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  • Flying from the ground - Hesston College
    coming up on July and I had nowhere to go to learn to fly she said I heard about Hesston from a friend and so I just came She had already completed two years of ground school at Liberty University Lynchburg Va but Liberty did not have a flight training program at the time She earned her private pilot license and instrument rating through Hesston College and was working on her commercial license when FAA representatives visited campus looking for students who might be interested in a career in air traffic control Hesston s air traffic control program wouldn t debut for almost 20 years but that didn t matter to Dorine She was still determined to fly but she took the test for the FAA s training program in Oklahoma City anyway The flight training she received proved to be enough to get a passing grade on the test and into the Oklahoma City program I truly believe you are a better controller when you are also a pilot she said Because I learned to fly I have an understanding as a controller of what the pilot is doing at each point during a flight That s encouraging news for students enrolled in Hesston s air traffic control program who are required to obtain a private pilot license In 2010 Hesston became one of 36 colleges across the country and the only Kansas college to be named to the FAA s Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative After just one year of flight training at Hesston Dorine worked as an intern in the tower at Wichita Kan Mid Continent Aiport then as an intern in Kansas City before completing the training course in Oklahoma City Her first two years as a certified air traffic controller were spent in Joplin Mo

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  • Alumnus part of back-to-back holes-in-one - Hesston College
    Park Bontrager and Presnall were neck and neck as they approached hole 17 Presnall stepped up to take his shot first and to much excitement sunk a hole in one A hole in one is a rare enough occurrence but as Bontrager took his shot his ball seemed to take a very similar path to his competition s Could it be As the men approached the green they didn t see either of the balls waiting for them until they checked the cup finding both balls Back to back hole in ones What are the odds Actually according to the reporter from the Hutchinson Kan News who did quite a bit of research it s 144 million to one said Bontrager Bontrager who was involved with Bel Canto Singers and intramural sports while at Hesston College has been playing golf for as long as he can remember but had never made a hole in one Neither had Presnall I ve always thought as most golfers do that hitting a hole in one would be the coolest thing in the world he said It was exciting but to be a part of something like this is even better We celebrated and made a lot of noise The hits quickly went global Stories ran in local and regional newspapers and on Wichita TV stations Bontrager says the story really took off when the Wichita Eagle s story hit the Internet Since then he has become something of a local celebrity and done interviews with Fox Sports Radio Network out of Los Angeles and with stations out of Iowa and Seattle Wash His favorite was an interview filmed for ESPN at Kansas State Manhattan and turned into an eight minute segment for the First Take program Bontrager continues to golf casually when he

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  • Family and faith connect generations of runners - Hesston College
    Ill in the 1970s Both later ended up at Hesston Decades later it has been gratifying for them to watch a similar story unfold for their sons As parents we hoped Kenny would attend Hesston said Joe whose wife Karen Miller 83 Graber also attended Hesston When Hesston reintroduced the cross country program last year we thought it was an answer to prayers To have Kenny run with the son of a former classmate with whom I ran is truly a joy Jacob enjoys the Hesston stories from both his parents Jacob s mother is Lois Kaufman 83 Landis and his aunts all who were Hesston graduates Keith said When we talk about college in our family a response might be You mean there are other colleges Although Hesston didn t field a varsity cross country program when the elder Graber and Landis attended they did offer a running club in which both were involved It s apparent now that the fathers time at Hesston influenced their sons college decisions I would say that the family ties definitely provided some motivation for me to attend Hesston and run here said Jacob I guess it felt like taking over the family business in a way There is a feeling of nostalgia and pride when you follow in your parents footsteps and support something they supported I think it s cool that I get to compete at the college level at a place that meant so much to my parents said Kenny who as a freshman qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association national meet in Spartanburg S C Cross country coach Gerry Sieber coached men s soccer at Hesston when Jacob and Kenny s fathers were students He has worked with a lot of athletes in his 40 year career as a collegiate coach and he was excited to bring such high caliber runners to Hesston s program Jacob and Kenny are both outstanding athletes and young men who could be running at a higher level said Sieber Their fathers were also tremendous athletes I feel blessed to have the opportunity to coach such gifted runners The teammates have other common interests besides cross country Both list music and an opportunity to explore and grow their faith as key components of their time at Hesston College Hanging out with the guys in the mod playing intramural sports participating in the choir and Monday night hymn sings in the racquetball courts are generally what keep me busy when I m not studying or running Kenny said I was thrilled when I found out about the Monday night hymn sings Jacob said One of the things I love about Hesston is that it helps students grow spiritually as well as academically and socially I just don t think there are many schools out there that are as intentional as Hesston about developing the whole person Looking back a few decades their fathers have a similar story to tell Choir tours were amazing

