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  • More than places to eat and sleep - President's perspective - Hesston College
    remember pranks and those stories get embellished and stretched as they are retold over the years But beyond the fun the residence hall experience is usually one of the most formative of their lives At Hesston College students learn to live in a close community Their roommates and mod mates may be from other states countries and cultures They test their ideas in late night conversations They talk with their peers about important life decisions They learn to lead as resident assistants ministry assistants and student ambassadors In our most recent alumni survey alumni ranked our academic programs and student support systems very high However an even greater margin of difference between Hesston College and our comparison group is the quality of our Student Life programs This is why the Erb Hall central and west renovation project is so important We must provide a comfortable up to date and energy efficient living environment for our students Residence halls are more than places to eat and sleep They are the places where students meet lifelong friends make important decisions and develop leadership skills Kauffman Court and Erb east have been remodeled in the last 10 years but Erb central and west have original plumbing heating and air conditioning systems and furnishings Elsewhere in this issue you will find an opportunity to contribute to this project and I hope you are able to do so I close this column with a tribute to Elam Peachey a dedicated servant of Christ and advocate of Hesston College He left this life far too soon for us and we will miss his diligence gentleness curiosity and optimism I will always be grateful for our friendship and his service to Hesston College Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue More than places to eat and sleep

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  • Making the old “new” new again - Hesston College
    Newton Kan relax in an old Erb dorm room Photo by Clayton Bontrager After 42 years Erb central and west is showing its age Rusted pipes and worn furniture have left the building in need of a facelift The windows roof and bathrooms have all been updated in previous phases of improvement The dorm rooms and lounges are scheduled to be renovated beginning in May after graduation and finished by the time students return in August Students love Erb central and west for the benefits of community lounge space and not having to walk outside to meals when it s cold but they are ready for an update said Brent Brockmueller 01 who is in his sixth year as Resident Director The paint carpet and furniture are worn and dingy At first glance it s not the most welcoming space An enrollment boom in the mid 1960s led to a need for more student housing Even after completing Kauffman Court in 1967 which added rooms for 160 men and renovating Erb east to house 100 women the college planned for an addition to Erb Hall that would house 184 women Orpha Zimmerly Dean of Women turned the first shovel of dirt for the new addition at the groundbreaking March 26 1968 The first wave of women moved from Green Gables into the new dorms in January 1969 On March 15 1969 25 more women transitioned from the 25 year old Bungalow to their new living space The building was dedicated May 31 1969 during commencement weekend Now at the 42 year mark the construction and furnishings can boast durability as the infrastructure and furniture remain mostly in the original form having withstood the depreciation of time and thousands of students Interiors and corroding pipes however reveal their age Orpha Zimmerly affectionately known as Miss Zim led the groundbreaking for Erb central and west March 26 1968 Archive photo The rooms are really showing the many years of use said Brockmueller There are marks on the wall closet units are coming loose and the dressers and desks look worn The newer furniture in Erb east and Kauffman Court gives space saving options that aren t available with what is in central and west The Erb Hall central and west renovations have been an ongoing process over the last several years Along with updated paint and carpet as needed the building got new windows winter 2006 and a new roof summer 2007 The bathrooms were renovated summer 2010 along with new mattresses The upcoming renovation will include new interiors and furniture replacing rusty pipes and new heating and cooling units Plans include the possibility for lounges connecting central and west wings a large community lounge over the bookstore and an elevator making all four floors accessible to everyone Over and over again I see students in central and west using the common lounge spaces as places to gather and hang out with one another said Brockmueller We need to make what we

