"Psychology tastes so good!" This was the reaction of the Sterling Academy students after they acted as guinea pigs for Sterling College's general psychology class. Why did they respond that way? The College students gave them treats and candy to thank them for being such willing test subjects.
"It was inspiring to know there are organizations and people who are doing things-so often the news is only negative," said Jaclyn Coxwell, a senior at Sterling College, after meeting with representatives from World Vision, a Christian organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. It is one of the largest relief organizations in the world.
This experience made me realize I take a lot for granted. It has made me more thankful for what I have in my life," said Tori Swenson of Yoder, Kan.
"My perspectives of the poor changed, and I realized it is the little things that really help," said Vance Stegman of Lyons, Kan.
It was a combination of circumstances, plucky boldness, and talent that gave Sterling College student Kelly Johnson the chance to have his short film "Milk" previewed last month at a company screening of IMG, a film production company in Wichita.
Sterling College's new Executive Assistant to the President Amy Boyea has had to hit the ground running. Boyea began her job on November 30, one week before the College began its comprehensive evaluative visit from the Higher Learning Commission, the College's accrediting agency.
"It's been a fast learning curve," she said. Boyea comes to the College from Hospira, Inc., a global pharmaceutical and medication delivery company with an office in McPherson, where she served as an administrative assistant in the Human Resources Department.
Using tuba, piano, trombone, voice and euphonium, Sterling College's music professors have spent their Christmas "vacation" bringing music to audiences near-Sterling, Hutchinson, McPherson, and Wichita-and far-Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia.
It's been a busier-than-usual fall at Sterling College, but that has not stopped its administration and faculty from writing, creating, and composing. Recently President Paul J. Maurer and Professors David Harmon and Dr. Brad Nix have experienced recognition for their work.