Tabor College Announces New Academic Scholarship Program

October 13, 2014

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The Tabor College office of enrollment management announces the launch of a new academic scholarship program for incoming students beginning in the fall semester 2015. Rusty Allen, vice-president for enrollment management, made the announcement, following the final enrollment strategic planning session in late September.

“We see this new program as something that will attract quality students, who will attend Tabor and enrich an already excellent academic experience for everyone,” Allen said. “We have talked at length about a variety of strategies to attract more quality students and the financial aid piece is a very important part of the puzzle.”

In addition to the general academic scholarships offered through the Tabor financial aid office, all academic departments on campus will now be able to offer prospective students additional scholarships, according to the student’s area of academic interest. Tabor Colleges has a robust set of 12 academic departments offering more than 30 majors and concentrations. Incoming students can also choose from an extensive list of minors and core curriculum emphases.

Director of admissions, Lee Waldron, commented, “Students are passionate about what they choose to study in college. I am excited we can now offer scholarships to support their academic passions.”

Tabor College offers a full range of institutional scholarships and grants, plus participates in all applicable federal and state financial aid programs.

Speaking to the issue of affordability, Scott Franz, director of student financial assistance, supports this new academic scholarship program for a variety of reasons.

“The financial aid office has not only the responsibility, but a deep desire to make Tabor College an affordable option for prospective students,” Franz said. “We are looking forward to working with each one of our academic departments and the families of prospective students, to find one more option to help offset the costs of a Tabor education.”

Prospective students will be identified through the admissions process and encouraged to apply for one of the newly developed academic scholarships. The application process will include: completing the application form and interviewing with a professor from the applicable department on campus.

Students who are interested in knowing more about academic scholarships are encouraged to contact the Tabor admissions office and speak with an admissions counselor at (620) 947-3121 ext.1726 or via email at

An exhaustive list of financial aid options for Tabor College can be found on the admissions page.

Lifelong Learning session on October 17

October 12, 2014

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The first fall session for Lifelong Learning will be at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, October 17 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on the Tabor College campus in Hillsboro.

Gil and Rhoda Friesen, the 2014 Tabor College Alumni Merit Award Recipients, will discuss their roles as volunteers with Mennonite Disaster Service in a presentation entitled, “A Life of Service.”

The Friesens began serving with MDS in 2006 following hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustavo and Ike. The couple continued their service in Colorado following the massive floods of 2013. They will share their experiences of the many blessings and challenges of volunteer service.

“Following our retirements from ‘paying’ jobs, Gil & I both felt the call to do more in the way of volunteer service, to follow the mandate of scripture that as Christians we are called to help those who are in need for whatever reason,” Rhoda said. ”We also liked the philosophy of Malcolm Forbes, who believed you should ‘spend the first third of your life getting an education, the second third earning a living, providing for families and the last third giving back to society.’”

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $5 per session or $15 per semester, or $29 per couple. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the sessions 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 Accounting Professor Honored by KICA

October 07, 2014

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The Kansas Independent College Association proudly announced the selection of 18 college faculty members to receive the association’s inaugural Faculty of Distinction award. Among those honored is Tabor College assistant professor of accounting, Jesse Schumacher.

“I am humbled that my colleagues and students would even consider me for such an honor,” Schumacher said. “It is a great privilege to be given the opportunity to serve the students at Tabor College.”

Schumacher has been with Tabor since 2005 and taught business administration courses to traditional and nontraditional college students. The undergraduate courses he has taught include: financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, individual income taxation, advanced accounting, management information systems and accounting information systems. Schumacher has also taught several masters level courses for the Tabor College MBA program.

Schumacher earned his master of business administration in July of 2000 and his bachelor of arts in accounting in May of 1996 from Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. He is a licensed certified public accountant in the state of Ohio. He is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Ohio Society of CPAs and Christian Business Faculty Association.

Tabor College president, Jules Glanzer, praised Schumacher for his work in the classroom.

“Jesse deserves this award from the KICA,” Glanzer said. “His commitment to students and his desire that they learn and apply what they learn in practical settings makes his classroom a place of high impact. His international experience, coupled with his business experience, creates a setting where his students are prepared for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and His kingdom.”

All the honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award luncheon on the KICA campus in Topeka, Kan., on October 21, 2014.

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas. Throughout their existence, these colleges, which included the oldest colleges in Kansas, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to each and every student and a commitment to character, values, and learning through every facet of their graduates’ lives. The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, president of the KICA. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning and a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual. Or as one nominee was described: they ‘have the ability to facilitate greatness in our students.’”

