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McPherson College Professors Display Art In Wichita Gallery

Sprechen Sie Woman exhibit

McPherson College professors, Michaela Valli-Groeblacher and Kim Stanley, combined their talents for a gallery show currently on exhibition at The Fiber Studio in Wichita. The exhibit features life-size female figures in clay by Valli-Groeblacher accompanied by poems written by Stanley.

A reception and artist discussion will be held on August 23 at 7 p.m. and the exhibit will be featured at the gallery’s Final Friday on August 30. The Fiber Studio is located at 418 S. Commerce Street.

The exhibition focuses on the life experiences of women from youth to old age. Each accompanying poem, posted beside the figure, is inspired either by the figure itself or by the feelings or memories the figure suggests.

The figures with their realistic eyes and gestures can be startling; viewers sometimes express surprise at their silence.

“The poems create a sort of conversation with the sculptures – a conversation which is meant to invite the participation of the onlooker,” Valli-Groeblacher said. “In one, an old woman emerges from a chrysalis to spread enormous painted wings on the wall behind her; in another, a young African-American woman emerges through a shattered glass ceiling with shards of mirror clinging to her gauzy white dress. The figures and poems are meant to draw out the visitors’ own memories, fears and dreams.”

Valli-Groeblacher is assistant professor of art and Stanley is professor and chair for the department of modern languages at McPherson College.

McPherson College Names New Dean of Students

Dean of Students Ben CoffeyMcPherson College President Michael Schneider appointed Ben Coffey as the new dean of students.

Coffey’s new appointment begins immediately. He succeeds Dr. Khalilah Doss who accepted the position of vice president of student affairs at the University of Southern Indiana.

“Ben has several years of experience in the student affairs department at McPherson College,” President Schneider said. “His dedication and commitment to our students over the years along with his knowledge of student life issues is a real asset to our college.”

As dean of students, Coffey is responsible for all aspects of student life at McPherson College including housing and dining services, student engagement, conduct, spiritual life, health and counseling services, student government and clubs, student affairs compliance, and budget.

Coffey has a long history with the college. He began working in academic support in 2011 as coordinator of the writing center, a position he maintained after he was appointed as associate dean of students in 2016. He was promoted to associate vice president for student affairs in 2018. His focus was primarily on housing, conduct, and student government. He also teaches diversity education in the teacher education program.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from McPherson College, a master’s degree of education in curriculum and instruction and is currently finishing requirements for a doctorate in education from Baker University. Before coming to McPherson College, Coffey was a classroom instructor for Canton-Galva and was director of professional development and union president there. He also worked with the Kansas teacher’s union for political activism, member engagement and fundraising, and negotiated teaching agreements with districts across Kansas.

McPherson College Honor Roll, Honorable Mention for Spring 2019

McPherson College recognizes its highest academic achievers in the spring 2019 Honor Roll and Honorable Mention. To qualify for the Honor Roll, students must be a full-time student and earn a grade point average of 3.55 or higher during the previous term. Students earning a grade point average from 3.25 to 3.54 are named to the Honorable Mention Roll.

Students named to the McPherson College Honor Roll for spring 2019 include:

