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  • A generation of success - President’s Perspective - Hesston College
    alumni featured here are examples of how big dreams can be accomplished through hard work and using the gifts and talents often discovered or developed upon starting at Hesston as we seek to educate and nurture each student within Christ centered community Many students change their direction at least once and many gain a great deal of confidence during their time at Hesston As alumni they work in businesses nonprofits churches education and healthcare organizations They are artists engineers teachers nurses and entrepreneurs They are working to make the world a better place Student success at Hesston is no accident We have worked to improve our individual courses the level of student engagement and overall student satisfaction According to data gathered through our work we are an exceptional teaching college Some of our scores on the Community College Survey of Student Engagement are the highest in the nation Our overall student satisfaction is 20 percentage points higher than the average of private four year colleges This spring 93 1 percent of the students eligible to return for the spring semester chose to do so This is the highest retention percentage for Hesston in many years and well above community colleges We have worked hard and we are proud of the results But success is beyond the numbers We care about the student as a person As we live with our theme verse from John 14 abide in me abide in my love we seek to bring the presence of Jesus to every interaction Success may be the President s Scholar who becomes an engineer But it is also the academically challenged student who works hard to earn a degree and gains the confidence to enter a vocation Thank you for investing part of your life in this place and supporting

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  • Creating solutions - Hesston College
    the traditional model is not economically viable TelePharm s remote capabilities allow pharmacies to operate without a pharmacist on site and share pharmacist payroll costs between stores This model empowers businesses to operate at lower costs while continuing to provide professional services There was no business model for small town pharmacies said Miller I recognized the market and product opportunities and just went for it I built the first application myself and realized this was something that was going to work At the time Miller was working for Pearson an international media company in Iowa City but when he realized his product s potential he quit his job to focus on his new venture The idea not only took off it exploded In 2014 Iowa entrepreneurship icon John Pappajohn and state Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter invested a total of 2 5 million in TelePharm The company has also received several state grants and was recognized by Iowa governor Terry Branstad for its innovative answer to the problems facing rural pharmacies and clinics The investors confidence in his company has allowed Miller to expand to a staff of 16 employees covering several states Miller himself works with product direction and larger sales as well as janitor and anything else lacking resources he joked Within the next year Miller hopes to develop two or three products focusing on workflow and expand his reach to 15 to 20 states A patent is pending for the TelePharm service model His innovation and success has also earned him several awards and recognitions including Corridor Business Journal s 2013 Forty Under 40 award for which he is among the youngest honorees in the history of the award Miller s successes are a tribute to the hard work and dedication he pours into work an attitude influenced by a mentor nearly ten years ago as an exploring college student Miller stumbled into the business world at Hesston College When he graduated from Iowa Mennonite School Kalona and arrived at Hesston he was like many young college students uncertain about his career He thought he might pursue a major in the medical field After taking a business class and getting to know longtime Hesston faculty member Bill Mason Miller s path turned to new pursuits Mason and Miller met one semester for an independent study where they read and discussed business books The importance of continually learning and discovering is a lesson that has stuck with Miller and he continues to read a business book about every two weeks Hesston was a good influence to help me choose my path said Miller I was interested in business but the excitement and experiences Bill shared with me were what committed me to business After Hesston Miller earned a bachelor s degree in entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa Henry B Tippie College of Business Iowa City and a certificate in advanced product management from Stanford Calif University Miller s entrepreneurial success has led him to take an

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  • A lesson in persistance - Hesston College
    to BSN online program graduating in February 2014 In the meantime she switched jobs and moved to internal medicine at the University Hospital In September 2014 she began an online leadership in management master s program through Walden University Minneapolis Minn The next month she landed her current role where her responsibilities include managing about 120 nurses and dealing in staffing scheduling orientation budgeting leadership rounding and day to day unit activities I wasn t expecting to be in this position this early on but the reason I am goes back to Hesston it was a great foundation for me and gave me a confidence boost said Yoder Yoder is proud of the work she has done to reach such a prominent role at such a young age but says none of it has been without its challenges Her first semester at Hesston was a struggle as she tried to adjust to the demanding course work and standards It was a snowball effect Yoder said I was overwhelmed with classes and started second guessing everything I planned to quit the program at the end of the semester and go to business school Intervention from her instructors changed everything I give a lot of credit to my instructors for helping me make it this far Yoder said When they heard I wanted to quit Becky Bartell sat down with me and made a list of all possible routes I could go in the nursing field Bonnie Kauffman Ac65 67 Sowers also let me know that she thought I had great potential as a nurse Having that kind of encouragement feedback and mentorship was what saved me As she stepped into her new leadership role the confidence she gained at Hesston helped Yoder navigate the sometimes rocky waters My transition into the

