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  • Learning the Bible in life-giving ways: History, hooks, and Heilsgeschichte - Hesston College
    Bethel Performing Arts Consumer Information Accreditation Governance Employment Bookstore Employee Directory Home Today Posts Learning the Bible in life giving ways History hooks and Heilsgeschichte Learning the Bible in life giving ways History hooks and Heilsgeschichte Posted on July 20 2009 by Jennifer Kaberline For more than 20 years Hesston College s famous Bib Lit course has been grounding students in a knowledge of the Bible story This unique course is the only class required of every student at Hesston it is Hesston s trademark In walking through the whole Bible story it seeks to answer the question How has God worked in history to solve the sin problem and bring everything under the Lordship of Jesus Christ In this centennial year at Hesston College you can experience a weekend version of Bib Lit for yourself Join us at the 2009 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Conference as we encounter the greatest story ever told and see ourselves in that story AVDS 09 speakers Hesston faculty members Marion Bontrager creator of Introduction to Biblical Literature in 1986 and Michele Hershberger are joined by Ted Swartz of Ted Company TheaterWorks co developer of plays such as Armadillo Shorts Fish Eyes Creation Chronicles DoveTale and the recent What Would Lloyd Do Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue Looking back looking forward President s perspective The Big Trio and the Founders Quartet Paul Friesen sculpts a work to mark a century Timely stitches of master quilters produce Centennial quilt 156 graduates celebrate Commencement Weekend 2009 My true potential Aviation offers new air traffic control program Nursing department planning a service learning course September finishing touches Heritage auction will commemorate past and contribute to future Take the Centennial home Europe tour 2010 Learning the Bible in life giving ways History hooks and Heilsgeschichte Hesston

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  • Hesston town and gown - Hesston College
    for the past 30 plus years I ve come to appreciate profoundly some qualities that I find to be woven into the fabric of this community These qualities can be found most anywhere But the blending and the strength of these elements I believe marks the Hesston community in a distinct manner A partial listing of those qualities would include a powerful commitment to quality education at all levels a keen appreciation for beauty whether it is found in the Kansas prairie in people s lawns and gardens in music or in the visual arts a heightened sense of civility that enables us in a growingly diverse community to work through the bumps and turns of civic life while maintaining respect and appreciation for one another a progressive sense of optimism and a can do spirit that has unleashed awesome entrepreneurial energy Could these qualities be found at least to some degree among people living in Hesston prior to 1909 Likely so Absent Hesston College these past one 100 years could these qualities be found among our residents in 2009 Certainly Nevertheless I m convinced that the presence of Hesston College has helped to shape strengthen and nurture these qualities in ways not easily measured Hesston College brought highly educated faculty and staff from a wide variety of places and backgrounds The students too came from far flung places to this small Kansas town Students encountered a curriculum immersed in the values of Anabaptist teaching community service and discipleship The Hesston College experience also came to emphasize learning the practical skills of making a meaningful living in order to live a meaningful life in this world The steady infusion of faculty and students helped to create a culture not found in most other small towns Faculty and students engaged one

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  • The editor’s desk—Farewell, Phil - Hesston College
    what I knew was right helping me find words to communicate hard sometimes painful information if it needed to be said He modeled honesty and integrity We walked together through times that challenged each of us in different ways In his journey he showed me how to be vulnerable how to accept assistance gracefully and to keep putting forth as much effort as he could Phil s diminished lung capacity made the walk from the parking lot to Alliman Center a marathon But he fought on coming to the office as recently as two weeks before his death He planned this Centennial issue of Hesston College Today and had much of it in place He also prepared a communication plan for the coming Centennial stories and news to release events to advertise deadlines He was an excellent example of one who believed in and was guided by the power of prayer He didn t let a staff meeting pass without asking Nancy our designer on staff and me to share our burdens and pray for each other and I know that his prayers on my behalf didn t end when the meeting ended Phil found joy in friends and family a well turned phrase or a pun his ever growing sports card collection He was the voice of the Larks when HC started web casting home basketball games and he led the effort to transform this magazine to the beautiful publication you hold today I missed my opportunity to tell Phil how wonderful a supervisor he was to thank him for his support and kindness his generosity Now I just miss him as Hesston College misses him in many many ways Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue Looking back looking forward President s perspective The Big Trio and the

