- Andi Schmidt Andres, curator of education at Kauffman Museum, Kristin Schmidt, museum assistant, David Kreider, museum technician, Rachel Pannabecker, museum director, and Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits, attended the annual meeting of the Kansas Museums Association in Hutchinson, November 4-6. Kreider presented "Art Handling 101," and Pannabecker coordinated a roundtable session on "Financing Our Museums: Creative Responses to an Unstable Economy." Regier received the 2009 KMA distinguished service award in recognition of his contributions to the Kansas museum community over the past 25 years.
- Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, attended the Mid-Atlantic American/Popular Culture Association (MAPACA) conference, and presented a paper called "The Milk is the Medium: Artistic 'Expressions' of Maternity" on a women's studies panel on "Maternal Considerations," November 5-7.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, attended a symposium, "Restorative Justice in Adult Criminal Courts" at the University of Missouri on November 13.
- Dave Linscheid, director of alumni relations, and alumni department staff from 14 Kansas Independent College Association institutions held a day-long meeting at Tabor College, Hillsboro, November 5 to exchange alumni relations ideas. The 16 people attending came from Baker University, Benedictine College, Bethany College, Bethel College, Central Christian College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, Manhattan Christian College, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College, Sterling College and Tabor College.
- Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, and Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, completed six days of training - five days in June and one on November 30- to prepare to facilitate face-to-face dialogue between offenders and victim survivors in crimes of severe violence. Schmidt-Tieszen and Flory were two of nine persons trained in the state, and they will have their first cases assigned in January.
- Kirsten Zerger, director of education and training at KIPCOR, participated in a conference on "Best Practices in Kansas Child Welfare Law" in Wichita September 23, sponsored by the Kansas Office of Judicial Administration, the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, Kansas CASA Association and the Supreme Court Task Force on Permanency Planning. Zerger also participated in a special workshop in Topeka on October 2 addressing "Safety, Domestic Violence and Mediation," sponsored by the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.
- Don Lemons, professor of physics, attended the annual Plasma Division meeting of the American Physical Society, November 4-6, and presented two poster papers: “Stochastic analysis of pitch angle scattering of charged particles by transverse magnetic waves” and “The isotropic random path: analysis, simulation, and a physical realization.”
- Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits at Kauffman Museum, and Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, attended the Mountain-Plains Museums Association in Cheyenne, Wyo., October 6-9. Regier gave two presentations: “Thinking Inside the Box: New Solutions for Traveling Exhibits and Crating” with Dee Harris of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and “Museums Building Museums” with Christopher Orwoll of the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Regier also received the MPMA technology award for StoryTablet, an audio program system developed in collaboration with Joel Gaeddert (now at Flint Hills Design).
- Mark Fox, women's basketball coach, attended the Read and React Clinic, presented by Rick Torbett who created this offensive system, at Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas, Sept. 12-13.
- Fred Goering, director of development, attended the Mennonite Foundation Planned Giving Conference in Lancaster, Pa., met with the development officers from other Mennonite colleges, and visited alumni and donors in Pennsylvania Sept. 26-30.
- Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, attended an undergraduate biology education conference in Washington, D.C., on July 15-17, called “Vision and Change,” which was sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation.
- Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, attended MC USA Executive Board Meetings in Kansas City, Sept. 23-25.
- John Thiesen, co-director of libraries, attended the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Austin, Texas, Aug 11-16, and also a pre-conference workshop on email archives.
- Merle Schlabaugh, professor of German, hosted the annual Deutsches Wochenende, a German language immersion weekend sponsored by the Kansas Association of Teachers of German, on the Bethel College campus on Sept. 18-19.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, collaborated as pianist with clarinetist Suzanne Tirk. They performed on September 20 for Tirk's faculty recital at Wichita State University, and again on November 21 for two lecture recitals given at Michigan State University. Schlabaugh also accompanied eight Bethel students who participated in the regional competition sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing held at Kansas State University in Manhattan on October 30-31. She also was pianist for a faculty voice recital on November 6, featuring Bethel Assistant Professor of Music Soyoun Chun and guest tenor Joseph Perniciaro from Fort Hays State University.
