A roller coaster ride! That’s coming next weekend in McPherson as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of All School’s Day events. The carnival will be in town as usual with all the rides including a roller coaster. However, it’s also a description of this week’s weather. Monday and Tuesday saw 85 degree temperatures. Wednesday and Thursday’s highs were in the 40’s and 50’s and we had snow on Thursday morning, May 2!
As the semester and academic year draws to a close, several student projects are being completed. This note comes from Kyle Moody in the Sport Science Department: The Intramural and Recreational Sport Administration Class will be hosting a poster presentation on Monday, May 13, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Each student was required to volunteer for 10 hours with a recreation program. Students were involved in a variety of different experiences ranging from youth soccer camps to senior citizen recreation programs. The poster presentation is a culminating assignment for the course with each student designing a poster that explains their volunteer experience. We have invited 30 local, regional and national organizations to send representatives to campus for the lunch hour to meet and greet our students. As a part of the poster presentation, we ask all guests to engage our students in conversation and/or impromptu interviews about the project, volunteering, career aspirations and/or job opportunities. For more information, please contact Kyle Moody at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (620) 241-0723 ext. 386.
The English Department enjoyed the second annual Art and Joy of Words on April 12 at The Well in downtown McPherson. Seniors Samantha McClellan, Josiah Oliver and A.J. Ellis, son of Wendel ’84 and Elby (Shaw ‘85) Ellis, presented their poems. Faculty judges Candi Alexander ‘95, David Grubbs and Ryan Mackey ‘99 were hard pressed to make their decision. In the end, Ellis took first place honors.
IN OTHER NEWS
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) will be visiting our campus next fall for an accreditation visit. Several campus members, led by Candi Alexander, have been involved in preparing for their visit. A prayer calendar has been developed to help us pray for favor, wisdom, and guidance and to help us know for whom and what to pray. The calendar began May 1. If you would like to join us in praying for this critical visit, the calendar can be found at http://www.centralchristian.edu/community/HLC%20Prayer%20Calendar.pdf.
A new video was produced by the Central Christian College Broadcasting Team and was shared by faculty member Chris Gates ’05. You can watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t28MRwA8KjM&feature=youtube.
The alumni project to purchase new stage curtains in Greer Auditorium is nearing completion. The curtains have been ordered and should arrive soon. Hopefully, they will be installed in time for the Baccalaureate and Honors Night on Friday May 17. We appreciate the financial assistance that many of you gave to this project!
For any of you who may be history buffs, especially for Central or our founding institution, Orleans Seminary in Orleans, Nebraska, a very interesting book was called to my attention recently. It is titled Shadow and Sunshine by an African American woman, Eliza Suggs. The book was written in 1906 and has introductions by Free Methodist pioneers Burton R. Jones and C.M. Damon, an Orleans Seminary founder. It is a very interesting story and even includes some reminiscing about slavery experiences that her mother shared with her. An electronic edition is available for reading at http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/suggs/suggs.html.
Fine Arts events –
May 4-11 - Central Christian College and U.S. Cellular owner, Levi Sides ’10, are proud to be partnering to raise money for the CCC Alumni Project through a social media challenge. Any Central alumnus, student, faculty, staff or friend of Central who “likes” the U.S. Cellular Facebook page (link below) will result in a $1 per Facebook gift to the Greer Auditorium Lighting alumni project. Don’t forget to “like” both the U.S. Cellular and Central Christian College page links at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/US-Cellular-Five-Star-Cellular/177204402302484 and https://www.facebook.com/centralchristiancollege?fref=ts.
- May 3 - Amanda Thomason, Senior project (EP Release), 7:00 p.m. in The Warehouse
- May 4 - Battle of the Bands, 7:00 p.m. in The Warehouse
- May 7 – Senior Art Exhibit and Reception, 5.30 p.m. in Wesley Black Fine Arts Center
- May 7 - Concert featuring Concert Choir, Guitar Ensemble, Guitar Quartet, Piano Ensemble and Jazz Band, 7:00 p.m. in Greer Auditorium.
- May 13 – Music Theory IV Composition Recital, 4:00 p.m. in Greer Auditorium
- May 13 – Songwriters Performance, 7:00 p.m. in The Warehouse
May 9-12 - A reunion is set for all former aviation students, alumni and friends interested in aviation. The reunion will kick-off with a fly-in at the McPherson airport on Thursday evening followed by trips to Wichita and Hutchinson to visit the Cessna Service Center, Kansas Aviation Museum and the Kansas Cosmosphere.
May 11 - The dedication of the MB Miller Heritage Plaza will be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. A reception on the Plaza will follow the dedication.
May 11 - A third mural will be dedicated in downtown McPherson on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Art instructor, Naomi Ullum and a number of her students have painted these murals over the past 2-3 years. This year’s mural honors the 100-year tradition of All School’s Day parades which is being celebrated this year. Students Amanda Shaw ‘12 and Robert Cooney ‘13 helped paint this mural.
May 18 - Commencement at 2:30 p.m. With 114 graduates, we are expecting over 700 in attendance with families, friends and employers. The Commencement exercise has been moved from the Free Methodist Church to the Ed Pyle Sports Complex. This will be the first time we’ve needed a larger facility.
Registrar Bev (Olsen ‘79, ‘x04) Kelley has been named Central’s Librarian beginning with the 2013-14 school year. Library operations are not new to Kelley as she has previously had more than ten years of experience in the Central Christian College Library.
June 14-16 - Alumni Summer Weekend - 40, 50 and 60-year class reunions (classes - 1953, 1963 and 1973). Also, reunions are set for former basketball players with Coach Marvin Sellberg ’46 (1955-1964) and Coach Mike Saxton ’64 (1972-1981). Former music faculty member Tom Walker is also returning for a reunion of his choirs. We’ve received several responses from alumni who are planning to make this a weekend to remember! The schedule can be found at www.centralchristian.edu/asw. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Nelson ‘72 at (620) 504-5140 ext. 3108 or Carolyn.email@example.com.
Ruth Parry ‘11 has been hired as the Registrar. Parry has previously served as Operations Officer for the School of Professional Education, Academic Liaison, Writing Center Coordinator, Associate Editor of HLC Self-Study Report and Graduate Assistant in the English Department. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Education degree.
Job opportunities have been posted on Central’s web page for the positions of Institutional Research Officer and Writing Program Coordinator/English Instructor. If interested please go to
The College Archives is seeking to fill one half-time position. Experience in an archive, library or museum is desired, but not mandatory. Computer competence and willingness to learn is required. For additional information or to refer a name, contact John Ferrell ’49 at (620) 241-2968 or (620) 755-1987.
THE FINE PRINT
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