2015 Presidential Leadership Program Scholarship Recipients

November 24, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is excited to announce the four recipients of the 2015 Tabor College Presidential Leadership Scholarships Program: Alison Nikkel, from Centennial, Colo.; Alyssa Abbott, from Jones, Okla.; Michael Prichard, from Aurora, Colo.; and Cody Kroeker, from Henderson, Neb.

The Tabor College Presidential Leadership Program is the largest and most selective scholarship award available to incoming freshmen. The four-year, eight-semester program recognizes students who have been leaders in academics, school activities and communities during their high school career.

Tabor College president, Jules Glanzer, said the competition for these scholarships was outstanding.

“We had a strong group of candidates and each of them has leadership capacity,” Glanzer said. “I was impressed with each candidate, which made the selection process difficult.

“I am thrilled to have these four young people become part of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. Their character and leadership skills will add to the existing group. I consider it an honor to walk with them in the next chapter of their journey.”

Rusty Allen, vice president of enrollment management, added, “This year’s group of PLP participants were again a gifted group of young men and women. The four chosen as Scholars will have a very positive impact and we believe their development as leaders over the next four years will prepare them for all God has in mind for their respective futures.”

In early November, Tabor hosted 20 candidates from: Kan., Colo., Okla., Calif., and Neb., all vying for these four prestigious scholarships.

Students had to meet the following criteria to be eligible: 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.

Lee Waldron, director of admissions, said, “The weekend was a great success. I enjoyed meeting so many bright young leaders and look forward to many of them being on our campus next fall. It is always fun to watch them interact with one another throughout the competition. Our future is in good hands.”

The Presidential Leadership Program creates a leadership learning community that provides experiences, networking, exposure, mentoring and literature for today’s young leaders.

These four students will be considered Leadership Scholars. Curriculum for this track involves eight leadership courses taught by Glanzer. The courses consist of seminars, movies, excursions, book discussions, presidential mentoring and online asynchronous activities. Emphasis is placed on leading from the inside out, leadership as semiotics and the study of leaders, with a focus on personal leadership development.

A second track of the Presidential Leadership Program is the Leadership Fellows. The Fellows are placed into small groups and assigned a mentor leader. They will plan and participate in one service project per semester. They will also be exposed to engaging leadership resources and experiences throughout the program.

Erin Barocio, director of the Fellows program, says, “The program is an amazing opportunity for future leaders to learn about themselves and develop leadership skills in many ways. We strive to create a program that allows Fellows to discover who they are as leaders and how they can better influence those around them.”

The PLP Fellows have until March 1 to decide whether to accept a spot in the program, which comes with a scholarship. Those joining the program will work alongside the current Fellows and begin next fall.

“At Tabor College we are passionate about developing leaders who will have an influence in their communities and make an impact in their chosen fields,” Waldron added.

Tabor College Symphonic Band Christmas Concert

November 21, 2014

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The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will present a concert entitled “A Christmas Festival” at 7 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 2 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

Three different instrumental groups will be performing: the Symphonic Band, Chamber Strings ensemble and Symphonic Orchestra, which combines the band and strings.

The musicians will perform traditional Christmas songs such as: “Joy to the World,” “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing,” “Greensleeves” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.”

“The concert will feature Christmas music from seven different countries and four different musical eras,” Larry Ediger, director of instrumental music, said “culminating in a presentation by our combined instrumentalists of a contemporary adaptation of an authentic American Christmas Carol.”

Music enthusiasts will enjoy hearing a variety of instruments at this concert. During the Chamber Strings performance of Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto,” professor of choral music, Brad Vogel, will be accompanying on the harpsichord.

“A distinctive sound of the Baroque era is the harpsichord,” Vogel said, “and we are fortunate to be able to add this authentic instrument to the Corelli concerto. I enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to perform with the students and particularly to play this keyboard instrument.”

The Chamber Strings will also play a Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrangement of one part of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.”

