Concert to Gather Food for Area Shelter

November 07, 2013

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce will present the annual Praise and Thanksgiving concert Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4:00 p.m. in the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Tabor College is joining with the Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association to raise funds for the organization’s work assisting needy families in the area. An offering will be taken for HAMA’s work and canned goods will be collected for the Main Street Ministries Food Bank.

The Concert Choir will be under the direction of Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, and the women’s chorus Concerto Bella Voce will be under direction of Janie Brokenicky, assistant professor of choral music.

The concert will also feature a piano solo by Dr. Sheila Litke, professor of piano and piano pedagogy.

“Numerous students will be featured as both vocal and instrumental soloists,” said Vogel. They will perform “a wide variety of choral literature, from Renaissance motets to contemporary choral compositions to gospel songs and spiritual arrangements.”

The public is invited and encouraged to attend this community Praise and Thanksgiving concert.

Mary Beth Bowers Presents at Lifelong Learning

November 07, 2013

Categories: General News

Mary Beth Bowers will present “All Wheat Bread is Not Created Equal” at Lifelong Learning 9:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Bowers, Kansas Wheat Commission spokeswoman, will bring the latest baking and nutrition information. She will explain the importance wheat has had on the central Kansas culture.

Raised on a farm in the Flint Hills north of Marion, she later settled close to the Kjellin homestead, where she and her husband raised four children on their diversified farm.

Bowers is an active member of the Eastmoor Methodist Church, and has benefited the Marion community with her creativity and volunteer spirit. She is an expert baker and has promised to bring each Lifelong Learning participant a slice of bread from her own oven.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning programs and may register at the door for $4 per session.

Attenders may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the session at the discount price of $4. For more information, contact Connie Isaac, director, 620-947-5964 or

President’s Dinner held in Fresno, Calif. to Honor West Coast Supporters

November 01, 2013

Categories: General News

A President’s dinner was held in Fresno, Calif. at the home of Greg and Valerie Quiring Sunday Oct. 20 acknowledging the West Coast’s support of Tabor.

Alumni, Randy and Sharon Janzen and Joel and Colene Wiens performed the song “On Eagle’s Wings” at the event. Two additional songs were performed by The Bach Children’s Choir under the direction of Valerie Quiring.

Marissa Hiett, a junior from Fairview, Okla., shared the impact Tabor has had on her life, including her experience in the Presidential Leadership Program.

“Tabor prepares students for a lifetime of learning,” said Hiett, “but also Tabor prepares us for a lifetime of connectedness and service.”

Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, gave the 85 in attendance an update on Tabor. “The state of the college is that God is smiling down on us, these are good days at Tabor and we feel His pleasure,” said Glanzer.

He then stated “We are growing… in excellence, in service, is scholarship, spiritually, and in new programs.”

In closing, Glanzer emphasized instilling a commitment in students.

“We are helping our students succeed. The demographics of our student body are such that we are serving an underserved population. And for this we are being recognized. Tabor is at it’s best when we help students succeed.”

“We are instilling a commitment beyond our self in our students. Our students learn the importance of living for more than self. Students are taking Jesus seriously and learning about His claims on their lives.

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

Categories: General News

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

Categories: General News

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

Categories: General News

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

Categories: General News

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

Categories: General News

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

Categories: General News

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.”

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