Norman and Sharon Ewert to Present “Straw Baskets and Zwieback” at Learning in Retirement, Friday, March 13

March 09, 2009

Categories: General News

Norman and Sharon Ewert will describe their involvement with the nonprofit organization Ten Thousand Villages in a program entitled, “Straw Baskets and Zwieback,” during a special Friday morning version of the Tabor College “60+” Learning in Retirement Program, beginning at 9:45 a.m., March 13, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Ten Thousand Villages, a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee, provides income to Third World people by marketing their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America. The organization works with artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed, helping them pay for food, education, health care, and housing.

The Ewerts co-host an annual Third World Craft sale at their home in Wheaton, Ill., which has brought in more than $1.2 million dollars for Ten Thousand Villages.

“Part of what we try to do with the sale is to tell the stories of the artisans in third world countries and show how purchases through Ten Thousand Villages can improve the plight of the marginalized,” Sharon said.

Sharon Coolidge Ewert, Professor of English, Chair of the English Department, and Vice-Chair of the Faculty at Wheaton (Ill.) College, serves as Vice-Chair of the Ten Thousand Villages Store Board. She graduated from Wheaton College in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in English, and earned her masters and doctorate degrees from Duke University.

Norman J. Ewert is an Associate Professor of Economics at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill. He graduated from Tabor College in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in History. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Kansas, and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University.

The Ewerts host a dinner in their home every Thursday night for students from Wheaton College who are interested in peace and justice, stewardship, and third world poverty, about which Norman said, “It is known as Mennonite Dinner on campus. We’ve been doing this for nearly 30 years, and we usually have 30 to 50 students each week.”

According to the website, the global fair trade movement began with the founding of Ten Thousand Villages more than 60 years ago through the work of businesswoman Edna Ruth Byler. Struck by the overwhelming poverty she witnessed during a trip to Puerto Rico in 1946, Byler was moved to take action. Her work ignited a global movement to eradicate poverty through market-based solutions.

The public is welcome to attend all Learning in Retirement programs. Fees are $3 per session or $15 per semester ($28 per couple). Registration and discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria will be available at the door during the half hour before the meeting. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or

College to Host Global Mission Leaders During Carson Week, March 13-18

March 09, 2009

Categories: General News

The vision for mission, service, and global education at Tabor College will be the focus of a full schedule of Carson Week activities to be held from March 13 to 18, in Hillsboro.

A variety of programs are planned, including chapel presentations, faculty lectures, guest speakers, a Carson Church reunion, and the invitation-only Carson Center banquet, to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Point, in Hillsboro.

Keynote speakers at the dinner will be three globally-engaged leaders and educators, Lowell Ewert, Director of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University; Dr. Merrill Ewert , president of Fresno Pacific University; and Dr. Norm Ewert, associate professor of economics at Wheaton College.

Lowell Ewert also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Lewis and Clark College School of Law and as an advisor to George Fox University’s Center for Peace Learning. He has published multiple articles and recently served as a contributing author to the book Peace through Health.

Merrill Ewert spent seven years in Africa in the areas of relief and community development with the Mennonite Brethren Church, the Mennonite Central Committee and MAP International.

Norm Ewert serves on the board of multiple educational organizations, advises peace and justice groups, and co-hosts an annual third world fundraising efforts with his wife, Sharon.

The Carson Center for Mission, Service, and Global Education is a new initiative at Tabor College focused on promoting and expanding mission experiences, service, and global education. It provides opportunities for students to learn about and participate in missions, service projects and to become globally minded, skilled graduates. It’s also a place of collaboration for other churches and organizations.

Current Carson Center efforts include:
  • Tabor College’s growing connections within India including the Mennonite Brethren Church of India, the Centenary Bible College in Shamshabad, India, and relationships within medical, education, and business sectors.
  • Tabor College’s second student trip to India, scheduled for January 2010.
  • Spring Serve: a week long service experience over spring vacation. Four student-led, faculty/staff advised teams are scheduled for 2009. Teams serve at Mennonite Disaster Services locations and in urban ministry sights.

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President Glanzer's Article, 'God, What Are you Doing?' Published in Christian Leader Magazine

March 09, 2009

Categories: General News

An article written by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer about the missional aspects of the church entitled, “God, what are you doing?” appears in the March 2009 edition of The Christian Leader magazine.

God, What Are You Doing?

