More than 40 years later, Dr. Dan Fahrenholtz can tell stories about his time at Sterling College. He can list the professors and fellow students who had profound impact on him, and he can name the SC singing group he toured with in the summers.
It looked like just fun and games on Sunday night as the new Sterling College students passed a ring-shaped candy from one person to the next using only their teeth and a toothpick and then tied their legs together to compete in the “team-legged” race. However, they were actually increasing their chances to have a successful college experience. “Students who are involved and who have friends on campus are more likely to stay in college and earn a degree,” said Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Shawn Reed as he spoke to the students on Saturday. “National statistics say that most of you will not finish college, but that’s not the case at Sterling. We want each and every one of you to succeed.”
When high school seniors and their parents search the Princeton Review's 2011 Best Colleges list, they will find Sterling College, Sterling, Kan., recommended as one of the "bests" in the Midwest region. These "regional bests" constitute only 25% of the nation's four-year colleges-"a select group, indeed."
Dr. Gladys Ritterhouse, chair of Sterling College's Teacher Education Program (STEP), says that new professors Dr. Marielena Righettini and Assistant Professor Debra Millikan are "answers to a lot of prayer, STEP's summer miracle." She is referring to the fact that both Righettini and Millikan, though hired just this summer, are both professionally and missionally excellent fits for the College and the STEP program.
The Sterling College mission trip to Ghana this summer will stretch the eight members of the team as they preach, witness and build relationships throughout the country. The team will have opportunities to speak in local churches, schools and even on the street, but team members will also serve in any other way they can.