Kansas’ Most Honored Journalist Speaks at Lifelong Learning

November 01, 2013

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Larry Hatteberg, KAKE evening news anchor, will present “Hatteberg’s People” at Lifelong Learning, at 9:45 a.m Friday Nov. 8. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

He will share stories from his years on the road in search of memorable people and reflect on his 50 years at KAKEland.

In high school, Hatteberg became interested in photography, where he was photo editor for the newspaper and yearbook, in Winfield, Kans. During his junior and senior years he turned professional by selling photos to the local newspaper.

Through his years at KAKE he’s held various positions including chief photographer, executive news director and prime-time co-anchor.

His series “Hatteberg’s People” is the longest-running television feature in Kansas.

He has received more than 100 local, state and national awards for news photography and reporting.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning Programs and may register at the door. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple). Attenders may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the sessions at the discount price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, director, 620-947-5964 or

Mennonite historian and professor to speak on Tabor College campus Nov. 14

October 23, 2013

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The public is invited to hear historian, educator and author, Dr. Keith Sprunger present “Bethel College and Tabor College: Common Histories? Unique Histories?” on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12 p.m. on the Tabor College Campus.

This lunch hour lecture will take place in the Blue-Gold Room in the student center. Those interested in lunch may purchase a meal from the cafeteria or bring their own meal to enjoy during his remarks.

Sprunger is Oswald H. Wedel Professor Emeritus of History at Bethel College. He taught at Bethel during 1963-2001. He is a native of Berne, Indiana. His undergraduate education was at Wheaton College, and he has a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in early European and English history. Sprunger’s scholarly interests are seventeenth century English, Dutch and American Puritanism, Mennonite History, the history of Bethel College and much more.

Peggy Goertzen, director of Tabor College Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies comments “This is an opportunity to hear Sprunger’s insights into our early educational beginnings.”

Sprunger and his wife Aldine are parents of three children; David, Mary and Philip who are all college teachers and graduates of Bethel College.

For additional information, contact Peggy Goertzen, at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1211.

Hearts4Him Concert at Lifelong Learning

October 18, 2013

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The men’s Gospel ensemble, Hearts4Him, will present a concert at Lifelong Learning, 9:45 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

The ensemble, based in Central Kansas, has performed on stages large and small since 2001.

Led by Jim Bartel, the ensemble includes: Rod Loucks, Keith Neufeld, David Oller, Lawrence Kliewer, Bernie Zercher and accompanist JoAnn Schmidt Nickel.

Nickel, whose father was a professional photographer and began the Schmidt Studio in Goessel, has produced a beautiful DVD using selected photographs set to her piano stylings of favorite hymns, titled, “Love and Creation.”

There will also be four CDs available, including a Christmas CD. “While we have served in various venues,” said Bartel, “our goal is always to glorify God.”

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning Programs and may register at the door.

Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple). Attenders may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the sessions at the discount price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, director, 620-947-5964 or

Tabor College Homecoming was Well Attended

October 11, 2013

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Tabor College Homecoming, Oct. 2-6, was an exciting time of reconnecting for friends, family and faculty during many activities over the weekend.

The class reunions were larger than ever this year, with over 100 people from the 1975-1981 classes attending a tailgate.

“We had a great crowd of 650 people enjoying the Dutch Lunch that took place before the football game Saturday afternoon,” said Mary Bostic, food service director.

Tabor College was victorious in five sporting events Saturday. These included junior varsity and varsity volleyball, football and men’s and women’s soccer.

“The children’s activities were created by the education department, who made Biblical games for the children to enjoy.” said Marlene Fast, director of alumni. “Along with that were inflatables, later moved to the football stadium.”

Tabor students Jasmine Gilkey, Bel Aire, Kan., and Ryan Nelson, South Pasadena, Calif., spoke about their Tabor experience at the Golden Brunch. The event was emceed by Jules Glanzer, Tabor College president, who recognized alumni that graduated 55, 60, 65, 70 or 75 years ago with long-stem yellow roses, corsage or boutonniere.

Ronnda Bartel, Richard Wall and Judy Harder were honored during the weekend for their contributions to Tabor College.

Bartel works in the scientific field of stem cell research and therapy.

“Her work is making a difference in so many lives and has impact for generations to come. Hearing Dr. Bartel explain stem cells in a way that I could understand was so interesting,” said Glanzer. “She is a shining example of the mission of Tabor being accomplished.”

Wall was in an accident that paralyzed him just three weeks after coming to Tabor in the fall of 1978. He returned to campus last week for the first time in 35 years. Wall spoke to the student body during chapel of his experiences at Tabor and received a standing ovation. Glanzer honored Wall as an Honorary Alumnus at the annual Festival Dinner in Wichita, Kan.