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  • Navigating the business world - Hesston College
    life by Hesston College faculty and staff who cared and were willing to help in whatever ways he needed He notes relationships with college employees especially with inspiring faculty like Hugo Boschmann and Bruce Bradshaw his work study supervisors Sue Stuckey in Food Service and Naomi Unruh in Campus Facilities and his mod parents Clark 82 and Deb Swartzendruber 83 Roth as influential in his early college career Admittedly rural Kansas was not Mbawuike s ideal choice of a new place to start He was more drawn to big cities but family ties and recommendations to Hesston gave him a start here After a whirlwind year and a half Mbawuike traveled down the road to Bethel College North Newton Kan where he earned a B A in business He then continued a little further south securing a master s degree in public administration with an emphasis in public finance from Wichita State University Before securing his M P A Mbawuike landed a job working in the finance office for the City of Bel Aire Kan A short time later he was offered a job selling cars with Eddy s Toyota of Wichita and later with Mel Hambelton where he acheived Level 3 the highest possible level in Ford Motor Company s 2012 Employee Excellence Program placing him among the nation s best in sales and customer satisfaction Within five years Mbawuike s career has spanned two very different segments of the business world from government to sales Fortunately Mbawuike was able to navigate the cultural landscape of doing business in the U S while working toward his degrees and he says he s grateful for the varied experience Working as a car salesman is a lot of fun for me Mbawuike said The hours are flexible and it s a

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  • Student profile - J'liyah Tillman ’15 - Hesston College
    needed and sincerely care when students are struggling Growth My time as a First year Experience FYE Scholar this year has helped me become a better public speaker and learn things about myself that I would not have otherwise known I am a very reserved person Other than my speech class and leading team devotions before basketball games I hadn t had many opportunities to speak in front of people Since being at Hesston and an FYE Scholar I have found myself feeling a lot more comfortable talking to people It s pushed me beyond speaking only to small safe audiences At the beginning of the year I did a welcome speech We Are for the entire incoming freshman class I also had the opportunity to introduce Blaine Harden author of this year s common read Escape from Camp 14 when he spoke on campus The student becomes the teacher On public speaking Take it slow Look at a spot instead of at a particular person I ve found it s easier and less nerve racking to speak in front of people when others go before me Now after receiving compliments on my speaking I ve gradually become more comfortable with it Planning the future I am interested in being an art therapist I took Deb Swartzendruber 83 Roth s Career Development class and it showed me that I am drawn to art I ve always liked drawing but now I realize I can make a career in it The StrengthsQuest test indicated that empathy is also one of my strengths Art therapy is the perfect way to combine empathy and art What her instructors say As an FYE Scholar J liyah has really pushed herself to speak in front of large groups and lead campus wide events With every

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  • Alumna profile - Makenzie Jones ’11, Ogden, Utah - Hesston College
    development regulatory purchasing quality systems and outside suppliers and vendors I work with cost savings and product process improvement projects I felt a very personal connection to many of the faculty and staff with whom I interacted Physics class with Nelson Kilmer was my first exposure working with solar energy technology which has always been an interest of mine Biblical Literature and Peacemaking and Justice courses with Marion Bontrager 57 taught me so much about myself my personal beliefs and the beliefs of others Climbing the ladder After Hesston I continued my education at New York Institute of Technology NYIT where I earned my bachelor s degree in mechanical engineering I was fully prepared for my experience at NYIT Nearly all my credits transferred and I had equivalent or better preparation for my upper level classes when compared to students who started at NYIT or transferred from other schools As a member of the softball team as well as a resident assistant Hesston offered me the opportunity to work with many diverse personalities backgrounds and experiences I use those experiences on a daily basis as I work with people from different departments within my plant and those around the country and the world Reaching new heights The Hesston Experience means a lot of things to me It was meeting people from around the country and world It was learning how to live in the dorms and share a community It was learning to stay up until all hours of the night sometimes to foster a social life and other times for homework My Hesston Experience was professors who knew me by name served me Thanksgiving dinner and came to watch my softball games It was an experience that shaped my life and future Right now I am gaining valuable experience

