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Tabor College in Wichita Sends Faculty & Students to Bolivia

May 09, 2014

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Tabor College in Wichita sent two professors and five students to Bolivia March 21-29, as part of a study abroad course, to serve with Hospitals of Hope in Cochabamba.

Rick Bartlett, co-team leader and director of theological education, and Marlene Pietrocola, co-team leader and chair of the nursing program, both have experienced the academic and transformational experience of completing a college study abroad. Both Bartlett and Pietrocola co-taught this course.

“Having lived overseas and traveled to over 10 countries, I was encouraged by the attitudes of our students, many who had never been out of the USA before,” Bartlett said. “They had an adventurous spirit and a flexibility that is needed in cross-cultural situations.”

Andrea Wilson, the previous Tabor College nursing recruiter, connected Bartlett and Pietrocola to Hospitals of Hope. Wilson and her family were missionaries in Bolivia and often worked with this Wichita based organization.

Students representing the nursing, business and Christian ministries programs at Tabor College in Wichita were excited to be part of this college study abroad.

The trip taught students how to provide spirit-guided ministry in a cross-cultural environment. The course included extensive pre-trip preparation focused around growing in the spiritual life.

The team served in a variety of ministries in and around the hospital – including patient care, chaplaincy, prayer and orphan ministry.

They were also able to conduct three medical clinics in the Andes Mountains. At the end of each day, students were asked the question, “Where did you see Jesus at work?”

“One of the highlights for me was praying for the Hospitals of Hope administrator,” said Bartlett. “We were praying for a new facility that Hospitals of Hope was expanding into and one of the students suggested we also pray for Rudy, the administrator. As we prayed, it was obvious to all that this was a holy moment.”

One highlight of the trip for business and Christian ministry student David Gray was when a man demonstrated his faith in God in an amazing way.

“The most amazing moment of this trip was an embrace from a man who dedicated his life to preaching the gospel when he realized that I have done the same,” Gray said. “I may never, on this side of heaven, hear him preach, but the instant love and respect that was felt between us was something that language could have never spoken.”

The team also spent time experiencing the culture.

They visited the tallest statue of Christ in the world – known as the Christo de la Concordia. They hiked in the Andes Mountains, attended a professional soccer game and ate llama meat in a local restaurant.

Christian ministries student Kurt Wiedenkeller said, “It was wonderful and inspiring to see the richness and fullness of the smiles on the faces of people that seemed to have nothing. After being around the people we served and experiencing their happiness and joy for life, it was obvious they had far more than what originally met the eye.”

Business student Shauna Holloway echoed Wiedenkeller.

“We think that because we are Westerners we have it better, but these people are so incredibly resourceful. If we were put into similar conditions, most of us would lie down and fail.”

This trip was a life-changing experience for the entire group. As a result of the trip, Tabor College students are already talking about new directions for life and career.

Nursing student Maggie Sater commented, “The trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia with Tabor College was an eye opening experience for me in seeing the needs of others. I was truly blessed.”

The trip also provided valuable insights in the preparation for a trip to Thailand that students in Tabor’s new entrepreneurial ministry leadership program will take in late August through early-September.

“I’m looking forward to taking a team of MA students on a cross-cultural learning experience later this summer,” said Bartlett.

Due to the success of this study abroad course, the Tabor College in Wichita program chairs are already discussing plans for a similar type of cultural immersion course in 2015.

“This type of educational experience for an adult learner is transformational,” Pietrocola added. “This course brought three programs together in a cross-cultural academic setting. For many, it was a faith-shaping experience.”

Brett Andrews, executive vice president for Tabor College commented, “This ground-breaking course is an example of the added value of a Tabor College education. The activities in this course align perfectly with the mission and core values of Tabor College—to prepare people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and His kingdom.”

Honors & Awards Chapel for 2014 Spring Semester

May 08, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College students gathered at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 8 for the Honors & Awards Chapel in the H.W. Lohrenz Building. The ceremony was held to honor those that achieved high success academically and athletically.

“Today we celebrated our best and brightest,” said Dr. Frank Johnson, vice president of academics at Tabor College. “At the same time, we were reminded of how God gifts each of us uniquely. I am so grateful to our students and faculty who exemplify our mission: preparing people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and His Kingdom.

Below is a list of all criteria and awards given out to students for the 2014 spring semester at Tabor College:

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Honorees for this award are nominated by students and faculty and chosen by a committee with representatives from the student body, the faculty, and student development.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.3 and demonstrated leadership on campus are among the requirements for this award.

