Wiest and Warkentin presented Tabor College Alumni Awards

October 05, 2012

Categories: General News

A tradition of honoring alumni who have carried the Tabor message and mission into their chosen career fields and have made a difference in their professional lives, continued in 2012 as two individuals were honored at the Tabor College Homecoming Festival Dinner. President Jules Glanzer bestowed the Alumni Merit Award to Dr. Raymond Wiest, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. Jesse Warkentin, Wichita, Kan. was presented the 2012 Alumni Medallion Award.

Wiest earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Tabor College in 1962. He went on to the University of Oregon, Eugene where he received a Masters of Arts in 1965 and a Ph.D. in 1970 both in the field of Anthropology. He and his wife Shirley have been married for 51 years and the couple enjoys three children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Wiest took his first job at the University of Manitoba in 1968 and has remained there throughout his professional teaching career. He was appointed assistant professor in 1970 and promoted to associate professor in 1974 and professor in 1993. He served as head of the Anthropology Department from 1988-98. He was named professor emeritus in 2006, when he officially retired. Professor Wiest conducted extended and varied research on various subjects, writing three books and being published in 26 professional journals. Some of his most passionate research focused on migration and household organization in Mexico, resettlement in Bangladesh, disaster mitigation in Brazil, and on the impact of new textile technologies in Winnipeg.

Warkentin graduated from Tabor College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with an emphasis in piano and a minor in voice. He has remained in the Wichita area working as a pianist, conductor, composer, singer, and musical director. He has served as the accompanist for the choirs at Wichita High School East and the assistant conductor and pianist at the nationally-known Music Theatre of Wichita. He has been with MTWichita for eight consecutive seasons. Warkentin has also spent time with Music Theatre for Young People, instructing and encouraging the younger generation of aspiring actors. Most recently he begins his second year as musical director for the new Crown Uptown Dinner Theatre.

On February 10, 2013 Warkentin will make his debut with the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony as piano soloist, performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the orchestra.

“We are so blessed to be able to call these outstanding individuals Tabor alumni,” Jules Glanzer said in presenting the awards. “They are truly taking the Tabor College mission and making a difference in the world.