Morgan Abbott, Junior, Decatur, TX
Nicole Abunaja, Sophomore, San Tan Valley, AZ
James Aikins, Junior, Hutchinson, KS
Kento Aizawa, Senior, McPherson, KS
Zackary Alexander, Junior, McPherson, KS
Riley Allen, Freshman, Logan, KS
Jose Alonso, Sophomore, Wichita, KS
Esther Tibaidjuka Amuli, Sophomore, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Aryana Archuleta, Junior, Sacramento, CA
Olivia Baldner, Senior, Johnston, IA
Reganne Barker, Junior, Tipton, KS
Thane Barta, Sophomore, Anchorage, AK
Guido Battistini, Junior, Pilar, Argentina
Cody Baumgartner, Freshman, Hudson, CO
Walter Behrens, Sophomore, Crested Butte, CO
Julia Berger, Senior, Washington, DC
Ethan Billhime, Senior, Windermere, FL
Diamond Blaylock-Norris, Junior, Flower Mound, TX
Julien Bodin, Sophomore, Cartagena, Spain
Kevin Boeckman, Junior, Wamego, KS
Jonatan Bonilla, Sophomore, Del Valle, TX
Molly Booker, Freshman, Roseville, CA
Luke Borton, Junior, Independence, KS
Zoe Bouwmeester, Senior, Zutphen, The Netherlands
Kyle Bowers, Senior, Wichita, KS
Cameron Boyce, Freshman, Tebbetts, MO
Reven Bradbury, Sophomore, Castle Rock, CO
Riley Bradbury, Sophomore, Castle Rock, CO
Trey Brand, Junior, Maize, KS
Kyrstin Branscum, Freshman, Gravette, AR
Abigail Briscoe, Freshman, Little River, KS
Cedric Brown, Freshman, Culpeper, VA
Makaylee Bryson, Freshman, Spanish Fork, UT
Ashley Burch, Senior, Pittsburg, KS
Alex Burger, Junior, Sedan, KS
Robert Calkins, Senior, Rowlett, TX
James Canar, Freshman, Longmont, CO
Diego Cantu, Senior, Roma, TX
Garrett Carroll, Junior, Conroe, TX
Eugenio Cervantez, Sophomore, Princeton, TX
Karley Clark, Senior, McPherson, KS
Chloe Cloud, Senior, Wichita, KS
Justin Cochran, Senior, Wichita, KS
Tyesha Collins, Freshman, Colorado Springs, CO
Garrett Connor, Junior, Parker, CO
Chelsea Conrad, Senior, Ione, CA
Timothy Cowan, Senior, Shawnee Mission, KS
Jonathan Cox, Senior, Hialeah, FL
Micaila Curtis, Senior, Great Bend, KS
Rashida Davis, Senior, Liberal, KS
Dante Dellacroce, Junior, Colorado Springs, CO
Dominic DeLuca, Senior, Hutchinson, KS
Brooke DeLuca, Senior, Hutchinson, KS
Tyler Dunn, Sophomore, Lawton, OK
Paul Calvin Dusabe, Freshman, Commune De Limete, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Taylor Ellison, Senior, Tulsa, OK
Greggory Elvin, Senior, Marquette, KS
Keisha England, Senior, Sand Springs, OK
Benjamin Falconer, Junior, Greeley, CO
Jadin Fleming, Freshman, Castle Rock, CO
Theodore Flint, Freshman, Sagle , ID
Linda Flores, Junior, Paramus, NJ
Rachel Foreman, Senior, Holcomb, KS
Erin Fralick, Senior, New Palestine, IN
Jesse Freeman, Senior, Castle Rock, CO
Rinaldo Gagiano, Junior, Sydney , Australia
Alejandra Galindo, Senior, Roma, TX
Chandler Gehring, Junior, Las Vegas, NV
Elle Gillen, Junior, Castle Rock, CO
Kollin Goering, Freshman, McPherson, KS
Victoria Gonzalez, Junior, Keller, TX
Quinn Gordon, Junior, Sherman Oaks, CA
Cullen Grabast, Junior, Osborne, KS
Moneshya Green, Junior, McCook, NE
Sierra Grow, Freshman, Halstead, KS
Madison Hall, Freshman, The Colony, TX
Alicia Hall, Junior, Aurora, CO
Daniel Hartman, Senior, Wichita , KS
Kaitlyn Heinis, Senior, Oviedo, FL
