Holy Land Trip Planned for Tabor College Students in 2015

March 05, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is again sponsoring a trip to the Holy Land January 2-23, 2015. The trip will be led by Tabor Bible professor Dr. Douglas Miller.

Those traveling to the Holy Land will get to tour a variety of historical places. Travelers will visit two dozen biblical sites, including Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, ancient ruins, the Dead Sea and Dead Sea Scrolls, Masada, Mt. Nebo, Petra, plus museums and much more.

“We will have personal contact and conversation with a variety of local people,” says Miller, who particularly noted Palestinian Christians as a neglected minority.

The trip has four primary goals that intertwine daily on the three-week trip. Travelers will be able to better understand the Bible in its context, learn about the three major religions of the area (Judaism, Islam, Eastern Christianity), learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, plus find specific times dedicated for worship, reflection and prayer.

“The Holy Land trip during the January interterm was very educational and the most awesome trip one can take,” said Bob Ewert, who took this trip in January of 2011 with his wife Lynette.

“We would highly recommend it to anyone. The multi-generational group was a special part of the experience. The Bible is much more alive today for having been part of that trip,” added Bob.

Keith and Judy Harder had a similar experience in 2009. “The Jerusalem trip was a beautiful blend of biblical archeology, history, contemporary politics, worship and spiritual inspiration,” said Judy. “The trip is well planned and expertly guided.”

Miller noted that the accommodations along the way are very good. Lodging is comfortable (private rooms) and the food is excellent. Most travel is by tour bus, but there is also moderate walking.

There is currently room for additional people to go on this trip. If interested, please contact Dr. Douglas Miller at (620)-947-2439 or via email at The cost is approximately $4,500 per person. A deposit of $500 will reserve your spot on the trip.

Tabor College hosting seminar on entrepreneurship & ministry on April 24

February 27, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College, located at 21st and Ridge Road in Wichita, is hosting a free informational seminar about how our faith in God corresponds with human need. This event will be held on April 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the First Mennonite Brethren Church located at 8000 West 21st Street N in Wichita. It is free and open to the public.

As society encounters more family, social and economic challenges than the church and non-profit organizations can manage, many needs are going unmet. In order to address the increasing societal pressures, Rick Bartlett, Director of Theological Education at Tabor College in Wichita, wants several people to share their powerful, fresh ideas on how entrepreneurship can link to ministry.

Bartlett defines entrepreneur as a “see a need, fill a need” philosophy.

The day will consist of six impactful 18-minute presentations from several different speakers:

Leonard Sweet is an American theologian, church historian and pastor.

Joe Skillen is a local pastor of Faith Community Church in Wichita and adjunct professor.

Randy Friesen is currently serving as the Executive Director of Mennonite Brethren Mission, the global mission agency of the Mennonite Brethren churches of North America.

Monica Epperson is the Co-founder and CEO of The Child of Divorce.

Bill Vann is a Wichita pastor, adjunct professor and serial entrepreneur.

“God is up to something big and beautiful among the Mennonite Brethren in general and at Tabor College in particular,” said Sweet. “I can’t wait to be a part of the excitement of what God is already doing in and through them.”

This free event will also serve as a preliminary event for the launch of Tabor College in Wichita’s upcoming online master of arts degree in entrepreneurial ministry leadership or (EML). This program will typically take students 21-months to complete and it is designed to help individuals achieve ministry training and education in a specific area of study. The program incorporates an international trip for cross-cultural experience and exposure.

“Tabor College is delighted to host what is sure to be a foundational event that celebrates people who have dedicated their lives to living out their faith by serving the needs of others,” said Brett Andrews, Vice President of Tabor College in Wichita.

This will be an amazing opportunity to engage with leaders in the field of entrepreneurial ministry to see how you can change our world!

Coffee/tea and light refreshments will be served during the morning session.

For more information about this event, contact Rick Bartlett at or Karen Bartlett at or call (316) 729-6333 Ext. 2210.

Tabor College Students Spend Day Serving

February 06, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College President, Dr. Jules Glanzer made the decision to cancel classes Wednesday, February 5 and designate the day as “Serve Day.”

The purpose of giving the students the day off was to encourage them to care for the people in the community. About 100 students, faculty and staff bundled up, braved the cold weather and shoveled snow for the Hillsboro residents.

“Our mission is to serve others and help people in need,” said Glanzer. “The Hillsboro community needed us to shovel snow for them, so that’s exactly what we did today.”

Groups of two or more went door to door from sun up to sun down, shoveling snow on sidewalks, driveways and off of cars for those not able to do it for themselves. Glanzer helped organize a similar event three years ago when the community was blanketed with snow.

