It's official. Sterling College has set another new enrollment record-for the second year in a row. Following the official twentieth day enrollment mark on September 22, Sterling College has posted a total enrollment of 722 for fall 2009, the highest in the school's 122-year history. Officials credit the increase to a combination of a large incoming class, a consistent retention rate, and a five-year history of increasing enrollment.
When the Sterling College Psychology Department was honored last week for winning the second annual "Department of the Year" award, the reason for the choice was clear: Sterling's psychology professors recruit personally and form relationships with their prospective students even before they start classes at the College.
David Harmon not only teaches art, he creates it, submits it-and wins awards for it. In 2009 Harmon has had two works accepted at juried art shows, and one of those pieces was awarded third place in the show. "Few of our students realize how much competition there is in the arts," said Harmon, a professor in the Sterling College Art and Design Department. "But the competition to get work accepted at juried shows and then considered for awards is good for us- as artists and as people."
Sterling College student Ashlen Stamm has always dreamed of owning a business. "I come from a long line of entrepreneurs. Even when I was a little girl I wanted to own a restaurant of my own." This desire led her to major in business at Sterling and to work with the business department's Quiznos franchise project. "The Quiznos project allows me to tell potential employers that I haven't just studied certain business concepts, I've applied them," she said. "It has huge impact on my preparation for the business world."
Sterling College graduate Loren Dalton '87 will be the featured speaker for the 2009 Oscar Schmidt Lecture Series at Sterling College, held on October 16 at 10 a.m. in the College's Culbertson Auditorium. Dalton is a Corporate Officer for Harte-Hanks, Inc. and serves as President of PennySaverUSA.com and TheFlyer.com.
Sterling College once again offers central Kansas residents a chance to "go to college" through the Sterling College Outreach Education (SCOE) program. Real estate, music and ceramics are the three areas being offered this fall.
For the second year the Sterling College debate team dominated at the annual Debates on a Plain Tournament, capturing first place in team sweeps competition and the championship of the varsity division. "It was an outstanding way to start the season. It really sets the tone," said Ken Troyer, Sterling College's forensics and debate coach. "There is no doubt our showing sends a message to others in the region as we will likely have at least two teams ranked in the top 20 when the first rankings are released."