“The concert will help our audience members connect with the joy of the Christmas message,” Ediger added. “We want them to leave with a sense of the glory of God revealed in the incarnation of His Son.”

Tabor College agrees to assist students of Seward County Community College

November 14, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College’s School of Adult & Graduate Studies in Wichita has entered into an agreement with Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The agreement provides a seamless transition for current and former SCCC students wanting to transfer credits and undergraduate requirements to Tabor.

The agreement was signed on Nov​.​ 10 by the presidents of both schools and is effective immediately.

This new agreement will apply to students pursing the following degrees: bachelor of science degree in business administration, bachelor of science degree in Christian ministry and an RN to bachelor of science in nursing degree.

Up to 70 credit hours from SCCC will be readily transferable to the bachelors degrees at Tabor.

This agreement was reached to benefit students wanting to build on the education already received from SCCC.

“Crediting courses completed at Seward County Community College toward bachelors degrees at Tabor will save students time and money,” ​said Brett ​Andrews​, executive vice president at Tabor College in Wichita.​ “For current students and alumni, who desire bachelors degrees from a high quality accredited Christian College, we will make it easy for them to start the process towards taking that next step.”

Students interested in the bachelors degrees in business administration can choose an emphasis in accounting, entrepreneurship, health care administration, human resources and operations management.

“Our staff is equipped to help each person with their individual degree plan and work with them regarding their financial aid, such as Pell Grants and federal student loans,” Andrews added. For more information, visit us at or call (800) 546-8616. ​

Lifelong Learning session on November 21

November 14, 2014

Categories: General News

The third fall session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Paul Klassen, former pastor of the Memorial Road Mennonite Brethren in Edmond, Okla., will be sharing his lifelong learning adventure.

“I am coming to share a mind blowing, comfort-zone smashing, faith stretching personal story of a guided journey,” Klassen said, “from restoring old beauty to creating new beauty, from doing projects in the garage to doing parquetry, from serving primarily within the church to primarily outside the church, from serving in a world where people carry Bibles to one where they carry guns.

“I invite you to hear my journey and to be inspired to fully embrace yours.”

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $5 per session. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.

​For more information, contact Miriam Kliewer, director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-3121 ext. 1706 or

Tabor College hosting Thanksgiving Concert

November 11, 2014

Categories: General News

The Tabor College Music Department and Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association will present a festive concert entitled, “With Praise & Thanksgiving” at 4 p.m., Sunday, November 16 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

Both the Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce, our women’s choir, will be performing songs for the season.

“We enjoy the opportunity to partner with the Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association in serving the community through this concert,” Brad Vogel, professor of choral music at Tabor, said. “Good art should always enrich and this partnership has the potential to enrich both spirit and body.”

The Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association exists to coordinate ministries within Hillsboro area churches. One significant ministry is providing assistance to people in need with funds that are given to the Ministerial Association. The fund is used to help several hundred people each year – many local people with rent, food and utility bills, plus transients who need assistance getting down the road.

“We are pleased to participate with Tabor in the Community Thanksgiving Service,” Brian Allen, president of HAMA, said. “Our other activities include a School Prayer Walk and a Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.”

An offering will be received for support of Hillsboro Area Ministerial Association. Food donations are also welcome for Main Street Ministries Food Bank.

Tabor College ranks in top 20 for Christian Universities Online

November 06, 2014

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Christian Universities Online has ranked Tabor College 20th overall on their list of top Christian schools with the lowest debt burden to its graduates.

Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, is pleased for Tabor to be recognized as the only school in the state of Kansas recognized by CUO.

“I am thrilled to see an outside organization, which evaluates colleges, determine that our students do not graduate with excessive debt,” Glanzer said. “Being the only Kansas school in the ranking is also very affirming.”

CUO is an independent, online resource for students and families researching Christian higher education. The site publishes the following: rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities; information about Christian scholarships and financial aid; many other resources for finding, getting accepted and paying for a quality Christian education.

“Tabor provides a quality education at a reasonable price for those who want an academically excellent, life transforming, globally relevant and decidedly Christian education,” Glanzer added.

