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  • Saying goodbye - Hesston College
    by going to bed at a decent time which only earned me the nickname Grandma as my idea of decent was no later than 11 p m Other than the early bed time I was a typical college student I changed my major several times I ate junk food and I watched movies rather than studying More than that I was challenged and encouraged by the people with whom I came in contact Karen LeVan was instrumental in helping me improve my writing skills General Astronomy with Jim Yoder gave me an appreciation and respect for the role science plays in my life Human Thought and Belief with Joel Kauffman allowed me to broaden my horizons and express my viewpoints without fear of ridicule Kevin Wilder was my advisor and someone I could talk to over coffee or breakfast about life E Bio assignments and how much fun Music Appreciation was Rosie Jantz encouraged me to do my best in everything She became one of my favorite listening ears and gave great advice even when I didn t want to hear it I could count on her to have a piece of chocolate and a hug just when I needed it most My sophomore year roommate and I are polar opposites I don t say much she talks a lot I grew up in the church she had no idea what a Mennonite was She has two siblings I have 10 In spite of our differences she showed me what it means to be accepting and still have your own ideas I am thankful that I was able to spend my first two years at Hesston It has given me the chance to become more aware of the diversity that surrounds me to become a more critical thinker and to

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  • Faith through design - Hesston College
    as they encouraged me to draw bulletin covers and paint murals giving me a chance to create designs for a real purpose Although I didn t realize it then God was calling me to use my gifts for the wider church community for many years to come Many opportunities to create have come through church related organizations and the majority of my design career has been spent at Hesston College I am deeply grateful and thankful for the 17 years I have been able to share my gifts as a graphic designer at Hesston It has been a privilege to create designs for a place where students are educated and nurtured within a Christ centered community I have designed a wide variety of items including this magazine and have learned a lot from the faculty staff and students in this campus community I am amazed and thankful for the ways God has guided me in my visual creations and how my designs consistently intertwine with my faith experiences I have come to believe that my visual art is an act of worship and offers praise to God After 13 years as lead pastor at Tabor Mennonite Church Newton Kan my husband Corey has accepted the position as lead pastor at West Union Mennonite Church in Parnell Iowa I will miss the Hesston College community as my family follows God s call We ask for prayers as we say goodbye to Kansas and learn to love a new community I know there are many connections between Hesston College and southeast Iowa so I look forward to keeping in touch Who knows maybe our oldest daughter will come back in four years as a student Nancy Miller Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue Being number two President s Perspective Support for

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  • Aviation as mission - President's Perspective - Hesston College
    in my stomach We bonded on that trip and later had pizza and prayer at Dave Forrer s former director of Aviation apartment as we relived the experience The program began with a vision or perhaps a dream as Byron Yost sat with Laban Peachey the college s president at that time over lunch at the Colonial House in Hesston The program has had its ups and downs over the years pun intended and enrollment has tended to follow the economics of the general aviation industry Now in retrospect we see the great outcomes of many years of work and investment with hundreds of pilots serving with mission groups in aviation related businesses and flying for major airlines A few graduates have learned to fly and then later given it up for other pursuits Many have made aviation their life work and vocation The program has grown to five planes a larger space and three full time faculty and several flight instructor interns Two years ago an additional option of air traffic control was added with 12 students enrolled in the fall of 2011 I know of few professions that require more attention to detail safety and good judgment These habits along with a sense of aviation as a mission are part of the curriculum at Hesston College that goes beyond the skill of flying Each year our Aviation Department dedicates two days to a symposium on Aviation as Mission to expose our students to service as a way of life regardless of one s vocational choice The aviation program is a tribute to the vision of its founders the ingenuity and dedication of its faculty and the many investments by students parents and friends To be inspired visit the facility east of Newton and take a look at the

