Sterling College alumnus Dr. Joe McFarland will speak at the College's 118th Commencement ceremonies at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, on Cooper Hall-East Lawn at the Sterling College campus. He will address the 123 graduating seniors and their families and friends with a speech titled "Gambatte."
Ideally, senior projects should reflect the full range of a student's education. In Sterling College senior Matt Ehresman's case, that should have been nearly impossible. "I created my own major," he said, "graphic communications. I minored in youth ministry and I also took some business and music classes-I thought they might be useful."
Sterling College recognized scholarship winners and other outstanding students during the annual Awards Convocation held April 30th at 11:00 am in Culbertson Auditorium.
Students recognized for individual scholarships were:
Aleta J. Matthews Endowed Scholarship: Lauren Cox, Whitney Dautel, Paul Brecht
Bill Thayer Memorial Scholarship in Theatre: Marcus Mull, Lauren White
Bill Thayer Memorial Scholarship in Business: Laura Allen
Castrodalel Family Endowed Scholarship: Christina Cheyney
When students entered the Urban Ministry class at Sterling College this past spring, they may not have expected to get much field experience. After all, Sterling College is in Sterling, Kans., a town of only 2500 people. Knowing this, however, Dr. Craig Smith, the professor teaching the course, arranged for a field trip-to World Impact's "Encounter the City" conference in Wichita.
For colleges, the official news that they have been approved for reaccreditation is much like the diplomas their students receive during graduation: the "piece of paper" stands for a lot of hard work.
But it also symbolizes progress and success, which is why, when Sterling College's President Dr. Paul J. Maurer announced last week that the College had received an official 10-year reaccreditation, he said, "This is a truly significant moment for Sterling College. Join me in giving thanks to God for his goodness."
Downtown Sterling recently received a makeover through "Love Sterling," a community outreach event planned by Sterling College. More than 150 College students and community members provided nearly 900 hours of labor on Saturday, May 1. "We were able to accomplish every single project we'd planned except one," said Anne Smith, chaplain at Sterling College. "Truly, it was amazing the way folks and resources arrived just as we needed them."
The Sterling College mission trip to Kenya this summer will involve a lot of soccer-or "football," as it is called in Kenya. Dave Underwood, head men's soccer coach at Sterling College, is leading eight of the soccer players on a mission trip to Nairobi. The team is hosting clinics and training sessions at schools, orphanages, and the Kibera slum and will play with several African club teams.
The Sterling College Business Department made the decision to give Tim Hoover the Outstanding Business Student award on April 14. On April 15, Tim Hoover, a first-year , non-traditional student from Sterling, collapsed in class and died. He had suffered with diabetes and complications related to it for many years. Despite his health issues, Hoover was passionate about getting an education and determined to pursue it.
Two years of teaching in China is not usually on the résumé of a resident director at Sterling College, but that is the case for new Resident Director Josh Wisner. Wisner spent two years teaching English classes in China after graduating from Sterling College in 2007. During his College career Wisner played on the SC men's basketball team, served as a resident assistant for two years and was named the Outstanding Male Student of the Year.