- Latasha Berry, admissions counselor, Rodney Frey, registrar, Kristin Larson-Jantzi, admissions counselor, and Kay Schmidt, associate registrar, attended the 2010 annual conference for KACRAO (Kansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) in Topeka, September 29-October 1. Frey was elected to the KACRAO Executive Council as Records and Registration Advocate at Large.
- Gail Lutsch, professor emeritus of art, and Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct professor of art, attended the 29th annual Frogman's Summer Printmaking Workshops in Vermillion, S. D., in July. In addition to taking intensive classes, they also both participated in a print portfolio entitled "Tempus Fugit." The portfolio was exhibited during the workshops and will be exhibited again at the Mid-America Print Council conference in Minneapolis in October, and next spring at the Scuola di Grafica in Venice, Italy.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, attended MC USA Board Meetings and Leaders Forum, September 22-25, Pittsburgh, Penn.
- Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, attended a three-day training in June entitled “Creating a Process of Change for Men Who Batter.” The training meets the Kansas standards for facilitators of batterer intervention programs. The training was sponsored by Offender Victim Ministries; Schmidt-Tieszen is a board member of that organization.
- Larry Friesen, professor of social work, attended the fall meeting of Kansas Council on Social Work Education at Fort Hays State University on November 5. Friesen serves as treasurer for the organization.
- Marla Krell, director of career development and placement, attended the KACE Conference (Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers) November 4 and 5 in Wichita.
- Dave Linscheid, director of alumni relations, attended a day-long meeting of Kansas Independent College Association alumni directors at Southwestern College, Winfield, November 4. Ten participants represented the following ten colleges: Bethel College, Central Christian College, Friends University, Hesston College, Kansas Wesleyan University, McPherson College, Newman University, Ottawa University, Southwestern College and Tabor College.
- Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits at Kauffman Museum, attended the annual meeting of the Kansas Museums Association in El Dorado on October 28-29 and hosted an exhibitor's booth with Joel Gaeddert of Flint Hills Design. Chuck also led a roundtable discussion on “Exhibit Design and Low-cost Label Production.” Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, also attended KMA and collaborated with Carla Patterson of Mid-America Arts Alliance to present “Working with Your Board: Lessons Learned from the HELP Governance Training Program.” Pannabecker also co-led a roundtable discussion on “Establishing Emergency Response Networks in Kansas.”
- Lisa Janzen Scott, assistant professor of education and mathematics, attended the Urban Education Symposium at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture November 4-5.
- Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct professor of art, curated an exhibition, “Mothers,” for Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, which will open November 5 and run through December 23.
- David Long, associate professor of art, is involved in an exhibition with several area artists. “Form and Function 2010,” a ceramic show presented by Karg Art Glass, Kechi, opened October 1 and runs through November 12.
- Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct professor of art, has work on exhibit in group shows at CRG Gallery in New York City and at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY. Her solo show, “Stories: Monoprints and More,” is on display at City Arts in Wichita through December.
- David Kreider, Kauffman Museum technician, traveled to the Orphan Train Museum in Concordia to dismantle the “Kansans Tell Their Stories” exhibit on November 8. This completes an eight-community tour during the past year in a contract with Kansas Humanities Council to ship and install this exhibit of oral history stories. The exhibit will be on display at Kauffman Museum from December 17 through January 16 before beginning a second tour in February 2011 to six additional communities.
- Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits of Kauffman Museum, and Joel Gaeddert of Flint Hills Design met with Mid-America Arts Alliance staff and a National Endowment for the Humanities consultant at the Thomas Cole House in Catskill, N.Y., November 9-12. Cole, founder of the American art movement known as the Hudson River School, is the subject of the next NEH on the Road traveling exhibit that Flint Hills Design and Kauffman Museum will design and fabricate.
- Gary Flory, director of KIPCOR, facilitated a one-hour discussion among a panel of judges and attorneys entitled “Abused, Neglected, Protected: When Children Go to Court,” on November 17. This discussion, built around a factual scenario about neglected children, was co-produced by Topeka public television station KTWU and the Kansas Supreme Court’s Office of Judicial Administration (OJA), and was filmed in the studios of KTWU. It will be broadcast by KTWU in March and will also be used by OJA in training sessions for potential guardians ad litem. Two shorter facilitated discussions relating to abused children were also filmed, and these will be used exclusively by OJA as training films.