  • Andrea Acker
  • Scott Bauer
  • Cheyenne Derksen
  • Kendra Flaming
  • James Kawagoe
  • Krista Neifer
  • Drew Pankratz
  • Carly Wilhelm

NAIA All-America Scholar-Athletes

To be considered an NAIA Academic All-American, a student must meet these three criteria:

  • Student must have achieved junior academic status.
  • Student must have a 3.50 or above cumulative GPA.
  • Transfers must have completed at least one full year of attendance at the nominating institution and freshmen must have completed two full years of attendance at the nominating institution.
  • Baseball
    • Alex Cole
  • Basketball
    • Molly Moran
    • Janelle Rust
    • Marc Hopkinson
    • Cross Country
    • Jessica Vix
  • Football
    • Scott Bauer
    • Anthony Daniel
    • Jordan Moshier
    • Ryan Nelson
    • Zach Reed
  • Soccer
    • Molly Clark
    • Molly Coppadge
    • Brooke Eitzen
    • Jessica Renzelman
    • Robert Escobar
    • Nathan Lawson
    • Adam Morley-Winston
  • Softball
    • Brittney Dymnioski
    • Sarah Massey
  • Tennis
    • Rebecca Faber
    • Yvonne Nachtigal
    • Tyler Dort
    • Jared Friesen
  • Track & Field
    • Kristen Harris
    • Makenzie King
    • Tyson Brockel
  • Volleyball
    • Kaitlyn Kaufman
    • Shelby Spencer
    • Jessica Vogts
    • Daniele Wendland
    • Hollister Wolf
  • Basketball and Track & Field
    • David Loewen
  • Cross Country and Track & Field
    • Hannah Holmes
    • Brielle Lund
    • Joel Allen
    • Garrett Daugherty
    • Nathan Vogel
    • Paul Williams
  • Soccer and Tennis
    • Anna Friesen

Dean’s Scholars

These awards are based solely on academic achievement, regardless of the field of study.

  • Both resident and transfer students are eligible for this award. Among the criteria is a resident grade point average of 3.9.

Dean’s Scholars

Andrea Acker, Ashley Kemling, Nicole Stevenson, Katherine Becker, Brooke Kirby, Jessica Vix, Alex Bumgarner, Elliott Money, Nathan Vogel, Cardy Cardarelle, Molly Moran, Hannah Vogt, Deidre Derksen, Krista Neifert, Jessica Vogts, Katelyn Duba, Kirsten Neufeld, Matthew Wiebe, Brooke Eitzen, Tara Neufeldt, Megan Wiebe, Joetta Ewert, Zach Neumann, Natalie Wiens, Rebecca Faber, Drew Pankratz, Paul Williams, Kendra Flaming, Silas Pederson, Hollister Wolf, Anna Friesen, Katherine Pritchard, Katelyn Graber, Cora Ruhl, Crystal Holmes, Sara Sagner, Hannah Holmes, Rebecca Spahr, Jared Janzen, Kaylyn Spencer, Jeremy Johnson, Shelby Spencer,

Education and Applied Arts Division Awards

Business

James Alex Cole – for academic achievement, leadership, and future success in the field of marketing.

Marc Hopkinson – for academic achievement, leadership on the Business Department Advisory Council, and future success in the field of business.

Brooke Hughes – for academic achievement and future success in the field of business.

David Myers – for academic achievement, leadership, and outstanding work in the role of Student Director of Internships.

Jake Nachtigal – for academic achievement, leadership on the Business Department Advisory Council, and future success in the field of marketing.

Zach Reed – for academic achievement, leadership, and future success in the field of marketing.

Jessica Renzelman – for academic achievement and future success in the field of accounting.

Kaylyn Spencer – for academic achievement, leadership on the Business Department Advisory Council, future success in the field of accounting, and being named KSCPA John J. Killian Scholar.

Jessica Vogts – for academic achievement, leadership on the Business Department Advisory Council, dedication as an administrative assistant in the Business Department, and future success in the field of accounting.

Hollister Wolf – for academic achievement, leadership on the Business Department Advisory Council, dedication as an administrative assistant in the Business Department, and future success in the field of marketing.

Education

These students exemplify the goals of the Teacher Ed Program; commitment, Christian values, competence, compassion and collaboration. They serve Christ and His kingdom by showing a commitment to teaching and a genuine love for students. Each displays Christian values within the teaching profession – demonstrating competence in their knowledge and ability to perform high quality instruction, showing compassion and reliably accepting the responsibilities of collaboration.