Genesis 6 outlines God’s mission in the world

By Jules Glanzer

In 1982, we packed our belongings into a Ryder truck and our children into our Mercury Zephyr station wagon and moved to Houston, Texas, to plant Mennonite Brethren churches. With a deep conviction that God had called us to this ministry, with the affirmation of the church we had been serving and with the blessing of denominational leaders, we threw ourselves into starting churches. Three years later we had ministered to over 1,000 people but had not formed a congregation, and the denomination decided to withdraw from the project. We were left to figure out exactly what God was up to. It was time for a heart-to-heart talk with God.

Like Moses in Exodus 5:22-23, I had questions for God. I had been faithful to God’s call. I had listened and been obedient to his promptings along the way. I had been faithful to my wife, kept honest financial records and given my all for the sake of starting a church. But God had not kept his end of the deal. He had not done what only he can do to make the group of people to whom we ministered into a church. Why? Shaking my clenched fist in God’s direction, I yelled, “God, what are you doing?”

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Grace University Chorale and Tabor Concert Choir to Perform at Hillsboro MB Church, March 12

March 06, 2009

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The Grace Chorale from Grace University in Omaha, Neb., will perform with the Tabor Concert Choir at 7 p.m., Thursday, March, 12, at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. The concert is free and open to the public, and a freewill offering will be taken.

The Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Greg Zielke, is a 50-member auditioned group striving for choral excellence and ministry through music while exploring the vast scope of sacred choral literature.

The Tabor College Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Brad Vogel, Professor of Choral Music, will also perform as part of the concert.

“We are delighted to host the Grace Chorale this spring, and to welcome Dr. Zielke back to Hillsboro,” Vogel said. “Greg is a 1979 graduate of Tabor College, and we share a common passion for choral music, learned from Jonah Kliewer. The concert also gives our Concert Choir the opportunity to share the stage as part of preparation for our own tour.”

Tabor College to Present ‘The Women of Lockerbie’ March 5-7

March 03, 2009

Categories: General News

Tabor College has announced the cast for “The Women of Lockerbie,” a poetic drama inspired by events surrounding the 1988 crash of Pan Am Flight 103 in Lockerbie, Scotland, to be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 5, 6, and 7, in the Theatre Lab located in the lower level of the H.W. Lohrenz Building.

Cast members include, Aaron Epp, Henderson, Neb..; Allison Issac, Visalia, Calif.; Kirsten Krehbiel, Kingman, Kan.; Josh Paulus, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Tasheena Ruzinsky, Hillsboro, Kan.; Brianne Tucker, Wichita, Kan.; and Kayla Vix, Maize, Kan.

The play is directed by Judy Harder, Associate Professor of Communications and Drama.

According to Harder, “The plot unfolds as a grieving mother from New Jersey roams the hills near Lockerbie determined to find her son’s remains, which were lost in the crash.

“She and her husband meet several women from the local community who are also determined to respond to this tragic event that killed 270 people,” Harder added. “As the women and the couple cross paths, they recognize the reality of grief, hatred, and despair. Yet, in the midst of that reality, hope is not extinguished, acts of kindness continue, and others sense that hatred will not have the last word in Lockerbie.”

Seating is limited for this production. Tickets are $5 for students and $7.50 general admission, and may be purchased by calling the Student Life Office at (620) 947-3121, Ext., 1033.

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Denise Brown to Discuss 'Boy-Friendly Classrooms' at Learning in Retirement Program, March 9

March 03, 2009

Categories: General News

At-risk education expert Denise Brown of Hillsboro, Kan., will present “Where the Boys Are: Boy-Friendly Classrooms” at the Tabor College “60+” Learning in Retirement Program, at 9:45 a.m., Monday, March 9 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Brown, an at-risk consultant for Smoky Hill Education Service Center, trains school teachers across the state on various teaching topics, including the different ways boys and girls learn in the classroom.

In January, Brown led a workshop for Tabor faculty and staff entitled, “A Framework for Understanding Poverty,” helping them to relate more effectively with students from different socio-economic backgrounds.

Brown, a graduate of Bethany College, has taught regular and special education in elementary and high school, as well as enjoying a “mommy sabbatical” when her children were preschoolers. She currently provides in-service training for teachers throughout the state of Kansas.

The public is welcome to attend all Learning in Retirement programs. Fees are $3 per session or $15 per semester ($28 per couple). Registration and discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria will be available at the door during the half hour before the meeting. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or

Funeral, Memorial Services Held for Tabor Student Marcus Manny; Parents Say Son was Texting on Cell Phone at Time of Accident

March 02, 2009

Categories: General News

Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 28, in Dallas, for Marcus Patrick Manny, 23, a senior and a kicker on the Tabor College football team, who was killed Feb. 22 in a one-car crash on Interstate 35 near Tonkawa, Okla.