Faculty of Distinction honorees are nominated by the chief academic officer of each KICA member institution. This year’s recipients encompass multiple disciplines including: the natural sciences, business, history, theology, auto restoration, music and others. They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, plus adjunct instructors, who are practicing professionals in their chosen field.

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Tabor College ranked in top 100 by Washington Monthly Magazine

October 06, 2014

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For the second year in a row, Tabor College has been ranked 97th by Washington Monthly magazine in their Baccalaureate College Rankings. It is the third year in a row that Tabor was ranked in the top 100.

“Being ranked by Washington Monthly is an honor,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “It is the one ranking that demonstrates that we are fulfilling our mission. For a national magazine to recognize that we are contributing to the public good of society is telling the world that we are accomplishing our mission of preparing people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and his kingdom.”

Washington Monthly is a bi-monthly magazine that showcases government, education, politics and social service. It ranks schools based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs) and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).

Tabor is committed to helping students achieve success in the classroom, in athletics, the arts and in service projects. Tabor has several on campus programs that help students become more involved with each other and surrounding communities.

  • In the academic year 2013-2014, 45% of Tabor students received Pell Grants.
  • In the fall of 2013, 25% of students were minorities, 3% were from countries other than the United States.
  • Tabor provides educational opportunities in Europe, Bolivia, India, Belize, Peru, Asia and the Dominican Republic, broadening students’ worldviews.
  • All incoming freshman complete a service project their first day on campus.
  • Ministry Quest’s influence continues to shape lives. The high school discipleship program is designed to help students discern God’s call and develop their leadership potential.
  • Campus Ministries Council provides ministry and service opportunities for students including: Challenging, Helping and Understanding through MentorShip (CHUMS), a program matching Tabor students with local elementary school students to meet with them mentor and tutor; Wichita Urban Ministry Plunge (WUMP) and Share, Prayer & Dare (SPD), which fills the Historic Church on campus every Wednesday night.

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Tabor College Basketball Player Receives Academic Scholarship

October 06, 2014

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Erin Maxwell, a senior at Tabor College, has been selected to receive a $2,425 UPS Scholarship provided through the Kansas Independent College Fund.

Maxwell is the daughter of Al and Sheila Maxwell of Topeka, Kan., and a 2011 graduate of Shawnee Heights High School. Maxwell transferred to Tabor from Independence Community College and is majoring in graphic design. She is also a member of the Lady Jays basketball team. Upon graduation in May of 2015, Maxwell is planning to pursue a masters degree in architecture.

“I am honored and excited to be recognized with this scholarship,” Maxwell said. “It will only enhance my experience as a student-athlete at Tabor.”

Head women’s basketball coach Shawn Reed added, “I am thrilled to see Erin recognized with this scholarship. She is an extremely hard-worker and has excelled both in the classroom and on the court for our team. She is a person of integrity and strong character and is very deserving of this award and recognition. She embodies the characteristics we hope our student-athletes at Tabor possess.”

Tabor athletic director, Rusty Allen, said, “It is exciting to see Erin’s hard work pay off. As a student and an athlete, she represents the kind of excellence we strive for. She is very deserving of this scholarship.”

The Kansas Independent College Fund awarded a total of $43,650 in UPS Scholarships to 18 high-achieving, low-income students at private colleges and universities across the state of Kansas. The scholarships were made possible by a grant from the UPS Educational Endowment Fund administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, DC.

In Kansas, KICF presented a $2,425 scholarship to a student at each of their 18 individual member institutions. Those colleges and universities are: Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Donnelly College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Manhattan Christian College, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College, Tabor College and the University of Saint Mary.

The 18 UPS Scholars in Kansas have an average GPA of 3.25 and include: three students studying business administration, six students in health-care related fields, like nursing and exercise science, two preparing for careers in K-12 education, one student in biology and three in social sciences and humanities fields. Three students, who received scholarships, are freshman with undeclared majors.

“UPS is pleased to continue that spirit of giving by partnering with CIC to support thousands of students working to become the leaders of tomorrow by obtaining an education from our nation’s independent colleges,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation. “We are proud, too, that the UPS Foundation and UPS employees directed $102 million in philanthropy and in-kind services, including more than 1.8 million hours of volunteer service, to local communities around the world in 2013.”

The UPS Scholarships were funded by the UPS Educational Endowment, which is held and administered by CIC. The Endowment was established in the 1970’s by the UPS Foundation to support programs to benefit underserved populations. Since its inception, the Endowment has generated over $50 million in scholarship support for more than 17,000 students at independent colleges and universities.