- Tricia Lopez, administrative assistant for teacher education and social work, completed 32 hours of core mediation training through KIPCOR in June.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, was interviewed by Kelly Lenz on WIBW radio, Topeka, on the “Ag Roundup” show on July 21 on the topic of using mediation and other dispute resolution processes in agricultural settings and issues.
- Chuck Regier, Kauffman Museum curator of exhibits, participated in a session titled “Lessons from the Road” at the 2010 annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History in Oklahoma City on September 25. The panel included Leslie Przybylek of the Mid-America Arts Alliance / Exhibits USA, Clay Lewis, NEH on the Road Program Administrator, and Anne Morand, former Curator at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont.
- Jeff Roberson, information & media services, as a member of the Hutchinson AMBUCS, was a part of raising about $18,000 in funds by selling ice cream at the state fair this year. The proceeds are used to purchase AmTrykes as well as support other area organizations that help those with disabilities.
- Gary Flory, director of KIPCOR, and Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, have begun volunteer work through the Kansas Department of Corrections as a facilitator of Victim-Offender Dialogues in crimes of severe violence. They received 6 days of training during the summer and fall of 2009.
- Ami Regier, professor of literary studies, collaborated with Newton Public Library and Newton High School as part of “The Big Read,” a set of community events supporting reading sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Regier and Scott McCloud, a teacher in the English department at NHS, moderated public book and film discussions on Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, on October 5 and October 14 at Newton Public Library.
- Tracy Tuttle, assistant professor of physics, was invited by the Auger North Observatory Group to perform site analyses in western Kansas and Eastern Colorado, July 12-15. The analyses consisted of photometric and spectroscopic measurements of atmospheric transparencies and skyglow characteristics of 6 potential sites for the 150 million dollar Auger North Observatory project.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, on piano, and Timothy Shade, instructor of instrumental music, on euphonium, shared a recital with Friends University music faculty members John Taylor, on tuba, and James Knight, on piano, at Friends University on August 30 and at Bethel on September 2.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, performed with Wichita State clarinetist Suzanne Tirk at a Clarinet Summit held October 22-23 at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She performed with Timothy Shade, instructor of instrumental music, on October 31 at a concert of area performers held at West Zion Mennonite in Moundridge. On November 14, Schlabaugh and Bethel graduate Susan Gaeddert performed a recital of works for four hands at the piano in the Bethel College Chapel.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, preached on “Separating Heritage from Tradition” for Heritage Sunday at First Mennonite Church, Beatrice, Neb., September 12.
- John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, gave the sermon, “Human Darkness - Divine Light: God’s Spirit in Prison Performance” at First Mennonite Church of Hillsboro, September 12.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, gave the sermon and two presentations “Speaking a (Christian) Peace in an Iranian Muslim Context” and “Speaking a (Christian) Peace in a Christian Zionist Context,” for Peace Sunday, September 12, at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Wichita.
- Peter Miller, resident director of Warkentin Court, presented and preached at First Mennonite Church in Hillsboro on November 7. Peter spoke about his recent term in Jerusalem with MCC and the current political situation, and preached about a faithful response to exclusive theologies of land.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, preached the sermon, “Communion with Middle Eastern Christians” on October 2, at Southern Hills Mennonite Church, Topeka. She also preached the sermon “A Wisdom and Power Worth Wanting” at Trinity Mennonite Church, Hillsboro, for Bethel College Sunday, November 21.
- Tracy Tuttle, assistant professor of physics, presented “Telescopes, Computers and CCDs” at the 2nd annual Kansas Cosmosphere Starry Night Celebration on August 28 in Hutchinson.
- Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, and Ken Grotewiel provided a one-day “Environmental Conflict Resolution Workshop” on August 11 on the Bethel campus for the Kansas Environmental Leadership Program (KELP) sponsored by Kansas State University.
- Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, spoke on “The Arts in Crisis: National Trends, Local Realities” at the retreat for the board of the Newton Mid-Kansas Symphony Orchestra on August 21.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, was a panel presenter on the topic “Piano Pedagogy in Three Smaller Schools” at the National Group Piano and Piano Pedagogy Forum held at the University of Texas at Austin on August 6 and 7.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, was the speaker for Faith Mennonite Church, Newton, at its Camp Mennoscah retreat, August 21-22.
- Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR director of education and training, and Gary Flory, KIPCOR director, provided a one-day workshop on “Managing Self & Others in High-Conflict Settings” on June 22 in Concordia for the 12th Judicial District program on Supervised Visitation and Child Exchange Services.
- Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct professor of art, presented a paper, “Obscurity in East Berlin: The Post-War Fate of a Weimar Artist,” at the International Cold War Cultures Conference in Austin, Texas, October 2.
