Tabor College ranks in top 20 for Christian Universities Online

November 06, 2014

Categories: General News

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

Categories: General News

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

Tabor College announces new MBA program in Hillsboro

October 28, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is excited to announce a new masters in business administration degree program with concentration in accounting to be offered on the Hillsboro campus starting in July of 2015.

This new MBA program will allow students to take the CPA exam upon completion. The program is a 10-month program and consists of 33 semester hours. Six hours would be taken in a hybrid format, part online and part on campus. These courses would begin in late July and end in August before the beginning of the fall semester.

A student would take 12 hours of coursework during the fall, an Interterm trip (included in the cost of tuition) and take 12 hours in the spring (three courses and a three hour practicum). The estimated total cost of the program is $15,500, which includes the Interterm trip and a tablet or laptop computer with software needed for the program. Federal financial aid can be available for the program.

Norm Hope, professor of business administration, said there is a need for this type of program.

“The Tabor College business department is excited to provide current and future students the opportunity to earn their masters of business administration in accounting on our Hillsboro campus,” Hope said. “This program sets us apart by offering a faith – based MBA, which prepares the next generation of accounting professionals for a dynamic and changing business environment.

“Requiring domestic and international field experience provides students an opportunity to learn beyond the traditional classroom. The program prepares students for a career in public accounting or industry by providing real-world and classroom experience.”

Most of the students matriculating to the integrated accounting MBA would come from our existing undergraduate students. They would enroll at Tabor College as freshman, complete the undergraduate program in accounting and then complete the graduate course work for the accounting masters. Students, who would be successful in completing the graduate program, would tend to have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Tabor will not require the graduate management admission test for admission. However, students transferring into the program for the fifth year must complete the requirements of our undergraduate degree in accounting before being able to graduate with the integrated MBA in accounting degree.

Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College, said, “The MBA in accounting is meeting a need that we are perceiving with our students and prospective students. Most future job projections list accounting as one of the employment needs of the future. With our strong business program, this is a natural to expand the accounting major to better serve our students.”

One of the important aspects of the program will be the placement of students in businesses in the community, as well as with the city and local community economic development organizations.

As part of the planning for the program, the business department faculty will conduct a series of meetings with local business leaders and outline a plan for working with companies in Hillsboro and with community leaders on economic development projects designed to attract business to Hillsboro and designed to enhance the performance of existing local businesses.

During the past few years, the business department has worked with community leaders on several of these types of programs. The director of Hillsboro Development Corporation, Clint Seibel, has been considered an adjunct faculty member of the business department and has been the point person for the business studies department in the community as we have provided services for community economic development. Having more broad based internship opportunities will round out the technical education of the accounting curriculum.

“This is a win-win for Tabor and for our community,” Hope said. “Students who pursue this program will have the opportunity to do internships in the Hillsboro community and then have the potential to stay here after graduation to work.”

Central National Bank Donates $20,000 to Tabor College

October 27, 2014

Categories: General News

Central National Bank President Mike Padgett presented a $20,000 donation to representatives from Tabor College today at the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on campus.

“We are proud to support our local college and the community of Hillsboro,” Padgett said. “We look forward to the completion of the Center for the Arts. It will be a great venue for both the school and the larger community.”

The bank’s donation is earmarked for the 50,000 square foot Center for the Arts planned for the Tabor campus.

“It’s exciting to see the campus continue to grow,” continued Padgett. “We look for ways to invest in the growth of our local community and this project will benefit Hillsboro for many years to come.”

Padgett and Central National Bank executive vice president, Sara Girard, were on hand to present the bank’s donation to Tabor College president, Jules Glanzer and vice president of advancement, Ron Braun.

“We are deeply grateful for the gift from Central National Bank to the Signature Campaign for the Center for the Arts,” Glanzer said. “Our desire is that this facility will serve the community—enriching the quality of life in the Hillsboro area.”

Tabor College hosting a Piano Extravaganza

October 24, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is excited to host “The Joy of Music,” a piano extravaganza at 4 p.m., November 2 in the Chapel auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

This event features the piano in various combinations of ensembles.

