Tabor College Appoints Director of Development – West Coast

January 19, 2015

Categories: General News

Tabor College is excited to announce that Michael Spinelli has been named the new Director of Development – West Coast. The majority of his responsibilities will include networking with Tabor alumni and donors on the West Coast, while nurturing and developing donor relationships.

Vice president of advancement, Ron Braun, is excited to have someone as connected as Spinelli take over this role for Tabor.

“We are excited about Mike joining the Tabor team,” Braun said. “He enjoys meeting people and that will serve him well as he learns to know the more than 1,400 Tabor alumni on the West Coast.”

Spinelli says he’s excited to join Tabor’s advancement staff.

“I am thrilled to join the Tabor family and help reconnect the West Coast alumni and friends to their Tabor roots in real and personal ways,” Spinelli said.

“I am a person who enjoys being with people, listening to their dreams and helping point out the threads in their dreams that might lead to service that benefits the kingdom of God,” he added.

President of Tabor College, Jules Glanzer, said that it is extremely important for Tabor to have someone on the West Coast to keep in touch with constituents.

“We want to connect with them, serve them and keep them informed about what is happening at their alma mater,” Glanzer said.

Spinelli received his bachelor of arts degree in contemporary ministries and business administration from Fresno Pacific College, Fresno, Calif., in May 1986 and a master of divinity, with emphasis in church and family ministry, from Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, Fresno, Calif., in May 1995. He went on to earn a doctor of ministry degree in pastoral leadership in May 2009 from Western Seminary, Portland, Ore.

While in seminary, Spinelli realized his spiritual gifts.

“I attended a church where my gifts for ministry were affirmed and where I grew in both ministry and personal skills,” Spinelli said. “The outcome of that growth was evident in subsequent ministry assignments and I continue to grow in the areas of personal relationships with people and service and humility before God. I have been affirmed in the gifts of preaching, teaching, administration and leadership.”

He was ordained for ministry with the Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches and the Northwest Conservative Baptist Association.

Spinelli served as pastor for North Park Community Church in Eugene, Ore., from 2007-2010. He’s also held two positions with Twin Rivers Baptist Church in Springfield, Ore. He was a teaching pastor from 2003-2007 and served as pastor of adult and family ministry from 2000-2003. Upon graduating from seminary in 1995, Spinelli became the pastor of Christian formation at Lincoln Glen Church in San Jose, Calif.,—a position he held until 2000.

Recently, Spinelli has been involved with Rick Bartlett, director of theological education for Tabor College in Wichita, Kan., helping him develop courses for the master of arts in entrepreneurial ministry leadership degree. He will begin teaching an online class in project management for the EML degree in April. The class is designed to explore the many issues surrounding the successful start and completion of a project, not just creating to-do lists.

Spinelli has been married to his wife Cheryl for 24 years. They have two daughters, Lindsey, 18, who is a freshman at Tabor and Ashley, 19, who is a sophomore at Fresno Pacific University.

Spinelli started with Tabor on Jan. 5.

Tabor College Music Department’s NASM Membership Renewed

January 08, 2015

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The Tabor College Music Department received notification on Dec. 24 that the National Association of Schools of Music granted full renewal of membership. Accredited institutional membership gives full approval of current majors within the music program: piano pedagogy, music education, sacred music and music composition.

Department chair and professor of choral music, Brad Vogel, said this is a huge honor for Tabor.

“To meet the same standards required of schools such as the Eastman School of Music and the Curtis Institute of Music demonstrates that the content and quality of instruction and performance at Tabor College is at a high level,” Vogel said. “I am very proud of our faculty and staff, as well as the performance of our students, in achieving this full accreditation.”

President of Tabor College, Jules Glanzer, said, “Receiving affirmation from an external agency is a sign of the quality and excellence of the Tabor program. I am proud of our music department faculty for their commitment to excellence and hard work. Quality is an important part of the Tabor experience.”

Tabor College is near completion of a $16.2 million dollar fine arts campaign, in which $9 million of money raised is going towards building a new Center for the Arts. Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled for May 2015.

“I’m delighted that this tradition of excellence will continue with the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts,” Glanzer added.