Tabor honored Harder for her 26 years of service with an event after the Saturday performance of “Godspell.” Over 100 former cast and crew spent time hours reminiscing with Harder. Brad Vogel offered a light-hearted roast, expressing his appreciation for her commitment and professionalism.

Lyndon Vix, president of Tabor’s Board of Directors, emceed the event. As part of the program, he showed a video of his daughter Kayla Vix and himself performing a humorous musical parody about experiencing theater with Harder.

Many of these pictures can be seen at the website,

“Seeing so many alumni come home to Tabor is invigorating and inspiring,” said Glanzer. “Watching them connect with their classmates, hearing what has been happening in their lives and seeing them enjoy the campus activities was a real joy.”

Lifelong Learning Welcomes Author Glen Ediger

October 10, 2013

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Glen Ediger, Bethel College’s 2012 outstanding alumnus award winner, will present “Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned” at Lifelong Learning, Friday, Oct. 18.

The session will begin at 9:45 a.m. in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Ever wondered why someone would have a 600-pound threshing stone in their yard? Using illustrative images and stories, Ediger will explain its importance, the history of grain, the railroad, Kansas and threshing. Ediger serves as director of design for the Vornado Air Fan Co. and holds over 100 U.S. patents.

Ediger grew up on a wheat farm near Buhler, Kans. and has done extensive research on the threshing stone, a tool that Mennonite farmers used in the Ukraine and then the Great Plains during the 1870s.

Ediger’s book “Leave No Threshing Stone Unturned,” was published in 2012 and received the bronze medal at the Independent Book Publisher Awards ceremony in New York City. Earlier this month, this same book was awarded the Kansas Authors Club 2013 Ferguson Kansas History Book Award. The public can enjoy his blog at and his website,

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning programs and may register at the door.

Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple). Attenders may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the sessions at the discount price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, Director, 620-947-5964 or

Tabor College Announces Homecoming Host and Hostess

October 10, 2013

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Tabor College announces Terach Antoine and Joetta Ewert as this year’s Homecoming Host and Hostess.

Antoine is a resident assistant and a member of the Tabor football team. He is majoring in youth ministry and is originally from Haiti, but has lived in Fort Pierce, Fla., most recently.

An elementary education major from Wichita, Kan., Ewert was the chosen hostess for 2013. She is involved in Wichita Urban Ministry Plunge, as well as student teaching.

The candidates are chosen by their peers. First, the senior class nominates candidates, then the Top 4 men and women are voted on by the entire student body.

The title of Homecoming Host and Hostess is valued at Tabor because these men and women are highly respected by their peers as encompassing the college’s mission.

Applications for Tabor College Presidential Leadership Program due Oct. 7

October 03, 2013

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The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Program is the largest and most selective scholarship award available to incoming freshmen Tabor students, valued at $17,000 per year.

The four-year, eight-semester program recognizes students who have been leaders in academics, school activities and communities during their high school career. Curriculum for the Scholars track involves eight leadership courses taught by President Jules Glanzer while the Fellows track features mentoring and leadership exposure experiences.

“As I look over society, I see a crying need for people who will step up and influence the world making it more as God intended it to be,” Glanzer. “I believe in this generation and the capacity for them to make the difference.”

Students who meet the following criteria are eligible to apply for this prestigious scholarship: admittance to Tabor College, minimum high school GPA of 3.3, minimum and ACT composite score of 23 or a combined SAT critical reading/math score of 1070.

More information is available on the website and the deadline for application is Oct. 7 at 5 p.m.

“We want students to apply that have a passion for leadership and show a capacity for influencing other people,” said Lee Waldron, director of admissions. “We look for skills and experience in a students application that provides support that they carry such traits.”

Homecoming Festival Celebration

September 27, 2013

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Tabor alumni, families, friends and the Hillsboro community are invited to attend this year’s Homecoming Festival Celebration 6:30 Friday evening, October 4 where two awards will be given and comedy will be performed at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, Kans.

Brent Kyle, assistant professor of philosophy at the United States Air Force Academy will be receiving the Young Alumni Medallion Award, and Natise Vogt, principal for Walton, Kans. Rural Life Center Charter School, will receive the Merit Award.

Since graduating from Tabor, both Kyle and Vogt have made a great impact in their area of expertise. Kyle, who graduated in 1999, has gone on to earn a Master’s of Philosophy from Yale and a Master’s and PH.D. of Philosophy from Cornell University.