An entourage of about 100 Tabor College football coaches, players, students and administration officials traveled to the service on chartered buses.

Manny’s jersey (No. 1) was framed and presented to the family and it was prominently displayed on the platform during the funeral. The chapel, which seats about 200, was filled to capacity for the service, with as many as 50 additional mourners standing in the back of the sanctuary.

A campus memorial service was held Thursday night, Feb. 26, in the Chapel-Auditorium. The theme of the event was “A Celebration of Marcus’ Life,” and was planned and orchestrated by Manny’s friends.

The ceremony began with students, faculty, and staff filing into the Tabor College chapel to the sound of some of Manny’s favorite music and the sight of his picture projected onto the large screen.

Following a brief summary of Manny’s life by Campus Pastor Kevin Johnson, students read Scripture and sang a song called “Times.” A video commemorating Manny’s life was shown, compiled in part by his roommate, Mario Nava (Peabody, Kan.)

Although the evening’s mood was somber, laughter could be heard amidst the crying as students exchanged stories about the ways in which Manny had influenced them during his time at Tabor. Attendees of the service were invited to come to the front to share these stories. Some of them caused tears and some inspired laughter.

At the beginning of the service, attendees had received small cards with the outline of a white T-shirt printed on them, the article of clothing most characteristic of Manny.

Perhaps one of the most touching parts of the night occurred when, during a time of silence and meditation, students walked to the front to drop off these white sheets of paper on which they had written their memories of Manny.

The papers were given to Marcus’s family as a keepsake, to remind them of his legacy at Tabor. The number of people who walked to the front was a testament to the impact that Manny had on his peers.

The service concluded with the reading of more Bible passages, the singing of “Mighty to Save,” a word from President Jules Glanzer reassuring the community of Manny’s commitment to Jesus Christ, and the benediction from Johnson.

Many people also went to Java Jays, the campus coffee shop, after the ceremony to share more memories of Manny, to sign white T-shirts for the Manny family, and to decorate pages to be included in a scrapbook for the family.

According to published reports, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Manny was northbound about 6:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22, when he ran off the road, over-corrected, hit an embankment and flipped his 2002 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

Fellow students, faculty and staff gathered in the Chapel Auditorium the following Monday morning to grieve and pray for the Manny family.

“The college campus is a close-knit community where deep relationships are forged,” Glanzer said. “When someone like Marcus is taken away from us, there is a noticeable hole in our life together. And yet I have been so impressed with how the students have grieved together. They have embraced the hurt, drawn strength from each other, and not shied away from asking the hard questions that have no easy answers.”

“Marcus was a likable student who had a wide range of friendships on campus,” Glanzer added. “His fun-loving and inspirational personality impacted so many of our students.”

Manny was responsible for one of the Bluejays’ two football victories this past season, kicking a game-winning 28-yard field goal against Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan., with :07 left on the clock, securing a 32-29 victory.

Tabor Head Football Coach Mike Gottsch called Manny, “A competitor in every sense of the word.”

“Marcus was a tremendous senior leader for our young team,” Gottsch added. “He was well respected by everyone his persistence and positive nature. I will always remember him as a genuine caring, passionate, and kind individual. One who was a fierce competitor, but who competed with a smile on his face.”

In his career, Manny played in 27 games for the Bluejays, made 62 of 82 extra-point attempts, and 16 of 34 field goal attempts, with a career-long field goal of 41 yards. He earned Honorable Mention All-KCAC honors this past season.

Manny was born October 7, 1985. His parents are Roland and Patricia Miranda. According to published reports, Manny was pinned beneath the wreckage and died at the scene.

While the report indicates that he was wearing his seat belt, the Manny family has confirmed that their son was text messaging on his cell phone and might have been distracted at the time of the accident.

“The Mannys have asked me to address the student body, pleading with them to stop texting while driving,” Glanzer said. “They see this as a way for some meaning to come from Marcus’s death”

In lieu of flowers, the Manny family is requesting donations in Marcus’s name be sent to Dallas Academy, 950 Tiffany Way, Dallas, Texas, 75218 or Tabor College, 400 S. Jefferson, Hillsboro, Kan. 76063.