“Through this national scholarship program, CIC and UPS are delighted to make it possible for 614 deserving young men and women to attend the private college or university of their choice,” said Richard Ekman, president of CIC. “By directly assisting students with significant financial need, CIC and UPS are helping a new generation of students achieve their dreams of a college education.”

Tabor College Theater Department presents “Our Town”

October 03, 2014

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The Tabor College Theater Department is proud to present “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder for this year’s Homecoming weekend.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, October 15-18 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 19 in the Tabor College Chapel-Auditorium. Prices for all shows are: adults $12, students $8, Tabor students $4. For tickets call (620) 947-3121, ext. 1033.

“Our Town” paints a picture of small-town life – the good, the bad, the humorous and the beautiful.

The original score was composed by Tabor’s own Dr. Brad Vogel, professor of choral music, who also serves as music director for the production. Inherent in the script is the singing of a few old hymns, which provided the inspiration for the compositions.

Director of theater at Tabor, Laurel Koerner, says, “Though it’s set in the early 1900’s, I think many will recognize these characters. What is true of small-town life is also true of the play: there is beauty in its simplicity.”

Central to the plot are two young people, whom we observe as they experience friendship, love and loss. It’s a story that urges us to take notice of the little things and appreciate what we often take for granted.

The cast includes: Cheyenne Derksen, senior, Michael Beye, sophomore, Heather Loewen, sophomore, Ryne Preheim, freshman, Kari Schmidt, freshman, Sam Klein, senior, Andrea Acker, senior, Molly Wiebe, freshman, Reuven Isaac, freshman, Jesse Todd, senior, Olivia Kliewer, junior, Clayton Bauer, freshman, Ben Schmidt, junior, Michael Adamyk, senior, Alisa Ediger, freshman, Ashley Birkey, freshman, Michael Wager, junior, Dawson Waltner, senior, Gracie Funk, freshman, Maryn Robson, freshman, Kyvie Lahman, senior, JoAnn Rich, freshman and Faith Tonne, junior.

Book Signing for Katie Funk Wiebe

October 01, 2014

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At this year’s Tabor College Homecoming, the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies will be hosting a book signing from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. for Katie Funk Wiebe on Saturday, October 18th in Java Jays in the Student Center. Her new book entitled, A Strong Frailty: Aganeta Janzen Block, which CMBS is publishing, discusses how we make it through seemingly unbearable trials.

This story is about Katie’s aunt Neta’s experiences in Siberia in the Stalinist era.

According to CMBS director Peggy Goertzen, “It is a stirring and sobering account of hardship, survival and faith. Using Neta’s own words, Katie has drawn significant insights from her aunt’s letters, which will be an inspiration to us all.”

Katie is professor emeritus from Tabor College, having taught English here for over 20 years. She is a prolific author, storyteller and historian, named one of 20 most influential Mennonites in the 20th century.

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Tabor College enrollment increases for 2014 fall semester

September 22, 2014

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The Tabor College student enrollment, for the 2014 fall semester, has increased overall by four percent, with 766 students enrolled now, compared to 736 in 2013. This includes 594 undergraduate students in Hillsboro and 141 undergraduate students in Wichita, as well as 31 graduate students in Wichita. Of the 594 students in Hillsboro, 21 are Hillsboro High School students. The Hillsboro campus has 231 new students, which ties a record set in the fall of 2011.

Tabor College also has a record number of male students enrolled in undergraduate programs. There are 345 men in Hillsboro, 23 in Wichita and online, for a total of 368.

Tabor’s total full-time equivalency, which is a calculation that converts part-time hours to full-time students, is 675. Undergraduate FTE on the Hillsboro campus is 571 and 83 on the Wichita campus. Graduate FTE is 21.

Tabor College president, Jules Glanzer, attributed the increased enrollment to the collaborative effort by the faculty and staff.

“Our growth is the result of the hard work of many people and the favor of God smiling down on Tabor,” Glanzer said.

Rusty Allen, vice president of enrollment management, echoed Glanzer’s sentiments.

“It is exciting to see our recruiting strategies bear fruit. God continues to bless the hard work of our staff,” Allen said. “We count it a privilege to help bring students to Tabor College because of the decidedly Christian experience we are confident they will find.”

One year ago, Tabor College in Wichita had only 11 students enrolled in graduate programs. This fall, TCW has 31 —for an increased enrollment of 181 percent. This is the highest total of students enrolled in graduate programs at TCW in its 20 year history.