Shyanne Henkis, Freshman, Laveen, AZ
Grayson Henry, Freshman, McKinney, TX
Sydney Hicks, Freshman, Thornton, CO
Jaden Hilgers, Senior, Wichita, KS
Charles Hoehaver, Senior, Auburn, AL
Joshua Hoerner, Sophomore, Lindsborg , KS
Alissa Hofmann, Junior, Gilbert, AZ
Danielle Holt, Junior, Glenpool, OK
Cara Hudson, Senior, Wasco, CA
Haley Hurst, Freshman, Norman, OK
Florine Ibale, Sophomore, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Lionel Ibonga, Junior, McPherson, KS
Colin Irvin, Sophomore, North Kingstown, RI
Navid Istanbullu, Sophomore, Bremen, Germany
Makenzie Jansonius, Freshman, Prairie View, KS
Ashley Jensen, Senior, Indianola, IA
Lucas Jez, Senior, Westfield, MA
Juan Jimenez, Senior, Pereira, Colombia
Destiny Johnson, Sophomore, Arlington, TX
Jessica Jones, Junior, Brentwood, CA
Codi-Lane Jones, Junior, Salina, KS
Daniel Journey, Junior, Olathe, KS
Neville Kabangu, Sophomore, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Sebia Kalambayi Kabedi, Junior, Lake Bluff, IL
Thara Kalambayi Kapinga, Junior, Lake Bluff, IL
Gracia Kasereka, Sophomore, Commune De Selembao, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Christopher Kelly, Senior, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Jessica Knoeber, Senior, Hutchinson, KS
Justus Clemens Kohler, Sophomore, Prosselsheim, Germany
Jakob Komel, Freshman
Jessica Lane, Senior, Weatherford, TX
Tatelyn Lasley, Junior, Springfield, CO
Jaivion Lattimore, Freshman, Aurora, CO
Timothy Lauring, Senior, Paxton, MA
Cierra Lee, Junior, Goodyear, AZ
James Lee, Sophomore, Royston, United Kingdom
Alexander Lehn, Senior, McPherson, KS
Yunce Liang, Senior, Tianjin, China
Dakota Logan, Sophomore, Monclova, OH
Amanda Lolling, Senior, Haysville, KS
Andre Guillaume Lubaya, Sophomore, Young America, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Esther Lubiba, Sophomore, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mitchell Ludinich, Sophomore, Nowata, OK
Kylee Martin, Senior, Larned, KS
Aventino Martinez-Garcia, Sophomore, Wichita, KS
Brent Masters, Junior, Howe, TX
Samantha Coraliss Mayaka, Freshman, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hannah McKay, Freshman, Golden, CO
Nathaniel McLaughlin, Junior, Ticonderoga, NY
Robert Medina, Freshman, Olathe, KS
Hunter Meeks-Riner, Sophomore, Broken Arrow, OK
Matthew Melchor, Freshman, Wichita, KS
Wyatt Miceli, Freshman, Woodacre, CA
Micayla Mikulski, Freshman, Houston, TX
Matthew Tyler Miller-Wells, Senior, Leavenworth, KS
Rodrigo Miranda Enriquez, Freshman, Great Bend, KS
Myron Moncur, Senior, San Jose, CA
Zackery Moran, Junior, Bonnet Bay, NSW, Australia
Karl Moritz, Senior, Columbia, PA
Peyton Morris, Sophomore, Burleson, TX
Maison Moseley, Freshman, Woodward, OK
Ilanna Moyer, Junior, McPherson, KS
Billy Muhizi, Junior, Dacula, GA
Joyce Muhizi, Junior, Dacula, GA
Juliana Munoz, Senior, Antelope, CA
Paul Kapya Mwengwe, Freshman, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Michel Mwengwe, Freshman, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Nicholas Navarro, Senior, Paramus, NJ
Samantha Nelson, Senior, Clearfield, UT