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  • Connecting flights - Hesston College
    But it all comes back to where I started and where I got my training Markus and Travis arrived at Hesston College in August 2005 Markus came from Goshen Ind and Travis from Richmond Texas Both knew from a very early age that they wanted to be pilots and both appreciated the small community and one on one attention they received from their flight instructors and Director of Aviation Dan Miller Being in flight training together and having similar goals helped them become acquainted quickly It was always a competition between Travis and me to see who could get his ratings first Markus recalled I was ahead our first year but he ended up beating me our second year Upon graduating in May 2007 that competition soon turned into collaboration as the two young pilots began looking for jobs Travis spent the next two years as a flight instructor at Hesston while Markus returned to Indiana and worked at New Horizons Aviation a flight training company owned by Hesston College graduates Dan Steiner 78 and Roger Yoder 79 a connection he made through the men s sons Nathan Steiner 07 and Matt Yoder 06 both of whom also graduated from Hesston s aviation program Travis Pollock 07 is a first officer with Cutter Aviation in Phoenix Courtesy photo When Travis landed a job with Flight Safety International in Wichita Kan he called Markus and encouraged him to apply for a job as well Markus was soon employed by Flight Safety and the former college roommates were roommates again helping one another navigate life in corporate aviation Starting out at Flight Safety was like trying to drink water from a fire hose said Travis It was a new environment which can be overwhelming so I was thankful for the professionalism that Hesston promoted and that Markus was there to bounce ideas off of when there were struggles with work or life Travis has motivated me since I met him that first week at Hesston said Markus His determination to advance his career is an encouragement for me When it came time to move on to the next step in their careers Travis moved first to a position as first officer with Cutter Aviation where he flies private customers on Beechjets and a Mitsubishi Diamond Jet He recently earned his Airline Transport Pilot License ATP and is waiting to be upgraded to captain status Being on call every day suits him as it is an opportunity to build his flight hours toward his ultimate goal flying Boeing 747s or 777s as a captain for a major airline Flying is my passion said Travis I get to be in control of something that is so huge and powerful I like the challenge and I am a perfectionist so I m always in competition with myself to do things better than the last time I ve trained hard and I m going to keep working hard to be great at what I do About

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  • Student Profile - Kush Lengacher ’12 - Hesston College
    size as my high school Lancaster Pa Mennonite High School Hesston College sophomore Kush Lengacher prepares a plane for flight How did you become interested in aviation I have always had an interest in flying I grew up going to airshows and was amazed that pilots could operate something so complex Anytime I would travel by airplane I would wonder at the process of flying the aircraft and how everything worked What are some highlights of your Hesston College experience I enjoy the big weekends on campus like Homecoming and Thanksgiving where I can meet alumni People often see me wearing my Aviation Department shirt and will strike up a conversation I also enjoy talking to parents of current students and hearing about their experiences at Hesston and how the campus has changed since they were students Who at Hesston has been most influential to you Dan Miller Director of Aviation Sheldon Goerzen flight instructor and Bob Harder ground school instructor all encourage me When times seem overwhelming they are happy to give advice I also appreciate my relationships and the conversations I have with Darline Corona who I worked with in maintenance over the summer Gary Oyer who I lived with during the summer and Michele Hershberger who has been my mod mom both years What are your career goals After graduating this spring I hope to move back to Pennsylvania and find a job flying cargo or as a flight instructor I will continue to build up my hours until I can get an airline job My ultimate dream is to fly the direct flight from Chicago to Delhi India where I was born What does the Hesston Experience mean to you The Hesston Experience is meeting people from different states countries and backgrounds and taking the time