Frank Johnson, vice president of academics at Tabor College, agrees with Glanzer.

“Tabor College takes seriously our mission, vision and values,” Johnson said. “We recognize that our alums cannot influence the world for Christ if they are saddled with inordinate debt. We will continue to do everything possible to keep a Tabor education as affordable as it is life transforming.”

Michael Templeton, editor of Christian Universities Online, explained why his organization wants to rank Christian universities across the country.

“At Christian Universities Online, we are committed to helping students and families pursuing a distinctly Christian education make the best use of their finances and gifts,” Templeton said. “We are confident that your institution will help them do both.”

Learn more about Tabor’s ranking at:

Tabor College forms partnership with scholar/theologian Leonard Sweet

November 06, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College announces a new partnership with best-selling author and American cultural scholar, Leonard Sweet, to enhance our graduate theological education program.

Sweet will be considered a distinguished visiting professor and work as an active partner in the marketing and educational processes of the new master of arts in entrepreneurial ministry leadership degree program.

“Dr. Leonard Sweet and Tabor are both committed to providing high-quality, educational experiences to their respective constituencies,” Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor, said. “We both have different, yet complementary missions. We are well suited to establish a partnership for mutual benefit.”

“I am honored by the invitation of President Glazer,” Sweet said, “whom I believe to be one of the most strategic and savvy presidents in the world of higher education today—a world which I believe is poised right where the church was on the eve of the Reformation. I look forward to navigating these uncharted waters with him.”

Sweet is a preacher and best-selling author, who has written more than 200 articles, published over 1,300 sermons and written more than 50 books. He shares the gospel with a signature, bridging of the worlds of faith, academia and popular culture.

“In my lifetime, the world has changed from a Gutenberg culture to a Google culture, or what I call a TGIF (Twitter, Google, Instagram, Facebook) culture,” Sweet added. “I hope to join other Tabor faculty in helping our students learn the semiotics of this global Google world we are in, critiquing the perils, problems and promises of TGIF culture and pioneering ways to be in, but not of this culture.”

Rick Bartlett, director of theological education at Tabor, is thrilled to have someone of Sweet’s caliber join their staff.

“Dr. Sweet is a deep thinker who will be able to help Tabor students engage with a wide variety of issues,” Bartlett said. “I’m especially excited for the entrepreneurial ministry leadership students, because as entrepreneurs, they will need to be able to make connections across a wide variety of disciplines. Dr. Sweet has the ability to help students make those connections.”

Sweet has emotional and sentimental ties to this part of the country.

“My heart belongs to the heartland,” Sweet said. “Even though for the past 20 years I have lived on both coasts and taught on both coasts, I come from the heartland. My mother’s family comes from the mountains of West Virginia, but my father’s family hails from the heart of the heartland. In fact, one of my ancestors was the 12th president of Baker University (1879-1886). Being on the faculty of Tabor is a homecoming for me.”

Sweet is a popular and highly sought-after speaker throughout North America and around the world. In the past few years, Sweet has spoken in the following countries: Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Wales, South Africa, South Korea, Iceland, Scotland, China, Indonesia and Latvia.

In 2006 and 2007, Sweet was voted by the Church Report as “One of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America.” He was also selected by the top non-English Christian website as one of the “Top 10 Influential Christians of 2010.”

Sweet’s responsibilities for Tabor will be to host advances, assist in creating/servicing cohorts and teaching classes for the EML program.

“Sweet is a historian and futurist who will be able to provide EML students with insights from a wide variety of sources,” Bartlett said. “What I especially appreciate about Dr. Sweet is his deep love for Jesus. It shines through in all that he does.”

Sweet graduated with honors from the University of Richmond and then went onto earn a master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester. He is the recent recipient of honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond (Virginia), Baker University (Kansas), Otterbein College (Ohio), Coe College (Iowa) and Lebanon Valley College (Pennsylvania).

