed on leading from the inside out, leadership as semiotics and the study of leaders, with a focus on personal leadership development.

A second track of the Presidential Leadership Program is the Leadership Fellows. The Fellows are placed into small groups and assigned a mentor leader. They will plan and participate in one service project per semester. They will also be exposed to engaging leadership resources and experiences throughout the program.

Erin Barocio, director of the Fellows program, says, “The program is an amazing opportunity for future leaders to learn about themselves and develop leadership skills in many ways. We strive to create a program that allows Fellows to discover who they are as leaders and how they can better influence those around them.”

The PLP Fellows have until March 1 to decide whether to accept a spot in the program, which comes with a scholarship. Those joining the program will work alongside the current Fellows and begin next fall.

“At Tabor College we are passionate about developing leaders who will have an influence in their communities and make an impact in their chosen fields,” Waldron added.

Tabor College Symphonic Band Christmas Concert

November 21, 2014

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The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will present a concert entitled “A Christmas Festival” at 7 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 2 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Three different instrumental groups will be performing: the Symphonic Band, Chamber Strings ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra, which combines the band and strings.

The musicians will perform traditional Christmas songs such as: “Joy to the World,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Greensleeves” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

“The concert will feature Christmas music from seven different countries and four different musical eras,” Larry Ediger, director of instrumental music, said “culminating in a presentation by our combined instrumentalists of a contemporary adaptation of an authentic American Christmas Carol.”

Music enthusiasts will enjoy hearing a variety of instruments at this concert. During the Chamber Strings performance of Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” professor of choral music, Brad Vogel, will be accompanying on the harpsichord.

“A distinctive sound of the Baroque era is the harpsichord,” Vogel said, “and we are fortunate to be able to add this authentic instrument to the Corelli concerto. I enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to perform with the students and particularly to play this keyboard instrument.”

The Chamber Strings will also play a Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrangement of one part of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”

“The concert will help our audience members connect with the joy of the Christmas message,” Ediger added. “We want them to leave with a sense of the glory of God revealed in the incarnation of His Son.”

Tabor College agrees to assist students of Seward County Community College

November 14, 2014

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Tabor College’s School of Adult & Graduate Studies in Wichita has entered into an agreement with Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The agreement provides a seamless transition for current and former SCCC students wanting to transfer credits and undergraduate requirements to Tabor.

The agreement was signed on Nov​.​ 10 by the presidents of both schools and is effective immediately.

This new agreement will apply to students pursing the following degrees: bachelor of science degree in business administration, bachelor of science degree in Christian ministry and an RN to bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Up to 70 credit hours from SCCC will be readily transferable to the bachelors degrees at Tabor.

This agreement was reached to benefit students wanting to build on the education already received from SCCC.

“Crediting courses completed at Seward County Community College toward bachelors degrees at Tabor will save students time and money,” ​said Brett ​Andrews​, executive vice president at Tabor College in Wichita.​ “For current students and alumni, who desire bachelors degrees from a high quality accredited Christian College, we will make it easy for them to start the process towards taking that next step.”

Students interested in the bachelors degrees in business administration can choose an emphasis in accounting, entrepreneurship, health care administration, human resources and operations management.

“Our staff is equipped to help each person with their individual degree plan and work with them regarding their financial aid, such as Pell Grants and federal student loans,” Andrews added. For more information, visit us at or call (800) 546-8616. ​

Lifelong Learning session on November 21

November 14, 2014

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The third fall session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Paul Klassen, former pastor of the Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren in Edmond, Okla., will be sharing his lifelong learning adventure.

“I am coming to share a mind blowing, comfort-zone smashing, faith stretching personal story of a guided journey,” Klassen said, “from restoring old beauty to creating new beauty, from doing projects in the garage to doing parquetry, from serving primarily within the church to primarily outside the church, from serving in a world where people carry Bibles to one where they carry guns.

“I invite you to hear my journey and to be inspired to fully embrace yours.”

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $5 per session. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.

​For more information, contact Miriam Kliewer, director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-3121 ext. 1706 or

Tabor College hosting Thanksgiving Concert

November 11, 2014

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The Tabor College Music Department and Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association will present a festive concert entitled, “With Praise & Thanksgiving” at 4 p.m., Sunday, November 16 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Both the Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce, our women’s choir, will be performing songs for the season.

“We enjoy the opportunity to partner with the Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association in serving the community through this concert,” Brad Vogel, professor of choral music at Tabor, said. “Good art should always enrich and this partnership has the potential to enrich both spirit and body.”

The Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association exists to coordinate ministries within Hillsboro area churches. One significant ministry is providing assistance to people in need with funds that are given to the Ministerial Association. The fund is used to help several hundred people each year – many local people with rent, food and utility bills, plus transients who need assistance getting down the road.

“We are pleased to participate with Tabor in the Community Thanksgiving Service,” Brian Allen, president of HAMA, said. “Our other activities include a School Prayer Walk and a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.”

An offering will be received for support of Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association. Food donations are also welcome for Main Street Ministries Food Bank.