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Tabor College hosting a Piano Extravaganza

October 24, 2014

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Tabor College is excited to host “The Joy of Music,” a piano extravaganza at 4 p.m., November 2 in the Chapel auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

This event features the piano in various combinations of ensembles.

Sheila Litke, professor of piano, says, “The piano extravaganza is an event we do every other year, focusing on literature that includes the piano in various ensemble arrangements—piano duets, duos, trios, quartets, etc. This year we are even doing a piece with one piano and 12 hands.”

Students performing are: Jared Janzen, a junior from Newton; Abigail Kliewer, a freshman from Hillsboro; Heather Loewen, a sophomore from Hutchinson; Krista Neifert, a senior from Pratt; Zach Neumann, a junior from Osborne; Kaitlyn Rempel, a sophomore from Fairview, Okla.; Maryn Robson, a freshman from Sterling; and Kyndra Vix, a sophomore from Wichita.

Faculty and guest performers are: Jennifer Epp, alumna; Bruce Heyen, professor of chemistry; Sheila Litke; Emily Olson, alumna; Janae Rempel, alumna; and Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music.

This concert will feature musical selections where the audience should recognize some pieces, but also others that focus simply on the joys of music through the eyes of children.

“I trust it will be an enjoyable program that will leave the audience smiling,” Litke added.

Tabor College athletes read to local elementary students

October 24, 2014

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For the 5th year in a row, athletes from Tabor College are participating in the NAIA Champions of Character program. This program encourages students to serve the common good and provide servant leadership for those in the community. The core values for Champions of Character are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

This is the first year that the entire athletic department has participated in a reading program for local schools. Each athletic team at Tabor sends 8-10 athletes to read for students at Marion Elementary School on Tuesdays and at Hillsboro Elementary School on Thursdays. The program began on Sept. 17 and runs through November 19.

Karol Hunt, associate athletic director and coordinator for this program, encourages students to participate for various reasons.

“Outreach is an important component of Champions of Character,” Hunt said. “It’s a focus on campus, but we want to have an impact in the community as well. With Tabor being in a rural community, we wanted to develop a Champions of Character program to highlight the resources available to us –that led to forming a reading program for Hillsboro and Marion Elementary schools.”

The athletes read books that the NAIA has identified, but some schools also supplement with other quality character building selections.

Evan Yoder, principal at Hillsboro Elementary School said, “The Champions of Character reading program has been tremendously popular at HES. Our students clamber for the opportunity to sit with their Tabor College athletic heroes and listen to them read during our lunch time. This is a wonderful program!”

Justin Wasmuth, principal of Marion Elementary School, agrees with Yoder.

“Our students love having someone that engages them in an activity, like the lunch reading program,” Wasmuth said. “It does help that they are athletes, but it gives them another role model to look up to and be excited to connect with them.”

The athletes appreciate being able interact with students and show them how important reading is to their education.

“Getting the opportunity to read to elementary students is a great way to give back to the community,” Lauren Massey, Tabor senior softball player, said. “Spending time with children around the area was so much fun for both us and them.”

Tabor has been a Five Star Champion of Character Institution for five consecutive years.

The athletes will continue this program next semester beginning in February.

Carson Center for Global Education to host talk on Ukraine crisis

October 20, 2014

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The Carson Center for Global Education is hosting a discussion regarding the conflict between Ukraine and Russia at 7 p.m., Monday, October 27 in the Tabor College Chapel, located in the H.W. Lohrenz building.

The talk is entitled, “The Crisis in Ukraine: Local Conflict with Global Repercussions” and will be given by Lidiya Zubytska.

Zubytska is originally from Lviv, Ukraine and is currently pursuing her doctorate in political science at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her research interests focus on political processes in eastern and central Europe.

Zubytska earned a master’s degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame. She also taught at the Ukrainian Catholic University and worked on administrative reform of the Ukrainian government with the French Ministry of Interior. Before coming to Kansas, she served as a program specialist on Ukraine at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC.

