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.

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Tabor College enrollment increases for 2014 fall semester

September 22, 2014

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The Tabor College student enrollment, for the 2014 fall semester, has increased overall by four percent, with 766 students enrolled now, compared to 736 in 2013. This includes 594 undergraduate students in Hillsboro and 141 undergraduate students in Wichita, as well as 31 graduate students in Wichita. Of the 594 students in Hillsboro, 21 are Hillsboro High School students. The Hillsboro campus has 231 new students, which ties a record set in the fall of 2011.

Tabor College also has a record number of male students enrolled in undergraduate programs. There are 345 men in Hillsboro, 23 in Wichita and online, for a total of 368.

Tabor’s total full-time equivalency, which is a calculation that converts part-time hours to full-time students, is 675. Undergraduate FTE on the Hillsboro campus is 571 and 83 on the Wichita campus. Graduate FTE is 21.

Tabor College president, Jules Glanzer, attributed the increased enrollment to the collaborative effort by the faculty and staff.

“Our growth is the result of the hard work of many people and the favor of God smiling down on Tabor,” Glanzer said.

Rusty Allen, vice president of enrollment management, echoed Glanzer’s sentiments.

“It is exciting to see our recruiting strategies bear fruit. God continues to bless the hard work of our staff,” Allen said. “We count it a privilege to help bring students to Tabor College because of the decidedly Christian experience we are confident they will find.”

One year ago, Tabor College in Wichita had only 11 students enrolled in graduate programs. This fall, TCW has 31 —for an increased enrollment of 181 percent. This is the highest total of students enrolled in graduate programs at TCW in its 20 year history.

“The increased enrollment numbers are a validation of the hard work done by the faculty members to constantly update our programs in response to the needs of both employers and students,” said Brett Andrews, vice president of Tabor College in Wichita.

Online enrollment, for programs offered via the internet, has helped boost their enrollment numbers too.

“Our online programs have been expanded in response to our student body’s desire for more flexibility in course delivery,” Andrews added. “These new online degree programs offer students just that.”

Glanzer commended the efforts of Andrews and his staff in Wichita. Andrews has only been with Tabor College since December, 2013.

“Dr. Andrews and his team have done a remarkable job in a short amount of time,” Glanzer said. “The increase in graduate students is good to see.”

Miriam Kliewer named Coordinator for Lifelong Learning

August 30, 2014

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Tabor College is pleased to announce that Miriam (Klassen) Kliewer has been named the new coordinator for its Lifelong Learning program. She replaces Connie Isaac, who retired in May after serving in the position for 20 years.

“Miriam is filling some big shoes,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “I am confident she will bring creativity and energy in offering excellent educational programs for the seniors in our community.”

Miriam grew up in a pastor’s family. From a very young age she learned the value of service to people and for the glory of God. She graduated from Tabor College in 1990 with a degree in business/communications and then went on to receive a degree in elementary education. While at Tabor, Miriam met her husband, Wayne Kliewer, and the two were married in 1989. For several years they resided in Hillsboro where Miriam served in several positions, including an interim position as Tabor Bookstore manager.

In 1993, Miriam and her husband moved to Lakewood, Colo., where the majority of the next 20 years was spent raising their four children, Mariah, Joshua, Caleb and Hannah. She began homeschooling the children from the very beginning while also training to become a certified massage therapist.

In the past eight years, Miriam ran a private massage business, continued homeschooling her children and served as women’s ministry leader at their church in Colorado. All of these experiences strengthened Miriam’s passion to serve, to exercise her creative gifts, to be organized and to plan events of various sizes.

She is certainly prepared and ready for this new journey in her life to serve the seniors who want to continue learning.

“I am so excited to use my God given gifts and talents to serve the mature adults of this community, as well as to serve Tabor College, a place that means so much to me and my family,” Miriam said. “I also want to give my best to carry on this important part of Tabor’s outreach to the community and to bless the people who have faithfully attended and supported this ministry for many years.

“Connie Isaac worked tirelessly to build on past leaders’ work and has created a wonderful outreach to senior adults. I hope to bring new ideas, new energy and love for these people to carry on the Life Long Learning program.”

Rod Hamm named new Director of Alumni Relations at Tabor College

August 29, 2014

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Tabor College is excited to announce that alumnus Rod Hamm has accepted the position as the new director of alumni relations.

“I am very excited to be coming back to Tabor College as the director of alumni relations,” Hamm said. “I look forward to the opportunity of connecting with alumni and friends of the college and sharing with them what is happening on our campus.”

