Talin Goebel Achieves Fall 2020 Dean’s List at Belmont University

NASHVILLE, TN (12/07/2020)– Talin Goebel qualified for the Fall 2020 Dean’s List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 55 percent of Belmont’s students this semester qualified for the Fall 2020 Dean’s List. Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns said, “Achieving the recognition of Dean’s List during the Fall 2020 semester is an extraordinary achievement. While we are always impressed with students’ who are able to achieve this high level of recognition in their academic endeavors, those students that

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Adventure Program Adds New Initiatives for Students

McPHERSON, KAN. – A unique program that offers McPherson College students opportunities to engage in outdoor adventures continues to add new initiatives that enhance the student experience and build leadership skills while embracing Kansas outdoors. The Bulldog Adventures program was introduced to McPherson College students last academic year providing opportunities for students to participate in monthly off-campus adventures as well as on-campus outdoor activities. Offering ventures like hiking, float trips, a fishing derby, and lawn games, Bulldog Adventures utilizes outdoor spaces in and around campus. This year the program added several new initiatives including a Build Your Own Adventure option,

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Jazz Festival Continues Virtually

McPHERSON, KAN. – Nearly 300 students from 14 area high schools and a middle school participated in the McPherson College Jazz Festival. The festival, which has drawn hundreds of young musicians to campus for the past seven years, was a virtual event this year. Jazz bands submitted video performances that clinicians adjudicated to determine ratings and awards. This year’s clinicians included Kyle Hopkins, director of bands and associate professor of music at McPherson College; Brad Shores, retired music educator and adjunct of percussion; and Gregg Walker, retired music educator and adjunct of woodwinds. Hopkins said the idea for the annual

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McPherson College Joins National Equity Leadership Alliance

McPHERSON, KAN. – McPherson College is among the 51 inaugural member institutions of the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance recently announced by the University of Southern California Race and Equity Center. The USC Race and Equity Center works with professionals in educational institutions and corporations to strategically develop and achieve equity goals, better understand and correct climate problems, avoid and recover from racial crises, and cultivate sustainable cultures of inclusion and respect. McPherson College has participated in the USC Race and Equity Center’s Campus Climate Survey since 2019, and as a member of the new Alliance will have access

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Pay-As-You-Go and Graduate Debt Free

Roughly, one out of every six Americans owe student debt. Even more alarming, about 20 percent of those in debt are over 50 – parents and grandparents spending their retirement nest egg to pay off their families’ college loans. Student debt permeates generations. Kenajah Upchurch, a sophomore in business management from Houston, didn’t want to put a heavy burden of debt on her family. A self-described “budget person,” Kenajah recognized McPherson College’s Student Debt Project as a way to get through college on a pay-as-you-go plan. She joined the project this academic year because, she says, “It appeals to my business

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Jennifer Horne of Canton performed in Concordia’s Fall Honor Recital

SEWARD, NE (11/03/2020)– Concordia University, Nebraska music students performed in the semiannual honor recital Oct. 27 in front of a limited audience in attendance, while the performances were streamed on the music department’s Facebook page. “We have many, many talented students in the music department, vocalists and instrumentalists alike, and the Honor Recital will show a sampling of them,’ said Dr. Elizabeth Grimpo, professor of music. “Our students work hard; they are dedicated to their art; they love music; and they are grateful to share their talents with others, if they were here in person or watching the livestream.” The

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Evie Johnson in Outdoor Staging of ‘Medea’ at Emporia State

EMPORIA, KS — Emporia State University Theatre presents Euripides’ “Medea,” in a new version by Ben Power, as its fall 2020 show. Two free performances will be presented on the steps of ESU’s Memorial Union at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 and 31 with an alternate performance scheduled for Nov. 1, in case of inclement weather. The production runs 90 minutes. A classic Greek tragedy, “Medea” tells the story of Medea, a former princess, and her ex-husband, Jason, who has abandoned Medea and their two sons to marry King Kreon’s daughter. Afraid of Medea’s future interference, Kreon banishes her and her

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McPherson College Announces Teaching Awards

McPHERSON, KAN. – McPherson College announces the recipients of the 2020-21 Teaching Awards. The awards are traditionally presented at the college’s annual Honors Convocation, which was not held this year. This year’s recipients are Dr. Stephen Hoyer and Dr. Becki Bowman. A committee of three students and last year’s teaching award recipients reviewed more than 35 nominations from students and faculty colleagues to select one tenured faculty member and one non-tenured faculty member to receive the awards. This year’s non-tenured award recipient, Dr. Hoyer, is an assistant professor of psychology. Students who nominated Dr. Hoyer emphasized his gentle, compassionate nature;

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McPherson College Honors Essential Workers at Color Run

Students, faculty, and staff honored essential workers who make it possible for the campus to operate at the 2020 McPherson College Color Run organized by the Office of Student Life on Saturday, September 19. Prior to the start of the race, members of the McPherson College facilities staff and Fresh Ideas, the campus food service, were recognized for providing essential services during unprecedented times of uncertainty and difficulty. Staff members were presented with framed certificates that read: “Thank you for your endless commitment, dedication, and sacrifice to keeping us safe and healthy. We appreciate your hard work and express our

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