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Adaptive PE Class Participates in Wellness Exercise Program

October 22, 2008

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The Tabor College Adaptive Physical Education class participated in the Disability Supports Wellness Exercise Program in McPherson, Kan. on Tuesday, Oct. 21st.

Class Instructor Amy Ratzlaff collaborated with the Disability Supports’ fitness trainer, Anna Woods of Hillsboro, Kan., to provide a hands-on opportunity for students enrolled in her Adaptive PE class, which deals with planning, organizing, and conducting physical education for the disadvantaged student.

Disability Supports of the Great Plains, Inc., has recognized the need for additional fitness opportunities for the people they serve in both the McPherson and Hutchinson communities. Woods has made significant strides toward that goal, along with providing a fun and anticipated activity for those served by Disability Supports.

Tabor College Adaptive Physical Education students, in background, participate in a wellness exercise program for Disability Supports clients, led by fitness trainer Anna Woods (forward, left). The class is taught by Instructor Amy Ratzlaff. (Courtesy Photo).

Eight Nurses Honored in RN-BSN Pinning Celebration

October 21, 2008

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Eight nurses who recently completed the Tabor College Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program were honored in a Pinning Celebration held Sunday, Oct. 12, at First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita.

Those nurses receiving their pins were Abby Bornholdt, Wichita, Kan.; Nicol Fleming, Wichita, Kan.; Ladean Kolb, Larned, Kan.; Rita McKenzie, Wichita, Kan.; Cecelia Newman, Wellington, Kan.; Lisa Slife, Galva, Kan.; Ruth Staats, Larned, Kan.; and Dawn Wilson, Wichita, Kan.

“The world is a better place with this group of women giving nursing care to patients wherever they may be,” said Tabor College President Jules Glanzer, who gave the keynote address at the ceremony. “My heart was touched as I heard stories of those who had worked so hard to become better equipped to serve.”

Nurses who recently completed the Tabor College Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN) program,from left: Abby Bornholdt, Wichita, Kan.; Nicol Fleming, Wichita, Kan.; Ladean Kolb, Larned, Kan.; Rita McKenzie, Wichita, Kan.; Lisa Slife, Galva, Kan.; Ruth Staats, Larned, Kan.; and Dawn Wilson, Wichita, Kan. (Not pictured, Cecelia Newman, Wellington, Kan.)

The Tabor College RN-BSN degree completion program is designed for the registered nurse seeking a baccalaureate degree. The program, part of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita, includes the study of management, leadership, community health, nursing issues, and trends.

With the pinning of this the 16th Cohort, more than 100 nurses have now graduated from the program since its inception in 2001.

“It is an exciting time for our graduates and for the program,” said Tona Leiker, Dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies and Chair of the Nursing Department.

“Our graduates are continuing to serve patients and their families throughout Kansas with a solid foundation in the liberal arts and evidence-based practice,” Leiker added. “They continue to lead in nursing and initiate careers in community health nursing and nursing education.”

The eight new graduates came to the program from a variety of nursing backgrounds and experiences, including psychiatric nursing, oncology, ER/trauma, medical/surgical and intensive care.

In her Student Address, Wilson said relationships between the cohort members had extended beyond the classroom during the 18-month program.

“We have seen each other through personal hardships such as the death of a loved one, personal and family illness, and times of family crisis,” Wilson said. “Tabor’s RN to BSN program has provided the flexibility and framework to overcome those obstacles and enable us to succeed. It truly is a wonderful program for the adult learner.

Wilson added, “Nursing is not just a vocation; it is a calling, a passion and we are well prepared to continue to make a difference in the lives of our patients.”

Tabor College is a four-year Christian liberal arts institution located in Hillsboro, Kan., with a second campus, The School of Adult and Graduate Studies, at 7348 W. 21st Street, in Wichita, Kan. Visit us at www.tabor.edu.

To learn more about the RN to BSN program or other programs offered at the Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies (Business Administration, Christian Ministry, MBA with a Concentration in Accounting, and the STEPS pre-degree completion program), call 1-800-546-8616, or visit www.tabor.edu/adult-graduate.

Centennial Piano Extravaganza Features Hymns and Sacred Music

October 20, 2008

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Tabor College students, faculty members and alums from the past several decades will perform hymns and sacred music of the church at the Centennial Piano Extravaganza, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 2, in the Chapel Auditorium.

Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

“The Piano Extravaganza is a concert featuring the piano in an ensemble role,” said Dr. Sheila Litke, Associate Professor of Piano and Pedagogy. “There are piano duets, piano duos as well as piano quartets. It will be a very enjoyable concert because we play music that is not generally heard in a standard piano concert.”

The musical theme for this year’s program, “Hymns & Sacred Music of the Church,” reflects the Christian roots and mission of the college, founded in 1908 by the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Among the pieces to be performed are, All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, Amazing Grace, The Lord’s My Shepherd, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Joyful We Adore Thee, When Morning Gilds the Sky, and Revive Us Again.

To help make the Centennial version of the annual Piano Extravaganza concert even more memorable, Litke invited alumni and faculty keyboardists to perform.

“It’s always special to have alumni involved because it encourages the current students,” Litke said. “So many people have made contributions to the college and the development of such a strong music program. We have players representing several decades of Tabor College music history.”

Alumni and/or faculty keyboard players performing in the concert: Dr. Sheila Litke, Dr. Bradley Vogel, Dr. Bruce Heyen, Brenda Jordan, Beverly Richards, Lillian Harms,, Sandra Boyd, Mike Rempel, Julia Jost, Traci Hutchinson, Deborah Toews, Julie Warkentin, Velma Tyson, Jesse Warkentin, and Jennifer Epp.

Current keyboard students performing in the concert: Alana Settle, Andrea Kuntz, Will Friesen, Janae Rempel, Meghann Eblen, Brandon Voth, Julie Wiens, Emily Olson, Stephanie Wiens, and Naomi Toews.

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Concert by Christian Artist Daniel Kirkley Highlights Campus Visit Days, Nov. 9-10

October 20, 2008

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A community concert by Christian recording artist Daniel Kirkley will highlight Tabor College Campus Visit Days for prospective students, to be held Nov. 9-10, at the main campus in Hillsboro.

Kirkley will perform his debut single, “My New Dawn,” and songs from his new CD, “As Tomorrow Comes,” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, at the Tabor College Chapel. Tickets are $5 at the door.

“Inviting a well-known Christian artist to our community not only serves the campus but also the Hillsboro and Marion County area,” said Linda Cantwell, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing. “We encourage our community friends to join us.”

Contemporary Christian music is a popular choice among students at Tabor College, where the school’s mission is “Preparing people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom,” and its vision is “to be the college of choice for students who seek a life-transforming, academically excellent, globally relevant, and decidedly Christian education.”

The faith-based mission of the college is clearly resonating with today’s young people. Enrollment this fall (612 students) is the largest in the 100-year history of the college. The new freshmen class (141 students) is the largest since 1988.

According to his website, the Nashville, Tenn.-based Kirkley has become one of Christian music’s most talked about new artists. But during his early college days, the Lancaster, S.C. native couldn’t have imagined that life would take such a turn.

A good student, who grew up in a solid Christian family, he’d always loved music but didn’t really see it as a career. Kirkley’s vocal style incorporates elements of his classical training, fused with vibrant pop sensibilities, and the blend results in a unique sound, unlike anything on the contemporary Christian music landscape.

His rich full voice is seasoned by years of performing and tempered by a classical education that places Kirkley in a class by himself as a vocalist.

“I started singing just in church when I was five or six years old,” says Kirkley. “When I got older, I fell in love with science and medicine. I ended up getting an academic and music scholarship to University of South Carolina. I double majored in pre-med and classical voice, but at that point, music didn’t seem feasible as a career. I actually wanted to become a pediatrician.”

The title of Kirkley’s new CD was chosen from Romans 13:12, which reads, “The night is far gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

“I believe that we all have specific verses that stand out to us depending on the seasons we are in or have walked through in our lives,” Kirkley says on his website

“...I felt that it was important for each song to be a personal reflection of my life & relationship with my Heavenly Father.”

Reservations are still being taken for Campus Visit Days. Register online

School District, Plaintiff Reach Lawsuit Settlement on Stadium Project

October 17, 2008

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Shown at right is an artist’s rendering of the proposed new athletics stadium at Tabor College. The settlement clears the way for the school district and the college to move forward with the project.

Note: The following story was first published Oct. 14 in the Hillsboro Free Press and was written by Don Ratzlaff, Editor.

Unified School District 410 reached a settlement last week with plaintiff Raymond Brandt, marking the end of a 16-month litigation process regarding the district’s athletic stadium project in partnership with Tabor College.