Hamm has a strong passion for the Tabor College constituents and community. He graduated from Tabor in 1983 with a bachelor of arts in health and physical education. He served as an admissions counselor at Tabor from 1989-1995 and was also head women’s basketball coach from 1992-1995. In 1995, Hamm was promoted as a physical education/health instructor and also became the Bluejays head women’s soccer coach and head women’s softball coach.

In 1998, Hamm left Tabor to work for a local printing company, Baker Bros. Printing, where he worked in sales and handled administrative duties. Finally in 2011, Hamm took his experience down the street to become a sales representative for Midway Motors.

Hamm’s outgoing and energetic personality makes him the perfect fit for his new role at Tabor.

“Rod has a passion to serve our alumni and help them connect to each other and the college,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “He knows so many of our alums by name and has followed them in life.”

Hamm will be joining two family members who are already employed at the college. His wife, Brenda, works in the admissions department as campus visit coordinator and their son, Derek, is an assistant professor of graphic design.

The familiarity of the Tabor family will be a huge benefit for him as the new director of alumni relations.

“We welcome Rod to this new role that will include engaging Tabor alumni in efforts to connect them better to each other and to our campuses,” said Ron Braun, vice president for advancement at Tabor College. “Rod’s experience and knowledge of generations of alumni will serve him well in this position.”

Hamm is an active member of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Kiwanis Club and Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has served as a commentator for Tabor College internet broadcasts, Hillsboro High School Booster Club Chair and Hillsboro High School Site Council Chair.

2014 Academic Convocation

August 28, 2014

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Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Tabor College hosted students, faculty and staff for its annual Academic Convocation to start the new school year. Dr. Karrie Rathbone, professor of biology, gave the address entitled “Making an Impact.” Dr. Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, led the congregation in the singing of Redeemed of God, Come Let Us Sing.

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Charles David Smart to perform guitar concert at Tabor College

August 27, 2014

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Tabor College is pleased to welcome acoustic guitarist, Charles David Smart, who will be performing a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 4 in the chapel, located in the H.W. Lohrenz building on campus. Smart will also be teaching a master class for all Tabor music majors at 3 p.m. that same day.

“It’s going to be fun,” Smart said. “It will be good to be back in Hillsboro again, (since) I haven’t been there for a couple of years.”

Smart has ministered and worshiped in a variety of settings throughout his career. He has played in stately cathedrals, mega-churches and country chapels. He’s also played backstage at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, jammed in the family pubs of Ireland and performed at American university concert halls. This multi-styled, award winning, Nashville recording guitarist’s real love for the Lord is shown completely through his music with passion and energy.

Smart attended a very musical public school which encouraged significant performing opportunities. His high school vice-principal booked his very first road gig. A few years later, David caught the attention of other touring musicians, which led to his first extended professional gig at the Tulsa Hilton Hotel Copa Club with the Los Angeles based singer, Karen Blackwood. As a 19-year-old kid from a small town in Kansas, Smart was surrounded by extraordinary musicians from New York, Boston and Las Vegas (all with major musical artists’ performance credits). Immediately from there, he went on tour with internationally recognized musicians performing in major concert arenas nationwide including: GMA Dove Award recipients Phillips, Craig and Dean; First Call; NewSong; Larnel Harris; CMA Country Music Hall of Fame member Roy Clark; and jazz legends Pat Methany and Clark Terry.

Smart gained extensive music industry experience working almost 15 years in the Nashville music community as a songwriter, guitar picker and music teacher, prior to earning his graduate degree and relocating to Kansas City.

Smart has stayed open to musical growth and has enjoyed wide performance opportunities in many areas of pop, jazz, country and classical music—including a performance of Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D with the Evangel Temple Christian Center orchestra in Springfield, Mo.

As a composer/songwriter, Smart has premiered works with film/radio production, sanctuary choirs, children’s groups, instrumental ensembles and soloists. Since 1994, David has taught leading guitarists worldwide through MidAmerica Nazarene University and introduced others to the world of music with Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Economic Impact of Tabor College in Marion County for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

August 11, 2014

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A recent study done by the Kansas Independent College Association found that Tabor College generated $7.5 million in income to the Marion County economy during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. This equaled approximately 2.8% of the county’s gross regional product.

