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  • Student profile: Karli Rodriguez ’16, Harker Heights, Texas - Hesston College
    very good player Discovering Hesston I never planned on going to college I was going to work for the rest of my life Then Jessica Cleveland contacted me about playing volleyball She told me she believed in me Even though I thought I was terrible she told me that I could do it She didn t even know me and she believed in me I owe a lot to her If it wasn t for her I wouldn t be in college When I visited Hesston everyone made me feel like I already belonged here I went to one of Kevin Wilder s classes and he treated me as if he already knew me I loved it A growth transformation Hesston has given me so many opportunities that have made me feel like I m enough When I was asked to be a Norma I felt honored to know that even people I didn t know very well saw me as a leader on campus and recognized my sense of humor I applied to be a First year Experience Scholar because I wanted to get better at public speaking I now believe that I am smart and I am able to better understand things presented to me Another way Hesston College has transformed my life has been through the friendships I have created Unlike my growing up years the friendships I have made here are long term I never expected to find people that I could rely on My teammates are my sisters I have friends from all over the world My own struggle with knowing how it feels to be alone has helped me to be conscious of being friendly For me transformation means becoming something new by learning from your experiences and doing things people said you couldn

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/student-profile-karli-rodriguez/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Alumna profile: Beemnet Tilahun ’08, Wichita, Kan. - Hesston College
    four children to leave the country I remember Dave meeting me and my mom at the airport in Wichita Once we arrived on campus people already knew my name I was surprised at how friendly everyone was and they made me feel at home right away I studied pre pharmacy at Hesston and after graduating I transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Richmond where I earned my bachelor s degree in bio chemistry and most recently a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in August 2015 Career discovery When I was 16 years old my father passed away after he was given the wrong medication It was then that I knew I wanted to become a pharmacist In Ethiopia students don t get to choose which career to pursue The government decides what jobs have the most need and assign students to study in those fields I had been assigned to study engineering I suppose since my father was a chemical engineer and my mother is a civil engineer the government thought that would be a good fit but it was not for me That s when I decided to leave the country so I could pursue my dream of becoming a pharmacist Transforming experiences Hesston College provided me with the best foundation on which to achieve my career goals as well as grow spiritually and personally All of my courses challenged me from College Writing with Dave Osborne to Hugo Boschmann s classes to Bib Lit Because I was able to have one on one interactions with my Hesston instructors and ask questions I knew how to study hard at VCU and I graduated with honors from both my undergraduate and doctorate degree programs Serving as a RA gave me good leadership experience Christine Kaufman 94 Schweitzer resident director guided me

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/alumna-profile-beemnet-tilahun/ (2016-02-13)
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  • Leadership and passion transform women’s soccer - Hesston College
    competitive team wants most a successful season Reviewing results from a preseason Myers Briggs personality test he d given his players fifth year head coach Bryan Kehr was taken aback at what seemed to be a roster imbedded with an inordinate amount of raw leadership skills Kehr was excited Perhaps the Larks were in for a special season he thought A special season indeed The momentum started with a 2 0 blanking of Region VI foe Cowley College on Aug 22 As the season reached its midpoint several team and individual marks had fallen Midfielder Mika Matsuda 17 Kyoto Japan surpassed the career assist record with her 13th helper in a win over Northwest Kansas Tech on Sept 15 and finished the season among the nation s leaders in that category Five days later a win over Goshen Ind College JV gave the program 39 season goals eclipsing the record 37 goals scored by Kehr s 2012 team On the receiving end of several of Matsuda s assists was forward Mikaela Zook 16 Millersburg Ind a converted defender who flourished in her new role Zook s prodigious scoring including a pair of four goal matches put her into the Hesston annals as the all time single season scoring leader with 23 and the career leader with 28 On the defensive end new to the net goal keeper Jaymee Bowers 16 Goshen Ind used her athleticism and willingness to learn to help power the Larks defense setting a career record for shutouts 8 along the way The team chemistry is perhaps best encapsulated by defender Enneliese Alcantar 16 Garden City Kan known affectionately to her teammates as Chief Alcantar epitomizes a selfless team first mentality Her passion for the game and motivation to play for her teammates helped push the program to new heights Anyone who knows our team knows you can t talk about our success without mentioning Chief Kehr said We ve had a ton of positive leaders who have been willing to step up in a variety of roles and it s been gratifying to watch our kids buy in and compete for each other Several of the sophomores made it clear at the beginning of the season that this team would be united and we would play for each other said Meredith Spicher a converted high school field hockey player whose school didn t offer girls soccer It s been awesome to celebrate each other s successes which was one of the underlying goals Chief and the other leaders put in place at the beginning The team reached a milestone on Oct 11 with its 9 0 drubbing of Southwestern Adventist University Keene Texas earning the program s 10th win of the season breaking the standing record for season wins The team finished the season 15 6 falling to eventual district champion Butler Community College El Dorado Kan in a playoff match Regardless of wins and milestones reached the team achieved so much and the players received