Anna Friesen Megan Wiebe

Health/P.E.

Sarah Massey – for academic achievement, contributions to the Tabor athletic program, service as a teaching assistant and potential for success in the profession.

Molly Moran – for academic achievement, contributions to the Tabor athletic program through athletic training and potential for success in the profession.

Adam Morley-Winston – for academic achievement, contributions to the Tabor athletic program and potential for success in the profession.

Jordan Moshier – for academic achievement, contributions to the Tabor athletic program and potential for success as a health and physical educator and coach.

Robbie Samuel – for academic achievement, contributions to the Tabor athletic program and potential for success in the profession.

Paul Williams – for academic achievement, contributions to the Tabor athletic program and potential for success in the profession.

Dr. Karol Hunt Sport Management Scholarship

Joel Allen

Robert Watson Memorial Award

Matthew Wiebe

Humanities Division Awards

Bible, Religion & Philosophy

Terach Antoine – for campus leadership and potential for ministry.

Aaron Garza – for academic growth and intellectual curiosity.

Kylie Gilger – for academic growth and commitment to ministry.

Brandon Johnson – for intellectual curiosity and potential for ministry.

Ryan Loewen – for high academic achievement, campus ministry, and potential for pastoral ministry.

Silas Pederson – for high academic achievement and potential for ministry leadership.

Cotorey Seals – for dedication to active faith and commitment to ministry.

Kelyn Vix – for commitment to leadership in the church and potential for youth ministry.

Communications, Language and Literature

Sydney Coughlin – for making contributions to academic dialogues in communication courses and having a teachable spirit within and beyond the classroom.

Robert Howell – for intellectual curiosity, enthusiastic classroom participation, and scholarly achievement in the English discipline.

Tabor Bible Award

Each year the Tabor Bible professors confer the Tabor Bible Award upon a deserving student who best demonstrates the qualities of research, creativity and clear communication required to achieve excellence in the inductive Bible study projects known as FORRMALs.

Krista Neifert

Natural, Mathematical, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division Awards

Biology

Karly Lindroth-Yates – for outstanding service as a laboratory assistant in the biology and anatomy laboratories.

Dawson Newman – for outstanding service as a laboratory assistant in the biology and microbiology laboratories.

Cora Ruhl – for excellence in academics, Science Club service and acceptance to medical school.

Hannah Vogt – for excellence in academics, service as Science Club Co-President, service to the department and acceptance to medical school.

Chemistry

Tyler Dort – for service as a student assistant in chemistry labs, involvement in research and research presentation at a national conference.

Kristen Harris – for two years of chemical research, research presentation at a national conference and acceptance to optometry school.

Mathematics

Yvonne Nachtigal – for scholarship and service in the field of mathematics.

Silas Pederson – for scholarship in the field of mathematics.

Megan Wiebe – for scholarship and service in the field of mathematics.

American Chemical Society Freshman Award

Nathaniel Burnham

American Chemical Society Senior Award

Tyler Dort

Outstanding Oral Research Presentation

Dawson Newman Hannah Vogt

Outstanding Research Poster Presentation

Tyler Dort

William J. Johnson Scholarships

James Kawagoe Diane Krehbiel

Solomon L. Loewen Scholarship

Zach Willems

Richard Wall Memorial Scholarship

Kendra Goertzen Rebecca King Kirsten Neufeld

Outstanding Environmental Biologist

Jeremy Davidson

Don C. and Frieda K. Peters Scholarship

Jennifer Crist

First Year Calculus Award

Tim Regier Macy Root

David B. Wiens Memorial Scholarship

Natalie Wiens

Jane Addams Award of Excellence

Daniel Brodell

Performing and Visual Arts Division Awards

Music

Tyson Brockel – in recognition of three years of contributions to the Concert Choir.

Kaitlyn Brown – in recognition of four years of contributions to and leadership in Concert Choir.

Jessica Coldwell – in recognition of contributions to Concert Choir and musical theater, and for promise as a music educator.

Sydney Coughlin – in recognition of four years of contributions to and leadership in Concert Choir.

Deidre Derksen – in recognition of participation and leadership in Symphonic Band.

Daniel Dick – in recognition of four years of contribution to the Concert Choir.

Aaron Garza – in recognition of participation and leadership in Symphonic Band.

Robert Howell – in recognition of contributions to and leadership in Concert Choir, and in recognition as a soloist for Messiah performances.

Liz Janssen – in recognition of participation and leadership in Symphonic Band, and for contributions to musical theater as a member of the pit orchestra.