Matthew Nutting, Sophomore, Foxboro, MA
Lillian Oeding, Senior, Wichita, KS
Tevin Oller, Junior, Shawnee Mission, KS
Julianna Olvera, Senior, Bakersfield, CA
Garrett Owen, Junior, Woodward, OK
Grant Owens, Freshman, Hutchinson, KS
Frances Parish, Freshman, Rogers, AR
Louis Parker, Senior, Oklahoma City, OK
Katherina Paulson, Senior, McPherson, KS
Tina Payne, Senior, Limon, CO
Allison Penalva, Sophomore, McPherson, KS
Taylor Perez, Sophomore, Tulsa, OK
Mason Polston, Senior, Emporia, KS
Aysia Pryor, Senior, Wichita, KS
Grant Raleigh, Senior, Hesston, KS
Alexander Ramsier, Senior, Wooster, OH
Kendryk Rankin, Junior, Fountain, CO
Philip Reinhardt, Senior, Tenants Harbor, ME
Joshua Reyes, Junior, Plano, TX
Ian Rhoten, Senior, Wichita, KS
Rianne Richard, Senior, Kechi, KS
Cami Richardson, Junior, Hesston, KS
Dylan Riley, Junior, Lake Ozark, MO
Joseph Robben, Sophomore, Goddard, KS
Sean Robinson, Freshman, La Grange, IL
Scarlet Rodriguez, Senior, Houston, TX
Kaleb Rogers, Senior, Falun, KS
Nathaniel Russo, Freshman, Wheat Ridge, CO
Rick Sakamoto, Freshman, Frankston South, Australia
Juan Salmeron Rattana, Junior, Dodge City, KS
Yoranne Sambu, Sophomore, Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kody Scholl, Freshman, Colorado Springs, CO
Morgan Sechler, Senior, McPherson, KS
Leia Seiler, Senior, Brighton, CO
Amber Shuey, Senior, Wichita, KS
Jamie Siess, Senior, Tecumseh, KS
Christie Silber, Sophomore, Simi Valley, CA
Emma Singleton, Freshman, North Las Vegas, NV
Kortney Slaughter Jones, Junior, Brentwood, CA
Blake Slaymaker, Junior, Johnstown, CO
Bo Slaymaker, Freshman, Johnstown, CO
Rhianna Smith, Senior, Lindsborg, KS
Zadie Smith, Senior, McPherson, KS
Alison Smith, Junior, Lockeford, CA
Karlie Sneed, Freshman, Seminole, OK
McKenzie Stalnaker, Junior, Wichita, KS
Stevie Stockham, Senior, McPherson, KS
Ryan Swiggart, Junior, Haysville, KS
Brett Sykes, Junior, Coldspring, TX
Xavier Taylor, Sophomore, Waynesville, MO
Sean Thomson, Freshman, Blandford Forum, United Kingdom
Elizabeth Thornton, Junior, Karval, CO
Kaden Tichenor, Freshman, Holcomb, KS
Meklit Tilahun, Junior, McPherson, KS
Adriana Tilleman, Freshman, Van Alstyne, TX
Max Tucker, Junior, Saint Charles, IL
Jacob Turley, Junior, Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
Nicholas Turner, Freshman, Hemphill, TX
Kaitlynn Usdansky, Senior, Olathe, KS
Kaitlyn van Asselt, Senior, McPherson, KS
Susana Velasquez, Sophomore, Monterey Park, CA
Italia Venegas, Junior, Shawnee Mission, KS
Victoria Voyles, Senior, McPherson, KS
Nicolas Wahl, Junior, Koenigstein, Germany
Myriah Webster, Junior, Lindsborg, KS
Collin Wedel, Freshman, Moundridge, KS
Hannah Wedel, Senior, Halstead, KS
Courtney Weesner, Junior, Hutchinson, KS
Albert Wegener, Junior, Kansas City, MO
Benjamin Wellikoff, Junior, Newberg, OR
Sierra Werries, Senior, McPherson, KS
Elizabeth Williams, Junior, Broken Arrow, OK
Alyssa Wilson, Sophomore, Lukachukai, AZ
Parkes Wolters, Senior, Osborne, KS
Ellis Woodruff, Sophomore, Princeton, TX
Logan Worswick, Senior, Garland, TX
Julianna Yanez, Sophomore, Wichita, KS
Marissa Zamora, Junior, Chester , CA