- Robert Yutzy, coordinator of congregational ministries at KIPCOR, preached at Lombard Mennonite Church (IL) October 4 and November 15.
- Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, preached on “Bringing Jonah Home,” at Hope Mennonite Church in Wichita, October 18. She also taught two Wednesday night sessions on “Praying the Psalms” at First Mennonite Church in Hutchinson on October 21 and 28. At Bethel College Mennonite Church, Shelly taught two sessions on Judaism and Islam with the youth Sunday school class on October 25 and November 1.
- Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, preached at First Mennonite Church, Hutchinson, on Sept.13 and during Sunday school presented “Three meetings with the President of Iran.”Shelly also preached at Hope Mennonite Church, Wichita, on Sept. 27, and presented “Three meetings with the President of Iran” during Sunday school.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, presented a continuing legal education program for the Kansas Bar Association in Wichita on November 20, entitled "Structuring Facilitated Dialogue in Public Disputes."
- Duane Friesen, Edmund G. Kaufman professor emeritus of Bible and religion, presented a paper, "Practicing Incarnation: A Contemporary Political Model," at the conference, Anabaptist Convictions After Marpeck, Bluffton College, June 26-28. In addition, Friesen taught "Christian Encounter with World Faiths," at the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary--Great Plains Extension during the fall semester.
- Kirsten Zerger, director of education and training at KIPCOR, Robert Yutzy, coordinator of congregational ministries at KIPCOR, and Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, helped design the Moundridge, Kan., "Healthy Community Initiative" held on November 6, and as a part of that initiative they worked with all Moundridge High School students and faculty in the morning and all 7th & 8th grade students and faculty in the afternoon on the topic of what encourages students to thrive in the Moundridge school and community, and what causes students to wither. The topic was selected based on data generated by the Caring Communities Survey of students given by the State of Kansas.
- Kirsten Zerger, director of education and training at KIPCOR, Barbara Schmidt, manager of KIPCOR's Community Mediation Center, and Jennifer Foster, chief court services officer of the Ninth Judicial District of the State of Kansas, led a workshop on "Working with High Conflict Families: From Chaos to HOPE" at the Kansas Association of Court Service Officers 2009 Fall Conference in Salina October 15. Zerger also led a workshop on "The Changing Face of Kansas: Managing 21st Century Cultural Diversity."
- Stan Eitzen, visiting professor of sociology, gave a talk entitled "Inequality and the Unraveling of the Social Fabric" to the Senior Symposium at Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va., on September 28. He also gave a talk to the sociology majors entitled "Autobiography and the Sociological Imagination."
- John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, spoke at a special session for all 8th graders at Santa Fe Middle School in Newton on October 22. The students, who had viewed the 1957 motion picture version of 12 Angry Men in social studies classes, had submitted questions about McCabe-Juhnke’s experience of staging the play at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
- Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, presented a convocation, “Social Work Narratives: Privilege, Responsibility, and Turning Points” on September 28.
- Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, gave the lecture “Biopsychological Responses to Music Chosen by a Computer: Validation of a Music Search Engine” for the concluding symposium of the summer undergraduate research program of the College of Natural Sciences, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, on July 31. Krehbiel also chaired a panel to review grant proposals for the Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program of the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va., July 13-14.
- Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, gave a presentation on “Three meetings with the President of Iran” at Shalom Mennonite Church, Newton, on Sept. 30.
- Tracy Tuttle, assistant professor of physics, offered a hands-on, multimedia presentation entitled "Telescopes, Computers and CCDs" to attendees at the 1st Kansas Cosmosphere "Starry Night 2009" public star party on Aug. 21. He demonstrated computer driven telescope operation and astronomical imaging techniques in conjunction with the Kansas Cosmosphere.