Amy Janzen – in recognition of participation and leadership in Symphonic Band.

Tyler Jones – in recognition of two years of contributions to the Concert Choir.

Ryan Loewen – in recognition of performance in Concert Choir and Chamber Strings and for contributions to musical theater as a guitarist for the pit orchestra.

Colton Olsen – in recognition of participation and leadership in Symphonic Band.

Cora Ruhl – in recognition of contributions and leadership to Concerto Bella Voce and to voice students as a reliable accompanist.

Janelle Rust – in recognition of contributions to Concerto Bella Voce and Concert Choir as both a singer and accompanist, and to voice students as a reliable accompanist.

Kelyn Vix – in recognition of four years of contributions to and leadership in Concert Choir.

Nathan Vogel – in recognition of four years in contributions to and leadership in Concert Choir, and in recognition as a soloist for Messiah performances.

Cassie Whiteneck – in recognition of participation and leadership in Symphonic Band.

Megan Wiebe – in recognition of contributions to Concert Choir as both a singer and accompanist, and to voice students as a reliable accompanist.

Benjamin Wiens – in recognition of leadership and contributions to Concert Choir as both a singer and oboe soloist, to Symphonic Band and as a member of the pit orchestra for musical theater.

Dayna Wohlgemuth – in recognition of four years of contributions to the Concert Choir.

Luke Zielke – in recognition of four years of contributions to the Concert Choir.

Theater

Jessica Coldwell – for leadership and overall contributions as an invaluable member of casts and crews.

Cheyenne Derksen – for exceptional achievement in academic theater on the regional and national levels, and commitment to production, both onstage and behind the scenes.

Hannah Evans – for leadership and contribution to productions as an excellent cast member.

Robert Howell – for leadership and contribution to productions as an excellent cast member.

Kyvie Lahman – for service to productions in several capacities.

Micah Leake – for continuous involvement and support of productions, both onstage and behind the scenes.

Mallory Nelson – for outstanding service to productions through stage management.

Silas Pederson – for continuous involvement and support of productions, both onstage and behind the scenes.

Cora Ruhl – for exceptional commitment and exemplary service to productions in countless capacities.

Kelyn Vix – for leadership and contribution to productions as an excellent cast member.

Nathan Vogel – for leadership and contribution to productions as an excellent cast member.

Hannah Vogt – for achievement in acting and contribution to productions as an excellent cast member.

Cassie Whiteneck – for outstanding contributions to technical aspects of production.

Benjamin Wiens – for leadership and contribution to productions as an excellent cast member and member of the pit orchestra.

Visual Arts

Jan Tschichold Award for Typography

Kaitlyn Brown For commitment to fine typographic form.

Paul Rand Award for Graphic Design

Molly Clark For producing an outstanding portfolio of graphic design.

Josef and Anni Albers Award for Most Promising Newcomers

Katelyn Duba, Mariah Kliewer For exceptional commitment to developing your God-given talent.

Käthe Kollwitz Award for Drawing

Natalie Hartzell For diligent effort and outstanding work in the drawing and printmaking studio.

Silver Pushpin Award

Liz Janssen For outstanding conceptual work and substantive contributions during critique.

Outstanding Visual Art Major

Taylor Janzen, Taylor Loewen, Becky Spahr and Dani Wendland For consistent and diligent effort in the studio and for being supportive and generous with classmates.

Rembrandt Award for Painting

David Loewen For diligent effort and outstanding work in the painting studio.

Herman and Louise Friesen Award

Trevor Morris

Jake and Selma Friesen Award

Krista Neifert, Sara Sagner

Hiebert Outstanding Student Merit Award

Honorees for this award are nominated by students and faculty, and chosen by a committee with representatives from the student body, the faculty and student development.

A cumulative grade point average of 3.3 and demonstrated leadership on campus are among the criteria required for this award.

Hiebert Family History

Kornelius Hiebert was the father of J. K. Hiebert, who was the first Chair of the Tabor College Board, and the father of P. C. Hiebert, who was the first Vice President of Tabor College. The Hiebert family all attended the Ebenfeld Mennonite Brethren Church outside town. They were were strong supporters of MB education. Consequently, the family honored their father by establishing this scholarship award.

Award Criteria

This honor and monetary scholarship endowed by the descendants of Kornelius Hiebert are awarded each year to one male and one female student based on the following criteria:

“To perpetuate the scholarship, faith, leadership and desire to serve that characterized the founders of Tabor College.”

