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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

Certification

Rogers, Nancy, Hillsboro, Kan.

Seniors

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.

Juniors

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.

Sophomores

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.

Freshmen

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

Seniors

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.

Juniors

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.

Sophomores

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.

Freshmen

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.

Honors

Seniors

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.

Juniors

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.

Sophomores

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.

Freshmen

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 conniei@tabor.edu.

'Creation Care' Advocate Luke Gascho Speaks at Tabor College

February 24, 2009

Categories: General News

A leading voice in the growing “Creation Care” Christian evangelical environmental movement, Luke Gascho, Executive Director of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen (Ind.) College, spoke Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at Tabor College. The Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center is a natural sanctuary located near Wolf Lake, Ind. Gascho also is a leader in the Mennonite Creation Care Network, a new organization for Mennonite people and agencies actively caring for God’s creation.

Tabor College Photo by Vance Frick.

Merry Lea Environmental Training Center

Mennonite Creation Care Network

Tabor-Bethel Jerusalem Seminar Featured in Mennonite Weekly Review

February 20, 2009

Categories: General News

A feature article about the Tabor College Jerusalem Seminar group’s recent travels to the Holy Land entitled, “Learning of peace in a country at war,” is featured in this week’s Mennonite Weekly Review.

Learning of peace in a country at war

By Melanie Zuercher Bethel College

NORTH NEWTON, Kan. — In January, Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion at Bethel College, and Doug Miller, professor of biblical and religious studies at Tabor College in Hillsboro, had “the unique experience,” as Shelly put it, of traveling with students to a country at war.

For the second time, the Jerusalem Seminar, which runs every other year, was planned as a joint venture between the two four-year Mennonite colleges in Kansas. Then, on Dec. 27, as the group of 27 was preparing to leave Jan. 5 for three weeks in Jordan, Israel and Palestine, Israel launched a military campaign in the Gaza Strip.

Shelly and Miller decided to proceed. They spoke in convocation Feb. 9 on the Bethel campus along with two Bethel students (there were 10, plus four from Tabor) and one other participant.

“Sometimes because of the dominance of Israel and Palestine in the news, it is difficult to remember what a small amount of territory we are talking about,” Shelly said.

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Four Tabor Instrumentalists Picked for KMEA Honor Band, to Perform Feb. 27 in Wichita

February 19, 2009

Categories: General News

Four Tabor College instrumentalists have been selected to participate in the 2009 KMEA (Kansas Music Educator’s Association) College Honor Band Concert, at 2:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Century II Concert Hall, in Wichita. The performance is free to the public.

Honor Band members are selected from college and university instrumentalists from across the state of Kansas, based on sectional and solo playing, musicianship, and dependability.

Selected to perform from Tabor College are Emily Dick (Kingman, Kan.) clarinet; Darren Enns (Hillsboro, Kan.) trombone; Corina Neufeld ((Denver, Colo.) oboe; and, Stephanie Wiens (Fresno, Calif.) flute.

“It was my honor to recommend these students and support their selection,” said Dr. Richard Cantwell, Concert Band Director and Chair of the Music Department. “The band members selected will all represent Tabor extremely well and will perform at a very professional level.”

The clinician working with the Honor Band is Dr. Peter Loel Boonshaft. Professor of Music and Director of Bands at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, N.Y., who has been called “One of the most exciting and exhilarating voices in music education today.”

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Two Tabor College Education Students Honored as ‘Teachers of Promise’ at Educators’ Conference, in Topeka, Kan

February 19, 2009

Categories: General News

Two Tabor College education students, seniors Breanna Wray (Campo, Colo.) and Zach Helgesen (Reedley, Calif.), will be honored as “Teachers of Promise” at the Kansas Exemplary Educators Network (KEEN) Conference, being held Feb. 19-20 in Topeka, Kan.

Wray was chosen from the Elementary Education level and Helgesen from the Secondary Education level. They were selected “because they are outstanding role models and exhibit leadership in the classroom,” said Joanne Loewen, Assistant Professor of Education, who will accompany the students at the conference.

The theme for the conference this year is “Teachers…Creating a Vision for 21st Century Schools.” According to Loewen, Wray and Helgesen will leave the gathering with a better idea of what that vision looks like. The conference will include a number of sessions with speakers who will discuss their views on working together to meet the needs of current students.