Under the agreement, the district will pay Brandt $27,500 in lieu of his legal assurance that he will no longer challenge the bond election or the way the bonds approved by voters can be issued.

The document also commits Brandt to not challenge the interlocal agreement made between the district and the college, or the way the new athletic facility will be “maintained, used, managed, paid for or disposed of” in the future.

The settlement clears the way for the district and the college to move forward with the project once the two entities agree on how to address the 20 percent increase in construction costs that has occurred since the bond was approved in June 2007.

The board approved the settlement agreement at a special meeting Wednesday, Oct. 8.

In a prepared statement, the district said: “The board has always felt that it was in the best interest of the district to share the cost of building an athletic facility with Tabor College, instead of the district and Tabor College both building and paying for their own facilities.

“We were always of the firm belief that issuing bonds to pay for half of the costs to construct and equip the athletic facility was entirely lawful and appropriate. We were pleased that Judge Steven Hornbaker agreed when he granted summary judgment to USD 410 on all of Mr. Brandt’s claims on Aug. 19.”

The district stated it was “confident” Hornbaker’s decision would be upheld after Brandt filed an appeal Sept. 16.

“But as the board considered the possibility of dealing with the lawsuit for yet another year or more, and the negative impact this undoubtedly would have on the construction of the new athletic facility, it decided that exploring possible ways of ending this lawsuit would be in the best interest of the district, as well as the college and the community.

“As a result, the board instructed its legal counsel to see if there was any way this lawsuit could be brought to a conclusion.”

The board stated the agreement to pay Brandt $27,500 was not the board’s first choice, but it was “the correct choice.

If the USD 410 Board had continued to fight the appeal for another year, estimates indicated that additional cost increases could be as high as 12 percent or more as well as $40,000 to $50,000 in additional legal fees.

“By ending the lawsuit now, Tabor College and USD 410 will be able to move forward immediately with the athletic facility project,” according to the statement. “Although we know there will be those who will not agree with this decision, the USD 410 Board of Education is convinced that it is in the best interest of both schools and the Hillsboro community.”

According to Superintendent Doug Huxman, representatives from the district and Tabor College are meeting to determine how they will account for the estimated $800,000 increase in construction costs since the lawsuit was filed.

The total cost of the athletic facility was estimated at $4.033 million at the time of the bond election, with the district and the college supplying equal shares of the funding.

Because the district cannot increase the amount it can spend beyond the amount approved by voters in June 2007, the two partners will need to either scale back the project or explore ways to generate additional funding.

Because of those unknowns, Huxman declined to speculate on a timeline for starting construction.

Tabor President Jules Glanzer’s Article Featured in Christian Leader Magazine

October 16, 2008

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In an article entitled, “Being Today’s Church in Today’s Culture” Tabor College President Jules Glanzer writes about ministering in a culture that embraces Jesus, but not his church, in this month’s issue of Christian Leader Magazine.

Glanzer, a 1978 graduate of MB Biblical Seminary, served as a pastor and church planter for the Mennonite Brethren and Evangelical Covenant denominations before moving into higher education, first at George Fox Evangelical Seminary and now as president of Tabor College.

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Professor Del Gray Discusses Emerging Church in Christian Leader Magazine

October 16, 2008

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Dr. Del Gray, Assistant Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies at Tabor College, and James Bergen, a Mennonite Brethren pastor, discuss the Emerging Church Movement in this month’s issue of Christian Leader magazine.

Gray, who received his doctorate in New Testament studies from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2005, also has been a missionary and pastor. He served as an Adjunct Instructor at Fuller for eight years before joining the Tabor faculty in 2006.

Gray’s initial contact with the emerging church came through students at Fuller who were pastors or church planters working with an emerging model.

The discussion was led by Christian Leader editor Connie Faber.

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Nathaniel Porter Enters Georgetown Sports Industry Management Program

October 13, 2008

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Nathaniel Porter, a 2008 graduate of Tabor College from Fredonia, Kan., has entered the graduate program at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Sports Industry Management.

Porter, who is scheduled to graduate from Georgetown this summer, plans to pursue a job in collegiate or professional athletics.

“I am following my passion in the sports industry, and one of the things that I learned during my time at Tabor was to follow your passion,” Porter said.

Porter received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tabor College in 2008, with concentrations in Sports Management/Marketing and Management. During his time at Tabor, Porter pioneered a new position, Student Sports Information Director, and interned during the summer for the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball.