This year’s honorees are Andrea Acker and Drew Pankratz.

The Clarence R. Hiebert Excellence in Teaching Award

This award is given annually to the faculty member who best exemplifies the qualities of excellent teaching at Tabor College.

These qualities include:

  • A strong Christian commitment
  • Record of excellence in teaching, as shown by peer and student reviews. The faculty member will have completed at least one three-year evaluation at Tabor College.
  • Evidence of integrating faith and learning.
  • Commitment to Tabor College as an institution, as shown in support of departments outside one’s own area.

Award winner – Professor Jesse Schumacher

Quotes from Nominations –

The professor I am nominating is extremely humble and serves students. This professor uses very entertaining teaching methods and makes it a point to show genuine interest in the material as well as students.

This professor is an excellent instructor and relates very well with students in and out of class. They explain concepts well and are approachable when greater discussion is needed about a topic. The demands of their classes are reasonable and push me to excel as a student.

This professor is an excellent instructor. They receive outstanding evaluations from students and are unafraid of taking on new challenges in the classroom. They are innovative and creative, especially when it comes to the use of technology. They demonstrate a compassionate Christian faith when dealing with students. They would be a worthy recipient of this award. They care passionately about their students and their students’ success. They actively contribute to the department and provide a valuable voice in the division and the overall faculty.

I have had this professor many times over the last several years and each time it was a pleasure. They have a very good Christian heart and that is evident in the way they teach and interact with students. Anytime they are in the office, students are welcome to pop in and ask a question or get help on something.

This professor always has a contagious, positive attitude and teaches classes with passion for both students and the subject they are teaching. Whenever possible, they integrate a Christian worldview into their teaching and inspire students to become godly students of business so that they can someday be good stewards of what God has given them. This professor stands behind the values of Tabor College and exemplifies these values in both the classroom and private life, which is why I believe they should be selected for this award.

Tabor College Commencement May 17

May 06, 2014

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Tabor College is set to host its 104th annual commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17 at Joel H. Wiens Stadium in Hillsboro, Kan.

There will be 137 traditional undergraduates participating in commencement; 97 have completed all requirements and will be receiving diplomas; 40 will receive their diplomas after completing requirements in the upcoming fall semester.

Students attending Tabor College in Wichita will also be graduating at the commencement ceremony in Hillsboro – 15 have completed all requirements and will be receiving undergraduate diplomas; 23 will have their degrees conferred as soon as they complete remaining degree requirements; four graduate students will have their degrees conferred this summer –for a total of 42 graduates.

Frank Johnson, vice president of academic affairs at Tabor College, says this day is the culmination of hours, days, months and years of hard work inside and outside the classroom.

“Commencement is unquestionably the highlight of the academic calendar,” Johnson said. “We are so proud of each student who has reached this milestone. I look forward to hearing the many stories of how these graduates will enrich the communities where they are soon to reside, work and worship.”

Dr. Jarrod Goentzel, an alumnus from Tabor College and director of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Humanitarian Response Lab, will be the commencement speaker.

Goentzel credits the undergraduate education he received at Tabor as a jump start to his long and successful career.

“Tabor faculty members inspired me to go deep in my field of mathematics, including a semester of study in Budapest, and challenged me in various subjects across the liberal arts curriculum,” Goentzel said. “It was a solid foundation for interdisciplinary research, which is so critical in humanitarian applications.”

An estimated 3,000 family, friends, alumni, faculty and staff are expected to attend the commencement ceremony.

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Tabor College Musicians to Perform John Rutter’s Requiem

May 02, 2014

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The Tabor College Concert Choir and Concerto Bella Voce are combining to perform John Rutter’s Requiem at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 11 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.

Rutter’s Requiem is a 40-minute work for chorus, orchestra and a soprano solo. The orchestra is comprised of members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, which will provide a very strong and professional combination with the choir.

“I’ve been very pleased and impressed with how quickly the choirs have taken to the work,” said Dr. Brad Vogel, director of choral music at Tabor College. “I’m pleased with the amount of detail and expression they are able to give to the performance.”

Students performing in this concert will experience pride and accomplishment for being able to honor God with music.

“John Rutter’s Requiem is a beautiful piece of music,” said Cora Ruhl, senior at Tabor College. “Singing it fills me with a sense of peace and joy. I’m thrilled to be a part of singing it because I can think of few more enjoyable ways of praising God than singing such powerful, moving music alongside my friends.”

In addition to the full strings and winds sections, the orchestra also features harp, which is a very special part of the sound of the work. Jane Hyde, a local professional harpist, will be performing with the group.