His current teaching ranges from military ethics to metaphysics, and has had several peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations.

Kyle has received several Academic honors including English and Philosophy Department awards from Tabor; Jentzsch Prize for Best Philosophy Essay and Summer Research Award from the University of Colorado; Exchange Scholar Program from Yale University; Summer Fellowship, Sage Fellowship and Humanities Dissertation Writing Group Grant from Cornell University.

Kyle has lived for short periods in England, Germany and Canada, he currently lives in Colorado Springs, where he attends Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Since graduating, Vogt has gone on to earn an MS from the University of Kansas in Special Education and an MS from Wichita State University in Education Administration and Supervision.

She has been very involved in her church and community as Girl and Cub Scout leader for students with disabilities, Special Olympic coach, Chair of the Walton Rural Life Charter Advisory Council and Foundation and Christian Education director of Koerner Heights Church. Natise and her husband Richard live in Newton, Kansas.

In 2011, Walton Rural Life Center was an Intel School of Distinction Finalist. The Walton School District became the first agricultural school, using gathering eggs, feeding the animals, planting food and selling their product to teach basics to children. It has been amazingly successful.

After the awards are presented, three Tabor alumni will perform a stand-up comedy show, taking cues from the audience.

Michael Woods has performed all over the country including film, TV and sketch comedy productions; Landon Tucker produced the album “Come and Listen” and Jonathan Regier has recently played Euple Byrd in a National Tour of “Stand By Your Man.”

Everyone is invited to attend the event Friday, Oct. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita. Please register in advance online or contact June Mount at 620-947-3121 ext 1706.

New this Year at Tabor College Homecoming

September 27, 2013

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New events will be taking place at Tabor College Homecoming October 2-6. Cheerleaders will be providing free childcare at Wichita’s Exploration Place, Friday 6 to 9:15 p.m. while parents enjoy visiting with friends and classmates at the annual Festival Dinner.

Three alumni stage performers, Michael Woods, Landon Tucker and Jonathan Regier will entertain the Festival Dinner guests Friday evening at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The trio will perform fun-filled comedy improvisation using audience participation.

Dr. Ronnda Bartel will speak at 10 a.m. Saturday on her Aastrom Biosciences Research report in the Sol L. Loewen Science Center. Dr. Richard Kyle, recently retired after 41 years at Tabor College, will be honored at a reception during the halftime of the 2p.m. football game against Southwestern College. Asst. Professor, Derek Hamm will display his Art Show in the Historic Church throughout the day.

Baseball, softball and cheerleader reunions will be held Saturday. “We hope our community will join us for this fun filled weekend,” said Marlene Fast, director of Alumni relations. “There are activities for the whole family!”

For more details about events, tickets, prices and activities, contact the Alumni Office at (620) 947-3121 ext. 1706 or consult the website.

Natise Vogt and Larry Warkentin will speak at Lifelong Learning

September 26, 2013

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Two Lifelong Learning events will be part of an extended Homecoming weekend on the campus of Tabor College. Elementary school educator, Natise Vogt will present Friday Oct. 4, and Larry Warkentin, composer and lecturer, will present Monday, Oct. 7.

Vogt, 2013 Tabor College alumni merit winner, will present “Not your Ordinary Elementary School” Friday, Oct. 4, and will explain how she has developed an agriculture-based school at Walton, Kans.

Vogt graduated from Tabor College with a bachelor’s degree in 1979 and earned Masters of Education degrees from the University of Kansas in 1982, and Wichita State in 2001. Since 2005 she has served as principal at the Walton Rural Life Charter School. Much complementary attention has been given the Walton school including articles carried by NBC, the Chicago Tribune and Reuters news service.

“We commend Vogt and all those involved with the Walton 21 creative curriculum.” Ron Wilson, director of the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development, said. “Here at this school, what’s growing is the kids and their learning.”

Warkentin will present “Art or Popular Music in the Church” which will focus on the following questions: Is modern culture influencing evangelical worship music? Can people with a much-loved hymn tradition make peace with contemporary worship music?

Warkentin is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. He has composed numerous works for vocal solo, piano solo, chamber ensembles, choir and orchestra including a commissioned piece in honor of the Tabor College Centennial.

Warkentin graduated from Tabor College with a Bachelor of Music Arts and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California.

Before retiring, he taught piano performance and music composition for 40 years at Fresno Pacific University. He currently serves his local church, North Fresno Mennonite Brethren, Fresno, Calif., by accompanying the choir.

Both events will be at 9:45 a.m. in the Tabor College Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning Programs and may register at the door. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple). Attenders may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the sessions at the discount price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, director, 620-947-5964 or

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