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  • Personal tragedies no match for the drive to succeed - Hesston College
    mother was required to stay at work at a veteran s home so Thompson stayed too Everyone was saying A hurricane is coming a hurricane is coming said Thompson But no one took it seriously The water had risen to Thompson s neck by the time decisions had to be made The veteran s home staff evacuated residents who were well enough while others in poor health were left behind Once they escaped a rescue team arrived bearing crushing news The guys who came to save us told us that five minutes later we would have been dead said Thompson Thompson and her mother lost everything The three days following Katrina they slept outside until they were moved to Louisiana State University s Baton Rouge gymnasium where beds covered the hardwood After things settled Thompson went to live with her grandpa for a while and her family bought a new house in Laplace La Thompson was shooting hoops in the sunshine again and everything seemed normal This illusion of stability would soon vanish In 2012 Thompson and her family were struck again with disaster when their house was lost to Hurricane Isaac Isaac also demolished Thompson s school Basketball became her means for coping I ve really loved playing basketball since I was small said Thompson All my brothers played my dad played When the hurricane hit it was motivation and determination to do something with my life The hardships of the hurricanes were not Thompson s only motivation for working hard A lot of people in New Orleans don t make it out said Thompson Then the summer of my senior year my dad left my life so that was extra motivation to be successful I want to set examples for my younger family members and show them it s possible to finish school that you don t have to turn to the streets to get money So why travel 871 miles to Hesston College I picked Hesston because I knew it would keep me out of trouble and help me stay focused said Thompson The people are really nice here Plus basketball is a nice opportunity for me to further my education meet new people and expand my view of the world since Hesston College is so diverse Hesston s nursing program was an added bonus to playing basketball Losing three grandparents to cancer within three months in 2009 inspired Thompson to pursue healthcare as a career I decided to go into healthcare because I like helping people said Thompson No stranger to perservering through challenges Thompson is doing well as a student athlete It s hard going from a big city to this small place said Thompson My friends at Hesston are very supportive and community people I don t even know I feel like they support me too Jermani is so different and vibrant that people just gravitate towards her said teammate Taelor Drew 15 Wiley Texas She has a lot of self esteem She won

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  • Why I am a Hesston College Partner - Hesston College
    I am a Hesston College Partner Posted on April 30 2015 by Larry Bartel Shortly after starting my position as a Hesston College admissions counselor I was approached by a development officer to talk to about joining the Partner Program I was hesitant at first and told them that I d need some time to think about it before committing to anything As a 20 something who is still paying on my student loans from my time as a student at Hesston my first thought was Am I not already giving enough to HC However I soon caught on to the selfless giving that is a part of the work culture here Faculty and staff generously give their time attention energy even numerous nights and weekends to the students When I learned that 42 percent of faculty and staff give financially to the college on top of everything else that they give I wanted to be a part of that impressive statistic As I have continued my work in Admissions I have been able to see firsthand how donor dollars are at work Without money from the college many of our students would not be able to attend Hesston College My time as a student at Hesston laid a strong foundation for who I am today and most of my closest relationships stem from those wonderful years I want the Hesston Experience to be accessible to all students and I am humbled that my monthly contribution can help make that possible Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue A generation of success President s Perspective Creating solutions A lesson in persistance Navigating the business world Student profile J liyah Tillman 15 Alumna profile Makenzie Jones 11 Ogden Utah Personal tragedies no match for the drive to succeed Why I am

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