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."
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
The Reverend Dr. Michael Andrus, lead pastor of First Evangelical Free Church of Wichita, will speak at Sterling College's Baccalaureate service on Friday, May 14, at 7:30 in Culbertson Auditorium. His message is titled "The Other Parable of the Two Sons."
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."