Six Tabor College Nursing Students Named to National Honors Society

December 04, 2008

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WICHITA, Kan. – Six students from the Nursing Program at Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies have been inducted into the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honors society for nursing students.

Marissa Boese, Hutchinson; Ladean Kolb, Larned; Marlana Mills, Arkansas City; Carol Price, Wichita; Ruth Staats, Larned; and Dawn Wilson, Wichita, were honored for their academic achievements on Nov. 23 at Wichita State University. The event was a collaborative nursing scholarship initiative of Bethel College, Newman University, Southwestern College, Tabor College, and Wichita State University.

“The induction of these nursing scholars into nursing’s honor society signifies their professional commitment to ongoing excellence in service, scholarship, practice, and research to improve the health of humans around the world,” said Tona Leiker, Dean of the School for Adult and Graduate Studies and Chair of the Nursing Program. “The positive impact of Sigma Theta Tau International around the world is stellar and it is truly an honor to welcome these baccalaureate nursing students into the society.”

Boese also received the Iota Chi Excellence in Scholarship Award for the nursing student from Tabor College with the highest earned cumulative GPA. This monetary gift is given to one student at each at-large chapter nursing school to recognize excellence in nursing scholarship in honor of the now closed St. Mary of the Plains College Nursing Program and the funds gifted by the Iota Chi Chapter to the Epsilon Gamma Chapter at Large.

Nursing Student Marissa Boese, Hutchinson, received the Iota Chi Excellence in Scholarship Award, given to the Tabor College nursing student with the highest earned cumulative GPA. The honor was received Nov. 26, in Wichita, during Boese’s induction into the Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honors society for nursing students. (Courtesy Photo).

“Marissa’s academic achievement is to be commended as she continues to serve her patients with committed excellence while furthering her nursing education at Tabor College,” said Leiker, who currently serves as President-Elect of the chapter. Other chapter officers from Tabor include Susan Fry, Faculty Counselor, and Rebecca Rhone, Vice-President.

The Tabor College RN-BSN Nursing Program is designed for the registered nurse seeking a baccalaureate degree. It includes a comprehensive study of management, leadership, community health and nursing issues and trends. One unique feature is a business course focusing on understanding how individuals and groups function in organizations and on approaches to enhance organizational effectiveness.

The School of Adult and Graduate Studies is located in Reflection Ridge Plaza, at 7348 W. 21st Street, Suite 117, in Wichita. For more information visit,, or call 1-800-546-8616.

Annual Christmas Coffee Features ‘Music and Memories’ at Learning in Retirement Dec. 1

November 20, 2008

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Harpist Judy Mace will perform holiday music and Caryl Wiebe and Wilmer Thiessen will share memories during a program entitled “Music and Memories,” at the “60+” Learning in Retirement Program, at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College.

Participants will enjoy food and fellowship at decorated tables during this Annual Christmas Coffee. Everyone is encouraged to bring a plate of finger-food to share on the buffet. Tabor President Jules Glanzer will open this last session of the fall semester with greetings and an update on campus happenings.

“Judy Mace, of Newton, Kan., will remind us of the angels as she performs seasonal selections on the harp,” said Connie Isaac, Learning in Retirement Coordinator. “Learning in Retirement members Wilmer Thiessen and Caryl Wiebe of Hillsboro will be sharing memories from Christmas Past.”

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

Tabor College, USD 410 Break Ground for New Athletics Facility

November 17, 2008

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On a cool and breezy Saturday afternoon, and with a thin cloud of diesel smoke wafting through the air, Tabor College and Unified School District 410 broke ground for a jointly-funded facility for football, soccer, and track and field.

The Bluejays came up short in their last game of the season on Nov. 15, but the final score could not prevent players, fans and other members of the Hillsboro community from celebrating a huge victory at Reimer Field—the Anticipation Party and Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Joel Wiens Stadium.

The football players pulled down the goalposts to make room for new ones. And the old field was plowed because, if everything goes according to schedule, local athletes will be playing on a new field made of artificial turf next fall.

Tabor College played its last game on the old Reimer Field on Saturday against Kansas Wesleyan University. After the game, the tractor lurking in the background plowed up a portion of the field during groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joel Wiens stadium. If all goes according to plan, the stadium will be ready for football season next fall.

In addition to free admission for the entire community, fans received commemorative cups and footballs and other items from the campus bookstore. Adding to the sweetness of the brisk and sunny afternoon, there was cotton candy and cupcakes for everyone.