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Meghann Eblen to Perform Senior Piano Recital March 8

February 27, 2009

Categories: General News

Award-winning pianist Meghann Eblen will perform her Senior Piano Recital at 4 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Eblen, a Piano Pedagogy/Biblical and Religious Studies major from Leavenworth, Kan., will perform several movements from French Suite in G Major by J.S. Bach; Concerto in A Major K 414 Allegro by Mozart; Preludes, Book II Bruyeres, General Lavine – eccentric by Debussy; Excursions No. IV by S. Barber; Rodeo Corral Nocturne by A. Copland; and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C# Minor by F. Liszt.

“These pieces represent a number of pieces that have delighted me during my time at Tabor, so it was an easy choice to perform them for my senior recital,” Eblen said. “The Liszt, especially, has been a goal of mine to play since I was in junior high, so it is thrilling to be able to finally perform it.

“I like the diversity of each of these composers, and have enjoyed learning about them through their music, from the meticulous attention to detail of Bach to the painting with music of Debussy, to the wild and overwhelming sound of Liszt,” she added.

In November, 2008, Eblen placed second in the College Division of the Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition in Newton, Kan., establishing her as one of the top collegiate pianists in the state. The competition was open to students from schools affiliated with the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas (ACCK), which include Bethany College, Bethel College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Sterling College, and Tabor College.

Eblen credits her performance success to her instructor, Dr. Sheila Litke, Associate Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy, who is an accomplished concert pianist.

“Dr. Litke has pushed me into new phases of technique and musicianship, and has challenged me to not be easily satisfied with the way I play,” Eblen said. “My depth as a musician and as a person has increased much in my years at Tabor.”

Piano performance is Eblen’s way of expressing her Christian faith, she added.

“I have always felt that music was a language, a language that allowed us to express ourselves when words simply are not strong enough, or when there simply are not words,” Eblen said. “Some of my most memorable worship experiences are due to music, and nothing matches the thrill of having worked so hard on a piece and finally being able to perform and enjoy it. It is at these times that I offer the best of who I am to my God, an offering not only of my talent, but also of my inner self.”

After graduation, Eblen plans to enter the ministry, and continue to perform.

“I have a heart for ministry, especially within the inner city,” she said. “For the immediate future, I would like to stay in the Hillsboro/Wichita area, and possibly find work as a para-educator and/or accompanist at a school while I get involved with ministries in the area.” Meghann is the daughter of James (Buddy) and Kathy Eblen.

Tabor College Announces Fall Semester Dean’s List

February 25, 2009

Categories: General News

Tabor College’s Office of Academic Affairs has released the Fall 2008 Semester Dean’s List, naming students who qualified for honors based on their academic performances.

Highest Honors is assigned to students achieving a 3.85 to 4.0 grade point average (GPA), while those with a 3.70 to 3.849 GPA received High Honors. Students earning a 3.50 to 3.699 GPA received Honors.

The following students were named to the Dean’s List:

Highest Honors


Rogers, Nancy, Hillsboro, Kan.


Adrian, Christopher, Buhler, Kan.; Baffa, Sarah, Olathe, Kan.; Crosson, James, Minneapolis, Kan.; Eblen, Meghann, Leavenworth, Kan.; Fast, Craig, Frazer, Mt.; Friesen, Aaron, Wichita, Kan.; Friesen, Benjamin, Guthrie, Okla.; Garcia, Shayley, Hillsboro, Kan.; Glanzer, Heidi, Abilene, Kan.; Goertzen, Janene, Henderson, Neb.; Goss, Linzy, McPherson, Kan.; Hasty, Emily, Johnson, Kan.; Helgesen, Zachary, Reedley, Calif.; Hibbs, Silas, Hays, Kan.; Huxman, Cassondra, Moundridge, Kan.; Loewen, Anthony, Huron, S.D.; Martin, Michelle, Wichita, Kan.; McCarthy, Heidi, Liberal, Kan.; Nickel, Melissa, Ulysses, Kan.; Peyton, Jana, Cheyenne, Wyo.; Pohlenz, Danielle, Hesston, Kan.; Pyle, Joanna, McPherson, Kan.; Railsback, Emily, Hillsboro, Kan.; Reiswig, Chelsea, Wichita, Kan.; Richardson, Virginia, Elizabeth, Colo.; Ruhter, Marisa, Newton, Kan.; Schellenberg, Audrey, Wichita, Kan.; Thieszen, Danelle Henderson, Neb.; Unger, Rachel, Ferndale, Wash.; Vance, Erin, Concordia, Kan.; Warkentin, Danae, Corn, Okla.; Weinbrenner, Tyler, Hillsboro, Kan.; Weinman, Margaret, Wichita, Kan.; Wiest, LynAnne, Kingsburg, Calif.; and, Wray, Breanna, Campo, Colo.


