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.

To read the entire article featuring Shin-hee Chin in Surface Design, click on this link:

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.”

Rusty Allen of Tabor College Voted KCAC Athletic Director of the Year

August 05, 2014

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Wichita, Kan. – Rusty Allen of Tabor College has been named the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Athletic Director of the Year for 2013-14. He will be formally recognized at the upcoming KCAC Sport Management Conference held at Sterling College on August 5. This is Allen’s second Athletic Director of the Year award in his tenure at Tabor, the first coming in 2011-12.

The annual Athletic Director of the Year Award is determined by a peer vote among the members of the KCAC Governing Council. By virtue of receiving this award at the conference level, Allen will also be considered as a candidate for the National Athletic Director of the Year by the NAIA Athletic Directors Association.

Allen serves Tabor as the Vice-President of Enrollment Management & Intercollegiate Athletics. He has presided over athletics since 2008, adding Enrollment Management to his title in 2011. Allen oversees an athletics department that supports over 400 student-athletes in 19 sports with staff that exceeds 40 people.

“His leadership and guidance are the strength behind the recent growth and success of Tabor’s athletic programs,” stated Dr. Jules Glanzer, Tabor College President. “Rusty is dedicated to helping his teams and coaches succeed. He has a passion for being the best, giving attention to details, and working with people to reach their full potential.”

Over the last six years he has worked in virtually every aspect to build a new football stadium / track & field complex and overhaul the college’s baseball field and gymnasium. Recently, Allen has helped developed partnerships with the City of Hillsboro and Marion Public Schools to better facilitate Tabor’s newest sports of bowling and swimming.

Since 2009, Allen has served as a member of the Executive Committee for the KCAC Governing Council in the roles of Vice-Chair (2009 – 2011), Chair (2011 – 2013), and Past Chair (2013 – Present). Allen was also an integral member of the KCAC Membership Expansion Site Evaluation Teams.

“His service to the KCAC has been selfless throughout as well as thoughtful, forward-thinking, and providing a level of stability to the conference among his peers,” said Dr. Scott Crawford, KCAC Commissioner.“

In 2013-14, Tabor athletic teams combined for more than 25 community service projects, helping the Women’s Basketball program to be selected as the first ever KCAC Team of Character. Fourteen Bluejay teams earned NAIA Scholar-Team status. Fifty-four student-athletes were named Daktronics-NAIA scholars and six earned spots on All-America teams.

This past year, Baseball and Volleyball were crowned regular season champions. Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, and Baseball took the conference tournament titles, advancing to NAIA national championships. Tabor was chosen as one of nine opening round sites for NAIA Baseball Opening round. The Bluejays advanced from the Opening Round to the NAIA World Series for the first time in school history, finishing fifth in the country. Tabor football advanced to the final eight teams following a road playoff victory over Benedictine. Eight track and field athletes qualified for both NAIA Outdoor & Indoor nationals in 2014, while three runners qualified for NAIA Cross Country nationals.

“Rusty’s successes extend well beyond the athletic fields and into the classroom and residence life where he earned the respect of his faculty, coaches, and student-athletes alike,” commented Kent Allshouse, Athletic Director for Bethel College.

Prior to being named Vice-President of Athletics, Allen spent seven years as the head women’s basketball coach at Tabor College, stepping down after three straight seasons advancing to the of the NAIA D-II Women’s National Basketball Championship “Sweet Sixteen”. His accomplishments as the Women’s Basketball Coach for the Bluejays also include two KCAC championships (04-05, 05-06) and two KCAC Coach of the Year awards (04-05, 05-06). Outside athletics, Allen has served in many roles at Tabor College including Residence Life & Housing Director, Director of Admissions, and Dean of Enrollment.

Allen graduated from McPherson College in 1985 with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education and earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from the Peru State University in 1995. Allen resides in Hillsboro with his wife, Debbie. They have three children: Jordan, Jesse, and Whitney.

Previous KCAC Athletic Director of the Year Winners
  • 2012 – 2013: No Nominees Submitted
  • 2011 – 2012: Rusty Allen, Tabor College
  • 2010 – 2011: Arabie Conner, Ottawa University
  • 2009 – 2010: Diane Flickner, Bethel College
  • 2008 – 2009: Joe Zimmerman, Friends University

14 of 16 Tabor College Varsity Sports Teams Receive NAIA Award

July 17, 2014

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Tabor College is excited to announce that 14 of its 16 varsity athletic teams earned the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Team Award for their academic efforts in the classroom during the fall and spring semesters of the 2013-2014 academic year. Each team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the academic year in order to receive this award.

Vice president of intercollegiate athletics Rusty Allen said: “Part of the mission of the athletic department is to support learning. Our coaches work hard to impress upon their athletes the importance of excellence in the classroom. God has blessed us with talented athletes and students. I am proud of our coaches and players and look forward to continued academic excellence.”