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  • Financial aid and Phonathon: A student’s perspective - Hesston College
    on myself and financial aid The largest portion of my financial aid comes from Hesston College and the generosity of its supporters Thus far my experience at Hesston College has been one of great enrichment and growth I have been able to apply my faith and ambitions into one stream and I am only at the beginning of where this will lead me I also have had the privilege of working for Development as a Student Development Officer calling alumni for Phonathon This is one of the most sought after campus jobs because word got out about how much fun it is talking to alumni and hearing the stories of their own Hesston Experience I get to hear some of the most amazing stories from how love blossomed to times where difficulties were overcome by the college s commitment to working together as a community When people ask why they should give to Phonathon I return with another question What has Hesston College given you Wouldn t you like to offer that to future students too Phonathon 2015 This fall 28 students are serving as Student Development Officers phoning alumni and friends across the country for the annual Phonathon effort to reach the goal of raising 100 000 for student financial aid Phoning runs through late November and as of this writing more than 40 000 has been committed If you ve already talked with a Student Development Officer thank you for the few minutes you spent sharing a bit of your story If you made a gift to Phonathon as well thank you for your support of the student experience Every gift and every amount makes a difference to students who choose to start here Did you miss our call Please consider giving online at hesston edu give Hesston

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  • Honoring legacies, helping students - Hesston College
    state of North Dakota but Hesston remained an important part of their lives Their sons Kendall 81 and Kirby 85 both graduated from Hesston and Larry served as a member of the Alumni Advisory Council and as a member of the Board of Overseers from 1984 92 In 1999 Larry started working for the college as a development officer and served in that role until his retirement in 2013 He was diagnosed with glioblastoma an aggressive brain cancer in June 2015 and passed away Aug 15 Larry was at home working in Development as he loved meeting people and hearing their stories He was also passionate about the work and mission of Hesston College and his support extended across campus including frequenting Lark athletic events The scholarship was established with funds from the third annual Student Scholarship Golf Benefit on Sept 24 as well as donations from friends and family The Dave and Sena Osborne International Student Scholarship Fund Dave Ac64 66 and Sena Miller 68 have given many years of selfless service to Hesston College and have been important supporters and mentors to international students Dave has served for more than 35 years as International Admissions Counselor and advisor and English as a Second Language and writing instructor Sena retired in 2014 after 29 years of service in Food Service and as post office manager In total Hesston College has enrolled more than 1 300 international students from 84 countries 80 percent of whom came to Hesston during Dave s tenure The scholarship was established with funds from the second annual Student Scholarship Golf Benefit in 2014 as well as donations from friends and family The Osbornes affirm that the scholarship fund is a way of honoring those at the college and in the local community who have provided

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  • Hesston College Homecoming - Hesston College
    Campus Worship Center in honor of Marion Bontrager Members from left are Ryan Wengerd 11 Ana Loucks 10 Hannah Livengood and Michael Genau Chris Alliman 95 talks with friend Students faculty and staff ended the Northlawn and Campus Entry Dedication Ceremony with a flash mob Pictured are students Micah Raber 16 Millersburg Ohio Olivia Copsey 17 Goshen Ind and Hannah Miller 17 Parnell Iowa Members of the College Class of 1975 catch up with one another during Saturday afternoon class reunions David Eigsti 10 and Omar Reyes 10 greet each other at the Friday evening family festival and tailgate picnic Cory Rychener 10 and Kelsey Gardiepy enjoy lunch at the annual Partner Luncheon where Austin Mitchell 15 and Grant Walker 15 shared their Hesston Experience story Mitchell and Walker became friends as members of the men s basketball team and are now roommates and playing basketball at Bethel College North Newton Kan Matt Schloneger 92 music faculty member and Fjaere Harder 05 Nussbaum perform Anything You Can Do from Annie Get Your Gun at the Performing Arts Showcase Harder Nussbaum is a television and music theatre actor Other performers at the event emceed by Andrea Springer 80 were the Hesston College Bel Canto Singers Chorale and the Chamber Orchestra and The Sunflower Trio comprised of music faculty members Matt and Rebecca Schloneger and Ken Rodgers 85 Emily Kauffman 16 Pettisville Ohio thanks the Bertha Bontrager Rhodes Goshen Ind family for their many years of financial support to the college A plaque was placed on campus in their honor at a spot where all the buildings to which they have contributed over the years can be seen Hesston College Today Articles in this Issue Transformation seen and unseen President s perspective Bringing history home See what s new Northlawn Center for