Students named to the McPherson College Honorable Mention for spring 2019 include:

Evariste Abeli, Freshman, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Cori Alexander, Sophomore, Roanoke, TX
Destiny Bacon, Sophomore, La Mesa, CA
Ian Baker, Freshman, Provo, UT
Lilliana Balderas, Freshman, Wichita, KS
Christie Betker, Junior, Reno, NV
Jack Bradley, Freshman, Mounds, OK
Mairion Brunken, Sophomore, Willemstad, The Netherlands
Brady Carstens, Freshman, Firestone, CO
Brett Carter, Senior, Sachse, TX
Naomi Cartmell, Junior, Oberlin, KS
Calvin Cassida, Junior, Louisburg, KS
Gavin Christensen, Junior, Tacoma, WA
Justin Clemens, Freshman, Colorado Springs, CO
Cailey Cornett, Freshman, Lindsborg, KS
Ed Crouch, Senior, Miami Gardens, FL
Jake Curtis, Freshman, Great Bend, KS
Charity Davis, Junior, Lawton, OK
Haydn Denis, Freshman, Phoenix, AZ
David Deramee, Senior, Azle, TX
Matthew DeVoe, Junior, Chanute, KS
Jennie Erven, Sophomore, Scott City, KS
Jerod Fuller, Senior, Polk City, FL
Micah Gilbert, Senior, Elkhart, IN
Cali Godwin, Junior, Wichita, KS
Jacqueline Gullion, Freshman, Fremont, CA
Careino Gurley, Senior, Minneapolis, MN
Garrett Ham, Sophomore, Albuquerque, NM
Brittni Harlow, Senior, Lincoln, KS
Mitchell Harms, Senior, Orange Cove, CA
Curren Harris, Senior, Hiwassee, VA
Tristan Hawkinson, Senior, Hutchinson, KS
Natalie Hemann, Junior, Osage, IA
Cole Hinton, Junior, Wathena, KS
Jonathan Hoffman, Freshman, Wysox, PA
Martin Jaime, Freshman, San Antonio, TX
Janell Johnson, Senior, McPherson, KS
Chloe Jones, Freshman, McPherson, KS
Liliane Kathoheryo, Freshman, Goma, Nord Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Choucranie Kayembe, Sophomore, Lubumbashi Haut Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Thomas Kleywegt, Junior, Gravesend, United Kingdom
Haelie Kniesteadt, Junior, Gove, KS
Connor Kresky, Senior, McPherson, KS
Lance Lagasse, Sophomore, New Sweden, ME
Skylar Lane, Sophomore, Castle Rock, CO
Sydney Lang, Senior, Berryton, KS
Aaron Leck, Junior, McPherson, KS
Kyle Lux, Junior, Lewes, DE
Carelle Mampasu, Freshman, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Luis Martinez, Sophomore, Dallas, TX
Adrian Martinez Sanchez, Freshman, Laredo, TX
Trisha Mathewson, Freshman, Axtell, KS
Richard Mbuyamba, Freshman, Johannesburg, South Africa
Gerardo Mendez, Senior, Wichita, KS
Cole Miller, Freshman, McPherson, KS
Killian Millner, Senior, McPherson, KS
Tyler Minney, Senior, Stewkley, United Kingdom
Grant Munsen, Junior, Manhattan, KS
LeaAnn Myers, Junior, Loveland, CO
Tyler Norris, Sophomore, Arvada, CO
Madison O’Brien, Senior, Dighton, KS
Kentaro Oya, Freshman, Saitama-shi, Japan
Nicholas Papini, Senior, Mundelein, IL
Erica Paradise, Freshman, Bakersfield, CA
Tyler Perkins, Senior, Lake Ozark, MO
Kristin Potter, Junior, Houston, TX
Bela Raimondi, Senior, Colfax, CA
Onya Rainbolt, Larned, KS
Dominick Ramos, Senior, Fresno, CA
Carlos Reyna, Junior, Hutchinson, KS
Jonas Rivero, Freshman, Dumas, TX
Nathan Robl, Junior, Lyons, KS
Carter Runyan, Freshman, Olathe, KS
Katherine Saul, Freshman, Porter, TX
Bryce Snodgrass, Junior, Peyton, CO
Antonio Snyder, Sophomore, Newton, KS
Jack Stalcup, Sophomore, Hugoton, KS
Hunter Sury, Senior, Katy, TX
Jacob Tiernan, Senior, Abilene, KS
Peyton Turner, Senior, McPherson, KS
Luis Valdez-Rivera, Freshman, Sachse, TX
Joshua Wade, Sophomore, Olathe, KS
Kellen Watkins, Senior, Hugoton, KS
Frederick Watts, Sophomore, Channelview, TX
Bradley Wells, Senior, Olathe, KS
Austin Wiley, Freshman, Kansas City, MO
Justin Wiltfong, Senior, Stockton, KS
Cordell Wingerd, Junior, Davenport, IA
Evan Wojtkiewicz, Senior, Kansas City, MO
Brandt Wolters, Senior, Portis, KS
Madyson Woog, Sophomore, Highlands Ranch, CO
Brittany Zipf, Junior, Rockhampton, Australia