“People will remember our students coming out to help them in a time of need,” said Glanzer. “It’s special because our students get a life lesson on a day when they are not sitting in the classroom.”

The students seemed to enjoy their opportunity to serve others, despite the cold temperatures.

“I just love that we were challenged, as a school, to be able to serve and given the opportunity to go out into the community, rather than sitting in our dorms wasting our day away,” said Beth Nesser, a sophomore from Florence, Kan.

“It was very meaningful. I love serving,” said Catherine Christie, a freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo. “It was nice to have an opportunity to live out the Tabor values and being a decidedly Christian school, we need to love our neighbors.”

View photos from the event.

Tabor College Junior Wins Regional Theater Competition

February 04, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College junior Cheyenne Derksen won the National Critics Institute Region 5 competition, as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival held Jan. 20-24 in Lincoln, Neb.

More than 1,500 students and faculty from 81 colleges and universities participated in this year’s Region 5 festival.

The 20-year-old from Goddard, Kan., competed against seven other students from Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. Each student traveled to Lincoln to spend time in workshops, performances and competitions that included playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.

Familiar with drama from her role as president of her high school thespian club, Derksen thought her days in competitive drama were over. She didn’t even know about the KCACTF competition until Laurel Koerner, Tabor’s director of theater, suggested she submit an entry.

“We’d had a conversation in early November about her career goals, and the Institute came to mind,” Koerner said. “I asked later that day if it interested her, and soon we were talking logistics and submitting her application essay.”

Derksen said she was anxious about submitting her work.

“Before I was selected to the conference in the first place, I was so paranoid because I don’t function well without structure,” she said. “Initially I was terrified, because I had no idea what they wanted from me. All they said was to send in a review.”

In early December, Derksen’s test article was submitted for preliminary review and by the time classes concluded before Christmas, she’d already received an email confirming she was a one of the top eight students selected for the Region 5 competition.

Derksen arrived in Nebraska ready for the competition.

“At the actual conference, I was oddly calm—I wasn’t afraid at all,” she said. “I was just really glad to be in this vibrant community of people who are all enthusiastic about the same thing.”

The intense, four-day competition mixed elements of theater and writing. Each day, all eight students watched a production and then wrote reviews for critique by peers and other professionals. Articles consisted of 800-1,000 words and were then submitted on a blog, plus read aloud for the other competitors. Derksen said she felt very “vulnerable” to have to read her work in front of others.

Before the winner could be announced at the awards ceremony on Friday, Derksen was on the road back to Hillsboro.

“Since we live four hours away, we were already in the car and I checked Facebook on my phone at a gas station in Nebraska and saw that one person from high school had Facebooked me and said ‘Hey, I think you won something,’ (and) I text back, ‘WHAT DID I WIN?’”

She realized she won the competition and the celebration in the car was “totally anticlimactic,” Derksen said, adding that after sharing the news with Koerner, they celebrated all the way home by eating sesame sticks and animal crackers.

Derksen receives an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the Kennedy Center National Festival during the week of April 14 against seven others from all over the United States.

“Winning that award justifies Tabor’s need for a fine arts building,” Derksen said, “because it would grant the students much more access to the fine arts that are key for an applicable education in today’s world.”

Tabor College students set to shovel snow

February 04, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College President, Dr. Jules Glanzer, has canceled classes for Wednesday, February 5 and designated tomorrow as “Serve Day” so that students can bundle up and care for the community. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to grab a snow shovel, provided for them at the Student Center, and shovel out their neighbors and friends.

“Our mission is to serve others and help people in need,” said Glanzer. “The Hillsboro community needs us to shovel snow for them, so that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

Tabor students will be going door to door throughout the day and shoveling snow for those not able to do it for themselves. Glanzer helped to organize a similar event two years ago when the community was blanketed with snow.

“People remember when our students helped out the community last time,” said Glanzer. “They certainly appreciated our willingness to shovel their driveways and sidewalks then, so we need to serve them again.”

Flint Hills Trio Will Perform at Tabor College

January 24, 2014

Categories: General News

Flint Hills Trio of Kansas will perform a recital 4 p.m. Sunday February 2 in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium as a part of their four-show spring tour.

The trio, composed of Amanda Arrington, piano; Janie Brokenicky, soprano; and Dr. David Littrell, cello, are all professional musicians from central Kansas. Special guests Karen Large and Laurel Littrell will also perform, playing flute and percussion.

The ensemble will perform a variety of works from Baroque to 20th Century, including the premier performance of “Into the Garden,” composed by Littrell of Manhattan.

The public is invited to attend this event.