“The KEEN Conference’s intent is to build and utilize a network of exemplary educators who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance, and the teaching profession in general,” said Loewen.

It is the mission of the Tabor College Education Program to prepare educators who are professionally competent and who embody the Christian virtues described in the Tabor College Mission. It is also the mission of the faculty involved in the Education programs to provide exemplary models of quality education to pre-service educators.

'Creation Care' Activist Luke Gascho from Goshen College to Speak at Tabor College Chapel Feb. 23

February 18, 2009

Categories: General News

A leading voice in the growing “Creation Care” Christian evangelical environmental movement, Luke Gascho, Executive Director of the Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen (Ind.) College, will speak on the topic “This is Our Father’s World,” at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, at the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium.

Admission is free. The public is invited to attend.

Gascho has written numerous books and essays describing how Christians can put their faith into practice on issues like air and water quality, energy use, and the climate. His latest booklet, Creation Care: Keepers of the Earth, sold through MMA Bookstore, describes the path from biblical scripture to environmental stewardship, and helps readers develop their roles in the new sustainable effort – using a spiritual and a practical approach.

The Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center is a natural sanctuary located near Wolf Lake, Ind. Management of the center is guided by a Christian theology of earthkeeping. Most of the habitats found in northeastern Indiana are present on Merry Lea. Unique geological features such as peat bogs, a marl pit, and glacial gravel formations are present. Observable management practices include, wetland, prairie,and savanna restorations, and sustainable agriculture. A vigorous educational program interprets the significant biological and geological features.

According to the Sierra Club, in the United States today, 67 percent of Americans say they care about the environment because it is “God’s creation.” Most of the world’s major religions have long-standing traditions and teachings that inform how humans should interact with the natural world.

Evangelical environmentalism, also called Creation Care, is a movement in the United States in which some Evangelicals have embraced the environmental movement.

In February 2006, a group of 86 notable U.S. evangelical Christian leaders launched the Evangelical Climate Initiative, a campaign for environmental reform, calling on all Christians to push for federal legislation that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions in an effort to stem global warming. The initiative’s organizers intend to lobby federal legislators, hold environmental meetings at churches and colleges, and air television and radio advertisements that link drought, starvation, and hurricanes to global warming.

Many Evangelical environmentalists prefer terms such as “creation care” or “stewardship of creation” instead of environmentalism. The main reason for this is to emphasize that human relationship to the environment is about more than just the environment per se, it is fundamentally about our relationship as creatures to a Creator.

Tabor Professors to Participate in Religious Diversity Workshop Saturday

February 17, 2009

Categories: General News

Four Tabor College professors are scheduled to participate on panel discussions at a workshop for college educators entitled, “Teaching about Religious Diversity on Mennonite College Campuses in Kansas,” from 8:30am to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Friesen Fine Arts Center at Hesston College, in Hesston, Kan.

The workshop, sponsored by a grant from The Wabash Center for teaching and learning in religion and theology, will focus on nurturing basic Anabaptist principles among Mennonite students without alienating those of other faith systems or those who possess no faith. Workshop participants also discuss how they may become better at teaching about religious diversity on Mennonite college campuses in Kansas.

Tabor faculty participating in the program are Dr. Deborah Penner, Associate Professor of English, Director of Writing Center, and Chair of the English Department; Christopher Dick, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Del Gray, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies; and Dr. Doug Miller, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies and Chair of the Bible, Religion, and Philosophy Department.

Professor Penner will participate in the panel discussion, “In the Context of the Dilemma (Defining the Problem) Teaching about Religious Diversity on Mennonite College Campuses in Kansas,” from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.; Professor Dick will participate in the panel discussion, “How Faith and Learning Fit the Mission of Our College,” from 10:30 a.m. until noon; Professor Gray will participate in the panel discussion, “Teaching World Religions on a Christian Campus,” from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.; and, Professor Miller will moderate a question and answer session at 2:45 p.m.