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  • Alumni Profile - Dr. Loren Groff '91 - Hesston College
    ultimately earning a doctorate in human factors psychology a mix of psychology engineering and physiology that focuses on understanding human capabilities and improving the way people interact with each other and with machines I had the chance to work on a variety of research projects during graduate school including an FAA project to improve the manuals used by technicians to maintain aircraft During that project I had the chance to work with the National Transportation Safety Board and I knew that was somewhere I really wanted to work I have worked for the NTSB in its Washington D C headquarters since 2002 Who at Hesston had the greatest influence on you Curt Epp 89 Art Karnes and Nate Faul were flight instructors while I was a student and they were friends and mentors to me when I started instructing Curt was my instructor for private pilot and instrument rating and as it turned out he was a pilot for Air Midwest when I was hired there several years later He continued to be a mentor as I started my airline career I also have fond memories of working summers at the college with Bill Regehr and Tim Goering 76 They both taught me skills I have used many times as a homeowner and Tim and I spent a lot of time hunting and fishing together What are your greatest career accomplishments I am fortunate to have had great career opportunities I work with some of the smartest and most dedicated people I know I have had the opportunity to work on a lot of meaningful projects and have hopefully had a positive influence on transportation safety What does the Hesston Experience mean to you Aside from the education I think of the friends I made while at Hesston Even though

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  • Homecoming 2011 photo gallery - Hesston College
    and Ashley Claassen 01 Enns practices his shot during the Tailgate Picnic and Family Festival as his sisters Alia and Sara look on The evening activities included a varsity volleyball game alumni vs varsity softball and baseball games and a time to Meet the Larks fall sports teams A panel of speakers presented the story of the start of the Hesston College Aviation program during the aviation symposium The program has grown over 41 years to 45 enrolled students including 12 students studying Air Traffic Control The department has a fleet of five airplanes and two simulators Pictured are Dr Sandra Zerger vice president of academics Laban Peachey former Hesston College president and former Aviation directors Jacob Friesen Dave Forrer and Wendell Sauder 75 Ben Savanick 97 talks to his wife Angie Book 98 Savanick during the Partner Luncheon The Concert Band performed a late night Bandscapes concert Saturday Pictured from left are Lauren Weaver 12 of Hesston Kan Erin Hershey 12 of Mechanicsburg Pa and Bonita Garber 13 of Bainbridge Pa Heather Harkins 12 an air traffic control student from Wichita Kan listens to a symposium presentation Howard Glanton adjunct guitar instructor performs with his daughter Kaleigh during the Erb Hall Renovation Celebration The event celebrated the completion of the funding and the renovations before students returned to campus in August A group of alumni receive a tour of the newly renovated Erb Hall central and west dorms from Vice President of Student Life Lamar Roth The renovations which include a new roof and windows heating and cooling units furniture paint carpet and remodeled bathrooms were an ongoing project over the last several years to make the dorms more energy efficient and up to date The college is now raising money to install an elevator Kush Lengacher 12 of

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  • Flight safety training honors pilot - Hesston College
    also perished in the crash Jason loved flying said Monica He was a highly skilled pilot and he excelled in his career at a young age Flying put a twinkle in his eye A National Transportation Safety Board investigation of the accident determined the cause to be inadequate crew coordination and communication In short a misjudgment of altitude and disorientation after a long day of flying ended in tragedy As Monica began to receive memorial donations following Jason s death some of them large gifts from Jason s clients who thought highly of him she knew the money needed to go to Hesston College Jason Miller 92 had aspirations of being a pilot from a young age He is pictured at age 6 left with his younger brother Reggie Hesston College meant so much to Jason recalled Monica It s where he made lifelong friends and learned to fly He taught there flight instructor in 1996 97 and we have many family ties to the college Jason s parents are Lyle 65 and Joyce Nafziger 67 Miller Monica s parents are Weldon 69 and Judy Diener Hesston is a formative place for students and we wanted to do something to help other pilots avoid what happened to Jason The Jason Miller Memorial Fund was established with the initial gifts upon Jason s death and receives ongoing donations from Jason and Monica s families It has been used to upgrade the Aviation Department s technology with new flight simulators and ongoing software upgrades keeping Hesston s flight training current The Jason D Miller Memorial Endowment for Flight Safety Instruction was established with sizeable donations from Jason s grandparents estates and is used to purchase curriculum and fund on site experiences addressing flight safety practices pilot error and crew resource management We

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