- Jon Piper, professor of biology, gave an invited talk, entitled “Studies on the Restoration of Two Native Kansas Ecosystems: Oak Woodland and Tallgrass Prairie,” as part of the Wichita State University Department of Biological Sciences seminar series on October 18.
- Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, was the guest speaker at the Hutchinson Community College class, Introduction to Social Work in September. She will speak at Butler County Community College in November to a similar class.
- Toby Tyner, associate director of development, delivered the Leadership Newton 2010 Address at the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on September 23.
- Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs, presented the paper “When the Bruised Reed Breaks: The Art of Consolation in Four Mennonite Women’s Writing about Familial Mental Illness” at the University of Winnipeg, Alberta, October 14.
- Christine Crouse-Dick, assistant professor of communication arts, presented a paper at the National Communication Association conference in San Francisco, November 14-17, “No Simple Matter: The Commodification of Simplicity in Real Simple Magazine.” It was presented at the Feminist/Women’s Studies Division.
- Gary Flory, director of KIPCOR, and Ken Grotewiel, senior associate with KIPCOR’s Great Plains Consensus Council, presented a one-day training in Lawrence, on Environmental Conflict Resolution, on November 11. Attendance consisted primarily of state and municipal governmental representatives.
- Peter Miller, resident director of Warkentin Court, was invited by the MCC-US board to give a reflection on Jerusalem at their board meeting on November 6. He also spoke to the Tabor College Pax Club on November 19 about human rights issues in Palestine and Israel and about American involvement in the region.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, spoke at Hesston College Chapel, Wednesday, November 10.
- Duane Friesen, Edmund G. Kaufman professor emeritus of Bible and religion, co-authored with Hans-Jurgen Goertz, "Ernst Troeltsch" in the Mennonitishe Lexikon, Vol. 5, Part 1, published by Mennonitischen Geschichtsverein, Germany.
- Rachel Epp Buller, adjunct professor of art, recently had an essay published in Reworking the German Past: Adaptations in Film, the Arts, and Popular Culture (Jenifer K. Ward and Susan Figge, eds., NY: Camden House, 2010).
- Duane Friesen, Edmund G. Kaufman professor emeritus of Bible and religion, had a book review of To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davison Hunter published in The Christian Century, September 7 issue.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, published Mennonite German Soldiers: Nation, Religion and Family in the Prussian East, 1772-1880 with University of Notre Dame Press.
- Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, has completed the foreword for a book about foster-to-adopt parenting, Forever Family, by Laurie Robinson.
- Christine Crouse-Dick, assistant professor of communication arts, had a book review published in the spring issue of Women's Studies in Communication: Book review of Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life, (2009) by Mario Luis Small. Women’s Studies in Communication, 33(1).
- Dwight Platt, professor emeritus of biology, had the article “Sex ratios in samples from eight snake populations in sand prairies in south-central Kansas” published in Reptiles & Amphibians (published by the International Reptile Conservation Foundation), volume 17, no. 3. The article is based on research on Bethel’s Sand Prairie Natural History Reservation.
- Keith Sprunger, Oswald H. Wedel professor emeritus of history, wrote two articles for the new Mennonitischen Lexikon, being published in Germany. The topics were “Cornelius Krahn,” a former professor at Bethel and longtime friend, and “Roland Bainton.”
- Barb Thiesen, co-director of libraries, taught a four-session introduction to yoga class at the Newton Recreation Center in September.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, served as the adjudicator for the high school division of the Wichita Piano Teachers’ League concerto competition held at Wichita State on November 20.
- Don Lemons, professor of physics, has been asked to be the new assistant editor of the Newsletter of the Forum on the History of Physics of the American Physical Society by its editor Dwight Neunschwander.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, attended the Kansas Association of Historians conference held at the National Archives in Kansas City on Apr. 16 and 17.
- Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, attended Posters-on-the-Hill, an event sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research on Capitol Hill, Apr. 12-14. This event is designed to showcase undergraduate research work before members of Congress and representatives of funding agencies.
- Clark Oswald, associate director of admissions, attended another planning meeting for the MCUSA Youth Convention May 13-15 and presented Kidron Mennonite in Ohio their award from the 2009 MCUSA convention.
- Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, attended Joint Executive Committee meetings for Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Apr. 30-May 1.
