September 12, 2008
Categories: General News
Student scholars were praised for their past academic achievements and challenged to continue to take the most rigorous courses possible in pursuit of their college degrees at the Tabor College Academic Convocation, held Sept. 8 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.
Approximately 100 students were recognized, including National Merit Scholars Allison Issac (Newton, Kan.), Crystal Prieb (Hesston, Kan.), and Rachel Unger (Ferndale, Wash.).
“We honor those of you who have excelled in the classroom,” said Tabor College President Jules Glanzer. “The faculty, staff and administrators at Tabor College want to cheer you on and to say to you, Job well done! And, Continue on!”
The convocation began with a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, a processional of faculty and staff dressed in full academic regalia. They wore hoods that bore the colors of the colleges from which they received their highest degrees, trimmed in the colors of their various academic disciplines—from the light blue of education, to the apricot of nursing, to the scarlet of theology.
In a keynote address drawn from the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-28), Dr. Lawrence Ressler, Vice President of Academics and Student Development, challenged students to make the most of the 2008-09 academic year.
“I invite you, I implore you, and I challenge you, drink deeply from the wells of knowledge,” Ressler said. “Invest time to learn about the past. Get involved in disciplines that are not your own. Study ethics and values. Learn to think critically. Immerse yourself in religion and science, history, and fine arts.
“The harder the material is for you to master, the more you should work to get it,” he added. “…Then you will be ready to move that tassel on graduation day from the right to the left and go about the business that God has called you to. And you will go about your business without fear; for you will know that you have prepared well.”
Ressler told students that one purpose of their education was to “Prepare for that day in the future, when someone is going to turn to you for advice, for help, for solutions.
When leaders are looking for someone to take on more responsibility, they will turn to you and say, I have a job that needs to be done. You are hired. I want to promote you. Or they just may say, ’Thanks, that was what I needed to know.”
“The world does not need more ignorant people,” Ressler said. “The world does not need politicians who have no depth. The medical world does not need people who have fake diplomas. The world does not need shallow teachers or psychologists or social workers who don’t have a clue about how to teach or help people with problems. The church does not need youth ministers or pastors who do not know the Bible or theology. Athletes do not need trainers or mangers who are ignorant people.
“The world needs people with communication skills, who can solve problems using critical thinking skills; who can use technology competently; who understanding of the scientific method; who are culturally competent; who understand of the nature and role of fine arts in society; who understand history; and, who understand the Christian faith….”
In recognizing members of the Tabor College faculty, Ressler told students they had spent 700 years of study, collectively, to prepare them for this academic year.
“We are here to help you prepare so that you can do great things,” Ressler said. “We have high hopes for you.”
In addition to the National Merit Scholars, the following scholar students were recognized at the Academic Convocation.
Michael Adamyk, (McPherson, Kan.); Sarah Baffa, (Olathe, Kan.); Corissa Bartel, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Erin Dick, (Corn, Okla.); Emily Dick, (McPherson, Kan.); Meghann Eblen, (Leavenworth, Kan.); Amanda Faber, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Sarah Friesen, (Guthrie, Okla.); Emily Hasty, (Ashland, Kan.); Benjamin Heyen, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Daniel Jackson, (Wichita, Kan.); Cortney Janzen, (Henderson, Neb.); Lauren Just, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Maria Loewen, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Emily Olson, (Newton, Kan.); Jana Peyton, (Ord, Neb.); Janae Rempel, (Meade, Kan.); Carrie Schroeder, (La Crosse, Kan.); Naomi Toews, (Hesston, Kan.), and Andrew Wiens (Topeka, Kan.).