According to the study, during the analysis year, the economic impacts of Tabor College to Marion County are as follows:

Impact of college operations

Tabor employed 206 full-time and part-time employees. Payroll amounted to $7 million, a portion of which was spent in the county to purchase groceries, clothing and other household goods/services. The college spent another $9.9 million to support its day-to-day operations. The net impact of college payroll and expenses in Marion County during the analysis year was approximately $5.8 million in added county income.

Impact of student spending

Tabor students who relocated to Marion County from outside the county spent money at local businesses. The off-campus expenditures of Tabor’s out-of-county students added approximately $122,900 in income to the economy.

Impact of visitor spending

Visitors who came to Marion County impacted the economy through their off-campus expenditures at local businesses—adding $77,200 of income to the county economy.

Impact of student productivity

Over the years, students have studied at Tabor and entered or re-entered the workforce with newly-acquired skills. The accumulated contribution of former Tabor students employed in the county workforce amounted to $1.5 million in added income.

Delores Dalke, Mayor of Hillsboro, said, “We are so pleased to have Tabor College in Hillsboro. The students, faculty and staff contribute in so many ways to our economic stability, as well as to our cultural and social benefits. The jobs that are provided and the $7.5 million in economic benefits make our city one of the places where families want to make their homes, so that they can enjoy being a part of this vibrant community.”

Benefits to students:

Tabor’s students paid a total of $5.3 million to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies. They also forwent $10.3 million in money that they would have earned had they been working instead of learning. In return for the monies invested in the college, students will receive a present value of $60.5 million in increased earnings over their working lives. Dividing benefits to students by the costs of education yields a return of $3.90 in higher future income for every $1 that students invest in their education. The average annual return for students is 15.2%.

Benefits to society:

Society, as a whole in Kansas, will receive a present value of $105.2 million in added state income over the course of the students’ working lives. Society will also benefit from $19.5 million in present value social savings related to reduced crime, lower unemployment and increased health and well-being across the state.

Benefits to Taxpayers:

The net present value of the added tax revenue, stemming from the students’ higher lifetime incomes and the increased output of businesses, amounts to $9.6 million in added tax revenue across the state. Savings to the public sector add another $3.4 million in reduced government expenditures due to a reduced demand for publicly-funded services in Kansas.

Tabor College generates a positive economic impact on Marion County and creates lifelong benefits for its students. The entire state of Kansas benefits from the education provided by Tabor through the added income and social savings generated by students who remain in the state.

“The economic impact of Tabor College is significant,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “We do not always think about this as we go about our daily lives, but when you put numbers to what the economic impact of the college is on the city and county, it is very significant. What struck me was the impact of the number of students that we bring into the state and also the number of jobs that we create for the county.”

Director of the Marion County Economic Development Department, Teresa Huffman, realizes how much everyone who’s a part of Tabor brings to the area.

“The students and staff of Tabor College provide a tremendous economic impact,” Huffman said, “not only to Hillsboro, but also to Marion County—from the groceries, food at restaurants, gas for their vehicles and participation in community events.”

Articulation Agreement Between Tabor College and Hesston College

August 11, 2014

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Tabor College is excited to announce that it is partnering with Hesston College to provide their students with the opportunity to continue their education after receiving a two year degree. The two schools have entered into an articulation agreement allowing eligible students graduating with an associate of arts degree or an associate of science degree from Hesston College to enter Tabor College as juniors – satisfying their general education core requirements.

A similar provision is also available for Hesston graduates holding the associate applied arts and science degree in nursing to enter Tabor’s RN to BSN program. The articulation agreement, which goes into effect immediately, applies to students who transfer into Tabor College’s School of Adult & Graduate Studies.

Dr. Brett Andrews, vice president of Tabor College, says this partnership will benefit both schools.

“We are delighted to forge an even stronger bond with our sister institution, Hesston College, with this agreement,” Andrews said. “It not only acknowledges the strong educational background that these students bring to Tabor College, but it also provides a consistency in the faith-based approach to higher education the students receive.”

Tabor College president, Dr. Jules Glanzer, is excited that Hesston College graduates can continue learning with a seamless transition to Tabor.

“Serving students is the reason for our existence,” Glanzer said. “When we can work together with other institutions in helping students achieve their educational goals, everyone wins. I am delighted that we have signed the agreement.”

Tabor College is a four-year Christian liberal arts institution located in Hillsboro, Kan., with a second campus, Tabor College in Wichita, located at 21st Street and Ridge Road in Wichita, Kan. For more information, visit us at

Shin-hee Chin Featured in Surface Design

August 08, 2014

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Tabor College associate professor of art and design, Shin-hee Chin, is featured in the summer edition of Surface Design—the leading publication in the field of design, fiber and textile arts. The publication is circulated internationally.