Janie Brokenicky, Tabor College assistant professor of choral music, will be featured as the soprano soloist.

“As a soloist, Rutter has presented quite the challenge for the soprano,” Brokenicky said. “The line is overall high and soft, reminiscent of the ‘boy choir’ sound that is so beloved of English composers and conductors. The beauty and purity of the sound is undeniable.”

Also in the program will be three movements from Rutter’s Five Orchestral Meditations. These are orchestral arrangements of some of Rutter’s works for choir, and will be used as an overture, a postlude and a “meditation” in the middle of the Requiem. It is a very nice and unique addition to the performance of the Requiem and also provides an opportunity to “show off” the orchestra.

The entire performance will be a spiritual and emotional experience for those in attendance.

“The sound of the performance will very much support the assurance of our faith in eternal life,” added Vogel. “The texts utilized by Rutter provide a very clear proclamation of Jesus Christ. It begins and ends very quietly, so it provides a very peaceful and meditative environment.”

Rutter composed his Requiem in response to a personal bereavement. In the liturgy, a requiem (meaning “rest”) is a funeral service—a collection of prayers for the soul of the deceased. The Requiem is also a service of life. It contains those texts of the requiem mass that are uplifting rather than terrifying, and texts that present Christ, the Lamb of God.

Concert goers that have never heard this piece of music performed will experience a very interesting finish to the concert.

“When the performance is completed, it is so peaceful that audiences often do not know how to respond,” Vogel said. “The natural response is quietness and reflection; however, the beauty of the work sort of demands a more demonstrative response!”

Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Home Concert

April 25, 2014

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The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings will be performing a home concert at 4 p.m., Sunday May 4 at the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, located at 300 Prairie Pointe in Hillsboro.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s concert is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs – such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

Tabor College Hosting NAIA Baseball Tournament

April 22, 2014

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Tabor College has been selected as one of nine colleges/conferences to host the sixth annual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Baseball National Championship Opening Round tournament. The tournament will be held at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson, Kan., during the week of May 12-15.

This will be the second time since 2012 that Tabor College has hosted an Opening Round tournament.

“We are excited to again be hosting a NAIA opening-round baseball tournament,” said Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics at Tabor College. “Our team has had another outstanding season. Our baseball team, being ranked as high as number 10 in the nation, has secured this opportunity for us.”

There are eight other colleges/conferences hosting the other Opening Round tournaments; Appalachian Athletic Conference in Kingsport, Tenn., Belhaven University (Miss.) in Jackson, Miss., Crossroads League in Marion, Ind., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Fla.) in Daytona Beach, Fla., Faulkner University (Ala.) in Montgomery, Ala., Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville Ga., Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., and The Master’s College (Calif.) in Santa Clarita, Calif.

The 45 qualifying teams and the nine brackets will be released by the NAIA on May 9. Every team will compete in a double elimination tournament, with the nine winners of each Opening Round advancing to the 2014 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston, Idaho May 23-30.

Currently the Tabor College baseball team is ranked 14th in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll with a 39-10 overall record and a 20-4 record in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).

“It is a blessing to watch our players and coaches perform at such a high level,” Allen added. “We look forward to competing for the right to play in the NAIA College World Series in Idaho.”

Holly Leiker, sales manager for the Greater Hutchinson Convention/Visitors Bureau, said that the community is thrilled have baseball fans and the Tabor College baseball team coming to compete in Hutchinson.

“Hobart-Detter is a great baseball facility and we are excited that Tabor College has chosen Hutchinson as the host site,” Leiker said. “The NAIA and KCAC are great organizations to work with and we are looking forward to having the players, coaches and fans in town for the tournament.”

Don Brubacher set to be inducted into Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame

April 21, 2014

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Tabor College is proud to announce that former coach and alumnus Don Brubacher will be inducted into the Tabor College Athletic Hall of Fame.

A reception for Brubacher will be held at 4:00 p.m., Sunday May 11 at Java Jays, with a silent auction of sports memorabilia in the Tabor College Gymnasium at 4:30 p.m. Dinner and program for the sports banquet and Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be at 5:00 p.m., also in the Tabor College Gymnasium.

Brubacher transferred to Tabor College as a student-athlete in the fall of 1972. He played and lettered in basketball two years. His senior year, Brubacher was named to the KCAC All-Conference team.

As a fifth year senior, Brubacher was a player and coach for the men’s soccer team, plus the assistant men’s basketball coach. Brubacher graduated in the spring of 1975 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, physical education and health, along with teacher licensure.