Tabor is one of four schools in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference that is member of the NASM. Only 14 Kansas colleges, including NCAA Division I and II schools, are members of NASM.

The process for renewal began with a Self Study completed by Vogel in summer 2013, demonstrating compliance with NASM guidelines. A two-member site visit team from NASM visited Tabor’s campus in October of 2013. A commission report was given in fall 2014.

NASM was founded in 1924 and is an association of approximately 647 schools of music, primarily at the collegiate level, but also including post-secondary, non-degree-granting schools of music. It is the national accrediting agency for music and music-related disciplines.

It also provides information to the public, produces statistical research, provides professional development for leaders of music schools and engages in policy analysis.

The next time Tabor will have to seek renewal of NASM membership will be 2023-2024.

Tabor College Names Daryl Green Head Cheerleading Coach

January 05, 2015

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Tabor College is pleased to announce that Daryl Green has been hired as the head cheerleading coach and spirit coordinator for Bluejays athletics.

Rusty Allen, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, made the announcement.

“We are pleased to have someone with the depth of experience and knowledge of cheer giving leadership to our cheerleading squad,” Allen said. “Coach Green’s enthusiasm, expertise and desire to pursue excellence with a decidedly Christian approach should provide an outstanding experience for those who participate in cheerleading at Tabor College.

“We share a vision of seeing the program continuing to be not only the catalyst for positive spirit within Tabor athletics, but to become a competitive program within the world of cheer,” Allen added.

Green says he is ready for the next step in his coaching career.

“I am very excited to be taking a lead in helping grow Tabor’s cheer leading program,” Green said, “and I hope to create an atmosphere of success for all of the programs at Tabor College. Change happens on a daily basis and with the support of Tabor and the community I am thrilled to be starting a new chapter in my life.”

In 2012, Green received his bachelor of education degree in sports science, with an emphasis in exercise science, from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

While at KU, Green was a four-year member of the Jayhawks cheerleading team, was on the student-athlete honor roll and hosted the pre-game center-court show for men’s basketball home games.

Since 2010, Green has served as the head instructor for Universal Cheerleaders Association, where he organized and led high school/college level camps. He also taught cheerleading skills, cheers and sideline routines, plus evaluated each cheerleading team.

Prior to being promoted to the head instructor, Green served as a cheer instructor for UCA, where he learned to judge cheerleading and assisted in running national-level cheerleading competitions. He was also nominated twice for the UCA Veteran of the Year award.

Green has also served as a choreographer for Kansas Wesleyan University (2012-13), a cheer/tumbling instructor at both Lawrence Gymnastics and Athletics, in Lawrence, Kan., (2011-12) and Top City Athletics, in Topeka, Kan., (2009-2011).

Green grew up in Wichita and graduated from Wichita Heights High School.

Tabor College Releases 2014 Fall Semester Dean’s List

December 23, 2014

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Tabor College has released the 2014 fall semester Dean’s List. The entire list includes 53 freshman, 45 sophomores, 43 juniors, 46 seniors and three post-baccalaureate, for a total of 190 students. In order to make the Dean’s List, a student must earn between a 3.5 and 4.0 grade point average (GPA).

Students earning a 3.85-4.00 GPA received highest honors: 28 freshmen, 18 sophomores, 22 juniors, 31 seniors and three post-baccalaureate for a total of 102 students.

Students earning a 3.70-3.849 GPA received high honors: 10 freshman, 12 sophomores, seven juniors and five seniors, for a total of 34 students.

Students earning a 3.50-3.699 GPA received honors: 15 freshmen, 15 sophomores, 14 juniors and 10 seniors, for a total of 54.

Frank Johnson, vice president for academics, praised these students for their outstanding efforts in the classroom this semester.

“I am especially proud of each student who earned honors in the fall semester. Their commitment to academic excellence is an encouragement to all. I look forward to their continued success,” Johnson said.

President Jules Glanzer agrees with Johnson.

“I am impressed with the quality of our students,” Glanzer said. “They work hard and are dedicated to excellence in their chosen fields. Our students increase my faith in the future.”