“The Anticipation Party and Groundbreaking Ceremony was a tribute to the character of the project,” said Tabor College President Jules Glanzer. “You have two major entities of the community combining their resources and expertise to create a facility to benefit the entire community and that will bring new business to the Hillsboro community.”

Rosy-cheeked Trudy Hein, 3, daughter of Kerry and Rachel Hein, of Hillsboro, enjoys free cotton candy during the Anticipation Party and Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new stadium.

The stadium project is a joint venture between Tabor College and USD 410. At halftime, representatives from the two entities praised the project and the unique partnership that is making the new stadium a reality.

“A great number of Tabor College athletes have competed on this football field and track over the years, but the time has come for a change,” said Rusty Allen, Vice President for Athletics. “We believe this project will enhance not only athletic programs for the high school and the college, but also the entire community.”

In addition to the new football field, the new project will include a new synthetic track and a throwing area for field events; new bleachers on the home side, a new press box, and a new concession stand and restroom facilities. In addition, a new team locker room will be constructed at the north end of the stadium.

Wearing a Hillsboro Trojans cap and a Tabor Bluejays sweatshirt, Hillsboro High School principal Max Heinrichs, an alum of both schools, said the new facility would rival any facility anywhere.

“It’s a great day for both of our learning organizations, a defining moment,” Heinrichs said. “I would like to thank the USD 410 community and the Tabor College communities for making this dream a reality. Go Trojans and go Bluejays!”

Rod Koons, president of the USD 410 Board of Education, said the new stadium project exemplifies the best of community teamwork.

“As an acronym, the word team stands for Together Everyone Accomplishes More, and that’s what this project is about,” Koons said. “It’s not a Tabor project; it’s not a USD 410 project. It is a joint, community project. And because we’re working together, we can create a facility that will be the envy of everyone in the area.”

Del Reimer, former athletic director and coach at Tabor College, for whom the current stadium, Reimer Field, is named, said it was “high time” for a stadium upgrade.

Former coach and athletic director Del Reimer addresses the crowd during the halftime portion of the Anticipation Party and Groundbreaking Ceremony held Saturday at Tabor College. In the background, from left, are Dr. Craig Ratzlaff, Max Heinrichs, Rod Koons, and Rusty Allen.

“In 1961, this field was dedicated, and after 47 years of activities on this field, we are now embarking on an upgrade which I think is very good,” Reimer said. “I want to commend the USD 410 and the college for working together on this project. I’m excited and looking forward to this. Maybe the next time I come out, it will be on that new field!”

As a Hillsboro High school graduate and former standout football player at Tabor College, Dr. Craig Ratzlaff embodies the unique partnership between the local public school district and the college.

In a moving testimony, Ratzlaff, a member of the Tabor College Board of Directors who is leading the fund-raising effort for the stadium project, told the story of a teammate whose life was forever changed by his participation in the Bluejay football program.

“Twenty-six years ago a friend of mine came to Tabor to play football,” said Ratzlaff, who now lives in Wichita. “He came from South Florida. He wasn’t churched. He didn’t know Christ. He didn’t know anything about Kansas. He called me the other day and said, ‘You know, I came here to participate in football, but it was Christ who changed my life.’”

Ratzlaff asked the crowd during the halftime presentation to consider the eternal impact of a new athletics facility.

“As we look around, at the old wooden boards of the bleachers, at the rusty iron, and at the scoreboard that has never changed, and at the fallen down press box, we can look back with some thanks at some great memories,” Ratzlaff said. “But I invite you also to look forward, to what lives could be changed on a new field.”

Flanked by the Tabor Bluejay mascot and cheerleader Annie Gramza (Olathe, Kan.) are speakers during the halftime portion of the Anticipation Party and Groundbreaking Ceremony. From left, Del Reimer, Rod Koons, Max Heinrichs, Rusty Allen, and Dr. Craig Ratzlaff.

In closing the halftime ceremony, Allen gave thanks to God, praying, “We’re so thankful for this opportunity to celebrate, looking to the future and honoring the past. We’re thankful for the many high school and college athletes who have had an opportunity to compete on this facility and we look forward to something new. We pray that as we work hard to see it come to fruition, that you will give us a lot of wisdom and grace to make decisions and use what you’re going to provide for your glory and honor.”