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  • Solid rock and shifting sands - President's perspective - Hesston College
    planter a pilot a marketing professional a nurse a teacher a pastor a research scientist and a carpenter We are making a difference in the world People do start here and go everywhere But the ground is shifting beneath our feet We serve a more diverse group of students than ever before Mennonite Church USA is changing with less loyalty to church structures The nature of higher education is changing with mobility of careers and technology that allows on demand delivery of content And much of this is good We are being called on to gain efficiencies to be more accountable and to track our results The strength of our community is no longer a function of bloodlines and geography but of ideals and commitments Our future will depend on our imagination and on our determination to continue to serve the church and the world I am drawn to Psalm 90 Lord you have been our dwelling place in all generations Before the mountains were brought forth Or ever you had formed the earth and the world From everlasting to everlasting you are God You turn us back to dust and say Turn back you mortals For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past or like a watch in the night We are on earth and part of human institutions for a short span of time We cannot pretend to understand the present without being grounded in the past We inherit what has gone before and we leave our own legacy for those who follow We live in the in between We cannot change what has gone before and those who come after will make their own choices But we do have now We have a sacred trust to be good stewards of the

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  • Homecoming 2009—a Living the Vision centennial gathering - Hesston College
    and at Sunday s worship service Friesen Hesston alumnus and emeritus faculty member was commissioned by the college to create a work of sculpture celebrating the Centennial year He chose to work with a red cedar log because red cedar trees were some of the first trees to be planted on the campus Of the cloister theme Friesen said Each of us should yearn for a cell where in silence we can hear God s call to a life of service where we can begin to contemplate the richness of a servant life in the economy of God The cloister of Hesston College has sent countless students out to serve in needy places around the world In the silence of the cloistered cell students are still given strength to move mountains and when they do so the cedars clap their hands Former Interim President Peter Wiebe also a former pastor of Hesston Mennonite Church offered a meditation on the theme Back to the Future Century II during the Centennial Homecoming Worship Service Rather than asking of others what this piece says ask what it is calling forth from within you Friesen said Enter the silence of your cell within your cloister and breathe deeply the inspiring wind of truth which will encourage you to spread your wings to soar with the wind of truth that sets you free It is my wish my hope that each viewer when interacting with the prairie cloister will be challenged to seek the experience of the attributes of truth joy and freedom to flow with the prairie s tall bluestem grass as it dances freely to the rhythm and spirit of the great wind and join the free and frolicking tumbleweed as it shares its joy and presence with all inhabiting life on God s vast prairie the world Sisters Lana Yoder Dale and Luann Yoder Southern both members of the Hesston College class of 1981 shared the dais at the Alumni and Friends Banquet Friesen received a standing ovation after his remarks and President Howard Keim commented When I stand with you or one of your pieces of art I feel I am standing on holy ground Lana Yoder Dale and Luanne Yoder Southern sisters who graduated from Hesston in 1981 returned to Hesston to share as keynote speakers atthe Saturday evening alumni banquet We re not here to see through each other we re here to see each other through Dale said summarizing their college memories and how Hesston s emphasis on service to the church and the world has impacted their lives and careers Following the banquet the Centennial Music Gala took center stage featuring alumni from across generations current college music groups and individuals and the Centennial Choir We assembled some of the best and brightest of Hesston students and alumni for a special evening said Dallas Stutzman Hesston s vice president of Alumni and Church Relations We had barbershop harmony opera bluegrass chorales Ethiopian and Celtic dance and everything