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  • Alumni profile – Marissa King ’05 - Hesston College
    a Second Language and took classes at Western Michigan University Kalamazoo I then enrolled at the University of Querétaro central Mexico for six months because of my love for Spanish When I returned to the U S I enrolled at Eastern Mennonite University where I earned my degree in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language in 2008 while working at Rosetta Stone as an assistant producer While in Guatemala I came to believe that education is the means for change so I applied for Teach for America which works in under resourced schools The program helped me get certified to teach I am in my third year of teaching first grade in Phoenix in a neighborhood where 97 percent of the population are not native English speakers What are your biggest career accomplishments The idea that all children deserve an excellent education is what fuels my work It makes a difference when students have a teacher who cares and is dedicated to academic success My greatest accomplishment is watching my students leave my classroom with the skills to fulfill their potential Which Hesston College instructors had an influence on you Lois Misegadis and Maria Day challenged me to be excellent in their classrooms rather than status quo What do you think about Hesston s number two ranking I was quite surprised to hear that Hesston was named the number 2 two year college in the country until I looked at the evaluation standards I was not surprised by the high student engagement score because of the quality professors who care and work to meet students individual needs My classes at Hesston were interactive engaging and rigorous How did Hesston College help determine the path your life and career would take So much of what I did at Hesston

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  • Student profile – Lyn Ungang ’12 - Hesston College
    had worked with a Mennonite community in Canada and he was a supporter of my decision to go to a Mennonite school What activities were you involved with in high school I was a three sport athlete in high school I played basketball soccer and ran track I was also involved with DECA Distributive Education Clubs of America a student business organization and was the state secretary my senior year How did you decide on your major I had a job shadowing experience and internship at an orthopedic institute during high school that started my interest in athletic training My ultimate goal is to be a physical therapist My experience with athletic training at Hesston has been positive I spent about an hour each day during the fall semester in the training room with the athletic trainer Clay Stauffer 99 where I learned to tape ankles and do other basic tasks I also helped Clay during basketball games This semester I am taking his Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries class What have been some highlights from your Hesston College experience so far I really enjoyed General Psychology class with Dan Harrison last semester I find myself analyzing my friends from time to time Making friends and spending time with them has also been a lot of fun I hang out in second floor Erb central mods often because that is where some of my friends live We have a lot of fun and a lot of laughs together What do you think about Hesston s number two ranking At first I was surprised to hear that Hesston was ranked number two But after a semester on campus I was able to see that it made sense and I realized I picked a good college Everybody here cares about you

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  • When I was a student… - Hesston College
    where we moved all the mod furniture into the RA s room and her furniture into the mod lounge Dawn Schertz 89 Meyer My friends and I wanted to go camping one night but it was too cold so we proceeded to move every potted plant and tree on campus to the first floor of Erb Half the fun was distracting the RDs and quietly stealing the plants directly behind them We built a tent in the jungle complete with as many ornamental yard animals as we could find an electric fireplace campfire and a huge Girl Scout Cookie banner we found All of the borrowed items were later returned of course Getting caught a couple of times while returning them was worth the confused looks we got from some Tyson Teeter 94 We used to do aerobic exercises on second floor of Erb central We would wear bright colors and meet in the center lounge area once or twice a week for music and quality time with friends Even with the intensive cardio workout we still gained the Freshman 15 Melody Short 85 Short Miller I love my mod We are a very close group of girls and have a lot of fun Living in the dorms has taught me how to respect someone else s space and privacy My roommate and I have connected so well and we really have something special I hope that we are able to keep our friendship alive wherever we go after Hesston The best prank pulled on us was when some boys put rotten eggs in our ceiling It smelled awful We attempted to get them back by putting the eggs in their mod but by then you could pin point where the eggs were just by the smell Kaedi LeFevre 12 What I love most about living in the dorms is always having people around I don t have any siblings to hang out with at home so having a roommate and always having people around me at school has been awesome Living in the dorms has made me a more social person and always up for anything The best prank that I pulled was moving my roommate s car onto the soccer practice field while she was gone My friends and I used car paint to write 1 KU fan and I love KU on her car she s a K State fan Then we moved two soccer goals around her car and locked them together with bike locks Lauren Weaver 12 At 3 a m Oct 4 1975 Mary Lou Schmidt 77 Bonham and I used bed sheets to dress as ghosts We then crept around Erb Hall quietly shaking girls awake Just as they would wake up we would slip out the door The next morning some people were shaken up by the experience and some were furious We confessed to being the ghosts later that day That evening as I was showering the curtain was pulled back