President Glanzer knew the actual groundbreaking ceremony needed to be something special, which meant that the old golden shovel routine would never do. What this groundbreaking needed, thought Glanzer who grew up on a South Dakota farm, was a tractor! Preferably, a tractor big enough to make a statement about the relative importance of the project at hand.

Enter The Green Giant: a mammoth eight-wheeled John Deere Model 9220, owned by USD 410 board member Dale Klassen of rural Hillsboro, and driven for the occasion by his father, Lloyd.

When the big moment came after the game, Klassen fired up the tractor’s 325 horsepower turbo diesel engine, and the 32,934-pound machine rumbled down the length of the field on wheels standing over six feet high.

The stadium groundbreaking was performed by a mammoth eight-wheeled John Deere Model 9220, owned by Dale Klassen of rural Hillsboro, and driven for the occasion by his father, Lloyd.

It rolled into the north end zone and turned back 180-degrees, to face south. Dozens of discs, about the size of manhole covers, hovered over the goal line. As the Tabor pep band played, the tractor revved its engine and dropped its plow. In a matter of seconds, dozens of discs weighing several tons had cut deep gashes in the field; a single swath as wide as the hash marks and about 20 yards long.

Schoolboys wearing Tabor football sweatshirts grabbed pieces of the turned-up sod and tossed them into the air. A grown man who had played on the field took home a chunk of sod as a souvenir of his glory days.

After the hoopla, the goalpost was a twisted wreck, the field was irreparably gashed between the hash marks, and President Glanzer was all smiles.

“It really felt good to see that tractor drive on there and turn the sod!” Glanzer said.

Glanzer pointed out that Tabor had scored the last touchdown ever to be scored on old Reimer Field. The new field will retain the name Reimer Field, and the new facility will be named Joel Wiens Stadium. Wiens, a Wyoming businessman, gave the college $1.22 million in 2006, the largest donation in the school’s history.

“It was neat to see the players tear the goalpost down,” Glanzer added. “Not every team gets to do something like that.”

-Story and Photos by Grant Overstake, Tabor College

Tabor to Host Regional Conference for Student Life Professionals on Monday Nov. 17

November 14, 2008

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The Tabor College Department of Student Life, Learning and Formation will host the annual regional conference for KCAC residence life professionals on Monday, Nov. 17, on the main campus.

The half-day conference is entitled “Show Me the Way,” and will include a devotional and opening remarks by Tabor College President Jules Glanzer; a keynote address on mental health issues by Assistant Professor of Family Studies Jeanelle Herrel; a workshop on media and culture from Director of Housing and Resident Director Joshua Arnold; a workshop on hospitality by Director of Spiritual Formation and Campus Pastor Kevin Johnson; and, a roundtable discussion for chief student affairs officers by Vice President of Student Life, Learning and Formation Eric Codding.

According to Arnold, hosting the conference gives Tabor College an opportunity to serve other student affairs professionals, who are responsible for caring for college students on their campuses.

“From Resident Directors to Campus Pastor, from Dean of Students to Director of Student Success, student life professionals contribute to the holistic education of students by bridging the gap between the curricular and co-curricular and providing the support necessary for students to fulfill their educational aspirations,” Arnold said.

“The role of the student life professional is an essential component of the mission of any college,” he added.

Arnold, who joined the staff at Tabor College in 2006, graduated from Life Pacific College (Christiansburg, Va.) with a bachelor’s degree in theology in 2003. He served as a church planter with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Iowa, from 2003-2006. He earned a master’s degree in student affairs from Regent University in 2007.

This fall, Arnold was selected to lead the New Professionals’ Collaborative for the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD). He is serving a two-year term with the national organization and is responsible for assembling a leadership team for his collaborative group.

The entire Student Development staff at Tabor College holds membership in the Association for Christians in Student Development, which promotes the integration of Biblical principles into student affairs work, and the integration of Scripture and the Christian faith into the student development profession.

Soccer Standout Jessica Burden Named National NAIA Soccer Player of the Week

November 12, 2008

Categories: General News

After being named KCAC Offensive Player of the Week for scoring seven goals and an assist in two games, senior forward Jessica Burden (Little Elm, Texas) now has been named National NAIA Offensive Soccer Player of the Week.

“I am very proud of Jessica and the way she has been playing,” said Head Caoch Grant Brubacher. “Her hard work and determination to improve gave her the opportunity to be recognized in this way.

Burden’s two-game performance helped propel the Bluejays to wins over Friends University and a first round win in the KCAC tournament over Bethany College a team who it lost to in the regular season.