Sweet has held distinguished lectureships at various colleges, universities and seminaries and has presented academic papers before major professional societies. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, state conventions, pastors’ schools and retreats.

Former Tabor alumnus & football coach, Dan Thiessen, dies Nov. 1

November 04, 2014

Categories: General News

May 27, 1946 — November 01, 2014

Nicholas Dan Thiessen, 68, of Bakersfield, California went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Dan was born on May 27, 1946 in Wasco, California to Jim and Alvina Thiessen. Dan was a graduate of Wasco High School and Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS). On August 9, 1969 he married Carolyn Derksen from St. Catherines Ontario who he met at Tabor College. Dan had a passion for Christ as well as a lifelong love for football and coaching. He began his coaching and teaching career at Immanuel High School in Reedley, California and went on to coach and teach at Garces High School (Bakersfield, CA) and Bakersfield Christian High School (Bakersfield, CA). He also coached at the collegiate level at McPherson College (McPherson, KS) and Tabor College (Hillsboro, KS). Dan spent his free time watching football and other sports, gardening, working on house projects, drinking coffee and spending time with his friends, family, children and grandchildren.

Dan is survived by his wife Carolyn, son Nate Thiessen, daughter Nikki Hiebert (and husband Darrin), brother Frank Thiessen, sister Bonnie Hooge (and husband Paul), grandchildren Zachary, Breanna and Cade Hiebert, niece Tracy Valdivia (and family) and many loving extended family members. Dan was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, coach and friend to all.

A graveside funeral service will be held at Shafter Memorial Park Cemetery, 18662 Santa Fe Way, Shafter, CA on Thursday, November 6th at 10:30a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Young Life Kern County, P.O. Box 2657, Bakersfield, CA 93303.

The family would like to thank Hoffmann Hospice for their many months of compassionate care.

Please send condolences to the family and sign Dan’s guest book at

Obituary courtesy of: The Bakersfield Californian

Tabor College announces new associate of science degree

November 03, 2014

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Tabor College’s School of Adult & Graduate Studies in Wichita will be launching an associate of science degree in business beginning in January of 2015.

This new degree will appeal to the adult student who demands an excellent educational experience paired with the convenience of online classes—all in an affordable package supported by world-class customer service.

Brett Andrews, executive vice president of Tabor College in Wichita, says there is a need for people trained with this particular degree.

“According to government data, small businesses represent the largest growing segment of the economy,” Andrews said. “There is a need for employees of those small businesses to quickly get the skills they need to be successful. This program helps them meet that goal.”

The associate in business program will equip the student with the basic knowledge and skills to become an informed, competent and confident leader in any business position. Firmly grounded in the Christian faith, Tabor’s innovative curriculum will also challenge the student to develop the personal integrity and values that will set him/her apart in today’s business world.

Andrews is excited that Tabor can now offer business education at all three levels of degrees –associates, bachelors and masters, both on campus and online. This will benefit a variety of adults, with varying educational levels.

“There is a large percentage of our population who would like to have a degree and already have some college education,” Andrews added. “This degree program was designed to make transferring credit into our college very easy.”

In addition to business degrees, Tabor College’s Wichita campus offers classes on-campus and online in the areas of ministry, nursing and general education.

Enrollment for this program and others is now underway for courses starting in January. For more information, call us at (316) 729-6333 or visit our website,

Lifelong Learning session on November 7

October 31, 2014

Categories: General News

The second fall session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, November 7 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Max Terman, professor emeritus of Tabor College, will be presenting his research on the Civil War and his family’s connection to the war.

“My presentation honors the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War and will feature my two Civil War books, Civil War songs, images and an impersonation of my Civil War ancestor,” Terman said.

Autographed copies of Hiram’s Honor (one of Online Colleges best books for studying the Civil War) and its recently published sequel, Hiram’s Hope, will be available for purchase through the Tabor College bookstore. Following the program, Terman will be available to sign books that have been purchased.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $5 per session. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the session at the discounted price of $4.

​For more information, contact Miriam Kliewer, director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-3121 ext. 1706 or