- Garrett Whorton, admissions counselor, gave the Baccalaureate address to the graduating seniors from Little River High School on May 13. He is a graduate of Little River High School.
- Duane Friesen, Edmund G. Kaufman professor emeritus of Bible and religion, with Bradley D. Guhr published "Metanoia and Healing: Toward a Great Plains Land Ethic," Journal of Religious Ethics, Dec. 2009.
- Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, assistant professor of biology, along with three coauthors published “A Molecular Examination of Relatedness, Multiple Paternity, and Cohabitation of the Southern Plains Woodrat (Neotoma micropus)” in the Journal of Mammalogy 90(4): 819-831.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, had his article "Wealth and Power in the Vistual River Mennonite Community, 1772-1914" published in the Journal of Mennonite Studies, 27 (2009): 93-107.
- Ami Regier, professor of English, wrote an article in 2004 that will be reprinted in a volume titled Native American Writers, published as a part of Harold Bloom's Modern Critical Views series in 2009. The article is entitled "Revolutionary Enunciatory Spaces: Ghost Dancing, Transatlantic Travel, and Modernist Arson in Gardens in the Dunes," MFS: Modern Fiction Studies, Volume 51, Number 1 (Spring 2005): pp. 134-157.
- Gary Histand, professor of chemistry, recently completed a term as a member of the committee that produced the 2009 General Chemistry First Term Examination (American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Education, Examinations Institute).
- Barbara Schmidt, manager of KIPCOR's Community Mediation Center, has accepted a position on the board of directors for the Harvey County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Task Force, Inc.
- Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, accompanied two students who presented posters of their work at "MidBrains 2009," a regional undergraduate neuroscience conference occurring at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn., on May 2.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, attended MC USA Board meetings in Rochester, N.Y., April 15-18 and preached at Rochester Area Mennonite Fellowship on April 19.
- Sondra Koontz, vice president for advancement, visited donors in Arizona and heard the Concert Choir twice during their spring break tour.
- Elizabeth Gatz, assistant professor of nursing, attended Mosby's Faculty Development Institute for nursing instructors in Orlando Jan. 5-6. She also went to Day at the Legislature (DATL) on Feb. 12. DALT is a day for students to become more aware of the role nurses can play in development of rules and laws for the health care profession.
- Gail Lutsch, professor of art, judged the paintings of, and gave a slide presentation to, the Kansas Art Guild at the Wichita Center for the Arts on Tues., April 7. She also had a screen monotype accepted into the 40th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition at the Hays Art Center from April 24 through June 5. The juror for the show was Jan Schall, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.
- Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct assistant professor of art, had a show of recent prints, "The Identity Series," exhibited at the Hesston College Art Gallery through April 10.
- Chuck Regier and Joel Gaeddert, exhibit curators at Kauffman Museum, have completed the design and production of a traveling exhibit for ExhibitsUSA in Kansas City, Mo. The exhibit "Lee and Grant," originally developed by the Virginia Historical Society, was reorganized as a traveling exhibit by EUSA and Kauffman Museum. David Kreider, museum technician, and Rachel Pannabecker, director of the museum, along with Mark Schmidt Andres and Abe Regier, also contributed to the project by text editing, mount making and developing an innovative design for a crate that transforms into a display module
- Gary Flory, director of KIPCOR, helped design and facilitate a community forum on "Forgiveness and Restorative Justice" sponsored by the Garvey Institute of Law at Friends University on April 4. This forum was a follow-up to a lecture the previous night by South African Archbishop Thabo Makgoba and was attended by community leaders in Wichita.
- Fred Goering, director of development, and Dave Linscheid, director of alumni relations, hosted a reception for alumni and friends of the college at Hope Mennonite Church March 20, after the Concert Choir's first performance on tour during spring break. Bev Goering and Alumni Council member Vicki Howard, Halstead, helped host. Faculty/staff members Bill Eash, professor of music, Dale Schrag, director of church relations, and Garrett Whorton, admissions counselor, accompanying the choir on tour, also attended.