Not only did Porter excel in the classroom, where he graduated summa cum laude, but in the athletic field, where he won a conference championship in the 400 hurdles and qualified the Outdoor NAIA Nationals in 2007.

“Tabor helped me prepare my skills for the future, and now I am able to use what I learned at Georgetown,” Porter said. “It was a dream of mine to attend a major university, and many Tabor employees, such as [V.P. of Enrollment Management and Marketing] Linda Cantwell and [Communications Director] Grant Overstake, pushed me to fulfill this dream.”

This is the inaugural class for Georgetown’s Sports Industry Management master’s degree program. In the program there are two tracks of study, which include a marketing focus and a business focus. Porter is one of approximately 45 students in the business track.

The program consists of 30 credit hours. Each student is required to take four core classes, four concentration classes, and two electives. Porter has elected to use his core classes for internships. Porter is currently interning for the Georgetown athletic department in their sports information office, where he is once again using his experiences from Tabor.

“I hope that all students at Tabor know that they can do whatever they want in their lives as long as they are willing to put in the hard work,” Porter said. “Putting out the effort in the classroom and in athletics is important, and that is the best way to get you prepared for whatever you decide to do next.”

The professors for the Georgetown masters degree program come from some of the top organizations in the nation, including the NCAA, USOC, NFLPA, the Washington Redskins, the Washington Capitals, and many others.

Georgetown is currently ranked in the top 25 of universities, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Centennial Plaza and Sculpture Dedication Highlight Centennial Homecoming

October 06, 2008

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The dedication of a new focal point on campus – Centennial Plaza containing a dramatic sculpture, “Called to Serve”—was the highlight of the Tabor College Centennial Homecoming Celebration this past weekend.

“The Centennial Plaza is in a perfect location, where everyone can see and experience the mission of Tabor College,” said President Jules Glanzer. “The ‘Called to Serve’ sculpture is inspiring, contemplative, moving, and one cannot help but be touched by its message.”

Living former presidents and representatives of additional presidents where honored at the Tabor College Centennial Plaza dedication ceremony during the college’s Centennial Homecoming Celebration. Front row, from left: Lucy McAllister, Ron Braun, Evelyn (Janzen) Ediger, Richard Schellenberg, Phyllis Martens, Will Johnson, and Marvin Kroeker. Middle row: Judy (Prieb) Harder, Jeanne (Just) Janzen, former president Vernon Janzen, and Rebena (Wiens) Wiebe. Back row: former president LeVon Balzer, Ferne (Kornelsen) Hiebert, former president David Brandt, president emeritus Larry Nikkel, and current president Jules Glanzer.

Former presidents Vernon Janzen, Dr. LeVon Balzer, Dr. H. David Brandt, and Larry Nikkel were in attendance at the dedication ceremony, as were representatives of the college’s additional presidents.

Former Tabor College presidents, from left, Vernon Janzen and LeVon Balzer, “Called to Serve” sculptor Sandra Storm, current president Jules Glanzer, and former presidents Larry Nikkel and David Brandt pose at the Centennial Plaza Dedication Ceremony, held Oct. 4, as a highlight of the college’s Centennial Homecoming Celebration.

They joined scores of alumni and friends on the campus lawn, which was transformed into a garden of engraved pavestones and flowers. At its center is the new sculpture created by Sandra Storm, a world-renown artist and Tabor alumnus.

“For many years to come, this plaza will convey to both the campus community and to visitors that Tabor College is place where service to God and to others is nurtured and cherished,” said Board Chairman Lyndon Vix.

The college also received a Centennial Poem, entitled “Seed for the World,” written by Mennonite author and poet Jean Janzen, of Fresno, Calif.

In addition to receiving a new sculpture during its Centennial Homecoming Celebration, the college also received a Centennial Poem, entitled “Seed for the World,” written by Mennonite author and poet Jean Janzen, of Fresno, Calif., and a Centennial Quilt, created by Karen Hauff, of Shoreview, Minn. Hauff, a 1966 graduate, is a member of the college’s board of directors.

Two graduates of the college were honored during the Centennial Homecoming Celebration. Andrew Owen, a 1994 graduate serving as a missionary in Thailand with Mennonite Brethren Mission Service International, received the Alumni Medallion Award. Jonah Kliewer, a 1955 graduate and Emeritus Professor of Voice and Choral Music, received the Alumni Merit Award. Kliewer died July 12 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, at 75.