Dick, Emily, Kingman, Kan.; Dick, Erin, Corn, Okla.; Gramza, Steven, Olathe, Kan.; Hoduski, Sarah-Marie, Bonner Springs, Kan.; Johnson, Richard, Hillsboro, Kan.; Kopper, Kelli, Cimarron, Kan.; Kopper, Leah, Garden City, Kan.; Kuntz, Andrea, Abilene, Kan.; Neufeld, Bethany, Newton, Kan.; Prieb, Crystal, Hesston, Kan.; Rempel, Janae, Meade, Kan.; Robinson, Andrea, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Romero, Elizabeth, Cimarron, N.M.; Runge, Erin, Newton, Kan.; Schroeder, Carrie, Hillsboro, Kan.; Sigley, Daniel, Hillsboro, Kan.; Teselle, Jera, Downs, Kan.; Vix, Kayla, Maize, Kan.; Wadel, ShaRae, Greensburg, Kan.; Watson, Ryan, Quanah, Texas; Wiens, Andrew, Topeka, Kan.; and, Wiens, Julie, Fresno, Calif.


Boucher, Jack, Wichita, Kan.; Deckert, Heather, Minot, N.D.; Dodson, Dorene, Carbondale, Kan.; Dueck, Amy, Reedley, Calif.; Faul, Graham, Martin, N.D.; Frick, Troy, Durham, Kan.; Friesen, Stephanie, Wichita, Kan.; Hall, Lisa, McPherson, Kan.; Isaac, Allison, Visalia, Calif.; Lacy, Erika, St. Francis, Kan.; Lacy, Tanner, St. Francis, Kan.; Pankratz, Andrew, Abilene, Kan.; Pauls, Jenae, Inman, Kan.; Siebert, Mary, Henderson, Neb.; Suderman, Michael, Hillsboro, Kan.; Suderman, Tyler, Hillsboro, Kan.; and, Toews, Naomi, Hesston, Kan.


Barbosa, Mariela, Enid, Okla.; Berglund, Clarissa, Gettysburg, S.D.; Faber, Amanda, Hillsboro, Kan.; Giffin, Jordan, Valley Center, Kan.; Heyen, Benjamin, Hillsboro, Kan.; Janzen, Cortney, Henderson, Neb.; Just, Lauren, Hillsboro, Kan.; Just, Melissa, DeSoto, Kan., Krehbiel, Allison, Hutchinson, Kan.; Lee, Hattie, Fowler, Kan.; Loewen, Michael, Huron, S.D.; Redding, Jared, Hesston, Kan.; Schmidt, Emily, Bel Aire, Kan.; Vogel, David, Hillsboro, Kan.; Vogt, Sarah, Newton, Kan.; Voth, Brett, Walton, Kan.; Wyckoff, Sarah, Blackwell, Okla.; and, Zuercher, Amanda, Whitewater, Kan.

High Honors


Buehrle, John, McPherson, Kan.; Denning, Jonathan, Hillsboro, Kan.; Dick, Dustin, Hutchinson, Kan.; Enger, Jesica, Norman, Okla.; Gayer, Chad, McPherson, Kan.; Goering, Katherine, Netwon, Kan.; Pagenkopf, Julie, Lincolnville, Kan.; Remboldt, Zachary, Topeka, Kan.; Thomas, Orson, Granada; VanWart, Thomas, Hillsboro, Kan.; Watson, Kirsten, Quanah, Texas; and, Witham, Heather, Wichita, Kan.


Kelly, Jessica, Hillsboro, Kan.; Kroeker, Carly, Henderson, Neb.; Kroeker, Kyle, Hillsboro, Kan.; McDonald, Amanda, Glenpool, Okla.; Nelsen, Brent, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Neufeld, Corina, Denver, Colo.; Olson, Emily, Newton, Kan.; Paulus, Rebekah, Victorville, Calif.; Pruitt, Dallas, McPherson, Kan.; Rogers, Victor, Hillsboro, Kan.; Ruzinsky, Tasheena, Hillsboro, Kan.; Vance, Mattie, Concordia, Kan.; Wanja, Faith, Wichita, Kan.; and, Wiens, Stephanie, Fresno, Calif.


Enns, Darren, Hillsboro, Kan.; Funk, Eric, Littleton, Colo.; Goering, Mary, Newton, Kan.; Neufeldt, Tracie, Buhler, Kan.; Richert, Elissa, Hillsboro, Kan.; and, Thiele, Rebekah, Fountain, Colo.