McPherson College Celebrates Graduating Class of 2019

MC Graduation 2019

Two long-time faculty members delivered words of advice to the 2019 graduating class when McPherson College conferred degrees on 151 students in its 131st Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2019. The graduating class included 7 students receiving masters of education degrees.

In his introduction, President Michael Schneider said, few people embody the mission and values of McPherson College like Dan Hoffman, associate professor of health and physical education. Hoffman has served the college as a campus leader, teacher, coach and friend for nearly four decades, President Schneider said.

Professor Hoffman, who retired at the end of the semester after 37 years, shared some of his favorite life philosophies with the graduates.

“Make time for play in your life,” he said. “When you drive by a city park, stop and spend some time on the swings. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. Never discount the benefits of play.”

In the Homily, Dave O’Dell, professor of accounting, congratulated the graduates for climbing mountains that seemed too high, and reminded them that life is about making memories. “And, don’t forget to call your parents,” he said. “They love you and want to hear from you.”

Keisha England, senior class representative, also addressed the class. She reminded the students of all that was offered to them during their four years at McPherson College and hoped they took full advantage.

“There may be some regrets, but I encourage you to remember them in this next stage in life. Use it to push you to take advantage of all the fun that you can, so you can leave knowing you have experienced everything that you wanted to.”

Names of the graduating class of 2019, the Commencement video, and photos of the day can be found at:

Student-Run Car Show Celebrates 20 Years

America’s love of the automobile is alive and well, and was on full display this weekend at McPherson College as it hosted the 20th Annual C.A.R.S. Motoring Festival. Perhaps the best example of the enthusiasm and passion for the automobile was found in the college’s special guest for the event, Donald Osborne.

Osborne, a regular contributor on Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBC and What’s My Car Worth for MotorTrend TV, is a historian, appraiser, consultant, and writer. He spoke on Friday night at the Evening with AR dinner about his varied career, which includes performing with the Metropolitan Opera, and his life-long love of cars.

“I have been hearing about McPherson College over the years and knew there was obviously something important going on,” Osborne said. “There is the deepest of enthusiasm and talent here. It’s a response to people looking to follow their dreams and live their passion. The college is giving students an opportunity to pursue their concept of success, which is really a byproduct of doing something you love really well.”

Nearly 400 cars filled the campus grounds on Saturday, May 4 for the student-run show. Feature cars were prominently displayed in the center of campus and included a 1914 Peugeot L45 Grand Prix, a 1946 Kurtis Novi Indy race car, a 1952 Ferrari 212 Vignale, and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi Cuda. Amanda Gutierrez, vice president of the automotive restoration program, announced that the original 1968 Bullitt Mustang would be featured at next year’s show.

Traditionally the show is host to a wide variety of rare and unique cars from works in progress, on display in the student section, to concours-quality vehicles like a 1955 Mercury Monteclair that was on the field this year. This year’s Best of Show went to a 1930s Franklin Pirate. Cars, motorcycles, scooters, and tractors from 16 states across the country were on display, according to show chair Nick Navarro, a junior in the Automotive Restoration program from Paramus, New Jersey.

“Our car show is one of the most colorful car shows that I have ever seen,” he said. “There are cars here that I will probably never see again in my life because they are so rare.”

Osborne, who is also a classically trained opera singer, kicked off this year’s show by performing the National Anthem. Other performances included the college and the high school jazz bands, and a demonstration by the college’s Model T build team that tied its build record by clocking in at just over six minutes.

“This is one of my favorite kinds of shows,” Osborne said. “You can see everything from European sports cars, hot rods, custom built cars, brass era cars to contemporary. It represents what McPherson College is all about -it’s inclusive, broad-ranging and passionate. You get to see how people love cars and live for cars at a show like this. Especially in the student section where it’s all about sharing their car with friends and with the greater community.”

Two MC Students Selected for Equity Bank Management Program

Taylor Ellison

Taylor Ellison

Last year, two-thirds of McPherson College graduates had jobs waiting for them before they graduated. This year’s graduating class is already starting to receive job offers including two students who will join the management training program at Equity Bank.

Taylor Ellison of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jesse Freeman of Castle Rock, Colorado will graduate on Sunday, May 19 at McPherson College and will begin work with Equity Bank in June. Both are students in the business program at the college. They were selected by faculty to interview with the bank in March. Both were contacted for a second round of interviews that include Equity Bank CEO Brad Elliott, a 1989 graduate of McPherson College. The two students will join several other alumni who work for Equity Bank and who are on its leadership team.

Ellison will graduate with degree in business administration with emphasis in finance and marketing. He was an executive member in the business club and played basketball for the Bulldogs for four years serving as senior captain. He also was a 2019 KCAC champion of character recipient. Freeman will also graduate with a degree in business administration with emphasis in accounting and finance. He was a member of the cross country and track teams and was a national qualifier in both in 2018.

Jesse Freeman

Jesse Freeman

Equity Bank is headquartered in Wichita and has branches throughout Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

“McPherson College’s career placement rates are some of the highest in the country and we continue to elevate the scope and visibility of our career services efforts,” President Michael Schneider said. “So it is very exciting for us to have a strong partner like Equity Bank who can offer experiential and as well career opportunities for our students.”

McPherson College graduates are employed before graduation at a rate that is three times higher than the national average and six months out 98 percent of all graduates are employed.

