We’re winding down the first semester already. This week concludes the class work and next week, Monday through, Thursday, students will be taking their final exams. Interterm classes begin on Monday, January 6, 2014. Wow, here comes another new year!ACADEMICS
Perhaps it was the thought of the upcoming final exams, or more likely it was a semester-long activity, that induced this note from Librarian Bev (Olson ’05) Kelley: “I want to give a pat on the back, jump for joy, or do a cartwheel for the athletic teams that are participating in study hall groups! The baseball guys are all over the library right now. They are so quiet it’s almost scary! (And they are really studying.) The basketball team provided a solution for evening study hall by using Room 1128 upstairs instead of the library. I really appreciate the effort made by the coaches to provide study time, supervising their study time and the way they have worked with library staff. I’m very proud of them!”
While we continue to await the results of the Higher Learning Commission team’s recent evaluation visit, we received this note from Provost Lenny Favara’s ’91 office: “As part of the College’s initiative to assess the development of students’ critical thinking skills, exiting seniors were administered the CAAP Critical Thinking test. The test measured the students’ proficiency in clarifying, analyzing, evaluating and extending arguments of varying viewpoints. As a group, the tested students of the class of 2013 demonstrated above-average performance with a significant portion of the group achieving superior scores. On average, the seniors who took the test scored above the national mean. One-third of the test-takers placed at or above the 81st percentile - a significant achievement.”
Criminal Justice Professor, Ron Hagen, went to New York City in November to be interviewed by Paula Zahn for a show entitled "On the Case with Paula Zahn.” In 1996, Hagen was the case agent on a triple homicide in Salina, Kansas, involving a guy that was caught in Boston, Massachusetts. Zahn wants to profile this case for one of her spring shows that will air in 2014.
In early November, the Concert Choir helped kick off the Christmas season in McPherson by singing at the annual Snowball Drop. This event was held on the Plaza in downtown McPherson. They sang several children’s favorites and some more traditional Christmas carols as well. The choir enjoyed assisting in this evening of celebration!IN OTHER NEWS
November 1 saw a large crowd turn out for the dedication of the Jerry E. Alexander Arena and the Ellis Odermann Court in the Ed Pyle Sports Complex. Fortunately, all family members were able to attend and be recognized on the court between the varsity games. A video of the event was made and can be seen here.
In case you have not seen or heard about this press release of November 18, here’s an abbreviated version. “Today, Central Christian College received it’s largest-ever estate gift. Mrs. Lela (Hudson ‘37) Honkonen, a graduate of the Central College class of 1937 and resident of Batesville, Arkansas, passed away in April, three months after her 100th birthday. Central Christian College received an estate gift of over $1,000,000!
This gift illustrates the love that Mrs. Honkonen had for her experience at her alma mater and her desire to help future Central Christian students. In 2009, Lela’s sister, Altha Hudson ‘37, left an estate gift of over $800,000 to Central Christian College.
Lela and her husband, Hugo, were both retired employees of the federal government, with Lela working 43 years in Washington D.C. as a transportation specialist. She noted that she desired the estate proceeds to be used for tuition and books for deserving and financially challenged young students of her alma mater.
This estate gift will help fund the President’s Opportunity Grant Program, which was founded this summer and is designed to assist needy students who desire to work to help fund their education. Central Christian's President Hal Hoxie ‘79 noted, “Lela valued her Central education and desired to help young people have the same opportunity. Connecting her gift to the President’s Opportunity Grant Program is a perfect fit, as Lela and her sister, Altha, worked their way through graduation at Central in the 1930s. Her gift will help support the endowment of the Program, enabling it to benefit students for many years. We praise God for Lela’s life and for the blessing that has been realized as a result of her stewardship and this generous gift to her alma mater and future generations of Central students!"
This would be a good spot to ask if you’ve remembered Central Christian College in your estate plan. In addition to a bequest in your will or living trust, you can also name Central as the death beneficiary of one or more of the following accounts: checking/savings, retirement accounts, real estate and life insurance policies, etc. For more information call our Planned Giving office at (620) 504-5140 extension 3118.
Just a reminder, you can access the latest Alumni News and Notes (births, deaths, job changes, marriages, etc.) with this link www.centralchristian.edu/community/alumninotes.pdf. If you have information that you would like included to update friends and alumni, please let Kim (Byerly ’80) Sides know either by mail at 1200 S Main, P.O. Box 1403, McPherson, Kansas 67460 or by email email@example.com.UPCOMING EVENTS
President’s Circle members, unrestricted gifts of a minimum of $100 per month or $1,200 per year, were invited to a reception and dinner Thursday evening at the McPherson Opera House ballroom. The event was coordinated with the annual Home State Bank Christmas Carol Sing-Along also at the Opera House. It was a very festive evening.
The Fine Arts schedule for December is as follows: Fall Student Art Exhibit - Wednesday, December 4-9, Wesley Black Fine Arts; Applied Student Recital - Thursday, December 5 at 4:00 p.m., Greer Auditorium; Fine Arts Christmas Concert - Friday, December 6 at7:00 p.m., Greer Auditorium; Contemporary Christian Music Advent Vespers Service - Sunday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m., Free Methodist Church; and Songwriters Concert - Monday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m., The Warehouse. If you are in the neighborhood, I encourage you to attend one or more of these events to see Central students in action.FIFTY YEARS AGO
This next summer we will host the High School and College class of 1964. Here’s a bit of historical information I came across as to some of the folks who were involved around the campus:
STUCO Officers – Stan Sowers - President, Dave Sorenson - Vice President, Mary Alice (Devor) Dickinson - Secretary, Alice (Hoke) Livermore - Treasurer, and Betty Ivers, Bob Green and Rachel Walters, Sponsors. Homecoming Queen - Linda (Wallis) Kline. College class sponsors - David Lindstrom and Grace Rhodes, high school class sponsors - Marvin and Marie Sellberg and Richard and Rachel Walters. High school officers - Jon Lindley - President, Galen Shields - Vice President, Janet (Jenkins) Phillips - secretary, and David Spann - treasurer.
I hope you are making plans to attend your 50-year class reunion next June 13-15. The 40-year class of 1974 and 60-year class of 1954 will also be assembling that weekend for an exciting time of reminiscing about the good old days and seeing all the changes at their alma mater.
Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We’ll reassemble and visit next month.
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