Director of the Carson Center, David Faber, said that it is important for all of us to discuss and understand the crisis in Ukraine.

“The mission of the Carson Center is to provide opportunities that increase student and community awareness of important global issues,” Faber said. “Many of us hear about the tension between Ukraine and Russia, but we are not sure why it matters to us. I am pleased that we have the chance to think about the implications of the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Furthermore, since many people in this area trace their ancestry to this region, this topic is of special interest to our community.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Tabor College Announces New Academic Scholarship Program

October 13, 2014

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The Tabor College office of enrollment management announces the launch of a new academic scholarship program for incoming students beginning in the fall semester 2015. Rusty Allen, vice-president for enrollment management, made the announcement, following the final enrollment strategic planning session in late September.

“We see this new program as something that will attract quality students, who will attend Tabor and enrich an already excellent academic experience for everyone,” Allen said. “We have talked at length about a variety of strategies to attract more quality students and the financial aid piece is a very important part of the puzzle.”

In addition to the general academic scholarships offered through the Tabor financial aid office, all academic departments on campus will now be able to offer prospective students additional scholarships, according to the student’s area of academic interest. Tabor Colleges has a robust set of 12 academic departments offering more than 30 majors and concentrations. Incoming students can also choose from an extensive list of minors and core curriculum emphases.

Director of admissions, Lee Waldron, commented, “Students are passionate about what they choose to study in college. I am excited we can now offer scholarships to support their academic passions.”

Tabor College offers a full range of institutional scholarships and grants, plus participates in all applicable federal and state financial aid programs.

Speaking to the issue of affordability, Scott Franz, director of student financial assistance, supports this new academic scholarship program for a variety of reasons.

“The financial aid office has not only the responsibility, but a deep desire to make Tabor College an affordable option for prospective students,” Franz said. “We are looking forward to working with each one of our academic departments and the families of prospective students, to find one more option to help offset the costs of a Tabor education.”

Prospective students will be identified through the admissions process and encouraged to apply for one of the newly developed academic scholarships. The application process will include: completing the application form and interviewing with a professor from the applicable department on campus.

Students who are interested in knowing more about academic scholarships are encouraged to contact the Tabor admissions office and speak with an admissions counselor at (620) 947-3121 ext.1726 or via email at admissions@tabor.edu.

An exhaustive list of financial aid options for Tabor College can be found on the admissions page.

Lifelong Learning session on October 17

October 12, 2014

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The first fall session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, October 17 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Gil and Rhoda Friesen, the 2014 Tabor College Alumni Merit Award Recipients, will discuss their roles as volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service in a presentation entitled, “A Life of Service.”

The Friesens began serving with MDS in 2006 following hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustavo and Ike. The couple continued their service in Colorado following the massive floods of 2013. They will share their experiences of the many blessings and challenges of volunteer service.

“Following our retirements from ‘paying’ jobs, Gil & I both felt the call to do more in the way of volunteer service, to follow the mandate of scripture that as Christians we are called to help those who are in need for whatever reason,” Rhoda said. ”We also liked the philosophy of Malcolm Forbes, who believed you should ‘spend the first third of your life getting an education, the second third earning a living, providing for families and the last third giving back to society.’”

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $5 per session or $15 per semester, or $29 per couple. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the sessions at the discounted price of $4.

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

Tabor College Accounting Professor Honored by KICA

October 07, 2014

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The Kansas Independent College Association proudly announced the selection of 18 college faculty members to receive the association’s inaugural Faculty of Distinction award. Among those honored is Tabor College assistant professor of accounting, Jesse Schumacher.

“I am humbled that my colleagues and students would even consider me for such an honor,” Schumacher said. “It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to serve the students at Tabor College.”