- Fred Goering, director of development, and John Sheriff, executive vice president for institutional development, hosted an estate planning meeting for Bethel donors on Feb. 9. Topics discussed were "Estate Planning When Family Members Don't Agree" and "Maintaining Your Estate Plan."
Participated / Presented
- Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct assistant professor of art, presented a paper entitled "Collecting Recollections: Memory and memorialization in the work of two contemporary printmakers" on April 3 at the Midwest Art History Society conference in Kansas City.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, presented "Food for Thought: A Biblical and Theological Look at the Global Food Crisis," at the MCC Washington Office "Hunger for Justice" Seminar, Wichita, Mar. 29.
- Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct assistant professor of art, presented the paper "Nursing Journeys and the Infant-Collaborator," at the annual conference of the College Art Association, in Feb. in Los Angeles.
- Gary Flory, director of KIPCOR, along with Libby Schrag and Alison Replogle, presented a session at the Wichita State University Social Work Power Conference on Mar. 6. The session was titled "Restorative Discipline in Schools: Strengthening Community through Accountability." On Mar. 24 at the Kansas Rural Water Association state convention in Wichita, Flory and KIPCOR Senior Associate Ken Grotewiel presented an all-day workshop on "Resolving Disputes in a Neighborly Way." On Mar. 25, Flory presented a session on a process he used in eastern Kansas to resolve a major dispute between a city and a rural water district, entitled "One Response to Territorial Disputes: A Kansas Case Study."
- Don Lemons, professor of physics, presented a Faculty Seminar on Mar. 31 entitled "Plasma Physics, Plasma Simulation, and My Work."
- Brett Dewey, assistant professor of Bible and religion, Dale Schrag, director of church relations, and Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, made presentations and participated in an all-day faculty workshop on "Teaching about Religious Diversity on Mennonite College Campuses in Kansas" on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Hesston College. The workshop involved 12 faculty from Bethel, Hesston, and Tabor Colleges and was funded by a mini-grant from the Wabash Center. Dewey presented a paper, "Educating Sabbath Lily Hawks: Faith Seeking Understanding at Bethel College." Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, also participated in the workshop.
- Sondra Koontz, vice president for advancement, spoke about fundraising ("It's All about Relationships") to the women's circle groups of the Bethel College Mennonite Church on Feb. 17.
- Toby Tyner, associate director of development, represented the development office at the annual Agri-Urban meeting held at Eden Mennonite Church and at Stewardship University held on campus Feb. 21.
- Brett Dewey assistant professor of Bible and religion, gave the Bethel College Sunday service sermon "Death and Hope," at Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church, Goessel, on Mar.15. He delivered the Palm Sunday sermon at New Creation Fellowship in Newton on Apr. 5.
- Robert Yutzy, coordinator of congregational ministries at KIPCOR, taught a four-part Wednesday evening training on interpersonal conflict in Feb. and Mar. at Journey@Yoder, South Hutchinson Mennonite Church's Yoder campus. Yutzy also co-led a three-part Lenten series with his Luann at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper.
- Robert Yutzy, KIPCOR’s coordinator of congregational ministries, preached at First Mennonite Church in Newton on Jan. 11 and at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper on Jan. 18 and Feb. 22. He is assisting his wife, Luann, with interim ministry at Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church.
- Penelope Adams Moon, associate professor of history, published " 'We aren't playing that passive role any longer': American Women's Protest of the Vietnam War" in Restaging War in the Western World: Noncombatant Experiences, 1890-Today (Maartje Abbenhuis and Sara Buttsworth, eds., Palgrave MacMillan, 2009).
- Martha Peterka, professor of Spanish, had her article "El cuento epifánico como bildungsroman femenino" accepted for publication in the refereed journal Explicación de textos literarios, volume 36.