According to the host, the workshop will enable faculty to “more carefully share ideas with students that embody deeply held convictions (in this workshop’s case, unique Mennonite beliefs) that include tolerance for religious diversity; understand differences between faculty and students in terms of their world views – for example, in terms of the generational electronic, digital divide; and allow for student space in terms of the student’s spiritual development.

“Additionally, student learning will be enhanced by faculty who employ methods that distinguish between religious education and indoctrination; assist students in understanding the nature of social construction and social realities of religion that may be functional and/or dysfunctional; work with students to create positive, productive interfaith conversation.”

Tabor College Learning in Retirement Program Resumes Feb. 23

February 14, 2009

Categories: General News

Bible Professor Doug Miller will share stories from his recent trip to the Holy Land at 9:45 a.m. Feb. 23, as the Tabor College Learning in Retirement Program begins its spring lecture series for older adults.

Miller led a 27-member group of Tabor College students, Bethel College students and others to the land of Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and early Christians, on an educational tour of the Holy Land, from Jan. 5 to 25. A coffee will be held prior to the season’s first program, from 9:20 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center, hosted by Connie Isaac, who has coordinated the program since 1993. “With the May 11 program, I’ll have had the privilege of scheduling 300-plus programs, with few repeat speakers,” Isaac said. “What a wealth of wonderful people we’ve learned from. What great fun it’s been!”

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 may be purchased during the half hour before the meeting. For more information, contact Isaac at 620-947-3121, 947-5964, or email conniei@tabor.edu.

Learning in Retirement Schedule Spring, 2009

February 23
Coffee served 9:20-9:45 a.m. before first meeting
Experiencing the Jerusalem Seminar in Israel and Gaza
Just back from leading an interterm trip, Bible professor Doug Miller will bring firsthand information from significant places including Mount Nebo, Petra, Bethlehem, Hebron, Joppa, Nazareth, Galilee, the Golan Heights, Qumran, and Ramallah.

March 2
Going Afar, Upon the Mountain: Grandma Lizzie and Grandpa Henry
At her grandmother’s knee, Loretta Jost learned of her brave grandparent’s taking in black children at Elk Park North Carolina during the early 1900s. Hear why they risked their lives in the face of white supremacist townspeople, and more.

March 9
Where the Boys Are: Boy-Friendly Classrooms
Educational consultant, Denise Brown, travels the state encouraging school teachers. Among her latest research: boys and girls are very different and learn differently. How can we help them succeed?

March 13 (Note this is a Friday meeting)
Straw Baskets and Zwiebach
As a result of trips to developing countries, Norman and Sharon Ewert, Wheaton, Illinois, annually host an impressive sale of Ten Thousand Villages handcrafts in their home. Hear inspiring stories of how this helps the plight of the artisans.

March 23
Spring Break (No meeting)

March 30
Finding Security During Hard Financial Times
Jon Wiebe, CEO of Mennonite Brethren Foundation, will reduce to simple terms the economic crisis we’ve been hearing about in the news. He’ll also suggest alternative ways to invest retirement funds with safety and confidence.

April 6
Spring Serenade
Vada Snider, flute; Karen Loucks, piano; and Duane Graham, photography; will bring a program of music and visual images celebrating the beauty and new life unfolding in nature.

April 13
Easter Break (No meeting)

April 20
Letter to Bob: A Journey through Grief
Dr. Robert Grover, retired administrator and faculty member at Emporia State University, experienced the death of his first wife 35 years ago. Based on a book he is writing, he’ll share his long journey to healing, wholeness, and faith in God.

April 27
Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Finding Our Way through the Maze
While nothing is guaranteed, there are things we can do to keep our brains healthy. Kathy Sikes will lead us in looking at simple steps, including diet and exercise, to keep our minds sharp.

May 4
Old Time Variety Show
For this special fun session, come and applaud the talents of our 60+ friends and neighbors. We’re sure to hear the old favorites we’ve been missing! Popcorn will be freshly popped for everyone.

May 11
The Lure of Western Kansas
Researching his Great-Grandfather, Larry Warkentin, Fresno, Calif., discovered the story of Menno, Kans., founded on the western border of Kansas during the early 1900s. We’ll hear of folks from Central Kans. who chose to move there.

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Spring 09 LIR Brochure

“Views expressed by Learning in Retirement Program speakers are not necessarily those of Tabor College.”

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