Tabor College Fundraiser Takes the Pie?

April 15, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College’s bravest faculty and staff surrendered their faces, and pride, to 16 students with a plate of whipped cream in hand, all for the shrieks from the crowd of bystanders, and for Thailand, too.

The pie throwing contest followed a fundraiser where every dollar raised meant students could throw a pie at a professor/staff’s face.

Students raised money for a good cause, not just to humiliate their superiors.

The New International Carson House, NiCH, a theme house at Tabor, raised $1,500 from March 31-April 5 during Service Week to provide a water well and other improvements for a ministry in Thailand.

The money raised will be sent with Tabor community member and missionary Naomi Phillips to her family’s ministry in Thailand. The funds will be used primarily for a hand-dug water well, but also for a fishpond. The fishpond will allow farmers to learn how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.

“We are a rural grassroots ministry, so anything we do, we want to be producible by the local people,” Phillips said about their local labor process. “We try to build everything with what’s in our environment so that anyone can reproduce it, no matter what their economic basis is.”

Phillips and husband Michael felt called to minister in Thailand in 1990. Phillips says their pioneer work for 25 years with Thai and Lao village leaders affects five semi-literate tribal groups with programs that provide general education, leadership training, agriculture and alternative careers for women leaving the sex trade.

“The tribal people live out in the mountains,” said Phillips of the cross-border ministering education program. “We bring them down into the home so they can have a good education with proper food, also with the hope of evangelizing them.”

When two of the Phillips’ five children wanted to go to college at Tabor five years ago, the whole family came with them and helped them get established in U.S. culture. The Phillips are returning to the ministry in Thailand, now that their children are out of school.

“With the training center, we’ve lost all of our property and all of our buildings. We are starting brand new,” Phillips said. “It’s been a bit of a challenge.”

Phillips attends Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church and mentors students at Tabor, including several NiCH members.

Senior Cassie Whiteneck, NiCH coordinator, said choosing Phillips’ ministry for a fund focus was a natural choice.

“We knew we wanted a more challenging goal than the $800 we raised for Heifer International last year, but we wanted to keep it personal,” Whiteneck said. “Naomi has always been there for the student body when we needed someone, so we’re glad to do the same for her.”

Since its creation in 2011, the NiCH hosts a Service Week every year where students are invited to participate in a variety of service opportunities, such as lawn maintenance, clothing donation to a shelter, etc. All of these activities will benefit their charity of choice.

Michael Phillips and son Aaron are back in Thailand now, while Naomi Phillips’ Canadian citizenship prevented travel alongside her family earlier this year. She will join them in Thailand very soon.

“It’s like a new adventure,” Phillips added.

Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Spring Tour

April 14, 2014

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The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings are preparing for their annual spring tour, taking place April 25-28. The band and string ensemble will perform at six locations in the Kansas City area and in Shawnee, Leavenworth, Topeka and Manhattan.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s tour is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs – such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

Complete tour schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 25

  • Blue Ridge Christian School located at 8524 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. at 9:30 a.m.
  • Maranatha Christian Academy located at 6826 Lackman Rd in Shawnee, Kan. at 2:20 p.m.
  • Church of the Open Door located at 4800 S 20th Street Traffic Way in Leavenworth, Kan. at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27

  • Shawnee Bible Church located at 12921 W 61st Street in Shawnee, Kan. at 10:45 a.m.

Monday, April 28

  • Cair Paravel Latin School located at 635 SW Clay St in Topeka, Kan. at 8:40 a.m.
  • Flint Hills Christian School located at 3905 Green Valley Rd in Manhattan, Kan. at 2:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 4

  • Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro, Kan. 4:00 p.m.

Tabor College Alumnus will be Commencement Speaker in May

April 14, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is pleased to announce that alumnus, Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, will be our commencement speaker. Graduation is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on May 17 at the Joel H. Wiens Football Stadium in Hillsboro, Kan.

Dr. Goentzel attended Tabor College, with support from a Presidential Scholarship, and graduated in 1990 with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics.

“Tabor faculty members inspired me to go deep in my field of mathematics, including a semester of study in Budapest, and challenged me in various subjects across the liberal arts curriculum,” Goentzel reflected. “It was a solid foundation for interdisciplinary research, which is so critical in humanitarian applications.”

Dr. Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, says he asked Dr. Goentzel to be the commencement speaker to send the students out with words from a very successful former graduate.

“Dr. Goentzel is a model of where a Tabor education can lead,” Glanzer said. “Managing a lab at MIT is a significant accomplishment. He is an example from whom our graduates can learn. His work brings together the practical and theoretical in ways that help benefit humanity. I am thrilled that he is able to come and speak at this year’s commencement.”

Dr. Goentzel is the founder and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Humanitarian Response Lab and is a research lead for the MIT Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation sponsored by United States Agency for International Development or USAID. His research focuses on meeting human needs in resource-constrained settings through better supply chain management, information systems and decision support technology.

Since 2004, Dr. Goentzel has worked with humanitarian and international development organizations such as World Food Programme, United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF, Oxfam, International Rescue Committee, Partners In Health, Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA and the Red Cross.

Dr. Goentzel has developed graduate-level courses in supply chain finance, international operations and humanitarian logistics and has extensive experience using simulation games to develop intuition and leadership skills. He has supervised over 40 theses and published articles in academic journals and trade publications.

He speaks regularly at both academic and industry conferences and has organized numerous events that mix these audiences.

Previously, Dr. Goentzel was executive director of the MIT Supply Chain Management Program, where he was responsible for design and management of the nine-month professional master’s degree program. He joined MIT in 2003 to establish the Zaragoza Logistics Center in Spain and develop novel education, research and outreach programs through the MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program.

Dr. Goentzel also has extensive industry experience, leading supply chain consulting and product development teams in start-up ventures and large enterprise software companies.

He received a Ph.D. from the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, a M.S. in applied mathematics from Colorado State University and a B.A. in mathematics from Tabor College, with studies at the Technical University of Budapest (Hungary).

“I am fortunate to have found a profession – research and teaching about humanitarian operations – that aligns with my passion and faith,” Goentzel added. “I am excited to spend the day with the Tabor graduates and hear about the journeys they are planning.”

Lifelong Learning session on April 25

April 11, 2014

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The final spring session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:15 a.m. on Friday, April 25 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Refreshments will be served at 9:15 a.m., with the program following at 9:50 a.m.

The session will celebrate 40 years of Lifelong Learning and the completion of 20 years of leadership by the current director, Connie Isaac.

The featured guest will be Abilene’s entertaining speaker known as “Purveyor of the Past,” Joe Basso, a retired history teacher.

For the April 25 session, Basso will be providing the historical origins of several nursery rhymes and everyday expressions that we use.

Born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Basso eventually moved to Abilene, Kan., to his mother’s birthplace, in 1969.

He earned a bachelor of arts in history in 1972 from the College of Emporia and a master of arts in history from Fort Hays State University in 1988.

Other than making public presentations, Basso serves as a volunteer biographical researcher for ZOUAVE!, the regimental newsletter of the 62nd New York State Volunteer Infantry, a Civil War re-enactor’s group based in New South Wales, Australia.

Basso is a firm believer that we are all historians in one way or another.

“We all need to keep alive family and community stories,” Basso said. “The best history is not studied for an assessment test, but to see how our local and national communities have been created, developed and changed over time. History is life, not statistical data.”

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 Presidential Leadership Scholars Win Leadership Challenge Event

April 09, 2014

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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

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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

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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.

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