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  • Thanks for sending your very best - Hesston College
    staff Hochstetler Strang Neb Kerri Hostetler Lynn 80 and Janice Leichty 80 Hostetler Kalona Iowa Caleb Kandel Jerry 89 former staff and Denise Kandel Kouts Ind Katelyn Kaufman Peter 77 and Janel Beyeler 78 Kaufman Fonda Iowa Melissa Keiry Margo Wittrig 82 and Dave Keiry Central Point Ore Jonathan King Nick 72 and Ronda King Hillsboro Kan Jordan King Glen 78 former faculty and Judy King Dalton Ohio Megan Leatherman Dean 80 and Sondra Wedel 80 faculty Leatherman Hesston Kan Sarah Lederman Todd 81 and Cindy Troyer 82 Lederman Middlebury Ind Kaedi LeFevre Dennis 83 and Jen Friesen 84 faculty LeFevre Hesston Kan Rudy Litwiller Russell 72 and Sherry Litwiller Minier Ill Allison Martin Calvin 78 and Karalee White 76 Martin Crawfordsville Iowa Courtney Mast Delvin 78 former staff and Anita Nyce 80 Mast Weatherford Okla Karena Mast Ron 77 and Waneta Auker 77 Mast Mifflintown Pa Saralyn Mast David 81 and Karen Stoltzfus 82 Mast Ephrata Pa Andrea McChesney Neil McChesney 02 Hesston Kan Jaime Metzker Jim 77 and Sheri Loganbill 77 Miller Lebanon Ore Andy Miller Craig 84 and Jenelle Weaver 85 Miller Marion S D Katie Miller Loren 80 and Sharon Miller Rio Rancho N M Brandi Moore Connie Rogers 85 Janzen Wichita Kan Leah Mueller Chuck 78 and Ruth former faculty Mueller Halstead Kan Joel Murray John 81 and Krista Miller 82 staff Murray Hesston Kan Sheralynn Neff Kathleen Bitikofer 76 and Dana Neff North Newton Kan John Oyer Gary 81 faculty and Louisa Oyer Hesston Kan Shawnti Peachey Ed 76 and Gwen Heyerly 76 Peachey Corvallis Ore Jordan Penner Lee 83 and Debra Penner Newton Kan Leah and Krista Rittenhouse Jane Birky 78 and Don 78 Rittenhouse deceased Mount Pleasant Pa Alex Roth Clark 82 former staff and Deb Swartzendruber 83 faculty Roth Hesston Kan Solomon Rudy Carolyn Peachey 79 and Jon Rudy Manheim Pa Kelsey Schrock Dawn Schlabaugh 80 and Ezra Schrock Wellman Iowa Mallory Schroeder Janice Miller 77 staff and Jim Schroeder Newton Kan Becca Short Deb Grieser 79 and Randy Short Archbold Ohio Mara Short Miller Eric 85 and Melody Short 85 Short Miller Bellingham Wash Josiah Simpson Teresa Kaufman 80 and Ross Simpson Lytton Iowa London Smith Jeff 87 and Kathy Reber 87 Smith Archbold Ohio Ryan Sprunger Jedd 80 and Nanette Sprunger Dalton Ohio Danielle Stauffer Lora Leichty 76 and Gene Stauffer Burlington Iowa Megan Stauffer Vince 86 and Sandra Stauffer Milford Neb Kate Steury Doug 77 and LuAnn Steider 77 Steury New Paris Ind Rachel Stoltzfus Arthur 78 and Regina Shands Stoltzfus Elkhart Ind Kara Stutzman Dallas 76 staff and Jan Unruh 72 former staff Stutzman Hesston Kan Jason Stubby Rick Stubby 93 Newton Kan John Swartley Teresa Shumaker 84 and John Swartley Elkhart Ind Stephanie Swartzendruber Marge Kempf 80 former staff and Will Swartzendruber Shickley Neb Cassie Sweetser Debra Fisher 83 and Richard Sweetser Goshen Ind Isaac Tice Enos 80 and Carolyn Tice Salisbury Pa Colby Troyer Kevin 79 and Sharon Troyer Waterford Pa Laura Unruh John 81