The Centennial Plaza was conceived by Nikkel, who began the project before his retirement as president last year. He led the project to completion as the first President Emeritus in the history of the college.

“The story of Tabor is a story of God’s faithfulness to a faithful people,” Nikkel said. “It is entirely appropriate for Tabor to mark this milestone with the dedication of a plaza upon which the core values of Tabor College are presented with such clarity and power.

“I would suggest that, not only has Sandra Storm captured this spirit of service in her sculptures, she has also given us the visual symbols of the Gospel itself.”

For Glanzer, the dedication ceremony marked the highlight of an unforgettable weekend.

“For the past 100 years, God has led Tabor College through the hands of the presidents listed on the plaza,” Glanzer said. “They have shepherded Tabor with integrity of heart and with skillful hands.

“I am standing on the shoulders of many great men who have led Tabor,” Glanzer added. “Their commitment, sacrifice, and service have been extraordinary.”

A Centennial Quilt was presented by Karen Hauff, of Shoreview, Minn. Hauff, a 1966 graduate, is a member of the college’s board of directors.

In attendance at the ceremony were the following past-presidents or representatives:

  • The first president of Tabor College, serving from 1908 until 1931 was Henry W. Lohrenz. Representing H.W. Lohrenz was his granddaughter, Lucy McAllwaster from Afton, Minnesota.
  • The second president was Peter C. Hiebert serving from 1932 to 1934. Representing P.C. Hiebert was Ron Braun of North Newton, Kansas. P. C. Hiebert served as chair of the Mennonite Central Committee for 42 years. Ron Braun served in the same organization for 20 years.
  • The third president was Abraham E. Janzen who served from 1935 to 1942. Representing A. E. Janzen was his niece, Evelyn Ediger from Topeka, Kan.
  • The fourth president was Peter E. Schellenberg who served from 1942 to 1951. Representing P. E. Schellenberg was his son Richard from Wichita, Kan.
  • The fifth president was John N. C. Hiebert who served from 1951 to 1953. Representing J. N. C. Hiebert was his daughter Phyllis Martens from Fresno, Calif.
  • The sixth president was Leonard J. Franz who served from 1953 to 1954 and again from 1956 to 1962. Representing L. J. Franz was Marvin Kroeker of Ada, Okla., who served as a member of the history faculty with L. J. Franz.
  • The seventh president was Frank C. Peters who served from 1954 to 1956. Representing F.C. Peters was William Johnson of Hillsboro, Kan., who was a member of the faculty during the Peters’ presidency.
  • Wesley J. Prieb served as interim president from 1962 to 1963. Representing Wes Prieb was his daughter Judy Harder from Hillsboro, Kan.
  • The eighth president was Roy Just who served from 1963 to 1980. Representing Roy Just was his daughter Jeanne Janzen from Fresno, Calif.
  • The ninth president was Vernon Janzen now living in Fresno, Calif., who served from 1980 to 1987.
  • Vernon Wiebe served as interim president from 1987 to 1988. He was represented by his wife Rubena of Hillsboro, Kan.
  • The tenth president was LeVon Balzer now living in Bella Vista, Ark., who served from 1988 to 1994.
  • Clarence Hiebert served as interim president in 1994 and 1995. He was represented by his wife Ferne of Hillsboro, Kan.
  • The eleventh president was David Brandt, now living in Mechanicsburg, Pa., who served from 1995 to 1998.
  • The twelfth president was Larry Nikkel who still lives in Hillsboro, Kan., and who served from 1998 to 2007.
  • Jules Glanzer is the thirteenth and present president of Tabor College. He was inaugurated in May.

Centennial Homecoming Marks 100th Anniversary of Tabor College

October 06, 2008

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Tabor College alums from across the nation returned to their Alma Mater this past weekend for the historic Centennial Homecoming Celebration, marking the 100th Anniversary of the college.

“It was a grand event!” said Jeremy Jordan, Director of Alumni and Related Programs, who worked for more than a year with the Centennial Committee to create a Centennial Homecoming Celebration worthy of its place in history.

The four-day homecoming celebration began on a high note, as the school released Fall ’08 enrollment numbers showing 612 students, the largest in the 100-year history of the college. The new freshman class, with 141 students, is the largest since 1988.

The highlight of the weekend was Saturday’s dedication of a new focal point on campus, the Centennial Plaza, containing a dramatic sculpture, entitled, “Called to Serve.”

