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  • LeVan brings variety of experiences to classroom - Hesston College
    and grandfather to Culver Academy a boarding school in Indiana He majored in English literature at College of the Holy Cross a Jesuit school in Worcester Mass The liberal arts college has 2 700 students Hesston is a smaller campus and creates a closer community but in terms of class size and faculty interaction there are similarities he says I think liberal arts education is incredibly important That s one of the reasons I was attracted to this position He earned a master s degree in English at the University of Oklahoma in Norman LeVan taught for 10 years at Westminster School in Oklahoma City There as a civics teacher he began to understand the importance of business so he returned to the University of Oklahoma for a master s degree in business administration He later served as Westminster s business operations officer When he and his wife Karen decided to make a life change they moved with their two children now 10 and seven from Oklahoma to Newton where she grew up In 2008 she began teaching English at Hesston College David taught one year at Hesston High School and then accepted his current position at the college David LeVan watches a three on three basketball tournament planned and run by students in his Entrepreneurship class He teaches Managerial Accounting Exploring Business Business Communication Marketing and Sales Entrepreneurship and two Economics courses LeVan appreciates the opportunity to shape the courses and to work with the same students in multiple classes over multiple semesters One of his goals for the Entrepreneurship class is to create student business projects I have really enjoyed working with the students It s exciting to me to be in an environment where they take a lot of ownership LeVan says As an educator he is

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  • Entrepreneurship class projects - Hesston College
    at what it takes to start and run your own business this semester The class was split into two teams and each one was responsible for conceptualizing developing and running its own business Students created The Cookie Jar an affordable late night snack shop and Hesston Dunkball Tournament a three on three basketball tournament played with eight and a half foot rims Assignments included conducting market research and assessing the overall need and desire for the kinds of businesses they were interested in operating To get the necessary start up capital to open the businesses students made presentations of their business plans to a panel of Hesston College faculty and staff who served the role of prospective investors Sophomores Calvin Graybill Goshen Ind and Chad Newcomer Mt Joy Pa and freshman Jennifer Lecklider Lyons Kan planned and operated The Cookie Jar to offer affordable late night snacks on campus I like the class because it s a completely new experience says freshman and part owner of The Cookie Jar Jennifer Lecklider of Lyons Kan It s a lot of work but it s worth it especially if we want to open our own business someday This class is an insight to what things are really like Once the funds were allocated students actually ran the businesses and got a glimpse of what it s like to make payroll handle customer service implement marketing strategies and adjust spending to stay in the black I ve learned that it s the little things that make the business complete Lecklider says You ve got to work together as a team and make sacrifices for the good of the business Marathana Prothro Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue The business of interaction President s perspective Business Department focuses on market and student needs

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  • A woman with a plan - Hesston College
    Growing up my parents were able to set their own hours and make time for family Sarah said I like the idea of being in charge and using my leadership abilities just like I saw my parents doing Her parents weren t the only ones she watched handling their own businesses Sarah s grandparents Ora and Mary Troyer of Goshen Ind were also an influence on her decision to pursue a life of running a business as a person of faith she says The reports they had heard of Hesston College s ability to translate that kind of practice into the classroom is what gave them peace of mind when they sent their children Eric and Cindy half way across the country to attend college We heard people talking about Hesston and recommending it as a nurturing place Ora says We saw it as a good place to get started on college One generation later all of Cindy and Todd s children have gotten their start at Hesston too To hear Sarah tell the story she never had other options for where she would go to college Both of her parents are Hesston alumni and she fell in love with the campus on visits to see her older brothers when she was in high school Todd sees it a little differently He and Cindy encouraged their children to consider other colleges as options secretly hoping they d choose Hesston After all the family s alumni connection also extends to Bethany Christian High School with all five of them graduating from there as well As a result of the early years Cindy and I spent in Kansas Hesston really became a beautiful home for us Todd says As our children were raised and growing up the love of the community and school just developed naturally in them too It s been very exciting for us to see all our kids go to Hesston Cindy says Kenyon Joel and Sarah all opted to pursue business just like their father It doesn t surprise their parents when they reflect on family dinners where the topic of conversation was business or all the times the kids pitched in and helped out It was important for the Ledermans that their children also grow up learning that it s possible to be Christian businesspeople My education at Hesston let me know that it s possible to run your business as a Christian Todd says If you take the high road and do what s right that s what I believe God calls us to do A lot of that business education came by way of classes with long time Hesston College business professor Bill Mason The practical knowledge and real world perspectives that Mason shares with his students is one of the things that made Todd most excited about having all of his children take business classes from the same instructor who played such a significant role in his own life In addition to the practical