“The increased enrollment numbers are a validation of the hard work done by the faculty members to constantly update our programs in response to the needs of both employers and students,” said Brett Andrews, vice president of Tabor College in Wichita.

Online enrollment, for programs offered via the internet, has helped boost their enrollment numbers too.

“Our online programs have been expanded in response to our student body’s desire for more flexibility in course delivery,” Andrews added. “These new online degree programs offer students just that.”

Glanzer commended the efforts of Andrews and his staff in Wichita. Andrews has only been with Tabor College since December, 2013.

“Dr. Andrews and his team have done a remarkable job in a short amount of time,” Glanzer said. “The increase in graduate students is good to see.”

Miriam Kliewer named Coordinator for Lifelong Learning

August 30, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College is pleased to announce that Miriam (Klassen) Kliewer has been named the new coordinator for its Lifelong Learning program. She replaces Connie Isaac, who retired in May after serving in the position for 20 years.

“Miriam is filling some big shoes,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “I am confident she will bring creativity and energy in offering excellent educational programs for the seniors in our community.”

Miriam grew up in a pastor’s family. From a very young age she learned the value of service to people and for the glory of God. She graduated from Tabor College in 1990 with a degree in business/communications and then went on to receive a degree in elementary education. While at Tabor, Miriam met her husband, Wayne Kliewer, and the two were married in 1989. For several years they resided in Hillsboro where Miriam served in several positions, including an interim position as Tabor Bookstore manager.

In 1993, Miriam and her husband moved to Lakewood, Colo., where the majority of the next 20 years was spent raising their four children, Mariah, Joshua, Caleb and Hannah. She began homeschooling the children from the very beginning while also training to become a certified massage therapist.

In the past eight years, Miriam ran a private massage business, continued homeschooling her children and served as women’s ministry leader at their church in Colorado. All of these experiences strengthened Miriam’s passion to serve, to exercise her creative gifts, to be organized and to plan events of various sizes.

She is certainly prepared and ready for this new journey in her life to serve the seniors who want to continue learning.

“I am so excited to use my God given gifts and talents to serve the mature adults of this community, as well as to serve Tabor College, a place that means so much to me and my family,” Miriam said. “I also want to give my best to carry on this important part of Tabor’s outreach to the community and to bless the people who have faithfully attended and supported this ministry for many years.

“Connie Isaac worked tirelessly to build on past leaders’ work and has created a wonderful outreach to senior adults. I hope to bring new ideas, new energy and love for these people to carry on the Life Long Learning program.”

Rod Hamm named new Director of Alumni Relations at Tabor College

August 29, 2014

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Tabor College is excited to announce that alumnus Rod Hamm has accepted the position as the new director of alumni relations.

“I am very excited to be coming back to Tabor College as the director of alumni relations,” Hamm said. “I look forward to the opportunity of connecting with alumni and friends of the college and sharing with them what is happening on our campus.”

Hamm has a strong passion for the Tabor College constituents and community. He graduated from Tabor in 1983 with a bachelor of arts in health and physical education. He served as an admissions counselor at Tabor from 1989-1995 and was also head women’s basketball coach from 1992-1995. In 1995, Hamm was promoted as a physical education/health instructor and also became the Bluejays head women’s soccer coach and head women’s softball coach.

In 1998, Hamm left Tabor to work for a local printing company, Baker Bros. Printing, where he worked in sales and handled administrative duties. Finally in 2011, Hamm took his experience down the street to become a sales representative for Midway Motors.

Hamm’s outgoing and energetic personality makes him the perfect fit for his new role at Tabor.

“Rod has a passion to serve our alumni and help them connect to each other and the college,” said Jules Glanzer, president of Tabor College. “He knows so many of our alums by name and has followed them in life.”

Hamm will be joining two family members who are already employed at the college. His wife, Brenda, works in the admissions department as campus visit coordinator and their son, Derek, is an assistant professor of graphic design.

The familiarity of the Tabor family will be a huge benefit for him as the new director of alumni relations.

“We welcome Rod to this new role that will include engaging Tabor alumni in efforts to connect them better to each other and to our campuses,” said Ron Braun, vice president for advancement at Tabor College. “Rod’s experience and knowledge of generations of alumni will serve him well in this position.”

Hamm is an active member of the Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, Kiwanis Club and Hillsboro Convention and Visitors Bureau. He has served as a commentator for Tabor College internet broadcasts, Hillsboro High School Booster Club Chair and Hillsboro High School Site Council Chair.

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