Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholars Win Leadership Challenge Event

April 09, 2014

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholars competed at the 4th annual Leadership Challenge Event April 3-4 at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. The event, sponsored by Washburn and the Kansas Expocentre, welcomed participants from 19 high schools and seven colleges to compete against one another on different academic levels.

A team of five scholars from Tabor College participated in the event; Matthew Wiebe, senior; Maci Root, sophomore; Ashley Kemling, junior; Tena Loewen, freshman and Tristin Long, junior.

Other colleges competing in the LCE included University of Nebraska, Ft. Hays State, Florida Gulf Coast and Southwestern.

The competition challenged teams given a real-life scenario. They had to react to the information given, collaborate with individual ideas and make decisions when new information was given. The students were judged for their presentations, critical thinking, written work, as well as how they worked together and communicated.

The PLS students from Tabor College were awarded the most outstanding team honor.

“Overall the experience was different and unexpected, yet positive,” Long said. “It tested our ability to work on the fly and pushed us. It made us realize there are things we can do that some of us didn’t know we could do.”

“They did an amazing job,” Jim Paulus, vice president of student life at Tabor College, said, “and a couple of the judges made it a point to let me know how well our team worked together.”

Tabor College President Jules Glanzer echoed Paulus’ excitement.

“This is a significant accomplishment for these students and validates the Presidential Leadership Program,” Glanzer said. “The students who are part of the PLP are high quality students that have leadership capacity. Their experience at Tabor is shaping them to be leaders in their respective fields once they graduate.”

Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies Annual Spring Dinner

April 09, 2014

Categories: General News

The Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies here at Tabor College is having its annual spring dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m., Saturday May 3 in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center located at 400 South Jefferson, in Hillsboro, Kan.

Our speaker this year is John E. Sharp, author, historian and professor at Hesston College. He will be presenting a speech on “Buggies, Bonnets, and Boundaries: The Amish in a Modern World.”

Sharp was raised in an Amish-Mennonite community, next door to Amish grandparents and dozens of Amish cousins.

Sharp has taught courses on the Amish, Mennonites and related groups for more than 20 years. From 1995-2005, he was the director of the Mennonite Church USA Historical Committee and Archives. Since 2005, he has taught history at Hesston College. Sharp is the author of A School on the Prairie: A Centennial History of Hesston College, 1909-2000. He recently finished a biography, Orie O. Miller (1892-1977), Servant Leader to be released in September.

Sharp is married to Michele (Miller) Sharp and they are the parents of three young adult children.

According to CMBS Director Peggy Goertzen, “This will be a unique opportunity to learn about this branch of the Mennonite family, their faith, their culture and their interaction with our world today.”

The event costs $15 per person. For reservations contact Goertzen at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1211 or via email at Scholarships are available for Tabor College students to cover the cost.

Preceding the dinner program will be a local Mennonite history tour from 12:15-5:15 p.m., beginning with a light faspa lunch at the Historic Church, and including various landmark sites in Marion County, including Brunk cemetery, Gnadenau orphanage and village site, Ebenfeld church, Catlin Mennonite cemetery, the Dunkard cemetery, the Peabody train station and prisoner-of war-building, the Peabody silk station site, the so-called Florence Mennonite mass grave marker and the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church. The charge for the tour is $28 per person and scholarships are available for Tabor College students.

Tabor College in Wichita hosting seminar April 24

April 09, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College in Wichita, located at 21st and Ridge Road in Wichita, Kan., is hosting a free informational seminar about how 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 international speaker, American theologian, church historian and futurist.

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 launch of Tabor College in Wichita’s upcoming online master of arts degree in entrepreneurial ministry leadership or EML degree.

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, as well as an entrepreneurial final project in a local context.

“Tabor College in Wichita 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, executive 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 individuals can change the world.

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

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

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Scholarship Awarded to Tabor College Student

April 08, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College in Wichita is pleased to announce the recipient of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation Scholarship for 2014.

Julie Alexander, of Wichita, Kan. and current bachelor of science in nursing student at Tabor College in Wichita, was selected among her peers to receive the 2014 scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Alexander was chosen based on her goals to serve the health care industry in the field of nursing and her high academic standing.

“I want to thank Tabor College and Blue Cross and Blue Shield for this generous scholarship that will be utilized for the completion of my BSN,” Alexander said. “Tabor College has provided me with a rewarding college experience, both personally and professionally.”

Dr. Marlene Pietrocola, chair of the nursing program at Tabor College stated, “Reading Julie’s essay, it was clear that she felt called by God to be at Tabor College and to continue her nursing degree. It is exciting to watch God work through Julie.”

Upon completion of her BSN degree at Tabor College in Wichita in May of 2015, Alexander plans to pursue a job in the field of psychiatric-mental health.

This is the first year Tabor College in Wichita has awarded this scholarship to a BSN student.

Lifelong Learning session on April 11

April 07, 2014

Categories: General News

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will present “Needle in the Bone: A Holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter” at Lifelong Learning at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, April 11 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Mirriam-Goldberg, an author from Lawrence, Kan., will share the personal stories of Jarek Piekalkiewicz and Lou Frydman—two men who survived the horrors of World War II.