Brandt, Gabrielle, Wichita, Kan.; Cartney, Elisabeth, Olathe, Kan.; Friesen, Emily, Winnipeg, MB; Gershon, Kayla, Littleton, Colo.; Hiett, Micah, Dinuba, Calif.; Jones, Keith, Marion, Kan.; Klose, Jenesa, Hillsboro, Kan.; Mitchell, James, Visalia, Calif.; O’Hair, Don, Corpus Christi, Texas; Tonne, Kayla, Ashland, Kan.; and, VanRanken, Samantha, Medicine Lodge, Kan.



Alanis, David, North Newton, Kan.; Balzer, Ashley, Inman, Kan.; Basinger, Kyle, Pretty Prairie, Kan.; Bradley, Kassie, Olathe, Kan.; Carlson, Daniel, McPherson, Kan.; Chapa, Joanna, Rio Grande City, Texas; Fisher, Darrin, Lakewood, Colo.; Grafton, Micah, Wichita, Kan.; Nuss, Jordan, Wichita, Kan.; Peters, Megan, Shafter, Calif.; Stepanek, Heather, Hillsboro, Kan.; Toews, Casey, Frazer, Mont.; Tucker, Brianne, Wichtia, Kan.; Voth, Brandon, Lynden, Wash.; and, Wichert, Estelle, Buhler, Kan.


Aubrey, Jason, Bartlesville, Okla.; Batista, Andrea, Hagerman, N.M.; Burrow, Tristan, Great Bend, Kan.; Catron, Alyssa, Minneapolis, Kan.; Costello, Leigh, Lewisville, Texas; Faul, Kory, Chandler, Texas; Heizelman, Emily, Buhler, Kan.; Krehbiel, Kirsten, Kingman, Kan.; Soulias, Jenny, San Marcos, Calif.; Stauffer, Roxanne, Milford, Neb.; Unrau, Brianna, Newton, Kan.; Versaw, Heidi, Center, Colo.; Wann, Amanda, Lindsborg, Kan.; and, Willems, Briana, Sedgwick, Kan.


Amos, Marc, Lakewood, Colo.; Carlton, Julia, Hesston, Kan.; Chlumsky, Katharina, Wichita, Kan.; Crosson, Jordan, Minneapolis, Kan.; Dirks, Adam, Hillsboro, Kan.; Hett, Jason, Marion, Kan.; Perrault, Jessica, Westminster, Colo.; and, Rails, Andrew, Hutchinson, Kan.


Brown, Spencer, Hillsboro, Kan.; Cronauer, Danielle, San Diego, Calif.; Dick, MacKenzie, Henderson, Neb.; Dixon, Jessica, Hutchinson, Kan.; Doerksen, Talia, Prescott Valley, Ariz.; Friesen, Sarah, Guthrie, Okla.; Gerber, Katherine, Wichita, Kan.; Hamm, Garrett, Enid, Okla.; King, Alyssa, Wichita, Kan.; Klose, Jessica, Hillsboro, Kan.; Loewen, Maria, Hillsboro, Kan.; Mann, Kelsey, Wichita, Kan.; Miller, Rhiannon, Haysville, Kan.; Phillips, Mandilyn, Halstead, Kan.; and, Settle, Alana, Lyons, Kan.

Loretta Wiebe Jost to Share Stories at Learning in Retirement, March 2

February 24, 2009

Categories: General News

Loretta Wiebe Jost will present “Going Afar Upon the Mountain: Grandma Lizzie and Grandpa Henry,” at the Tabor College “60+” Learning in Retirement Program, at 9:45 a.m. Monday, March 2, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Born and raised on a Western Kansas farm, Jost was nine when her father, Pete Wiebe, died suddenly while driving tractor. Her grandmother, Lizzie Pauls Wiebe, helped to fill the void, leaving her a legacy of stories that made a deep impression. Six decades later, Jost is sharing these stories.

For example, at her grandmother’s knee, Jost learned how her grandparent’s took in black children at Elk Park, N.C., in the early 1900s, risking their lives in the face of white supremacist townspeople.

Jost is a 1960 graduate of Tabor College. She and her husband, Dean, are engaged in agri-business in Aurora, Neb. She has served on the Tabor College Board of Directors since 1994.

The public is welcome to attend all Learning in Retirement programs. Fees are $3 per session or $15 per semester ($28 per couple). Registration and discount cards for lunch in the cafeteria will be available at the door during the half hour before the meeting. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or

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