Homecoming Festival Celebration

September 27, 2013

Categories: General News

Tabor alumni, families, friends and the Hillsboro community are invited to attend this year’s Homecoming Festival Celebration 6:30 Friday evening, October 4 where two awards will be given and comedy will be performed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, Kans.

Brent Kyle, assistant professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy will be receiving the Young Alumni Medallion Award, and Natise Vogt, principal for Walton, Kans. Rural Life Center Charter School, will receive the Merit Award.

Since graduating from Tabor, both Kyle and Vogt have made a great impact in their area of expertise. Kyle, who graduated in 1999, has gone on to earn a Master’s of Philosophy from Yale and a Master’s and PH.D. of Philosophy from Cornell University.

His current teaching ranges from military ethics to metaphysics, and has had several peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Kyle has received several Academic honors including English and Philosophy Department awards from Tabor; Jentzsch Prize for Best Philosophy Essay and Summer Research Award from the University of Colorado; Exchange Scholar Program from Yale University; Summer Fellowship, Sage Fellowship and Humanities Dissertation Writing Group Grant from Cornell University.

Kyle has lived for short periods in England, Germany and Canada, he currently lives in Colorado Springs, where he attends Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Since graduating, Vogt has gone on to earn an MS from the University of Kansas in Special Education and an MS from Wichita State University in Education Administration and Supervision.

She has been very involved in her church and community as Girl and Cub Scout leader for students with disabilities, Special Olympic coach, Chair of the Walton Rural Life Charter Advisory Council and Foundation and Christian Education director of Koerner Heights Church. Natise and her husband Richard live in Newton, Kansas.

In 2011, Walton Rural Life Center was an Intel School of Distinction Finalist. The Walton School District became the first agricultural school, using gathering eggs, feeding the animals, planting food and selling their product to teach basics to children. It has been amazingly successful.

After the awards are presented, three Tabor alumni will perform a stand-up comedy show, taking cues from the audience.

Michael Woods has performed all over the country including film, TV and sketch comedy productions; Landon Tucker produced the album “Come and Listen” and Jonathan Regier has recently played Euple Byrd in a National Tour of “Stand By Your Man.”

Everyone is invited to attend the event Friday, Oct. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita. Please register in advance online or contact June Mount at 620-947-3121 ext 1706.