Her recent book, “Needle in the Bone,” is about the friendship of these two men who survived the Holocaust—one Polish, one Jewish, both with extraordinary stories to tell.

Mirriam-Goldberg was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and grew up there, as well as in Manalapan, N.J., until she headed west to study journalism at the University of Missouri. She later received a masters degree and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, in Lawrence.

Mirriam-Goldberg is an American poet, writer and professor, honored as the third Kansas Poet Laureate from 2009-2013. Mirriam-Goldberg is author of 16 books and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches. She facilitates community writing workshops throughout the United States and Mexico. She has given several hundred readings at conferences, colleges and events all over North America.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester, or $29 per couple. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the sessions at the discounted price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, Director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-5964 or

Tabor College Faculty Lecture set for April 8

April 02, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is pleased to announce that Dr. David A. Loewen will present this year’s Dr. Richard G. Kyle Faculty Lecture. Loewen will speak on the topic, “Is there a relationship between what I value and how much my students learn?”

The lecture will take place in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8. It is free and open to the public.

“I’m sharing on this topic because it involves the findings of my doctoral research,” Loewen says. “But more importantly, I’m sharing because I think that much of education focuses on techniques, methods and how that affects learning. We often don’t think about how what we believe is important may affect our students’ learning.”

Dr. Loewen graduated from Kansas State University with a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction in the spring of 2013.

Since 2006, Loewen has been employed in his present position of Assistant Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education and Licensure Officer at Tabor College.

The Dr. Richard G. Kyle Faculty Lecture Series is an annual event founded to encourage scholarship and to recognize the work of a Tabor College faculty member.

Lifelong Learning Session on April 4 - “Stories from an Old Town”

March 31, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College welcomes Phyllis (Hiebert) Martens to Lifelong Learning at 9:45 a.m. on April 4 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro. Martens will present a session entitled “Stories from an Old Town.”

Martens, from Fresno, Calif., will share stories from her grandmother, Helena Jungas, when she lived in rural Mountain Lake, Minn., during the 1920s and 30s. Martens spent several summers there – working in the town hospital, attending a conservative Mennonite Brethren church and listening to her grandmother’s stories about old times.

From these experiences, Martens recently wrote a book entitled “Stories from an Old Town.” During the Lifelong Learning session, she will bring characters from the book to life—triggering your own memories of unique people in Midwest towns.

The folks she met there became characters in some of the stories. Martens says of the book, “Other characters are imported from other small towns, or are simply made up.”

An interesting addition, at the back of the book, is a glossary of Low German expression that she includes in the conversations of her characters—some of us remember these colorful, everyday expressions.

Martens is the oldest daughter of J.N.C. and Anna Hiebert, missionaries to India, where she grew up. The family returned to the United States during World War II and lived in Reedley, Calif. for four years. When the family returned to India, Phyllis went to Tabor College and graduated in 1950 with a degree in English and a minor in music. She then went onto attend Kansas University where she got her master’s degree in English.

In 1955, while teaching English at Pacific Bible Institute in Fresno, Calif., she met Elmer Martens, a seminary student from Canada. The two married and Elmer served as pastor of Butler Mennonite Brethren Church in Fresno. He then earned his doctorate in religion (Old Testament) from the Claremont Graduate School and returned to teach at Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno. Martens continued teaching English in southern California and published four English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching games.

The couple has extensively traveled abroad on church-related missions. They have four children, the youngest being daughter Karen Bartlett, who is an admissions coordinator at Tabor College in Wichita. Her husband, Dr. Rick Bartlett, works as the director of theological education also at Tabor College in Wichita.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester, or $29 per couple. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the sessions at the discounted price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, Director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-5964 or The semester schedule and a downloadable PDF of the brochure are available at

Tabor College in Wichita launches Entrepreneurial Ministry Leadership Master of Arts degree program

March 28, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College in Wichita is proud to announce the launch of their new Master of Arts in Entrepreneurial Ministry Leadership (EML) degree. The new program was approved as accredited on February 25 by the Higher Learning Commission.

The program is enrolling now and the first classes will be held in a one-course-at-a-time cohort format beginning this fall.

This 39 credit hour program will be offered in an innovative hybrid/online format with a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and students with a secure and integrated education system.

People interested in this program would include: pastors, missionaries, church-planters, visionaries, youth pastors, entrepreneurs and staff members who are preparing for new and richer areas of service. It also will serve those people who have a passion for ministry and want to be trained for the church of tomorrow.

The EML degree can be completed by most students in 21 months.

Dr. Rick Bartlett, director of theological education at Tabor College in Wichita says, “This program will combine ministry passion with practical training to help graduates minister in their local community.

“It will equip them to move a project from idea to implementation to evaluation. Students will be prepared to think creatively, read and navigate the future, and evaluate their own culture by experiencing a cross-cultural environment. This master of arts degree is definitely outside the status-quo for theological programs,” added Bartlett.