The idea for a Korean theme, for this particular edition, came about in 2011 when Marci Rae McDade, journal editor of Surface Design, saw Chin’s Self Portrait #5 in Fiber Focus, a regional exhibition hosted by Art Saint Louis gallery.

“At a distance, the piece shimmered in a seemingly pixelated halo of vibrant color,” McDade said. “Chin created this effect with a technique she developed by appropriating the traditional Korean paper twisting method of jiseung used for basketry. Handmade Korean mulberry paper (hanji) is twisted into single strips between the index finger and thumb to make cords. Chin substituted recycled fabric for paper to construct thin tubes, which she then connected with hand stitching.”

“This is quite an honor,” says Chin. “I am flattered that Marci thought about this type of theme, because of my artwork.”

Writer Mary M. Dusenbury tells about Chin’s style, techniques and intellectuality in the article entitled “Valorizing the Voiceless.”

Chin’s self-portrait, on the cover of the magazine, shows strips of recycled red, white and blue fabric, twisted into single strips. What emerges out of these tiny chords is a smiling Shin-hee, with her right eye covered by her hair, posing for a portrait in a white collared blouse.

“I constantly try to valorize devalued women’s labor and the woman’s body by reversing the negative insinuations associated with female domains and imbuing them with positive qualities,” Chin says.

Five other works of art by Chin are also featured with Dusenbury’s article –Silence, Behind the Scenes, Nadia Anjuman, Breathing and Mother Tongue and Foreign Language. Dusenbury goes into the detail of each piece.

Chin was born in Seoul, South Korea, but has lived in the United States for the past 26 years. Self Portrait #5 captures the essence of both countries that she represents.

Self Portrait #5 poses questions about identity and the sense of belonging in terms of gender, ethnicity and nationality, ‘Who am I and what am I?,’” she says. “Traditionally, red and blue are assigned gender-specific roles. Red and blue are also used a great deal in flags and are thus associated with patriotism, allegiance and loyalty. Both Korea and the United States, the two countries essential in defining my nationality and cultural citizenship, use red and blue colors in their flags. To symbolize the hybridity of my identity and cultural practices, I alternated stripes of red, white and blue (America) and red, blue, white and black (Korea) in creating an image of myself.”

Viewer’s Choice Award

Chin also received word from Karen Gillenwater, the curator of the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Ind., that her piece entitled “Mrs. Fowler” was voted as the Viewer’s Choice Award. The exhibit, Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, explored the world of contemporary art quilts.

“Our visitors always respond personally to Shin-hee’s artworks,” Gillenwater said. “In fact, this is the second year that she has won our Viewer’s Choice Award. Shin-hee’s unique portraits in fiber resonate with viewers. Many visitors commented on the emotional impact of “Mrs. Fowler” and the elegant way that Shin-hee portrayed grief. They also often commented on the techniques that she used to create the piece—mostly the hand-stitching that she so artfully employed to create the figure.”

Currently, Chin has an exhibit, Root and Rise, on display at Pioneer Bluffs Gallery in Matfield Green, Kan., until August 30.

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2014 KCAC Football Media Day

August 07, 2014

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The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference held its annual football media day Wednesday, August 6 at the Courtyard Marriott in Wichita, Kan. All 10 football coaches from the KCAC spent time at the podium discussing each teams’ improvements and challenges for the upcoming 2014 season.

Even with a 10-3 record last season, Bluejays head football coach Mike Gardner spoke about some of the trials and tribulations his team experienced.

“Going through three quarterbacks last year, three punters, seven defensive back combinations, four offensive line combinations and (we) lost the best receiver we had, we really only had three weeks of consistent linebacker health,” Gardner said. “You don’t sit up here as a coach and make excuses about it. You try to figure out ways around things and try to get better.”

This season, the Bluejays lose a strong force in the backfield, running back James Monroe.

“You don’t replace a guy like that. You just hope you can get a couple (guys) that can play similar or as well as he did. His leadership was off the charts as a person and a player.”

Gardner also eluded to the fact that he is going to move some guys around and play them in different positions. With those movements, on both sides of the ball, there are definitely questions to be answered.

“How fast can we adapt to new roles? Who’s going to be the most selfless?” Gardner asked. “We want to be competitive every week. We want to put the best possible group we can on the field. We want to compete and we want to be prepared.”

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