Natise Vogt and Larry Warkentin will speak at Lifelong Learning

September 26, 2013

Categories: General News

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