In 1976, Brubacher returned to Tabor College to coach men’s soccer and women’s basketball. He remained at Tabor College for the next 31 years.

Brubacher coached the men’s basketball team for 25 years (1978-1995 & 1999-2007), the men’s soccer team for 11 years (1974-1975, 1976-1984, 1986-1988), the women’s soccer team for three years (1998-2001) and the women’s basketball team for two years (1976-1978). Brubacher was also the Tabor College athletic director for nine years (1999-2008).

During the 25 years Brubacher coached the men’s basketball team, he was named KCAC Men’s Basketball Coach-of-the-Year nine times and his teams won 10 regular season conference championships and two post-season tournament championships.

Brubacher was also named the KCAC Women’s Soccer Coach-of-the-Year two of his three years. His teams won the KCAC Conference Championship in 2000-2001.

The Tabor College athletic teams were very successful during Brubacher’s tenure as athletic director. During those years, the following teams were KCAC Conference Champions: football-two years, women’s basketball-two years, volleyball-five years, women’s soccer-two years, men’s tennis-2 years, and men’s soccer-one year.

Brubacher and his wife Janette currently reside in Hillsdale, Mich., where he is the director of athletics & recreational sports, plus chairman of the sports studies department at Hillsdale College.

Tabor College Hosting an Athletic Spring Showcase April 26

April 17, 2014

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Tabor College is planning an Athletic Spring Showcase featuring several of our sports teams, great food and a lot of fun from 10:30 a.m. -5 p.m., Saturday April 26 at several of our athletic facilities in Hillsboro.

This event will be the conclusion of spring practices for our football, volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams. It’s also a day where we showcase our baseball and softball teams, who are closing out their regular seasons.

Rusty Allen, vice president for intercollegiate athletics for Tabor College, is pleased to be able to have so many of our teams compete “The Spring Showcase has become a tradition at Tabor College,” Allen said. “Not only is it a lot of fun to have friends, alumni and family of our athletes on campus for the day, but it allows everyone an opportunity for a big picture look at the excellence we strive for in the athletic department.”

This day is a culmination of hours of practice and preparation for actual competition or inter-squad scrimmages.

“All of our athletic teams work very hard in season and during the off-season to develop competitive excellence. We believe excellence enhances ministry,” Allen added.

Tabor College President, Dr. Jules Glanzer, is thrilled to have many of our athletes supporting one another in a special event for the “Athletics is part of the Tabor experience,” Glanzer said. “They give us memories that last for a life time. We count time by certain

athletic events. With the athletic programs at Tabor increasing in strength and prestige, hanging around winners is just plain fun.”

Schedule of Events:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Football Scrimmage at Joel H. Wiens Stadium
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch will be served on lawn south of sand volleyball court (cost is $5.00 per person, Free for students on Tabor College meal plan) – bring your own lawn
  • 12:00-1:30 p.m. – Sand Volleyball Tournament – Volleyball team and alumni at the sand court by men’s quad
  • 1:00 p.m. – Baseball Conference Game vs. McPherson at the baseball field (KCAC game)
  • 1:30 p.m. – Women’s Soccer Spring Scrimmage at Joel H. Wiens Stadium
  • Half-time of Women’s soccer Game – Performance by Junior Jays Cheerleading Squad
  • 3:30 p.m. – Men’s Soccer Alumni Scrimmage at Joel H. Wiens Stadium

This will be a day for many alumni to come back to Hillsboro, experience special day on campus with their families and reminisce about their college days at Tabor.

“Coming back and supporting our programs provides an opportunity for us to reconnect and enjoy the Tabor experience again,” Glanzer said. “The Athletic Spring Showcase is a wonderful time for alumni and friends to gather on the Tabor campus and enjoy sporting events, connect with friends and classmates and to engage in the life of the campus. We love connecting with them and hearing their stories. Hosting them on campus is always a joy.”

Admission is free for everyone, so bring your family and plan to spend the day with us at Tabor College.

Tabor College Fundraiser Takes the Pie?

April 15, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College’s bravest faculty and staff surrendered their faces, and pride, to 16 students with a plate of whipped cream in hand, all for the shrieks from the crowd of bystanders, and for Thailand, too.

The pie throwing contest followed a fundraiser where every dollar raised meant students could throw a pie at a professor/staff’s face.

Students raised money for a good cause, not just to humiliate their superiors.