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  • Forum explores Hesston College history, connection to Mennonite Church - Hesston College
    plays moderated the discussion Joe Miller pastor of Mellinger Mennonite Church Lancaster Pa and the author of Beyond the Mystic Border a centennial history of the Whitestone Mennonite Church in Hesston spoke first He said one can find an institution s DNA in its origins Hesston College came into being when Kansas Mennonites were very much in danger of losing their original Anabaptist theology and practice to the radical holiness movement Hesston s faculty can be credited with reintroducing the Anabaptist Mennonite perspective and preparing Mennonites to face the challenges that World War I had on their faith H D Swartzendruber Ac46 49 of Harrisonburg Va asks a question at the history forum John Sharp author of Hesston College s Centennial history book and a history instructor at the college spoke on the influence of the Mennonite Church on the college during the administrations of Presidents Milo Kauffman Roy Roth and Tilman Smith He reported that the Mennonite Board of Education ordered Kauffman to appear at the Elkhart Ind office to inform him he was appointed president of Hesston College Kauffman accepted the church s calling and led the college through the Depression and World War II during which time he encouraged the church to pay for the Civilian Public Service alternative service program Sharp noted that the MBE micromanaged the college during Roth s years as president as it tried to turn back the tide of acculturation Smith a public school administrator before coming to Hesston saw enrollment grow as he determined not to major in minors Jim Mininger director of special projects for Claremont School of Theology in California and a former president of Lithuania Christian University and dean and interim president at Hesston College talked about the college during the administrations of Laban Peachey Kirk Alliman and

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  • Centennial Homecoming photo spread - Hesston College
    before homecoming and baked more than 900 cinnamon rolls The rolls were available for purchase at the heritage auction and served for breakfast Sunday morning below right Cast members for the musical Quilters rehearse a scene left to right Megan Leatherman freshman Hesston Kan Kristen Horst sophomore Orrville Ohio Lisa Swartzendruber 97 Yoder Hesston Holly Swartzendruber faculty Hillsboro Kan Ana Loucks sophomore Hesston Kan obscured by Swartzendruber Laura Unruh freshman Newton Kan foreground in pink Amy Brubaker freshman Goessel Kan and DJ Franz 78 Freeman Goessel Kan The Theatre and Music departments presented three performances of Quilters during Centennial Homecoming Weekend Chemistry faculty member Jim Yoder 62 presents a dramatic monologue as T M Erb one of the college s founders and its first business manager from the porch of 300 S Main in Hesston Erb s former home A self guided walking tour along local streets offered alumni and friends an opportunity to learn about the homes of individuals and families that played key roles in the college s history Front Porch Narratives by Yoder and Gerald Brunk of Harrisonburg Va offered additional insight into the college s history and the context in which it was founded in 1909 Hesston College students alumni friends and faculty gather to bless a house framed by students faculty and staff The frame was taken apart in sections and trucked to Picayune Miss where Mennonite Disaster Service MDS volunteers reassembled the pieces and finished the house over the ensuing six weeks The framing project a cooperative effort of MDS and the college s Disaster Management program was completed in the week leading up to Centennial Homecoming Weekend Visit the Disaster Management page at www hesston edu for photos of the project as it progressed A 1909 International tractor owned by Jerry Toews of

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  • College dedicates Freedley Schrock memorial at Centennial Homecoming Weekend - Hesston College
    bronze toolbox that is a replica of the one Schrock s grandson sculptor Tony Hochstetler Ft Collins Colo inherited from his grandfather Hochstetler used his own hand as a model for the bronze hand reaching into the toolbox The toolbox is set on a limestone base Two tiger wood rounded benches made by Gene Swartzendruber Ac50 provide seating on either side of the memorial Landscape artist Pam Gerber of Harper Kan worked with representatives of the Academy class of 1952 and with college and Stone Creek Nursery staff to create the memorial setting Freedley Schrock s oldest son Marvin a member of the Academy class of 1952 provided the incentive for this memorial Before Marvin died in June 2007 he offered a challenge gift to be matched by Hesston alumni for the memorial Members of Marvin s class who met for their 55th reunion in September 2007 decided to act on Marvin s challenge Merrill Raber Ac52 Belle Stoltzfus Ac52 Boyts and Jim Boyts Ac51 coordinated the project which included fundraising and collecting items for a scrapbook Alumni sent in photos of projects they made and in many cases are still using in Freedley s woodworking and pottery classes and wrote notes expressing their appreciation for the teacher who taught them woodworking skills and so much more Michele Miller 74 Sharp assembled the photos and class members notes into a scrapbook that elicited more sharing of memories at the dedication service and the reception that followed it Edwin Schrock Ac56 58 Colorado Springs spoke for his siblings Dorothy Kratz Ac48 50 Elkhart Ind and Eunice Munn Ac60 62 North Webster Ind saying he remembers his dad as a warm and unique person Melvin Schmidt Ac55 57 Hyattsville Md spoke of the profound influence Schrock made on his students with his

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