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  • News briefs - Hesston College
    include Jason Barrett Fox English and writing Dr Rebecca Barrett Fox sociology Angela Martin 99 Brockmueller physical science lab assistant Brent Brockmueller 01 admissions counselor Tamra Call nursing lab instructor Joel Kauffman 80 athletic director Danae King history Marissa King 05 education Lindsey Mason Erb Hall resident director Lucas Mason 07 admissions counselor Ethan Mast 10 flight instructor Marcus Maust 09 assistant athletic trainer Emily Miller Larks Nest manager and campus activities co director Julie Miller graphic designer Maggie Myers nursing clinical instructor Rob Ramseyer baseball coach and campus activities codirector Solomon Rudy 11 flight instructor Michael Smalley 07 Kauffman Court resident director Carson Stutzman 09 admissions counselor Rachel Swartzendruber 01 Miller vice president of Admissions and Financial Aid Dr Brent Yoder 98 registrar and Marcella Eberly 76 Zook nursing clinical instructor Official fall 2011 numbers show an increased enrollment with a total student count of 468 as compared to 448 a year ago including 249 new students Hesston students represent 27 states and 14 countries About 470 student faculty staff and community volunteers helped swipe out hunger during Numana s first State Wide Packaging Event SWIPE at Hesston Oct 1 Numana is an international hunger relief organization based in El Dorado Kan that facilitates volunteer food packaging events throughout the country and sends the meals world wide to areas where famine and hunger are greatest The Hesston College community packaged more than 50 000 meals and raised the 15 000 necessary to ship the meals to their destination in the horn of Africa Each meal which consists of rice soy protein freeze dried pinto beans and 21 vitamins and minerals costs 30 cents to prepare and will feed six people Students prepare the Hesston Community Garden for spring planting during No Impact Week Sept 25 to Oct 2 The

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  • Sharing the joy of flight - faculty perspective - Hesston College
    developments and continued dreams for enhancing all aspects of the aviation program It is somewhat unusual for a private two year college to have an aviation program at all but ours includes an air traffic control track as well as flight As credit to the high quality of our curriculum instructors and campus community Hesston s Air Traffic Control program is the only FAA approved program in Kansas The flight track is one of three in Kansas with FAA approval The Air Traffic Control program graduated its first class last spring and 12 new students are enrolled this fall The program attracts a diverse range of individuals from the traditional student to those who already have valuable life experience A fleet of five aircraft helps our students obtain six licenses and ratings To accomplish all of this in two years students receive the support of caring instructors which also positively impacts our retention and completion rates The family atmosphere comes from our commitment to Christ We want each student and instructor to view their work as a service to God and to others As I reflect on my dreams for this program I envision steady growth in both flight and air traffic due to high quality personnel and a commitment to excellence I also see greater partnerships in the Wichita aviation industry as we continue to build a great reputation with each student who walks through our doors Another dream is to enhance the technology we offer students Technology changes quickly and we need to train our students how to be learners as they encounter new cockpits and radar screens I came to Hesston several years ago to teach because the community felt like home I stay because I get to teach in an environment where God is first students

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  • Building a legacy - President's perspective - Hesston College
    might have been They re always talkin bout the good old days But they ll never be back again I sang in that musical as part of the Contemporaries in 1970 We wore gold sportcoats had long hair and to the consternation of some of our parents used drums and guitars For me those are the good old days and thankfully they will not be back again But the legacies of Hesston College are much more profound than fashion buildings programs and activities All of these change over the years The legacies of Hesston College are a reverence for scripture lives of service vocations with meaning and friendships that last lifetimes When families invest in a Hesston College education we accept it as a sacred trust We are certainly not perfect and sometimes we fall short but the value of the individual student is so ingrained in our culture that it has become second nature to our faculty and staff It is seen in the strong IDEA survey scores which show that Hesston is truly exceptional in terms of classroom teaching It is seen in the van rides and the special bonds that develop between coaches and athletes It is seen in the hard work and wonderful performances in music and theatre It is seen in the late night conversations and expressions of thoughtfulness of the resident directors It is seen in the personal interest taken in students by those who supervise them in campus jobs Most of all it is seen in the lives that alumni lead in the decades following their time here Other colleges tell us that students who transfer from Hesston are not only well prepared academically but tend to emerge as strong campus leaders I believe this is a result of the opportunities and interaction