Sheila Litke, professor of piano, says, “The piano extravaganza is an event we do every other year, focusing on literature that includes the piano in various ensemble arrangements—piano duets, duos, trios, quartets, etc. This year we are even doing a piece with one piano and 12 hands.”

Students performing are: Jared Janzen, a junior from Newton; Abigail Kliewer, a freshman from Hillsboro; Heather Loewen, a sophomore from Hutchinson; Krista Neifert, a senior from Pratt; Zach Neumann, a junior from Osborne; Kaitlyn Rempel, a sophomore from Fairview, Okla.; Maryn Robson, a freshman from Sterling; and Kyndra Vix, a sophomore from Wichita.

Faculty and guest performers are: Jennifer Epp, alumna; Bruce Heyen, professor of chemistry; Sheila Litke; Emily Olson, alumna; Janae Rempel, alumna; and Bradley Vogel, professor of choral music.

This concert will feature musical selections where the audience should recognize some pieces, but also others that focus simply on the joys of music through the eyes of children.

“I trust it will be an enjoyable program that will leave the audience smiling,” Litke added.

Tabor College athletes read to local elementary students

October 24, 2014

Categories: General News

For the 5th year in a row, athletes from Tabor College are participating in the NAIA Champions of Character program. This program encourages students to serve the common good and provide servant leadership for those in the community. The core values for Champions of Character are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

This is the first year that the entire athletic department has participated in a reading program for local schools. Each athletic team at Tabor sends 8-10 athletes to read for students at Marion Elementary School on Tuesdays and at Hillsboro Elementary School on Thursdays. The program began on Sept. 17 and runs through November 19.

Karol Hunt, associate athletic director and coordinator for this program, encourages students to participate for various reasons.

“Outreach is an important component of Champions of Character,” Hunt said. “It’s a focus on campus, but we want to have an impact in the community as well. With Tabor being in a rural community, we wanted to develop a Champions of Character program to highlight the resources available to us –that led to forming a reading program for Hillsboro and Marion Elementary schools.”

The athletes read books that the NAIA has identified, but some schools also supplement with other quality character building selections.

Evan Yoder, principal at Hillsboro Elementary School said, “The Champions of Character reading program has been tremendously popular at HES. Our students clamber for the opportunity to sit with their Tabor College athletic heroes and listen to them read during our lunch time. This is a wonderful program!”

Justin Wasmuth, principal of Marion Elementary School, agrees with Yoder.

“Our students love having someone that engages them in an activity, like the lunch reading program,” Wasmuth said. “It does help that they are athletes, but it gives them another role model to look up to and be excited to connect with them.”

The athletes appreciate being able interact with students and show them how important reading is to their education.

“Getting the opportunity to read to elementary students is a great way to give back to the community,” Lauren Massey, Tabor senior softball player, said. “Spending time with children around the area was so much fun for both us and them.”

Tabor has been a Five Star Champion of Character Institution for five consecutive years.

The athletes will continue this program next semester beginning in February.

Carson Center for Global Education to host talk on Ukraine crisis

October 20, 2014

Categories: General News

The Carson Center for Global Education is hosting a discussion regarding the conflict between Ukraine and Russia at 7 p.m., Monday, October 27 in the Tabor College Chapel, located in the H.W. Lohrenz building.

The talk is entitled, “The Crisis in Ukraine: Local Conflict with Global Repercussions” and will be given by Lidiya Zubytska.

Zubytska is originally from Lviv, Ukraine and is currently pursuing her doctorate in political science at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Her research interests focus on political processes in eastern and central Europe.

Zubytska earned a master’s degree in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame. She also taught at the Ukrainian Catholic University and worked on administrative reform of the Ukrainian government with the French Ministry of Interior. Before coming to Kansas, she served as a program specialist on Ukraine at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC.

Director of the Carson Center, David Faber, said that it is important for all of us to discuss and understand the crisis in Ukraine.

“The mission of the Carson Center is to provide opportunities that increase student and community awareness of important global issues,” Faber said. “Many of us hear about the tension between Ukraine and Russia, but we are not sure why it matters to us. I am pleased that we have the chance to think about the implications of the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Furthermore, since many people in this area trace their ancestry to this region, this topic is of special interest to our community.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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