Against Friends University, Burden scored all four goals in the match for the Bluejays, as they defeated the Falcons 4-0. In the opening round of the KCAC tournament Burden led the Bluejays with three goals and an assist as the Bluejays defeated Bethany 5-0.

In soccer, a player is credited for two points statistically for each goal, and one point per assist. Burden’s 15-points in two matches ranks among the best weeks in Tabor College Soccer history.

“The overall improvement of the team has resulted in more goal scoring opportunities and Jessica was able to capitalize on a number of them last week,” Brubacher said. “She means a lot to our team and is very deserving of this award.”

‘Who’s Going to Get Grandma’s Yellow Plate?’ at Learning in Retirement Program Nov. 17

November 11, 2008

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The issues of downsizing material possessions and distributing heirlooms will be discussed in a program entitled “Who’s Going to Get Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” at the Tabor College “60+” Learning in Retirement Program, beginning at 9:45 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

The program will be presented by Susan Franz Koslowsky, of Towanda, Kan., and her parents, Harold and Eleanor Franz, of Wichita, Kan. Prior to their presentation, Tabor College President Jules Glanzer will give an update on the latest news at the college.

Koslowsky is Senior Vice President and Manager of the Premier Client Group for Emprise Bank, Wichita. She graduated from Tabor College in 1984 with a degree in business administration, and received the Tabor College Alumni Medallion in 1999. She is married to John Koslowsky, a firefighter for the City of Wichita.

Harold and Eleanor Reimer Franz, met as students at Tabor during the early 1950s. They lived most of their life in Minnesota. Eleanor is a Licensed Practical Nurse. Harold is an insurance businessman. The couple sent all three of their children to Tabor College, and later moved to Wichita, Kan. to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Harold served on the Tabor College Board of Directors for 13 years. Eleanor is employed as a nurse with Hospice Care and has spoken to the Learning in Retirement group on the topic. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College.

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

Free Admission to Saturday's Football Game for Celebration and Groundbreaking Ceremony

November 11, 2008

Categories: General News

Free admission, snacks and lots of give-aways are in store for the citizens of Hillsboro Saturday.

The entire town is invited to Tabor College for the Anticipation Party and Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Joel Wiens Stadium, to be held during the football game against Kansas Wesleyan, beginning at 1:30 p.m.

Admission to the game is free with the coupon clipped from the sports page of week’s Hillsboro Free Press newspaper. Commemorative footballs, cups, water bottles, and items from the campus bookstore will be given away. And there will be cotton candy for the children and celebration cupcakes for everyone.

“We are delighted to co-host this groundbreaking for the new community stadium, because I know that the people of Hillsboro, Tabor College and USD 410 have been waiting for this day to finally arrive,” said Tabor President Jules Glanzer. “We hope everyone will come out to join us was we celebrate.”

Football players for Hillsboro High School and Tabor College will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony after the game. But instead of using the customary golden shovels, they’ll be plowing the field with a tractor.

“We are eager to begin the process of transforming the old stadium into a facility that everyone in Hillsboro can be proud of,” Glanzer added. “Plowing the ground just minutes after the final home game of the season sends a clear message to everyone just how eager we are for this project to begin.”

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Visit to 'Green' Greensburg is Profitable for Tabor Business Club

November 10, 2008

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When members of the Tabor College Business Club sat down to consider a destination for their educational field trip, ShaRae Wadel, a Business Management and Accounting major, knew that a visit to tiny Greensburg, Kan. would be a sound investment of the club’s time and energy, one certain to pay great dividends for years to come.

To her credit, a dozen members of the club enjoyed a profitable trip to Greensburg, on Wednesday, Nov. 5. But, in the interest of full disclosure, it must be reported that Wadel’s investment advice was based on inside knowledge.

Greensburg – a community that has captured the world’s attention as it recovers and rebuilds from a devastating tornado using sustainable ‘green’ technology—is Wadel’s hometown.

“I suggested the trip to Greensburg because how many communities are building green?” Wadel said. “How many communities are building back? I think it’s opening some student’s eyes to some new things that they may have not thought about.”

The massive F5 tornado that swept through the western Kansas community of 1,400 people on May 4, 2007, boasted winds of 300 mph and was perhaps two miles wide. Estimates put the destruction of the town at 95 percent. Eleven people lost their lives.

But from the twisted wreckage, Greensburg is being re-born. In fact, tiny Greensburg has become Ground Zero for the Green Revolution in America, and Wadel wanted her fellow students to see it for themselves.

