The words “field trip” make most people think of elementary or perhaps high school students, but Sterling College professors have taken students on several field trips this fall—or have brought the “field trip” to Sterling.
Sterling College was selected by the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a 2007-2008 NAIA Champions of Character Institution because of its commitment to the use of sports as a character-building tool. In the past year Sterling College football and basketball players read to students in Sterling Grade School; the soccer teams visited with residents in the local nursing home; softball players worked with the mentoring network YouthFriends; and the men’s basketball team held free clinics for children in Sterling, Hutchinson, and Ellsworth.
On December 15, 2008, while fellow classmates are setting out for family Christmas celebrations, nine Sterling College students will travel to the Middle East, not only missing Christmas Day with families but also their entire inter-term break. The team will return on January 6, 2009, after spending three weeks on a medical missions trip.
Christmas Rejoice! A Musical Event” will be held Sunday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m., in Culbertson Auditorium on the Sterling College campus. The concert will feature performances by a variety of Sterling College music ensembles, including the Saxophone Ensemble, Sterling Lasses, Jazz Band, Highland Singers, Flute Choir, Men’s Quartet, Concert Choir and the Concert Band.
Scott Carter has been appointed Director of Advancement at Sterling College. Carter is a 1983 graduate of Wichita Southeast High School and a 1988 graduate of Sterling.
Changes in the Advancement Department brought about the need for a team leader who was familiar with both the College and the community. “I’m thrilled to be back at Sterling College during this time of transition,” Carter comments. Carter’s ties with the community are also deep, and he maintains connections with family who live in Sterling and its surrounding areas.