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  • Chatter in the nest - Hesston College
    and explore Northlawn My favorite part is the practice rooms because it s relaxing to watch people walk by and leaves falling while I practice Adrienne Derstine 16 Harleysville Pa I like the flower pots that add beauty to the front of the building Kevin Wilder Psychology and Youth Ministry instructor The Marion Bontrager Center for Campus Worship room and the new glass entry Michele Schrock 81 Hershberger Bible and ministry instructor The green room because every theater department everywhere needs a green room and magical things happen in the green room Carlota Ponds Alumni and Church Relations staff People may not include this in their thinking about the renovation process but I believe the carillon chimes are a campus enhancement that came along with the renovation I only visit Northlawn a few times weekly and I usually walk to work so I don t often use the new campus entry but I hear the chimes daily even when I m not on campus People I speak with in the community many of whom never come on campus say they enjoy them also so this improvement benefits the campus and the larger Hesston community Angie Martin 99 Brockmueller 13 Assistant Registrar I have enjoyed watching the baby grass come in to settle the beautiful new construction for good Andrea Pankratz 11 Schrag Admissions staff I selfishly love the new entry parking lot because there s always a place to park no matter how late you arrive Also I love the variety of spaces in Northlawn that Admissions can use for open houses and events Randy Toews Campus Facilities staff I think it s great that the lower level of Northlawn is more opened up and that it s actually being used again It was always sad to see a great space like that just sit there unused Now on the other hand since this is one of the buildings I m in charge of cleaning the extra trash and cleaning has been something to adjust to Well worth it for the students though Amy Bachman 01 Birdsell Aviation instructor The super quiet practice rooms Forrest Miller 85 Campus Facilities staff My favorite part of the renovations is the model of Green Gables in Northlawn The building and parking lot are very nice but I love that model because it reminds me of when I was a student here Rachel Jantzi Theatre instructor I appreciate the functionality of the whole Northlawn renovation but I love that we now have more costume storage Also the new dressing rooms and green room were needed and are a space the actors can really appreciate and call their own Jim Mason 75 Director of Campus Facilities It s a building and entry that is super user friendly and has a certain attractive curbside appeal to visitors and prospective students Very functional too A major upgrade Jim Yoder 62 Science instructor The carillon Stephanie Swartzendruber 11 resident director My favorite part about the new Northlawn is

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  • President Keim announces transition - Hesston College
    the college has made great strides in areas that affect the student experience In a September meeting the Board of Directors approved a new set of strategic priorities for the campus community to continue making improvements as it moves into the future In the academic realm important changes to general education curriculum and course transferability as well as the addition of several high demand programs of study and extracurricular activities help meet student needs and workforce demands Likewise the college began measuring evaluating and improving course standards academic challenge and faculty instruction as seen in Hesston s outstanding results from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement CCSSE and Individual Development and Education Assessment IDEA survey Student satisfaction rates continue to climb as faculty respond to feedback in student learning Under Keim s careful and visionary leadership the campus has undergone several transformations and he helped the college recover from budget deficits gain financial stability and increase the endowment The college has also seen an increase in student diversity emphasized by a formal Inclusion and Diversity Council charged with evaluating inclusionary practices for students from all backgrounds Physical campus changes include the addition of a new campus entry one new building and renovations to four others Starting with the 2015 16 year Keim implemented a reorganized Student Development department which includes Residence and Campus Life Campus Ministries Student Success and Athletics Student retention has increased over the last several years and the new structure is a response to maintain and further increase those efforts Howard has served the college well said Kelvin Friesen 73 Board of Directors chair He has given tirelessly of himself to advance this institution It is evident that he has viewed his role here as a steward and that he has seen his work not as

    Original URL path: http://www.hesston.edu/hesstoncollegetoday/article/president-keim-announces-transition/ (2016-02-13)
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