Schumacher has been with Tabor since 2005 and taught business administration courses to traditional and nontraditional college students. The undergraduate courses he has taught include: financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, individual income taxation, advanced accounting, management information systems and accounting information systems. Schumacher has also taught several masters level courses for the Tabor College MBA program.

Schumacher earned his master of business administration in July of 2000 and his bachelor of arts in accounting in May of 1996 from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Ohio. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of CPAs and Christian Business Faculty Association.

Tabor College president, Jules Glanzer, praised Schumacher for his work in the classroom.

“Jesse deserves this award from the KICA,” Glanzer said. “His commitment to students and his desire that they learn and apply what they learn in practical settings makes his classroom a place of high impact. His international experience, coupled with his business experience, creates a setting where his students are prepared for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and His kingdom.”

All the honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the KICA campus in Topeka, Kan., on October 21, 2014.

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas. Throughout their existence, these colleges, which included the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives. The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, president of the KICA. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual. Or as one nominee was described: they ‘have the ability to facilitate greatness in our students.’”

Faculty of Distinction honorees are nominated by the chief academic officer of each KICA member institution. This year’s recipients encompass multiple disciplines including: the natural sciences, business, history, theology, auto restoration, music and others. They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, plus adjunct instructors, who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.

For more information, visit www.kscolleges.org/faculty-of-distinction.html.

Tabor College ranked in top 100 by Washington Monthly Magazine

October 06, 2014

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For the second year in a row, Tabor College has been ranked 97th by Washington Monthly magazine in their Baccalaureate College Rankings. It is the third year in a row that Tabor was ranked in the top 100.

“Being ranked by Washington Monthly is an honor,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “It is the one ranking that demonstrates that we are fulfilling our mission. For a national magazine to recognize that we are contributing to the public good of society is telling the world that we are accomplishing our mission of preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and his kingdom.”

Washington Monthly is a bi-monthly magazine that showcases government, education, politics and social service. It ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Tabor is committed to helping students achieve success in the classroom, in athletics, the arts and in service projects. Tabor has several on campus programs that help students become more involved with each other and surrounding communities.

  • In the academic year 2013-2014, 45% of Tabor students received Pell Grants.
  • In the fall of 2013, 25% of students were minorities, 3% were from countries other than the United States.
  • Tabor provides educational opportunities in Europe, Bolivia, India, Belize, Peru, Asia and the Dominican Republic, broadening students’ worldviews.
  • All incoming freshman complete a service project their first day on campus.
  • Ministry Quest’s influence continues to shape lives. The high school discipleship program is designed to help students discern God’s call and develop their leadership potential.
  • Campus Ministries Council provides ministry and service opportunities for students including: Challenging, Helping and Understanding through MentorShip (CHUMS), a program matching Tabor students with local elementary school students to meet with them mentor and tutor; Wichita Urban Ministry Plunge (WUMP) and Share, Prayer & Dare (SPD), which fills the Historic Church on campus every Wednesday night.

For more information on this ranking, please visit:

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide/rankings-2014/baccalaureate-colleges-rank.php

Tabor College Basketball Player Receives Academic Scholarship

October 06, 2014

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Erin Maxwell, a senior at Tabor College, has been selected to receive a $2,425 UPS Scholarship provided through the Kansas Independent College Fund.

Maxwell is the daughter of Al and Sheila Maxwell of Topeka, Kan., and a 2011 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. Maxwell transferred to Tabor from Independence Community College and is majoring in graphic design. She is also a member of the Lady Jays basketball team. Upon graduation in May of 2015, Maxwell is planning to pursue a masters degree in architecture.

“I am honored and excited to be recognized with this scholarship,” Maxwell said. “It will only enhance my experience as a student-athlete at Tabor.”

Head women’s basketball coach Shawn Reed added, “I am thrilled to see Erin recognized with this scholarship. She is an extremely hard-worker and has excelled both in the classroom and on the court for our team. She is a person of integrity and strong character and is very deserving of this award and recognition. She embodies the characteristics we hope our student-athletes at Tabor possess.”