Marc Amos, (Lakewood, Colo.); Chelsea Badgley, (Wichita, Kan.); Mariela Barbosa, (Enid, Okla.); Clarissa Berglund, (Gettysburg, S.D.); Alex Block, (Henderson, Neb.); Gabrielle Brandt, (Wichita, Kan.); Spencer Brown, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Elisabeth Cartney, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Janna Darrow, (Denver, Colo.); Heather Deckert, (Minot, N.D.); Talia Doerksen, (Prescott Valley, Ariz.); Darren Enns, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Kory Faul, (Chandler, Texas); Benjamin Friesen, (Guthrie, Okla.); William Friesen, (Meade, Kan.); Emily Friesen, (Winnipeg, MB); Eric Funk, (Littleton, Colo.); Katherein Gerber, (Wichita, Kan.); Kayla Gershon, (Littleton, Colo.); Heidi Glanzer, (Apilene, Kan.) Aleesha Hines, (Newton, Kan.); Tyler Hlad, (Sylvan Grove, Kan.); Melissa Just, (DeSoto, Kan.); Alyssa King, (Wichita, Kan.); Jessica Klose, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Jenesa Klose, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Roxanne Koop, (Abilene, Kan.); Allison Krehbiel, (Kingman, Kan.); Carly Kroeker, (Henderson, Neb.); Erika Lacy, (St. Francis, Kan.); Tanner Lacy, (St. Francis, Kan.); Scott Latimer, (Wichita, Kan.); Hattie Lee, (Fowler, Kan.); Anthony Loewen, (Huron, S.D.); Michael Loewen, (Huron, S.D.); Kelsey Mann, (Wichita, Kan.); James Mitchell, (Wichita, Kan.); Corina Neufeld, (Buhler, Kan.); Melissa Nickel, (Ulysses, Kan.); Don O’Hair, (Corpus Christi, Texas); Amanda Payne, (Cimarron, Kan.); Samantha Pequin, (Wichita, Kan.); Mandilyn Phillips, (Halstead, Kan.); Matthew Pogue, (Peck, Kan.); Jared Redding, (Hesston, Kan.); Jason Reiswig,(Wichita, Kan.); Virginia Richardson, (Simla, Colo.); Lacy Ritchey, (Hudson, Colo.); Victor Rogers, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Emily Schmidt, (Bel Aire, Kan.); Alana Settle, (Lyons, Kan.); Quinton Smith, (Mulvane, Kan.); Megan Souter, (Fairview, Okla.); Rebecca Steketee, (Hillsboro, Kan.); David Toews, (Whitewater, Kan.); Kayla Tonne, (Ashland, Kan.); Travis Unruh, (Shafter, Calif.); Erin Vance, (Concordia, Kan.); Samantha VanRanken, (Medicine Lodge, Kan.); David Vogel, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Sarah Vogt, (Newton, Kan.); Brandon Voth, (Lynden, Wash.); Brett Voth, (Walton, Kan.); Audrey Weinbrenner, (Hillsboro, Kan.); Estelle Wichert, (Buhler, Kan.); Julie Wiens, (Fresno, Calif.); Stephanie Wiens, (Fresno, Calif.); LynAnne Wiest, (Kingsburg, Calif.); Eric Willems, (Sedgwick, Kan.); Ian Wohlgemuth, (Wichita, Kan.); Sarah Wyckoff, (Blackwell, Okla.); and Amanda Zuercher, (Whitewater, Kan.).
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September 11, 2008
Categories: General News
Classical guitarist Elizabeth Busch, who has delighted national audiences with her stage presence, personality, and masterful musicianship, will present a program of Spanish and Latin American music from her new CD, Romance de la Guitarra, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Busch, who lives in Los Angeles, Calif, began studying classical guitar at the age of seven. She gained international attention in 1999 when she won the Lakewood Sister Cities Music Scholar Exchange Program competition, earning an opportunity to perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Chester Philharmonic, in England.
Busch received her bachelor’s of music from Colorado Christian University, Lakewood, Colo., and her master’s of music from the University of Southern California (studying under William Kanengiser). Busch also studied in master classes with Christopher Parkening, Ricardo Iznaola, and Pepe Romero.
In addition to being an excellent performer, Busch is a skillful and dedicated teacher. She has been teaching classical and folk guitar since 2000, both privately and as a teaching assistant at USC.
Romance de la Guitarra was released in May and can be found at www.elizabethguitarist.com.
For more information, contact Carol Dirks, 620-947-3121 Ext. 1401.
September 10, 2008
Categories: General News, Athletics News
Tabor College senior Orson Thomas, a basketball standout and classroom scholar, has been awarded the 2008 John J. Killian Scholarship from the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA). He will be recognized at the society’s scholarship awards luncheon, Nov. 20, in Wichita.
The John J. Killian Scholarship recognizes academic achievement, campus participation, personal character, and leadership, and is awarded annually to an accounting major entering his or her senior year at an independent Kansas college or university.
Thomas, who hails from Saint David on the Caribbean Island of Granada (about 2,835 miles from Hillsboro, Kan.), earned All-KCAC First Team and “Newcomer of the Year” honors in basketball last season. As a junior majoring in accounting and finance, he also made the Dean’s List with Highest Honors.
“Orson is an outstanding student and campus leader,” said Dr. Norman Hope, Professor of Business Administration at the college. “He is actively involved in college activities outside of class such as being a tutor, basketball, peer adviser and as an administrative assistant in the business office. He is positive and hard working.
“Other students see him as a leader in the Business Studies Program.”
Thomas is the second Tabor College student to receive the John J. Killian Scholarship. Angela (Kroeker) Jost, who graduated from Tabor in 2004, also received the award.