Lawrence Arts Center features Tabor Professor Shin-hee Chin

December 16, 2013

Categories: General News

Tabor College professor and globally exhibited artist from McPherson, Kansas Shin-hee Chin is being featured at the Lawrence Arts Center, Nov 22 – Jan 5.

This current feature, Mother Tongue and Motherhood, shares a personal voyage. Chin shares her inspiration for this exhibit and the journey of abandoning her mother tongue while becoming a mother simultaneously.

“After 29 years living in Korea, I immigrated to America and I also became a mother. It demarcated my life into two stages: having a mother tongue (29 years) and having a motherhood (25 years),” said Chin.

“These two events happened largely at the same time in my life, and I began to see links between the two. Is motherhood a shackle or a wing? Is a mother tongue a yoke or an anchor? It’s these tensions that I seek to explore in this body of work,” continued Chin.

Chin is the Visual Arts professor at Tabor College instructing drawing, painting, watercolor painting, color theory and mixed media. Chin’s artwork has been exhibited worldwide in Japan, China, Paris, Italy and South Korea.

More information regarding this exhibit, hours of operation and directions can be found on the Lawrence Arts Center webpage

Tabor College Presents Annual Messiah Performance

December 02, 2013

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Oratorio Chorus, Alumni Chorus and Community Orchestra will join forces to present its annual “Messiah” performance 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Featured for the performance will be Tabor College soloists Robert Howell, Olivia Kliewer, Trevor Morris, Sara Sagner and Nathan Vogel. Also featured as soloists are alum Aaron Stepanek, and current faculty members Janie Brokenicky and Holly Swartzendruber.

The performance will be under the direction of Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music at Tabor College.

Georg Frideric Handel’s “Messiah,” composed in a remarkable 24 days in 1742, is based upon texts from the King James Bible that tell of the prophecies of Christ, His birth, life, death, resurrection and final triumph. The initial performance was on Palm Sunday of that year, performed as a benefit concert for an orphanage in Dublin, Ireland.

“In Hillsboro, this annual event is considered the start of Christmas season and is a wonderful tradition,” said Vogel. “It’s a great piece of music with a rich message and is a centerpiece of the music department.”

Tabor Announces 2014 Presidential Leadership Participants

November 22, 2013

Categories: General News

Tabor College announced the recipients of the 2014 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarships. Annaliese Wiens, Arlington, Texas, Alex Janzen, Morro Bay, Calif., Matthew Molden, Aurora, Colo., and Heidi Klaassen Arkansas City, Kan. are the four recipients of the prestigious $68,000 scholarships. These students will participate in a four-year leadership laboratory that is designed to develop young people into effective and skilled leaders for the next generation.

“In addition to being intelligent, I look for poise, relational skills, presence and a capacity to influence,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “Character, vision, passion and courage are also very important.”

All of the students participated in the Selection Weekend earlier this month, where they interviewed with Glanzer, participated in group activities, gave a speech and wrote an essay.

A committee recommended a group, then Glanzer chose four students.

“We were excited to host these exceptional students and believe that they have tremendous potential to shape and influence the Tabor College campus,” said Rusty Allen, vice-president for enrollment management and intercollegiate athletics.

This program was established in 2011. The first group of Presidential Leadership participants will be seniors next year.

“These new students have the capacity to shape and influence the student body in significant ways for the next four years,” said Glanzer.

During their time at Tabor, the scholars will be able to be involved in an international trip to Niger to dig a water well.

“We will continue to make the world our classroom,” said Glanzer. “We will provide leadership experiences and create a leadership learning community.”

Tabor College Chamber Strings and Symphonic Band Present "Snapshots of Christmas"

November 15, 2013

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Chamber Strings and Symphonic Band will present the annual Christmas instrumental performance 4 p.m. Sunday Nov. 24 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

This year’s theme is “Snapshots of Christmas.” The Chamber Strings will begin the concert by playing a piece titled “Rhythmic Snapshots of Christmas” and all of the selections presented will provide numerous musical snapshots of the Christmas message.

“The music of Christmas ranges from the sedate to the boisterous,” said Larry Ediger, interim director of Instrumental Music. “Christmas music presented instrumentally has the ability to not only bring to mind the words of familiar songs; it has a range of expression that may be as sweet and soft as the most sedate carol and as powerful as the most boisterous celebration of Christ’s birth.”

Contemporary interpretations of traditional Christmas carols as well as classics such as “Sleigh Ride” and “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson will be presented by both the Chamber Strings and Symphonic Band.

Ediger said, “Those who attend this concert will be able to both delight in the soft and sweet sounds of Christmas and be energized to praise by boisterous celebration.”

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