Download the Complete Dean’s List

Affordable Colleges Foundation recognizes Tabor College as one of best Online Christian Colleges for 2015

December 10, 2014

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Affordable Colleges Foundation has ranked Tabor College 31st overall on their list of the Best Online Christian Colleges 2014-2015.

ACF is a leading resource for online learning and college affordability information. The organization showcases schools that have clear and active Christian affiliations, plus proven excellence in online education.

“We are honored to be recognized as a college that provides a quality educational experience to students that need the convenience of an online delivery,” Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, said.

“The faith-based colleges on our list are making online learning a clear priority,” said Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of Affordable Colleges Foundation. “Each of these Christian colleges incorporates innovative technologies to help students pursue their higher education, while providing a strong connection to spirituality.”

Tabor is the only Mennonite college to be recognized on the list and one of only two schools in Kansas.

“Tabor’s online programs are dedicated to providing an educational experience that is both academically excellent and thoroughly integrated with the Christian faith,” Brett Andrews, executive vice president of Tabor College in Wichita, said. “Additionally, we offer our students exceptional customer service and individualized attention.”

ACF’s data analysts and higher education experts developed a proprietary scoring system to rank these faith-based colleges using various cost, quality and student support metrics, including: number of online programs available, online tuition cost, student-faculty ratio, 6-year graduation rate, percentage of students receiving financial aid, academic/career counseling services and placement services for graduates.

Frank Johnson, vice president for academics, said the future for Tabor’s online curriculum is bright.

“Tabor is committed to a quality, affordable, Christ-centered education regardless of modality,” Johnson said. “Tabor is authorized to offer 100 percent of current programs online, a critical measure of recognition of our quality.”

ACF helps students and parents identify colleges, degree programs and scholarship opportunities that fit their respective academic and financial needs. The organization also spreads the importance of accreditation. Whether learning on campus or online, accreditation is a vital component of making sure a student receives a quality education that employers (and other colleges) will accept. With so many non-accredited institutions and degree programs out there, removing them from college search parameters is key.

“We want anyone, anywhere to have the opportunity to receive a quality education,” Glanzer added.

Tabor is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities —an association of global, nonprofit Christian colleges and universities offering baccalaureate programs in the arts/sciences, plus professional studies from a biblical worldview.

Learn more about Tabor’s ACF ranking at:

Tabor College to receive $1 million gift from Mabee Foundation

December 08, 2014

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Tabor College’s Signature Campaign received a major boost to its fundraising efforts with confirmation that the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation in Tulsa, Okla., will donate a $1 million gift to the school for the Center for the Arts. Nearly 1,000 donors have contributed the $8 million needed in order for the Mabee Foundation to donate this gift.

The announcement came during Sunday night’s performance of the Messiah.

“It’s the generosity of so many people, their sacrifices and the commitment of so many that this is becoming a reality,” Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, said to a full audience at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, who responded with thunderous applause.

“In two years, you’ll be hearing the Messiah in the new Shari Flaming Center for the Arts,” Glanzer added.

This $1 million gift will allow the Center for the Arts project to move forward much more quickly than originally expected.

“We are planning, tentatively, to break ground in May 2015 with completion in August 2016,” Glanzer added.

To date, Tabor alumni and friends have generously donated $12.8 million of the $16.2 million total of the Signature Campaign goal.

“We are so pleased that so many people have contributed to this campaign and to the future of Tabor College,” Ron Braun, vice president of advancement, said. “We will be able to serve a need for our students and our community that has never been met.”

With this phase of the campaign finished, there is still $3.4 million needed –for enhancements, endowment for the new facility and the annual fund –to meet the needs of the college.

“There is still a lot of work to be done,” Braun added. “We are up to the challenge knowing that the majority of this campaign is behind us.”

The Signature Campaign—the largest fundraising project in the history of the college—will shape the lives of current and future students, for generations to come.

“The Signature Campaign is an ARTS campaign,” Glanzer added. “In addition to building a Center for the Arts, we also are committed to Attracting students, Retaining students, Transforming students and Sending students into God’s world. The Signature Campaign will help make this happen.”