Members of the Tabor College Business Club pose on the steps of a church building in Greensburg, Kan., which was destroyed by a tornado in May 2007. The building in the background is the town’s new 5.4.7 Arts Center, which was built with solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal heating, thermal massing and other Earth-friendly systems. First row, from left: Julie Huxman, Cassondra Huxman. Second row: Danelle Thieszen, Linzy Goss. Third row: Kyle Bassinger, Jera Tesselle, Julianne Richardson, and ShaRae Wadel. Fourth row, Clint Seibel (Hillsboro Development Corp.), Cody Hiebert, and Emerson Kochem. Top row: Norman Hope, Cody Duff, and Aaron Friesen. (Tabor College Photo by Grant Overstake.)

Dr. Norman Hope, Professor of Business Administration said he was eager to travel about 140 miles west of Hillsboro, to give his students a chance to experience one of the most unique development projects going on anywhere in the world.

“The visit gave our students a unique opportunity, not only to see a start-up business, but also to see a start-up town,” Hope said. “With all of the challenges they’re facing in trying to get housing and start-up growth, it was a unique opportunity to discover what it’s going to take to get Greensburg back to viability as a town.”

In addition to taking a bus tour of the community, the Tabor group met with the town administrator, visited the Sun Chips Business Incubator (a joint business development project between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Sun Chips), and attended the grand reopening of the new GM dealership, which was rebuilt with sustainable technology.

“The buildings they are building here are going to last for 100 years,” Hope said. “We try to talk to our business students about the fact that they have a responsibility to manage and think about things in the long term. A sustainability perspective is part of our steward model and that also plays into it.”

Escorting the Tabor entourage was Ruth Ann Wedel, a town resident and a spokesperson for Greensburg GreenTown, which is providing the resources, information and support needed to rebuild Greensburg as a model green community.

Wedel and her husband ran a successful downtown bulk food store, deli and catering business before it was destroyed by storm. Today she enjoys her new role, which includes telling the Greensburg’s story of renewal to Tabor College business students, who are destined to help create a better world, through a life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom.

“The humbling experience from all of this is that we get an opportunity to tell our story and to influence the world,” Wedel said. “And literally the world is looking at us, and that’s almost mind-boggling for a little town of Greensburg’s size.”

Greensburg’s rebuilding efforts have received international attention and support:

  • The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal World: “Greensburg was immediately declared a disaster area by both Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and President George W. Bush. The Federal Emergency Management Agency moved in to help mitigate the after-effects, but there was little left to salvage.

“Almost as swiftly as the town was laid to waste, however, the residents of Greensburg began planning their reconstruction. Exhibiting a level of grit and ingenuity few would expect in the face of such all-consuming devastation, Greensburg would convert harrowing loss to opportunity. Within a week of the tornado strike, it was decided to remake Greensburg green.”

  • ABC News: “Since just a few days after the tornado, the small farming town has made ambitious plans for rebuilding green, from a wind farm at the electric plant to green homes and businesses. Sketches of future plans for the city include a more walk-able downtown and an energy-efficient city hall. Greensburg also hopes to leverage the strong winds in Kansas to power some of the town’s electric needs.
  • The Guardian (United Kingdom): “On the ruins left by the tornado, Greensburg’s residents now aim to build a model town for environmentalists across the globe. No other city in America has ever tried such an ambitious scheme. Business is behind it too, setting up environmentally-friendly buildings decked out with solar panels, thermal insulation and other green technology.”

“Greensburg is still flattened, its streets dotted with concrete slabs where homes and businesses once stood. Tree stumps shorn of all their branches dot the landscape, which still looks like the aftermath of a war zone or bomb site. But the scale of devastation also provided a blank slate on which to experiment. Now teams of workmen toil all over town and a handful of buildings have already been fully rebuilt: almost all of them to stringent new ecological standards….”

  • Greensburg was featured on The Weather Channel as the number one storm story of 2007.
  • President George Bush delivered the commencement address to the Class of 2008 of Greensburg High School.
  • The Discovery Network aired a 13-part series, “Greensburg, A Story of Community Rebuilding,” for the Planet Green channel (formerly the Discovery Home channel). Discovery has announced a second season of six episodes.

On the night of the tornado, Wadel, a senior, had just returned home from a high school track meet. After the power went out, she and her parents, Arlin and Shelley, and the family dog took shelter in the basement of their house, located on the edge of town.