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/1115/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Excel Industries’ gift to Erb Hall rooted in father’s philosophy of business, giving - Hesston College
    percent of the church s members were attending Hesston Academy or Hesston College So Roy 61 figured he and Bess could solve the problem of the kids commuting to school by buying a place in Hesston where the sons could be close to family and educational opportunities Little did they or their new neighbors know the impact the Mullet family would have on their new community It s been a half century since the Mullets made that move and with Roy s death on Jan 14 of this year many at the college and in the community are reflecting on the legacy he has left The family s most significant influence has come by way of Excel Industries a manufacturer of industrial and residential lawnmowers located in Hesston In addition to being one of the largest employers in Harvey County Excel has established a charitable giving philosophy that allows the company to give roughly 10 percent of its profits each year to philanthropic efforts most of which are focused in the local community Excel made the lead gift of 500 000 for the Erb Hall Renovation Project and it s a gift that reflects the long standing relationship between the Mullet family Hesston College and Excel Industries The connection goes beyond all five of Roy and Bess s sons attending either the academy or the college The college played a role in getting Roy connected with the company back in 1960 After working at the local turkey plant and Hesston Corporation among other places Roy decided to enroll in classes at Hesston College One of his instructors Dr Cal Redekop was working with a local group of men who were establishing what would become Excel Cal was impressed by Roy and the two became more like friends than professor and student Bob says We still run the company with the same philosophy Dad and Cal established in the beginning said Bob now vice president at Excel Even though we re not totally family owned we strive to be a family oriented company that has maintained a philosophy of giving and a connection to Hesston College With the start of the campaign to raise funds for the renovation of Erb Hall President Howard Keim and Vice President of Advancement Yvonne Sieber contacted Excel about making a gift The timing was right said Paul President and CEO at Excel We had a buildup of funds that we wanted to give and use for something that really needed to get done Though none of the Mullets lived in Erb Hall it wasn t the norm for townies or local kids to live on campus back then Bob and Paul each have positive memories connected with Erb Plus a show and tell featuring crumbling rusty pipes with Hesston s Campus Facilities Director Jim Mason convinced them of the project s importance The need really struck a chord with me Bob says This is more my personal philosophy but Hesston College has a unique product

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  • Campus community celebrates Elam Peachey’s life and service - Hesston College
    and Planned Giving Advisor He also served as board chair for the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains and as co chair for the college s centennial celebration in 2009 Elam was a faithful servant of Jesus Christ and the church said President Howard Keim We will miss his dedication to the mission of the college his careful work his kindness and generosity Elam built relationships with many Hesston College Partners and donors in his 20 years at Hesston College and maintained connections with churches and other constituents Working with John Griffin Sr Elam was at the forefront of establishing planned giving as part of the college s development efforts Elam s understanding of planned giving and philanthropy was a gift to the college and the many with whom he worked said Vice President of Advancement Yvonne Sieber Elam s colleagues will remember him for his deep love for Hesston College and the broader Mennonite church Among the things that gave Elam the most joy in his work were the relationships he enjoyed with colleagues students alumni donors and Partners Elam as a person embodied the spirit of community that is Hesston College said Director of Alumni and Church Relations Dallas Stutzman He maintained high quality relationships within the college and also across the college s many constituencies and the Mennonite church His untimely death is a great loss to the college Hesston and broader church community Elam is survived by his wife Nancy daughters Shana Peachey Boshart and her husband David of Parnell Iowa Cheryl Peachey Stoner and her husband Robert of Hesston and Leigh Ann Peachey O Halloran and her husband Keith of Hesston nine grandsons one granddaughter in law and one great granddaughter Memorials have been established for Hesston College and with the Mennonite Church USA Racial Ethnic

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