Tabor Announces 2014 Presidential Leadership Participants

November 22, 2013

Categories: General News

Tabor College announced the recipients of the 2014 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarships. Annaliese Wiens, Arlington, Texas, Alex Janzen, Morro Bay, Calif., Matthew Molden, Aurora, Colo., and Heidi Klaassen Arkansas City, Kan. are the four recipients of the prestigious $68,000 scholarships. These students will participate in a four-year leadership laboratory that is designed to develop young people into effective and skilled leaders for the next generation.

“In addition to being intelligent, I look for poise, relational skills, presence and a capacity to influence,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “Character, vision, passion and courage are also very important.”

All of the students participated in the Selection Weekend earlier this month, where they interviewed with Glanzer, participated in group activities, gave a speech and wrote an essay.

A committee recommended a group, then Glanzer chose four students.

“We were excited to host these exceptional students and believe that they have tremendous potential to shape and influence the Tabor College campus,” said Rusty Allen, vice-president for enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics.

This program was established in 2011. The first group of Presidential Leadership participants will be seniors next year.

“These new students have the capacity to shape and influence the student body in significant ways for the next four years,” said Glanzer.

During their time at Tabor, the scholars will be able to be involved in an international trip to Niger to dig a water well.

“We will continue to make the world our classroom,” said Glanzer. “We will provide leadership experiences and create a leadership learning community.”

Tabor College Chamber Strings and Symphonic Band Present "Snapshots of Christmas"

November 15, 2013

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Chamber Strings and Symphonic Band will present the annual Christmas instrumental performance 4 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

This year’s theme is “Snapshots of Christmas.” The Chamber Strings will begin the concert by playing a piece titled “Rhythmic Snapshots of Christmas” and all of the selections presented will provide numerous musical snapshots of the Christmas message.

“The music of Christmas ranges from the sedate to the boisterous,” said Larry Ediger, interim director of Instrumental Music. “Christmas music presented instrumentally has the ability to not only bring to mind the words of familiar songs; it has a range of expression that may be as sweet and soft as the most sedate carol and as powerful as the most boisterous celebration of Christ’s birth.”

Contemporary interpretations of traditional Christmas carols as well as classics such as “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson will be presented by both the Chamber Strings and Symphonic Band.

Ediger said, “Those who attend this concert will be able to both delight in the soft and sweet sounds of Christmas and be energized to praise by boisterous celebration.”

Tabor College and Bethel College Basketball Conference Schedule Update

November 13, 2013

Categories: General News

Renovations are being made to the Bethel College gym floor due to water damage that occurred last July. The men and women’s conference basketball game locations have been rescheduled to be played as follows.

Tabor College will host Bethel College on Dec. 12, 2013 in Hillsboro, KS and Bethel will host Tabor Feb. 1, 2014 in North Newton, KS.

Brent Warkentin will Speak at Lifelong Learning’s Thanksgiving Dinner

November 12, 2013

Categories: General News

Brent Warkentin, lead pastor of Wichita’s First Mennonite Brethren Church, will present “The Great Commission Today” at a special Lifelong Learning Thanksgiving Dinner, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

Warkentin is a 1985 graduate of Tabor College and earned a master of divinity degree from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, Calif.

Before assuming the lead pastorate of Wichita’s First Mennonite Brethren Church, Warkentin and his wife, Joan, served at Buhler MB Church, Garden Valley Church in Garden City and Reedley MB Church in Reedley, Calif.

Warkentin spent many of his formative years in Indonesia, where his parents were missionaries.

Currently chairman of MB Mission, the global mission agency of the Mennonite Brethren churches of North America, he will speak of the state of Christianity in the world today.

Tickets for the event are $10 and must be purchased before Tuesday Nov. 19.

They are available at the Tabor College Advancement Department office in the Visitors Center, or by contacting Connie Isaac,, 620-947-5964.

Tabor College All-American and NFL All-Pro “Bay” Lawrence 40-year record broken

November 12, 2013

Categories: General News

Retired NFL All-Pro Rolland “Bay” Lawrence attended the Tabor College football game Saturday Nov. 9 against Bethel College in Hillsboro, congratulating current senior James Monroe Jr. Monroe surpassed the all-time rushing record Lawrence set 40 years ago. A ceremony was held during half-time to recognize the accomplishments of both men.

