Christmas Rejoice! A Musical Event” will be held Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m., in Culbertson Auditorium on the Sterling College campus. The concert will feature performances by a variety of Sterling College music ensembles, including the Saxophone Ensemble, Sterling Lasses, Jazz Band, Highland Singers, Flute Choir, Men’s Quartet, Concert Choir and the Concert Band.
On December 15, 2008, while fellow classmates are setting out for family Christmas celebrations, nine Sterling College students will travel to the Middle East, not only missing Christmas Day with families but also their entire inter-term break. The team will return on January 6, 2009, after spending three weeks on a medical missions trip.
Sterling College was selected by the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a 2007-2008 NAIA Champions of Character Institution because of its commitment to the use of sports as a character-building tool. In the past year Sterling College football and basketball players read to students in Sterling Grade School; the soccer teams visited with residents in the local nursing home; softball players worked with the mentoring network YouthFriends; and the men’s basketball team held free clinics for children in Sterling, Hutchinson, and Ellsworth.
The words “field trip” make most people think of elementary or perhaps high school students, but Sterling College professors have taken students on several field trips this fall—or have brought the “field trip” to Sterling.
Despite full class loads and “loads” of other responsibilities, the faculty of Sterling College manage to publish articles, speak at conventions, display art, and be involved in their communities. While these endeavors take time and energy, they greatly enhance professors’ professional connections, academic growth, and, ultimately, their teaching.
“I thought about reading to schoolchildren for my senior seminar project, or working with athletic camps or serving at the food bank, but my heart just wasn’t in any of those things.” Lazerrick Young, senior psychology major, shared this with his fellow students during Sterling College’s chapel on December 3, 2008. “Instead I had this desire to help a family in Sterling, a family in need, by providing them with food, clothes, and toys.”
Sometime during December, Sterling College will receive a check for $50.42—it sounds like the donation of someone counting pennies this Christmas season, doesn’t it? The truth is far from that. The $50.42 is the revenue generated by the search engine, GoodSearch.com, and the online shopping mall, GoodShop.com, and the donation didn’t cost supporters of Sterling College a single penny.
Sterling College Athletic Director Andy Lambert announced today the hiring of Jenny Ellis as Head Volleyball Coach for the Lady Warriors.
“We are pleased to announce the hiring of Jenny as the head coach of our volleyball program,” Lambert said. “Jenny brings some great strengths to our volleyball program and will be a great person to have in our department. Her and her family are also going to be great additions to our community.”
Nearly twenty members of the Sterling College faculty met in late November for the first monthly Faculty Lunchtime Worldview Discussion. Tom Bronleewe, professor in the Theology and Ministry Department, presented on the topic of worldviews in the American culture.
On December 10th and 12th , 2008, kindergarten students at Sterling Academy, a public charter school located on the Sterling College campus, listened to stories about an alligator that learns sportsmanship, a little girl who is inspired by art to discover her creativity, a boy who wins a trip to Brazil and begins to respect the geography and culture of other countries, and a sister and brother who help the local baker frost a lemon cake and learn about his homeland Italy while they work.