Tabor athletic director, Rusty Allen, said, “It is exciting to see Erin’s hard work pay off. As a student and an athlete, she represents the kind of excellence we strive for. She is very deserving of this scholarship.”

The Kansas Independent College Fund awarded a total of $43,650 in UPS Scholarships to 18 high-achieving, low-income students at private colleges and universities across the state of Kansas. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, DC.

In Kansas, KICF presented a $2,425 scholarship to a student at each of their 18 individual member institutions. Those colleges and universities are: Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College and the University of Saint Mary.

The 18 UPS Scholars in Kansas have an average GPA of 3.25 and include: three students studying business administration, six students in health-care related fields, like nursing and exercise science, two preparing for careers in K-12 education, one student in biology and three in social sciences and humanities fields. Three students, who received scholarships, are freshman with undeclared majors.

“UPS is pleased to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s independent colleges,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation. “We are proud, too, that the UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed $102 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.8 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2013.”

The UPS Scholarships were funded by the UPS Educational Endowment, which is held and administered by CIC. The Endowment was established in the 1970’s by the UPS Foundation to support programs to benefit underserved populations. Since its inception, the Endowment has generated over $50 million in scholarship support for more than 17,000 students at independent colleges and universities.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 614 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

Tabor College Theater Department presents “Our Town”

October 03, 2014

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The Tabor College Theater Department is proud to present “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder for this year’s Homecoming weekend.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, October 15-18 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium. Prices for all shows are: adults $12, students $8, Tabor students $4. For tickets call (620) 947-3121, ext. 1033.

“Our Town” paints a picture of small-town life – the good, the bad, the humorous and the beautiful.

The original score was composed by Tabor’s own Dr. Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, who also serves as music director for the production. Inherent in the script is the singing of a few old hymns, which provided the inspiration for the compositions.

Director of theater at Tabor, Laurel Koerner, says, “Though it’s set in the early 1900’s, I think many will recognize these characters. What is true of small-town life is also true of the play: there is beauty in its simplicity.”

Central to the plot are two young people, whom we observe as they experience friendship, love and loss. It’s a story that urges us to take notice of the little things and appreciate what we often take for granted.

The cast includes: Cheyenne Derksen, senior, Michael Beye, sophomore, Heather Loewen, sophomore, Ryne Preheim, freshman, Kari Schmidt, freshman, Sam Klein, senior, Andrea Acker, senior, Molly Wiebe, freshman, Reuven Isaac, freshman, Jesse Todd, senior, Olivia Kliewer, junior, Clayton Bauer, freshman, Ben Schmidt, junior, Michael Adamyk, senior, Alisa Ediger, freshman, Ashley Birkey, freshman, Michael Wager, junior, Dawson Waltner, senior, Gracie Funk, freshman, Maryn Robson, freshman, Kyvie Lahman, senior, JoAnn Rich, freshman and Faith Tonne, junior.

Book Signing for Katie Funk Wiebe

October 01, 2014

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At this year’s Tabor College Homecoming, the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies will be hosting a book signing from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for Katie Funk Wiebe on Saturday, October 18th in Java Jays in the Student Center. Her new book entitled, A Strong Frailty: Aganeta Janzen Block, which CMBS is publishing, discusses how we make it through seemingly unbearable trials.

This story is about Katie’s aunt Neta’s experiences in Siberia in the Stalinist era.

According to CMBS director Peggy Goertzen, “It is a stirring and sobering account of hardship, survival and faith. Using Neta’s own words, Katie has drawn significant insights from her aunt’s letters, which will be an inspiration to us all.”

Katie is professor emeritus from Tabor College, having taught English here for over 20 years. She is a prolific author, storyteller and historian, named one of 20 most influential Mennonites in the 20th century.

For a complete list of events for Homecoming 2014, visit us online at: www.tabor.edu/alumni/homecoming.

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