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  • Doug Dirks of Ten Thousands Villages tells Hesston students about Fair Trade, alumna Edna Byler’s legacy - Hesston College
    to improve their livelihood through their work with Ten Thousand Villages they all want to do work that gives them dignity and hope provides opportunities for their children to get an education is sustainable and ultimately leads to a fair world Dirks illustrated how these goals that result from implementing fair trade practices are being achieved by telling the artisans stories and showing photos of fair trade workers in Bangladesh Egypt Peru India Laos Tanzania and Kenya Edna Ruth Byler a native of Hesston and alumna of Hesston Academy led the fair trade movement that has become Ten Thousand Villages In 1946 Byler saw the need for poor women in Puerto Rico to earn income so their daughters could go to school She purchased their needlework and marketed it to friends back in her home community in Pennsylvania Later she traveled across the U S telling the stories of the artisans whose needlework she sold out of the trunk of her car Her individual efforts provided the impetus for what is now one of the largest fair trade organizations in North America Ten Thousand Villages has also been recognized as one of 100 most ethical companies in the world today If Mennonites had saints Saint Edna Byler would be one of them Hesston College social science department chair Dwight Roth said Roth knew Byler when he was a boy growing up in Pennsylvania His visit to the Mennonite Central Committee and Ten Thousand Villages headquarters this past summer prompted him to find a way to honor Byler s memory and bring the story of fair trade to Hesston College during its centennial year celebration Jim and Belle Boyts also Hesston alumni and current residents provided much of the funding for Dirks college and community presentations Jim Boyts says that exposing students to the stories of people such as Byler who just looked at an opportunity and said let s do something about it can stretch their minds and expand their vision Ten Thousand Villages has 75 retail stores in the United States and 50 in Canada Items are also sold at festivals and online In 2007 the volume of fair trade totaled 2 8 billion There is room to grow the market is hardly saturated Dirks said Only about one dollar of every 5 000 is spent on fair trade Fair trade businesses try to establish long term sustainable relationships with producers and artisans They offer cash advances and prompt final payment in contrast with other marketers who pay by credit after the products are in the North American warehouses This effort includes educating artisans so they value their labor and skills and realize that even though they don t pay for grass to make baskets their efforts to collect it should be included in the calculation of prices they receive for products Students majoring in business social sciences communication art and technology will find many ways to use their education and skills in working with fair trade organizations Fair

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  • A Hesston College Homecoming - Hesston College
    Yutzie 97 Blubaugh general surgeon Sumner Regional Medical Center Kan Matt Sears 92 Kauffman president Stewardship Energy LLC Ill Ron Kilmer 85 director of Chief Engineers for Aerospace Electronics Honeywell Inc Ariz Quiet Ncube 83 physicist Radiology University of California Los Angele Brian Nebel 83 director of Engineering Excel Industries Inc Kan Lynn Newcomer former faculty president Plains Environmental Services Kan Jean Polynice 93 president PolyUltra Haiti country development Ron Umble former faculty Math professor Millersville University Pa Gary Yoder 91 Physics professor Eastern Kentucky University Several of the science and math alumni guests will speak at other events throughout the weekend Alumni with high school age children interested in pursuing science and math in college are invited to bring their students along to interact with other successful individuals in their field who got their start at Hesston College All Hesston alumni and friends are invited to the weekend celebration and special class reunions will be for years ending in 0 and 5 In addition to the special science and math symposium A Hesston College Homecoming will include children s activities the Partner Appreciation Breakfast an Alumni and Friends Luncheon Campus Community Worship Service affinity group reunions Hesston College volleyball matches and men s and women s soccer games a coffee house for young alumni the Golden Gables Luncheon for classes celebrating 50 year and greater anniversaries a Tailgate Picnic Dinner and Festival for the entire family an Alumni and Friends Banquet featuring Science and Math alumni the traditional complimentary coffee and cinnamon roll breakfast and more Hesston College works to use resources wisely and provide A Hesston Homecoming 2010 that is environmentally friendly While all alumni are invited to attend this special event class reunion members will be the only group to receive a hard copy brochure and registration