Below is a list of cumulative GPAs for each varsity team:

  • Football – 3.01
  • Men’s Cross Country – 3.44
  • Men’s Indoor Track & Field – 3.09
  • Men’s Outdoor Track & Field – 3.05
  • Men’s Soccer – 3.05
  • Men’s Tennis – 3.28
  • Softball – 3.18
  • Volleyball – 3.47
  • Division II Women’s Basketball – 3.45
  • Women’s Cross Country – 3.70
  • Women’s Indoor Track & Field – 3.66
  • Women’s Outdoor Track & Field – 3.61
  • Women’s Soccer – 3.26
  • Women’s Tennis – 3.62

The Tabor College football team is one of only four football teams in the entire NAIA to have won this award during the 2013-2014 academic year. Head football coach Mike Gardner said he is proud of his guys for their hard work off the field.

“This is a great accomplishment, and something we’ve been striving for since I returned four years ago,” said Gardner. “I’m proud we have been able to attract players who have bought in academically to Tabor College and their futures apart from football. It’s been great to work with these guys and see a lot of winning on the field and in the classroom.”

President Jules Glanzer attributes this success in the classroom to the outstanding academic staff at Tabor.

“These awards are a tribute to our coaches, student success office, athletic administration and faculty for working with our athletes helping them succeed both in the classroom and on the court and field,” said Glanzer.

“I am especially pleased that our football team is one of the teams receiving the award. With that many players on the varsity, it becomes more difficult to achieve a high team GPA. I also want to thank the academic administration for their work in crafting an attendance policy that I am sure helped with this academic success.”

Frank Johnson, vice president of academics said the student-athletes are to be commended.

“God continues to bless Tabor College,” said Johnson. “What a thrill to see the collective success of these student-athletes and their coaches. I am truly grateful for all who have contributed to this remarkable achievement – on the competitive field/court-as well as the classroom.”

Tabor College to Sell Tax Credits to Donors

July 15, 2014

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Tabor College is proud to announce that it has received an award of $190,000 in tax credits from the Kansas Community Service Tax Credit Program of the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Tabor is one of 25 nonprofit organizations awarded tax credits in order to provide support for capital fund-raising projects. Tabor will use these tax credit donations to help fund the new Center for the Arts— set to be built on the main campus in Hillsboro, Kan. in the fall of 2015.

Tabor’s vice president of advancement, Ron Braun, spearheaded efforts to write the proposal to the Kansas Department of Commerce.

“Receiving these tax credits is a major achievement for the Hillsboro community and Marion County. For the State of Kansas to recognize the impact the new Tabor College Center for the Arts will have here strengthens our ability to raise the needed funds to successfully complete the project,” Braun said.

The tax credits will be sold to donors wanting to contribute to the Signature Campaign—the $16.2 million fund-raising effort that began two years ago, specifically geared toward building the new Center for the Arts, endowing the facility, enhancing the campus and providing for the Tabor fund. To date, Tabor needs to raise $1.6 million to complete the funding for the Center for the Arts.

Donors will be able to purchase a minimum of $250 in tax credits to be used during the next 18 months, for their 2014 or 2015 Kansas state income taxes.

Tabor president Jules Glanzer said this is a win-win situation for the college and for the community.

“I am delighted that the Kansas Department of Commerce has recognized that the Center for the Arts will have an impact on the quality of life in our community. Events we have in the facility will increase the quality of life in Marion County,” Glanzer said.

The Community Service Tax Credit Program awarded a total of $4.13 million in tax credits to hospitals, health care organizations, foundations and other non-profits across the state.

“Community Service Tax Credits support the fund-raising efforts of organizations that help make Kansas a great place to live,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “The non-profits receiving CSP awards serve communities all across our state by providing a wide range of services that enhance the quality of life and create economic opportunity.”

For more information on how to purchase tax credits, please call our advancement office at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1706 or email us at

Updates to Weight Room at Tabor College

July 15, 2014

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Tabor College has put in some sweat equity this summer by revamping and remodeling the weight room on the north side of the Campus Recreation Center. Here are a few of the improvements that have been made:

  • Repainted the entire room with art work on the west wall to match that in the game gym.
  • Replaced the entire floor with top of the line 3/4” rubber flooring.
  • Installed four new dead lift platforms that are flush with the new flooring. The Power Jay artwork is painted on each platform.
  • Repainted all the squat racks.
  • Reupholstered all the weight benches.
  • Eliminated unused equipment with plans for more squat racks, dumb bells and dead lift plates to come.

Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics, is pleased with the improvements made.

“The renovated space looks outstanding,” Allen said. “We are excited for the improved training opportunities for our student-athletes and the recruiting advantage it should provide. Andy Davis (assistant baseball coach) and Amy Ratzlaff (head volleyball coach) gave great leadership to getting this accomplished. Many others from athletics and maintenance worked hard disassembling, moving and reassembling equipment. It was a team effort and I appreciate everyone who helped.”

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