Sixth Graders Visit Campus to See What College is Like

Sixth grade students from the McPherson Middle School got the opportunity to see what college-life is like when they visited McPherson College today. The students toured campus, sampled food in the dining hall, visited a residence hall, and got a close look at an academic program.

The college hosted 180 sixth graders as part of the McPherson Middle School’s College and Career Ready program.

“The college visit gets kids out to experience what college is like,” Joan Schieferecke, College and Career Ready advocate at the middle school, said. “I think the visits really open their eyes at an early age to how important grades are to get into the college they want.”

The College and Career Ready program takes students to colleges, community colleges, state universities, and career fairs beginning in sixth grade and continuing through eighth grade, according to Schieferecke. McPherson College has hosted the sixth graders on campus for the past five years.

“It’s a great way for us to help young students picture themselves going to college,” Christi Hopkins, vice president of enrollment management, said. “Middle school is not too early to begin exploring colleges and thinking about careers. We are excited that McPherson College can be the first college visit for many of these students.”

The college visit is just one of the ways the students are encouraged to start discovering what they like and don’t like, what interests them, and what their dreams are for the future, according to Shieferecke.

“It helps the students to start asking questions that they might not have thought about before,” she said. “For example, they might not have considered a career in automotive restoration before touring that program. Especially for some of the girls who noticed the female students in the program last year, they were very excited about the possibilities.”

McPherson College Announces Latest Horizon Fund Grant Recipients

Since 2010 McPherson College has been encouraging the entrepreneurial ideas of its students by awarding mini-grants that help students develop innovative solutions to common problems. With more than 250 grants awarded, the college recently announced the latest recipients of the Horizon Fund Grants.

This spring, the Horizon Fund is providing 10 grants to 11 students with ideas ranging from an on-campus coffee shop and online design company to a travel blog. The individual grants range from $100 to $500 and students have the opportunity to reapply for continued funding of an existing Horizon Fund project.

Abbey Archer-Rierson, chief of staff and head of the entrepreneurship program at McPherson College, said, “The Horizon Fund grant is just one of the many ways that McPherson College demonstrates its commitment to entrepreneurship and supporting entrepreneurial students on our campus. The grants have supported a variety of wildly creative ideas and this most recent round of funding is no exception.”

Any McPherson College student, in any major of study is eligible for the grant, whether individually or as part of a team. Grant proposals are considered each semester and evaluated by a team of faculty and staff that interview each applicant.

Recipients of the spring 2019 Horizon Fund grants are:

  • Victoria Gonzales, Elementary Education, Keller, Texas – Coffee stand on campus, “I will provide a variety of drinks and snacks including vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. I will meet the needs of the students.”
  • Xander Lehn, Automotive Restoration Technology, Sacramento, California – Metal Garage, “Many classic cars had options and accessories when they were new but as they age, fewer and fewer businesses offer what collectors really want. My market is focused on people who like to use their classic cars for things other than just shows.”
  • Alex Ramsier, Automotive Restoration Technology/Management, Wooster, Ohio – Restoration Shop, “My idea is different because I am a young entrepreneur still in college looking to build an automotive business, when most students wait until after graduation or later to build a business.”
  • Francis Abate, Automotive Restoration Technology, Steamboat Springs, Colorado – Electrical business for automotive restoration, “The restoration and preservation of automobiles and related vehicles is a growing marketplace and the skills needed to repair these cars and trucks are becoming increasingly harder to find. My automotive restoration education is giving me the foundation necessary in order to serve this growing need.”
  • Rick Sakamoto, Business Management, Frankston, South Australia – Coffee stand on campus, “The idea is to start a coffee stand on campus with a menu that includes several different options to cater to a wide variety of students, staff, and visitors. It would operate one to two hours each morning including weekends.”
  • Mason Duffey, Automotive Restoration Technology/Communications, Bellbrook, Ohio – Automotive media equipment, “I want to go into automotive media after I graduate and had the idea to create my own internship by traveling the country this summer writing, photographing, and videoing my journey in order to build my professional portfolio.”
  • Amanda Lolling, Business, accounting/marketing and Graphic Design, Haysville, Kansas; and Matt Bouwkamp, Graphic Design, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma – Online graphic design, “We would like to meet the affordable art need. Artwork, especially personalized is often quite expensive. We would like to offer beautiful creations at an affordable price.”
  • Moneshya Green, Digital Media: Visual Design, McCook, Nebraska – Host family network for students, “My idea is to have ‘adoptive’ families for students who are a long way from home. The host families could possibly gain a babysitter, house sitter, or pet sitter, while the student could gain home-cooked meals, rides, and just a family to fill-in until they are able to go home.”
  • Jeremiah Greene, Automotive Restoration Technology, Farragut, Iowa – Upholstery shop, “It is something I am passionate about and there is a shortage of trimmers. I think my passion and skill set will set me apart from other students or businesses.”
  • Stef Krsmanovic, Health Science, Gornji Milanovac, Serbia – Recruiting students from Serbia, “I think it is a unique idea because I’ll do something that is going to promote McPherson College in a whole different world.”
  • Ian Rhoten, Graphic Design/studio, Wichita, Kansas – Writing and illustrating a children’s book, “My book would be a meaningful adventure for children to experience with depth to interest adults. Children can understand more than most people give them credit for. My book is not only for them to process and understand, but for adults to mull over as well.”