To learn more about The Signature Campaign, click here:

Local Nurse Leaders Elected to International Honor Society

December 04, 2014

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Several Tabor College nursing students have been elected to membership in the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, as nurse leaders through Epsilon Gamma-at-Large Chapter on Nov. 9.

The Tabor College registered nurses elected to membership were: Lisa Beggs from Garden City, Kan.; Evelyn Gharagouzloo from Woodbridge, Va.; Alyssa Kinderknect from Wichita, Kan.; Tak Yee Leung from Liberal, Kan.; Misty McReynolds from Maize, Kan.; Jennifer Pfluger from Wichita, Kan.; Kara Roszel from Wichita, Kan.; Connie Ruiz from Garden City, Kan.; Martha Slack from Peck, Kan.; and Samantha Smith from Andover.

“The honor society promotes and recognizes nursing excellence,” Marlene Pietrocola, chair of the nursing program at Tabor College, said. “We are very pleased that registered nurses participating in our program have received this prestigious international recognition.”

Left to Right: Tak Yee Leung, Jennifer Pfluger, Dr. Marlene Pietrocola, Martha Slack and Kara Roszel.

Each of these registered nurses received their basic nursing education in other colleges, obtained licensure and then enrolled in the bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program at Tabor.

“These students have consistently demonstrated excellence in their academic work,” she added. “I expect no less from them as they apply what they have learned to their practice as a baccalaureate prepared registered nurse.”

Membership in STTI is by invitation to nurse professionals who have demonstrated achievement in nursing, hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree and are a registered nurse.

Tabor College Oratorio Chorus to perform “Messiah” on Dec. 7

December 01, 2014

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Tabor College’s long-standing Christmas tradition of performing “Messiah”—the 18th-century work by George Frideric Handel about the prophecy and life of Jesus Christ—will continue at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7 with a performance by the Tabor College Oratorio Chorus and Community Orchestra.

The performance will be at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe, in Hillsboro. Admission is free and open to the public.

Dr. Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music, will be conducting “Messiah” for his 17th time at Tabor.

“For many, it serves as the beginning of the Christmas holiday season,” Vogel said of the performance tradition that dates back more than a half century in Tabor’s history books.

Vogel noted that part of his enjoyment of conducting “Messiah” is the collaboration by so many performers on many different professional levels.

“It’s a focal point that brings current and past choir members together,” he said, “and I very much enjoy maintaining that connection with alums. I’m honored that they enjoy it enough to return and continue to sing.”

Featured as soloists in this year’s performance are current students: Faith Tonne, junior from Ashland, Kan.; Olivia Kliewer, junior from Hillsboro, Kan.; Heather Loewen, sophomore from Hutchinson, Kan.; Trevor Morris, senior from Murdock, Kan.; and Sara Sagner, senior from Cheney, Kan. Faculty members performing solos are Janie Brokenicky, David Martens and Holly Swartzendruber, along with alumni Glenn Litke.

Additionally, the stage will be graced by professional instrumentalists, many of whom return to perform with Tabor every December.

“The community orchestra is comprised primarily of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra. The majority of the musicians have played for Tabor for many years, which gives us a solid core,” Vogel said.

“Messiah” premiered at noon on April 13, 1742 in the New Music Hall on Fishamble Street in Dublin, Ireland, as a benefit concert for local charities. Handel composed the entire piece in only 24 days.

The annual performance of “Messiah” is a community tradition and signals the start of the Christmas celebration for many.

“We enjoy and are honored to provide this performance as the beginning of the Christmas season for the Hillsboro and Tabor community.”

Lifelong Learning session on December 5

November 25, 2014

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The fourth and final fall session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

We will celebrate the holiday season with a feast of music and Christmas goodies. Please bring a plate of holiday finger food to share. As we fellowship, Tabor College assistant professor of choral music, Janie Brokenicky, will be performing several holiday pieces for our enjoyment. We are also excited to welcome a group of fifth graders from Hillsboro Elementary School, under the direction of Lynn Just, to share some Christmas songs with us.

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

2015 Presidential Leadership Program Scholarship Recipients

November 24, 2014

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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.