On the afternoon of Oct. 19 against Friends University, Monroe gained 197 rushing yards and one touchdown on 34 carries, establishing a new career rushing record with 3,198 yards. The 40-year old record had been set in 1972 by Lawrence who finished his career with 3,008 yards. With one game remaining in the regular season, Monroe’s rushing total now stands at 3,389 yards.

In the fall of 1969, Lawrence journeyed to Tabor from his home in Franklin, Pa., to play football for the Bluejays. The second leading rusher on the team his freshman year, Lawrence showed no stopping his sophomore year when he was selected First Team All-KCAC. During his junior year, he first broke the record for most rushing yards. During his senior year at Tabor, he was selected First Team All-District 10 and Honorable Mention NAIA All-American. Lawrence was eventually inducted into the Tabor College and NAIA Hall of Fame.

Lawrence left Tabor College after graduating in 1973 to play for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He had a distinguished career with the Falcons from 1973-1981 and was named All-Pro in 1976 and 1977. Lawrence still holds the Falcons record for most interceptions in a career with 39.

Monroe’s journey from the East Coast to Midwest Kansas is quite similar. An outstanding athlete and student from Brown Mills, N.J., Monroe exudes a quiet strength.

Monroe had not heard about Tabor until the Bluejays began recruiting him.

“I was excited to receive Tabor’s offer and was impressed by their professionalism and care for my goals, both on and off the field,” Monroe said.

During his freshman year at Tabor, Monroe was aware of the record that Lawrence had set.

“After my first year at Tabor, I had slightly over 400 yards and I thought there is no way I could break the record,” Monroe said. “So I stopped thinking about it and played ball.”

Monroe reflected on the game in which his new record was set. “I did not know I had broken the record, I wasn’t thinking about it,” he said. “We won the game, and that’s the most important part. It was a team effort. While this was a great accomplishment, I am most blessed to be playing with such a great team.”

Monroe values his teammates. “The players on this team consist of great men,” he said. “We work hard and we play for a purpose.”

Lawrence agrees that teamwork is a necessity.

“A good team and a strong line attribute to successful players and these types of records,” Lawrence said. “I congratulate Mr. Monroe for the hard work and accomplishments he has made on the field. He is clearly a talented and humble young man with a supportive cast in front of him.”

Lawrence is thankful for the reminder of good times.

“The Lord is good, and I thank James for accomplishing these goals allowing me to reflect on the years I was blessed to be at Tabor,” Said Lawrence.

Monroe also notes the encouragement Tabor has brought to his life.

“I have become a new person thanks to the coaches, professors and staff at Tabor,” he said. “It is by God’s grace that I am here and have had the privilege to play alongside these wonderful men. God is continually working in my heart and I am thankful for that.”

Monroe has been invited and is registered to play in the 2013 NCAA D2 vs NAIA Senior Bowl Game Dec. 21 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Tabor currently holds one of the top rushing attacks in the country averaging 438 yards per game. Monroe finds himself in the center of this explosive ground game and ranks seventh in the country averaging 142 rushing yards per game.

Since retiring from the NFL, Lawrence has had a successful and meaningful professional career as a teacher, coach, vice principal and principal for Vision Quest, a youth placement facility in Franklin, Pa.

Tabor Honors Donor at Football Game

November 08, 2013

Categories: General News

Tabor College welcomed Scott Pendery, Midlothian, Texas businessman, to the Nov. 2 Tabor-Bethany football game.

Pendery made his first visit to the Tabor campus, and was recognized for his contribution leading to the naming of the Pendery Athletic Center. He participated in the pre-game coin toss.

“Honoring a major donor is a significant thing,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “They give their hard earned dollars to support the mission of Tabor and to be able to thank them publicly is always a privilege for us.”

The contribution was made to honor Tabor alumnus Kim Wiens, his wife Amy and family.

“Pendery told us repeatedly how he now understands why we talk so highly about Tabor,” said Glanzer, “He was very impressed with the look of the campus and the people he met.”

Nine Students Represent Tabor College in the Annual NATS Singing Competition

November 08, 2013

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Nine performers and four student accompanists traveled to Emporia State University Nov. 1-2 to compete in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing. Two students advanced to finals and placed third in their category.