“The Centennial Plaza is in a perfect location, where everyone can see and experience the mission of Tabor College,” said President Jules Glanzer. “The ‘Called to Serve’ sculpture is inspiring, contemplative, moving, and one cannot help but be touched by its message.”

Former Tabor presidents Vernon Janzen, Dr. LeVon Balzer, Dr. H. David Brandt, and Larry Nikkel attended the dedication ceremony, along with representatives of the college’s additional presidents, all of whom are named on plaques in the plaza.

“For the past 100 years, God has led Tabor College through the hands of the presidents listed on the plaza,” Glanzer said. “They have shepherded Tabor with integrity of heart and with skillful hands.”

The former presidents and representatives were joined at the ceremony by a crowd of alumni and friends. They gathered on the campus lawn, which had been transformed into a garden of engraved pavestones and flowers. At its center stands the new sculpture created by Sandra Storm, a world-renown artist and Tabor alumnus.

“For many years to come, this plaza will convey to both the campus community and to visitors that Tabor College is place where service to God and to others is nurtured and cherished,” said Board Chairman Lyndon Vix, who emceed the event.

The Centennial Plaza was conceived by Larry Nikkel, who began the project before his retirement as president last year. He led the project to completion as the first President Emeritus in the history of the college.

In his remarks, Nikkel said, “The story of Tabor is a story of God’s faithfulness to a faithful people. It is entirely appropriate for Tabor to mark this milestone with the dedication of a plaza upon which the core values of Tabor College are presented with such clarity and power.

“I would suggest that, not only has Sandra Storm captured this spirit of service in her sculptures, she has also given us the visual symbols of the Gospel itself.”

Before participating in the dedication ceremony, the living former presidents participated in a President’s Forum entitled, “Celebrating Tabor’s Centennial: The Past 25 Years,” which Glanzer moderated.

“Hosting the President’s Forum was especially meaningful,” he said. “Their wisdom, insights, and capacity to communicate and lead were so evident. Just being with them inspired me. I am standing on the shoulders of many great men who have led Tabor. Their commitment, sacrifice, and service have been extraordinary.”

Other homecoming celebration highlights included:

In addition to receiving a new sculpture to mark its centennial, the college also received a Centennial Poem, entitled “Seed for the World,” written by Mennonite author and poet Jean Janzen, of Fresno, Calif., and a Centennial Quilt, created by Karen Hauff, of Shoreview, Minn. Hauff, a 1966 graduate, is a member of the college’s board of directors.

At Friday’s Centennial Homecoming Dinner, Andrew Owen, a 1994 graduate serving as a missionary in Thailand with Mennonite Brethren Mission Service International, received the Alumni Medallion Award. Jonah Kliewer, a 1955 graduate and Emeritus Professor of Voice and Choral Music, received the Alumni Merit Award. Kliewer died July 12 after a battle with pancreatic cancer, at 75.

On campus, a collection of unique fiber creations by renowned artist Shin-Hee Chin, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, were displayed at the Historic Church. About 20 of Chin’s newly-created works comprised her show entitled, “Human Family.”

Kyle Basinger, (senior, Pretty Prairie, Kan.), and Cassondra Huxman (senior, Moundridge, Kan.) were crowned Tabor Homecoming Host and Hostess before the football showdown between the Bluejays and Friends University, which the Falcons won.

On the athletic fields, Tabor’s men’s and women’s soccer teams were victorious over University of St. Mary on Saturday. Kyle Basinger, (senior, Pretty Prairie, Kan.), and Cassondra Huxman (senior, Moundridge, Kan.) were crowned Tabor Homecoming Host and Hostess before the football showdown between the Bluejays and Friends University, which the Falcons won.

On stage, five performances of the campus production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” played to sellout crowds Wednesday through Sunday. Tabor Board Chairman Lyndon Vix, an attorney from Maize, Kan., played Tevye, leading over 50 performers on stage.

“The Fiddler cast and crew worked from sunrise to much later than sunset every day in order to be ready for five performances of Fiddler,” said Judy Harder, Associate Professor of Communications and Drama, who is directing the musical. “We were richly blessed by the enthusiastic response of all five audiences.”

What made the Centennial Homecoming Celebration unforgettable, Glanzer said, was the bringing together of hundreds of former students, faculty and friends who all have shared in what is called, “The Tabor Experience.”

“So many people worked so hard to make our Centennial Homecoming a huge success,” Glanzer said. “The grounds looked splendid. The events were great. It truly was a weekend to remember.”

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