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.
This past spring Sterling College’s Teacher Education Program Chair Dr. Gladys Ritterhouse travelled to Chicago’s West Side. She toured several neighborhoods there, visited a homeless shelter and had lunch in a restaurant serving soul food. These are not traditional tourist spots in Chicago, but Dr. Ritterhouse was not on vacation. She was attending the first-ever Council of Advisors for the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, an organization that Sterling College has partnered with for nearly a decade.
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.”
Sterling College Director of Marketing Communication Karin Swihart is very excited about both the new position at the College: web marketing manager, and the person filling it: Sarah Contrucci. "Our office will be so much more productive this year," Swihart said. "Sarah will not only be able to ‘manage' our Web site, but her background in marketing and art-and her strong creative skills-will also enable her to be innovative in using the Web, e-mail, online advertising and social media to advertise the College. I am praising the Lord for leading her to us."
Sterling College Associate Professor of Art David Harmon will present a paper at the 24thannual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists presented by the School of Visual Arts in New York City. The conference's mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the role of the liberal arts in the education of artists.
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."
Sterling College welcomes Donald Frick to the Communication/Theatre Arts Department as a visiting professor. "Professor Frick brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sterling College," said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Gregory Kerr. "I look forward to the wonderful impact he will have on SC's communication majors. They are gaining a professor who can give them not only professional advice but also advice on servant leadership."