“It is a tremendous learning experience for the students, having to learn and prepare the repertoire according to NATS guidelines, and then the feedback they receive from the panel of teacher-judges is very helpful,” stated Dr. Brad Vogel, professor of choral music. “Also, they have the opportunity to hear many fine singers, and learn from that as well.”

In the preliminary round of NATS, each singer prepares three solos, which they sing for a panel of three judges. Each judge rates the performance on a scale of 70 to 100 and writes a critique of the performance for learning.

To advance to the second round, singers must have an average score of at least 90. In the semi-final round, one solo is performed, and the judges then choose five singers to advance to finals.

Jessica Coldwell, Robert Howell and Olivia Kliewer all advanced to the semi-finals of the competition. Howell and Kliewer then advanced to finals, and each placed third in their respective categories.

Singers included Coldwell, Howell, Kliewer, Michael Beye, Nicholas Ediger, Tyler Funk, Heather Loewen, Sara Sagner, Jenna Thayer and Faith Tonne.

Tabor is one of the only schools that utilizes student accompanists rather than full-time professional accompanists, which “speaks well for Dr. Litke and her piano students,” said Dr. Vogel.

Accompanists included Jared Janzen, Zach Neumann, Cora Ruhl and Megan Wiebe.

In the past six years Tabor has had three first-place winners, two second-place winners, two third-place winners and two fifth-place winners.

Concert to Gather Food for Area Shelter

November 07, 2013

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The Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce will present the annual Praise and Thanksgiving concert Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Tabor College is joining with the Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association to raise funds for the organization’s work assisting needy families in the area. An offering will be taken for HAMA’s work and canned goods will be collected for the Main Street Ministries Food Bank.

The Concert Choir will be under the direction of Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, and the women’s chorus Concerto Bella Voce will be under direction of Janie Brokenicky, assistant professor of choral music.

The concert will also feature a piano solo by Dr. Sheila Litke, professor of piano and piano pedagogy.

“Numerous students will be featured as both vocal and instrumental soloists,” said Vogel. They will perform “a wide variety of choral literature, from Renaissance motets to contemporary choral compositions to gospel songs and spiritual arrangements.”

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this community Praise and Thanksgiving concert.

Mary Beth Bowers Presents at Lifelong Learning

November 07, 2013

Categories: General News

Mary Beth Bowers will present “All Wheat Bread is Not Created Equal” at Lifelong Learning 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Bowers, Kansas Wheat Commission spokeswoman, will bring the latest baking and nutrition information. She will explain the importance wheat has had on the central Kansas culture.

Raised on a farm in the Flint Hills north of Marion, she later settled close to the Kjellin homestead, where she and her husband raised four children on their diversified farm.

Bowers is an active member of the Eastmoor Methodist Church, and has benefited the Marion community with her creativity and volunteer spirit. She is an expert baker and has promised to bring each Lifelong Learning participant a slice of bread from her own oven.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning programs and may register at the door for $4 per session.

Attenders may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the session at the discount price of $4. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, director, 620-947-5964 or

President’s Dinner held in Fresno, Calif. to Honor West Coast Supporters

November 01, 2013

Categories: General News

A President’s dinner was held in Fresno, Calif. at the home of Greg and Valerie Quiring Sunday Oct. 20 acknowledging the West Coast’s support of Tabor.

Alumni, Randy and Sharon Janzen and Joel and Colene Wiens performed the song “On Eagle’s Wings” at the event. Two additional songs were performed by The Bach Children’s Choir under the direction of Valerie Quiring.

Marissa Hiett, a junior from Fairview, Okla., shared the impact Tabor has had on her life, including her experience in the Presidential Leadership Program.

“Tabor prepares students for a lifetime of learning,” said Hiett, “but also Tabor prepares us for a lifetime of connectedness and service.”

Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, gave the 85 in attendance an update on Tabor. “The state of the college is that God is smiling down on us, these are good days at Tabor and we feel His pleasure,” said Glanzer.

He then stated “We are growing… in excellence, in service, is scholarship, spiritually, and in new programs.”

In closing, Glanzer emphasized instilling a commitment in students.

“We are helping our students succeed. The demographics of our student body are such that we are serving an underserved population. And for this we are being recognized. Tabor is at it’s best when we help students succeed.”

“We are instilling a commitment beyond our self in our students. Our students learn the importance of living for more than self. Students are taking Jesus seriously and learning about His claims on their lives.

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