McPherson High School musicians sign with McPherson College

McPherson High School students sign letters of intent to participate in the McPherson College Band

Left to right, back row: Austin Russell, MHS band director; Kyle Hopkins, McPherson College band director; Kyle Unruh, MHS band director;
Left to right, front row: Lindy Reynolds, Grace van Asselt, Hannah Butler

Three students from McPherson High School recently signed letters of intent to participate in the McPherson College Band. Hannah Butler, Lindy Reynolds, and Grace van Asselt, will join the college band this fall.

Butler is the daughter of Jeff and Angela Butler and plays the saxophone. In high school she was active in band and journalism, part of the band leadership for two years and a member of the Quill and Scroll Society. Reynolds is the daughter of Brian and Kristen Reynolds and plays the trumpet. During high school she was active in band, jazz band, theatre, and youth group. Van Asselt is the daughter of Allan and Deb van Asselt and is a percussionist. She participated in band and is a Presidential Scholar.

Kyle Hopkins, director of McPherson College bands, stated, “The McPherson College Band is thrilled to have such a close relationship with the McPherson High School Band. We host their marching band camp on our campus every summer and work collaboratively throughout the year to make both of our programs better. Hannah, Lindy, and Grace will be an amazing addition to our college program. They’ve been leaders and catalysts for success in their high school band and we look forward to them making a huge impact on our college band.”

College Car Show Has Something For Everyone

The 20th Annual C.A.R.S. Club Motoring Festival at McPherson College will take place Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The student-run car show attracts rare vehicles from across the country. Last year more than 400 cars entered the show. This year’s event will again feature unique vehicles and special guests including Donald Osborne.

It all starts on Friday, May 3 when Osborne will be the guest speaker at a dinner event that kicks off the car show weekend. Osborne is a regular contributor on Jay Leno’s Garage on CNBS, and What’s My Car Worth for MotorTrend TV. He lends his considerable knowledge of car valuation to organizations such as the Historic Vehicle Association and RM Sotheby’s. Additionally, Osborne studied opera at Hartt College of Music in Hartford Connecticut, and is a talented singer.

Car enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in a Cruise-in also on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. on Main Street in McPherson. This event serves as a sneak peek at what will be on the show field and an opportunity for any car or motorcycle owner to display their rides in an informal show in downtown McPherson. There is no entry fee required for this fun event.

The Motoring Festival gets into high gear on Saturday. Cars will be let onto the field at 8 a.m. and a day full of activities is planned including demonstrations, tours of the Automotive Restoration facility, a Model T build, McPherson College and McPherson High School Jazz Bands performances, and food trucks, up until 3 p.m. when awards will be announced. A complimentary trolley will also be available for rides from campus to Main Street on Saturday. Pre-registration is open online until April 22 at a discounted rate. Registration is also available the day of the show.

This year’s show will feature an entry from Barn Find Hunter, Tom Cotter. Cotter digs through barns and garages in search of buried automotive treasures. He is the author of several popular Barn Find books and is a regular video contributor to Hagerty’s online media. He recently collaborated on a 1962 Ford Country Sedan station wagon with two McPherson College alumni, which will be part of this year’s show.

Other feature cars include a 1952 Ferrari 212, a 1914 Peugeot Indianapolis race car, and a 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda. The Motoring Festival brings a diverse field of vehicles together that includes cars, motorcycles, bicycles, tractors and even military vehicles. From the concours-quality vehicles to the unique and unusual to the student area that features works in progress, there is something for everybody.