The philosophy of the program is to embed theological reflection and thinking into every course.

Students will be challenged to reflect on their own embedded theology. This degree will serve as one which will inspire, motivate and serve the basic needs of people.

“This new graduate degree is indicative of Tabor College’s commitment to innovative programming,” said Dr. Frank Johnson, vice president of academic affairs and chief academic officer for Tabor College. “It also is a novel approach to serving our many faith-based communities while staying true to our historical and theological distinctives. I am especially thankful for Dr. Bartlett’s leadership of this initiative.”

Tabor College in Wichita chose to offer this degree program for a very specific reason.

“In response to community input, we are delighted to be approved to offer this new masters degree,” said Dr. Brett Andrews, executive vice president of Tabor College in Wichita. “It is designed to equip students with critical skills in both organizational effectiveness and practical ministry. This will become the degree of choice for students seeking a globally relevant ministry experience.”

There are a number of pieces that make this program distinctive.

Students will be able to select a focus of concentration for eight credit hours. They will be paired up with a faculty mentor who will work with them to assign readings, conferences to attend, or massive open online courses (MOOC) to take that help the student with his or her concentration specialty.

They will also have the opportunity to travel overseas and experience a culture outside of their own. This will only enhance their degree and knowledge of ministry and leadership among their peers.

Tabor College president Dr. Jules Glanzer said, “Rick Bartlett deserves the credit for developing a creative, innovative and relevant program that will serve the church that is and will be.

“Since our existence, Tabor has served the church in equipping men and women for service. Being approved to offer a graduate degree in theological and ministry education is another step in Tabor continuing to fulfill its mission of preparing people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and His kingdom,” added Glanzer.

Students who enroll in the EML program will complete a major entrepreneurial project in their local community. This project will allow them to apply what they have learned in the classroom. This final project will provide an assessment of the overall degree and ensure that the objectives for the program were reached.

Dr. Bartlett says that this degree will help people want to go out and make a difference locally and globally.

“Every time we turn on the news, we recognize the needs of so many people going unmet on a daily basis. Sometimes we get overwhelmed by seeing these images all the time and it’s easy to get paralyzed and do nothing, even though we want to respond,” said Bartlett. “The EML degree will equip Christian leaders with both the eyes to see, plus the skills and knowledge to respond to global and local needs.”

Prospective students wanting more information about the EML degree should visit our website at or email Dr. Rick Bartlett at or call us (800) 546-8616.

For a video presentation about the EML degree, please click here.

Tabor College Women’s Choir set to perform home concert April 6

March 26, 2014

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir is set to perform a home concert at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church located at 610 South Main in Hillsboro.

The group traveled to four states on their annual spring break tour and performed eight concerts with the theme “Lift Thine Eyes” March 16-23.

The choir is under the direction of Janie Brokenicky and accompanied by Jennifer Epp, who is a Tabor alumna from Hillsboro, Kan.

Brokenicky is in her second year as assistant professor of choral music at Tabor College. She is the founder of the Concerto Bella Voce Women’s Choir and teaches private voice, in addition to courses in music theory, sight singing and ear training.

Comprised of 19 women, the group is excited to share their musical talents and love of Jesus Christ with listeners.

“The theme is centered around the message in Psalm 121 and the program includes the piece ‘Lift Thine Eyes’ from Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio, Elijah,” says Brokenicky.

“The program also features flute and percussion performed by six students within the group,” added Brokenicky.

Tabor College Concert Choir set to perform home concert March 30

March 26, 2014

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Concert Choir is set to perform a home concert at 4:00 p.m. this Sunday, March 30 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro, Kan.

The choir, under the direction of Dr. Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, will perform the concert with the theme “I Lift My Voice.”

“The voice is a primary means of communicating our relationship with God, in both song and speech,” Vogel said. “The texts of the songs divide into three modes of communication: praise, prayer and proclamation. Each song is either a setting of scripture or a personal expression of relationship with God.”

The choir’s repertoire spans the gamut of sacred choral music, from Renaissance, Baroque and Classical motets, to contemporary sacred choral music by British, Australian, French and American composers.

A variety of accompaniment instruments will be featured in each concert, including piano, oboe, trumpet and a string quartet. Student instrumental performers include Zach Neumann, Janelle Rust and Megan Wiebe on piano, Benjamin Wiens on oboe, Matthew Wiebe on trumpet, and a string quartet of Ryan Loewen and Cheyenne Derksen on violin, Rachael Wedel on viola and Natalie Wiens on cello.

Noted for the vitality of its singing and clarity of expression, the Concert Choir has been selected to perform for the Kansas Music Educators Association State Convention five times under Vogel’s direction. It has been a guest choir twice on the Wichita State University campus, as well as selected to sing for the inauguration of Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

Vogel notes the focus of the concert as a “sermon in choral music.”

“The repertoire begins with proclaiming the goodness of God and calling people to respond with praise,” he said. “God’s grace and faithfulness is noted in the songs of prayer, and the final section—a collection of spirituals—proclaim the greatness of God and call us to commitment to Him.”

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