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  • Centennial class graduates - Hesston College
    in community where we meet and touch the souls of those where we live The world needs us to be present our families need us to be present and our culture needs us to be present We are living in a rather exciting time as an interest in Anabaptism is springing up all around the world he continued Anabaptism must stress the importance of Jesus as central in all we do He is the reference point around which we center our lives The inclusive movement must embrace people of all walks of life accent Christian discipleship emphasize peace and justice consistent with the values of Jesus Christ and serve a wounded and broken world We can live in exclusive communities or we can celebrate invite and seek those who would join with us in living out the Anabaptist vision Though we must be informed by the past we cannot allow the past to control the future Brown concluded What is clear and spoken so eloquently by Mahatma Gandhi is that for the sake of our future We must be the change we want to see in the world Travis Duerksen student commencement speaker encouraged graduates to embrace uncertainty The months of April and May start to bring the wonderful questions of relatives and friends Well what are you doing after this Why Where are you going How will you live Can you cook Duerksen said But must we know exactly what will happen tomorrow In a month In the next decade I prefer to trust in the one certainty that truly exists in this world because when you look at it all of the other certain things that we plan on plan around and plan for aren t really certain at all Quoting a phrase Melissa Roth pastor of Mountain Community Mennonite Church Palmer Lake Colo shared with him Duerksen said Just walk through the doors that God opens for you I like it because it keeps that uncertainty that excitement of not knowing exactly how everything will work out just knowing that God is ahead of you and all that is required on your part is that action of stepping through the door and being okay with following for awhile and not always leading knowing everything and planning about how stuff will work out Because in the end it ll all work out In other weekend events the college s Nursing department presented pins to the 45 members of the nursing class of 2010 Saturday morning May 8 Bible faculty member Michele Hershberger returned from a sabbatical at LCC International University in Klaipeda Lithuania to address the class which includes her daughter Erin Hershberger spoke on the theme Sleeping in the Boat based on Mark 4 35 41 Hesston s Pastoral Ministries faculty commissioned five graduates at a Saturday afternoon ceremony Pastor David Greiser of North Baltimore Md Mennonite Church preached on the theme View from the front Greiser shared from his experiences of returning to the pastorate after

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  • Hesston College is part of FAA Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative - Hesston College
    approved colleges and universities nationwide is exciting And to be the only AT CTI school in Kansas is a great responsibility and honor as well We will continue to prepare our students both aviation flight and aviation air traffic control to be competent and professional with an orientation toward service that is rooted in Christian faith The FAA AT CTI program was first established in 1990 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College The program helps recruit candidates for terminal and en route air traffic controller positions Twenty one institutions submitted applications early last year to join AT CTI The applications were evaluated based on the school s organizational foundation and resources organization credibility air traffic basic curriculum and facilities The five schools joining the program are Sacramento Calif City College Florida Institute of Technology College of Aeronautics Melbourne Texas State Technical College Waco Western Michigan University Battle Creek and Hesston Kan College CTI institutions are not given federal funds to teach air traffic control courses however the FAA does provide curriculum and instructor notes on air traffic basics The institutions independently incorporate the material into their aviation programs The AT CTI curriculum provides appropriate education experience and training which meet the basic requirements for the terminal and en route air traffic occupations As a result AT CTI graduates may be permitted to bypass the initial five week air traffic basics training when they report to the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City No jobs are promised to students but from fiscal years 2005 until 2009 more than 3 000 or 41 percent of the air traffic controllers hired graduated from an AT CTI school Hesston College s Aviation department began offering courses in air traffic control in fall 2009 The Hesston program aims to help meet a growing need for Air

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  • Common Threads weaves its way across the country - Hesston College
    Common Threads weaves its way across the country Posted on July 1 2010 by Larry Bartel Tony Brown sings at a Hesston College Common Threads program The Hesston College Alumni Office has taken the program Common Threads Anabaptist and African American Songs and Stories of Suffering and Hope across the United States this semester Common Threads is a program of story and song that features current Hesston College faculty members Tony Brown and John Sharp In the program they give voice to Anabaptist martyrs and enslaved African Americans by singing their hymns and telling their stories It is an exploration of the way Anabaptist religious persecution and African American racial suffering have intersected Both groups have suffered at the hands of legitimate governments and both found hope in the midst of pain and humiliation Thinking about how we can connect with others and finding those common threads can offer promise for humanity John Sharp speaks at a Hesston College Common Threads program Brown said In the end we as a human species are more profoundly alike than different It is the idea of difference that formed the basis for racism persecution and systematic oppression Humanity needs to find value in difference while at the same time exploring the common threads that bind us together Common Threads has been presented in schools and churches in California Pennsylvania Virginia Kansas Arizona Ohio and Indiana Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue The business of interaction President s perspective Business Department focuses on market and student needs Scholarship for sophomores honors faculty member Bill Mason The Bill Mason Business Scholarship LeVan brings variety of experiences to classroom Entrepreneurship class projects A woman with a plan Doug Dirks of Ten Thousands Villages tells Hesston students about Fair Trade alumna Edna Byler s legacy A

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