“We didn’t know that the tornado was as big as it was until we went around that night and looked at the damage,” she said. “Our house was totaled by insurance, but it was only a third destroyed. We were very fortunate.”

Since then, citizens who have chosen to stay and rebuild are resolved to build back better, safer, and in a more sustainable manner. At the heart of their rebuilding plan is a simple guiding principle – keep the things that have made Greensburg a good place to live, work, and own a business, and then suggest ways to build upon strengths of the community in order to make it even more prosperous, appealing, livable, and sustainable.

That’s why Wadel knew that a field trip to Greensburg would be a valuable experience for her fellow business students—because of what she has learned there. After losing her home, her church, her high school, and so many members of her community who died or moved away, and then to see the rebuilding begin, she has learned much in Greensburg.

“The tornado has changed my life,” Wadel said. “It changed my outlook, obviously. It has gotten me to think about things I would probably not otherwise think about. I think I don’t put as much value on things as I would have, and I think I’ve relied more on building relationships. That’s what the tornado has taught me.”

Joining Wadel and Professor Hope on the field trip to Greensburg were Kyle Bassinger (senior, Pretty Prairie, Kan.); Cody Duff (senior, Nederland, Texas); Aaron Friesen (senior, Wichita, Kan.); Linzy Goss (senior, McPherson, Kan.); Cody Hiebert (junior, North Newton, Kan.); Cassondra Huxman (senior, Moundridge, Kan.); Julie Huxman (junior, Hesston, Kan.); Emerson Kochem (junior, Brazil); Julianne Richardson (junior, Imperial, Neb.); Jera Tesselle (junior, Downs, Kan.); and Danelle Thieszen (senior, Henderson, Neb.). Also accompanying the group was Clint Seibel, Director of the Hillsboro Development Corporation.

— By Grant Overstake, Director Tabor Communications

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Bluejays Topple McPherson College!

November 10, 2008

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The Tabor College football team moved into a three-way tie for seventh place by defeating McPherson 23-19 at Reimer Field Saturday. Led by 251 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Derek Washington, the Bluejays overcame three turnovers to secure coach Mike Gottsch’s second consecutive conference win.

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Tabor Singers Shine at Auditions Contest

November 05, 2008

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Tabor College vocal students sang their way to first, second, and fifth place awards in a competitive field of some 300 contestants at the regional student auditions of the West Central Region of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, held Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

The award-winning singers advanced through three rounds of judging, and were compared with vocal students within a four-state area, including Wichita State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The highest honor went to sophomore Aaron Stepanek, (Hillsboro, Kan.), who placed first in the first-year men classical division. Freshman David Vogel (Hillsboro, Kan.) was runner-up in the same category. Both vocalists are students of Dr. Brad Vogel, Professor of Choral Music. (David is Dr. Vogel’s son.)

Junior Kayla Vix, (Maize, Kan.) placed fifth in the upper division of music theater performance. She also was a semifinalist in the third-year women classical music division. She is a student of Dr. Holly Swartzendruber, Assistant Professor of Vocal Music.

Tabor College semifinalists and finalists and their accompanists at the West Central Region NATS Students Auditions: (from left) Aaron Stepanek, Maria Loewen, Meghann Eblen, Ashley Siler, Kayla Vix, Emily Olson, Naomi Toews and David Vogel. Vix placed fifth in music theater competition, and Stepanek and Vogel placed first and second, respectively, in first-year men classical competition.

Also performing for Tabor was senior Ashley Siler (Hays. Kan.), a semifinalist in the third-year women classical division; sophomore Darren Enns,(Hillsboro, Kan.) second-year men classical division; and freshmen Hanna Bishop (Hays, Kan.), Clarissa Berglund (Gettysburg, S.D.), and Maria Loewen (Hillsboro, Kan.), in the first-year women classical division.

Accompanists for the award-winning singers were junior Emily Olson (Newton, Kan) for Vix; freshman Maria Loewen (Hillsboro, Kan.) for Stepanek; and sophomore Naomi Toews (Hesston, Kan.) for Vogel. Additional accompanists included senior Meghann Eblen (Leavenworth, Kan.); freshman Ben¬jamin Heyen (Hillsboro, Kan.); and junior Stephanie Wiens (Fresno, Calif.).

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Tabor College Music Program offers students several areas of concentration, combining a quality education in the liberal arts with an emphasis on service to others.

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