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  • A family thing - Hesston College
    family you usually end up at college with cousins which was a highlight for me said Marlene Beck 76 Yoder Battle Creek Mich Reuben s granddaughter For the first generations of Weaver students the Academy and College s location in south central Kansas made it convenient for the families who lived in the area to send their children The family always supported the academy and college as it was an extension of the church and the only high school in town until the mid 60s said Wilmetta Growing up near Hesston worshipping on campus each Sunday and attending basketball games Hesston College was always there said Duane Beck Ac63 65 Raleigh N C Reuben s grandson Many years later I recognize its many intangibles the power of friendships opportunities for leadership and the academic challenge provided good soil in which to take root Hesston paved the way for graduates to go everywhere and leave their mark on the world Some did overseas missions while others settled permanently overseas adding an international flavor to the Weaver family Jay Kabira 84 Wandalee Weaver Ac47 49 Kabira and Ken G Kabira 81 Wandalee Weaver Ac47 49 Kabira Moses granddaughter met her husband Chosei a native of Japan while a graduate student at Michigan State University East Lansing The couple married in Okinawa eventually moved to Tokyo and sent two of their three sons Ken G 81 and Jay 84 to Hesston to connect with their Weaver family roots As a child before entering Hesston Academy at age 14 I was mesmerized by the college s music programs the lecture series the basketball games where both of my brothers played on the teams and by the teachers Mary Miller s smile Milo Kauffman s round form with his rumpled suit and inspiring talks recalled Wandalee At Hesston I learned to use my mind and explore all the knowledge and ideas the teachers brought to us With two of our children attending Hesston as well we value the education and experiences gained there Generations of students also found Hesston to be the place for their vocational starts and a love for the church It was through the competent and caring faculty and the strong sense of community on campus that my mind and faith was stretched and grew recalled Terry Shue 77 Dalton Ohio another of Reuben s grandsons It was no longer enough to give Jesus my heart Through my years at Hesston I came to understand it was my life which God was asking of me Over the last 94 years class records indicate a Weaver descendant at Hesston every year except one and a graduate in 78 of those years The family can easily share ways the college has changed since its early days Having grown up and lived in Hesston all of her life Wilmetta remembers observing academy and college students over the years hearing about shenanigans on campus seeing rules and policies change and being a part of those changes

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  • Hesston College alumni from the David B. and Anna (Musser) Weaver line - a list - Hesston College
    Anna Ruth Weaver Ac45 Beck Elene Yoder Ac46 48 Weaver Helen Bontrager 46 Miller Gene Weaver Ac47 Wandalee Weaver Ac47 49 Kabira Mary Weaver Ac48 Shue Mary Lou Weaver Ac49 Washburn 1951 60 Ardyth Hostetler Ac52 54 Steckly George Steckly Ac52 61 Gloria Ebersole Ac53 Hostetler Joyce Hostetler Ac53 Landgraf Wanda Weaver Ac53 Good Dwight Hostetler Ac54 56 Carolyn Weaver 54 Esch Barbara Geil Weaver Ac55 57 Don Weaver Ac55 57 Elizabeth Betty Weaver Ac55 Shima Ronald Weaver Ac56 58 Cecil Miller Ac57 59 Merle Hostetler Ac58 60 Judith Dorsing Ac59 61 Miller Jerold Jerry Weaver Ac59 61 1961 70 Roger Glick Ac61 63 Sam Miller Ac61 Lorna Hostetler Ac61 63 79 Mynsberge Jerold Lind Ac61 Marcia Yoder Ac61 63 Lind Judith Weaver Ac62 64 Parker Melinda Weaver Ac62 Gerlofs Diane Miller Ac62 Symonds Catherine Peachey 62 Weaver Duane Beck Ac63 65 Karen Weaver 63 68 Koppenhaver Marilyn Weaver Ac64 VidaKovich Sondra Yoder 64 Glick Ronald Miller Ac65 67 Kathy Weaver Ac65 67 Ruth David Weaver Ac65 Lois Gingerich 66 Beck Kelly Miller 69 Douglas Miller 70 Bob Weaver 70 Phyllis Miller 70 Weaver 1971 80 Melody Miller 71 Landis Brenda Shue 71 Crosthwait Merlin Schlabach 72 Marcia Weaver 73 Mendez Lucinda Yoder 73 Schlabach Chago Mendez 74 Lowell Miller 74 Jay Bontrager 75 Galen Weaver 75 Linda Esch 76 Bontrager Bradley Shue 76 Marlene Beck 76 Yoder Brenda Miller 77 Hershberger Terry Shue 77 Rodney Esch 78 Douglas Hostetler 78 Kay Nussbaum 78 Shue Janine Miller 78 Yoder Michael Hostetler 79 Jolene Weaver 79 Romanyshyn Craig Miller 80 Noel Miller 80 1981 90 Ken G Kabira 81 Greg Weaver 81 Dale Yoder 81 Deborah Shima 82 Jay Kabira 84 Wayne Nussbaum 84 Karla Steckly 85 Nussbaum Timothy Shue 85 Bruce Weaver 86 Joanne Miller 87 Devon Steckly 87 Lori

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