During 2009 Dr.Brad Nix, Chair of the Music Department at Sterling College, has had two musical compositions accepted for publication and several others performed by high school, college, and church choral groups.
Sterling College has hired a new student accounts coordinator/accountant for its business office. Heidi Shantz comes to the College from Grace Bible Church in Hutchinson, where she has worked as an administrative assistant for nearly four years. Shantz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southwest Baptist University in Missouri.
Despite having more than 20 four-year colleges in her home state, Lauren Cox of Colby, Kansas, was ready to go to a school nearly 1400 miles away. On the day she planned to sign enrollment papers, she heard of Sterling College, 200 miles from Colby, and what she learned made her reconsider her decision.
The 8th annual Santa Fe Trail: Children’s Literature Festival will be held at Sterling College on Thursday, September 17. Elementary and middle school students from Rice County, South Hutchinson, and Hutchinson will attend the event, which features Christopher Canyon, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, and Molly Levite Griffis, a writer who has twice won the Oklahoma Book Award.
Upper-level biology students at Sterling College this fall will have to change the way they address one of their professors. Jonathan Conard, assistant professor of biology, looks no different than he did last spring, but he is now Dr. Conard, having completed his Ph.D. in biology at Kansas State this past summer.
Though the "Raving Fan Award" sounds like a recognition given at a high school pep rally, it is actually an award given by the Varsity Spirit Corporation, one of the premier cheerleading camp companies in the nation. College senior Jonathon Lovercamp, one of several Sterling College athletic training majors who interned for Varsity Spirit this past summer, was nominated for this award. It is such a well-known honor in athletic training that he may list his "Raving Fan" nomination on his résumé, and it might be the very thing that lands him a job.
When author Molly Griffis shared the true story of Old West outlaw Elmer McCurdy, whose body was embalmed so well it was mistaken for a "dummy" and stored in a Hollywood prop room-until the arm fell off and a bone was revealed, her audience gasped. When children's book illustrator Christopher Canyon played "Grandma's Feather Bed" on his guitar, his audience sang along and laughed at the pictures Canyon created to bring the John Denver song to full, animated life.