The New International Carson House, NiCH, a theme house at Tabor, raised $1,500 from March 31-April 5 during Service Week to provide a water well and other improvements for a ministry in Thailand.

The money raised will be sent with Tabor community member and missionary Naomi Phillips to her family’s ministry in Thailand. The funds will be used primarily for a hand-dug water well, but also for a fishpond. The fishpond will allow farmers to learn how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.

“We are a rural grassroots ministry, so anything we do, we want to be producible by the local people,” Phillips said about their local labor process. “We try to build everything with what’s in our environment so that anyone can reproduce it, no matter what their economic basis is.”

Phillips and husband Michael felt called to minister in Thailand in 1990. Phillips says their pioneer work for 25 years with Thai and Lao village leaders affects five semi-literate tribal groups with programs that provide general education, leadership training, agriculture and alternative careers for women leaving the sex trade.

“The tribal people live out in the mountains,” said Phillips of the cross-border ministering education program. “We bring them down into the home so they can have a good education with proper food, also with the hope of evangelizing them.”

When two of the Phillips’ five children wanted to go to college at Tabor five years ago, the whole family came with them and helped them get established in U.S. culture. The Phillips are returning to the ministry in Thailand, now that their children are out of school.

“With the training center, we’ve lost all of our property and all of our buildings. We are starting brand new,” Phillips said. “It’s been a bit of a challenge.”

Phillips attends Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church and mentors students at Tabor, including several NiCH members.

Senior Cassie Whiteneck, NiCH coordinator, said choosing Phillips’ ministry for a fund focus was a natural choice.

“We knew we wanted a more challenging goal than the $800 we raised for Heifer International last year, but we wanted to keep it personal,” Whiteneck said. “Naomi has always been there for the student body when we needed someone, so we’re glad to do the same for her.”

Since its creation in 2011, the NiCH hosts a Service Week every year where students are invited to participate in a variety of service opportunities, such as lawn maintenance, clothing donation to a shelter, etc. All of these activities will benefit their charity of choice.

Michael Phillips and son Aaron are back in Thailand now, while Naomi Phillips’ Canadian citizenship prevented travel alongside her family earlier this year. She will join them in Thailand very soon.

“It’s like a new adventure,” Phillips added.

Tabor College Symphonic Band & Chamber Strings Spring Tour

April 14, 2014

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The Tabor College Symphonic Band and Chamber Strings are preparing for their annual spring tour, taking place April 25-28. The band and string ensemble will perform at six locations in the Kansas City area and in Shawnee, Leavenworth, Topeka and Manhattan.

Under the direction of Larry Ediger, assistant professor of instrumental music, the theme for this year’s tour is “Bright Shining As The Sun,” based upon the lyrics of the beloved hymn “Amazing Grace.”

“Both ensembles will play a mixture of classical and sacred music that is sure to lift the spirits and encourage the hearts of listeners,” Ediger said.

The band will perform a wide variety of pieces, including classics such as Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” dynamic arrangements of sacred songs – such as “A Mighty Fortress,” “Amazing Grace” (Bright Shining As The Sun), “Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling” (A Hymn Tune Rhapsody) and “Deep River.”

The Chamber Strings will perform a variety of classics; including John Rutter’s “Suite for Strings,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Claude Debussy’s “Ballet,” and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade,” as well as arrangements of sacred songs such as Walter S. Hartley’s “Sacred Harmonies” and George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” A rollicking strings-only arrangement of John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will also be presented.

The combined ensembles will present a modern classic, Brian Balmage’s “Summer Dances” as well as orchestrations of “Praise to the Lord” (Overture of Praise) and “Easter Song” (Easter Song Fantasia).

Complete tour schedule is as follows:

Friday, April 25

  • Blue Ridge Christian School located at 8524 Blue Ridge Blvd. in Kansas City, Mo. at 9:30 a.m.
  • Maranatha Christian Academy located at 6826 Lackman Rd in Shawnee, Kan. at 2:20 p.m.
  • Church of the Open Door located at 4800 S 20th Street Traffic Way in Leavenworth, Kan. at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 27

  • Shawnee Bible Church located at 12921 W 61st Street in Shawnee, Kan. at 10:45 a.m.

Monday, April 28

  • Cair Paravel Latin School located at 635 SW Clay St in Topeka, Kan. at 8:40 a.m.
  • Flint Hills Christian School located at 3905 Green Valley Rd in Manhattan, Kan. at 2:45 p.m.

Sunday, May 4

  • Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church located at 300 Prairie Pointe, Hillsboro, Kan. 4:00 p.m.
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