- Chuck Regier, curator of exhibits at Kauffman Museum, installed the museum's traveling exhibition "Reeds & Wool: Patterned Screens of Central Asia" at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, at the end of March. Regier is negotiating with other Canada museums to host this exhibition which features traditional furnishings for the yurt homes of Kyrgyz nomads. Also, Regier in collaboration with Flint Hills Design completed the design and fabrication of the traveling exhibit "The Bison: American Icon" for ExhibitsUSA in Kansas City. The exhibit is currently at Fort Caspar in Casper, Wyo., and will travel to Texas before coming to Kauffman Museum (Sept. 1 - Oct. 20).
- Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs, has been selected to participate in a seminar on "Administrative Wisdom for Chief Academic Officers: Classic and Contemporary Readings on Leadership and Responsibility" that The Council of Independent Colleges will offer in Annapolis, Md., this summer. The seminar is cosponsored by the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) and will be moderated by John Churchill, secretary of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
- Karen Bauman Schlabaugh, professor of music, was the adjudicator for the Stephen Imbler Piano Performance Scholarship, a competition for pianists enrolled at Wichita State University. The competition was held at WSU on Apr. 17.
- Gary Flory, director of KIPCOR, and Ken Grotewiel, KIPCOR's senior associate, presented an all-day workshop "Resolving Disputes in a Neighborly Way" on Mar. 30, at the Kansas Rural Water Association state convention in Wichita.
- Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, spoke to the Museums and Anthropology class and participated in a panel discussion on "Museums and Communities" for graduate and undergraduate students in museum studies on Apr. 15 at the University of Kansas.
- Barbara Schmidt, community mediation center manager at KIPCOR, and Jennifer Foster, chief court services officer of the Ninth Judicial District of the State of Kansas, presented at the Kansas Bar Association's Family Law Seminar in Lawrence on Friday, Apr. 9, on the topic "There Can Be HOPE Even in the Midst of Parental High Conflict," discussing KIPCOR's joint program with the Ninth Judicial District on their HOPE (Healthy Opportunities for Parenting Effectively) series of classes for parents involved in an especially high conflict relationship.
- Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, presented "Music and the Bible" for the plenary Sunday school session at Grace Hill Mennonite Church, Apr. 18. Shelly also presented "Building Bridges between Iran and the United States: Three Meetings with Iranian President Ahmadinejad" for the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, Topeka, Mar. 4.
- Doug Siemens, director of elementary education, with his Wichita State University doctorate field study research team presented their research, "Ecological Perspectives of Latino/Hispanic Families in a Rural School Community" at the sixth annual university-wide Graduate Research And Scholarly Projects (GRASP) Symposium, on Apr. 23 at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Wichita State University.
- Kirsten Zerger, KIPCOR director of education and training, gave a presentation on "Conflict in the Work Place" to the Young Professionals' Lunch-N-Learn, Apr. 9, at the Newton Medical Center.
- Soyoun Chun, assistant professor of music, attended the 2010 Kansas NATS Winter Workshop at Kansas State University in Manhattan with eight of her voice students on Feb. 19-20. They attended a master class with the nationally renowned clinician Shirlee Emmons from New York.
- John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, attended a development conference in Salina on Feb. 18 for Academic Department Chairs sponsored by the Associated Colleges of Central Kansas.
- Chad Childs, vice president for student life, and Marla Krell, director of career development, participated in the Mennonite Student Life Deans, Campus Counselors, and Career Services Conference, Feb. 28-Mar. 2, at Bethel College and Hesston College campuses.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, attended MC USA Executive Board meetings, Hampton, Va., Feb. 18-20.
- Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, received a Fulbright Scholar grant to pursue research in Berlin in spring and summer 2011. She will be completing research for a book on the career of German artist Alice Lex. She also wrote a grant proposal that will be funded by the Mid-America Arts Alliance to complete a community-based mural project in Newton. The Newton mural project, selected above 10 other applications from Kansas communities, will be designed and produced by interested area community members, in cooperation with facilitating muralist Dave Lowenstein, in late summer 2010.
- David Kreider, Kauffman Museum technician, moved the Smithsonian Institution's traveling exhibit "Journey Stories" from the the Prairie Art Museum in Colby to its final Kansas venue at the Atchison Historical Society in Atchison where it will be on display from late Feb. through Apr. 11. This completes a contract Kauffman Museum had with the Kansas Humanities Council to provide shipping and installation services for "Journey Stories" at six Kansas museum and library locations during the past six months. Kreider also installed Kauffman Museum's own traveling exhibit "K is for Kansas" for the Brown County Historical Society in Hiawatha. It will be on display through June 7.
- David Long, associate professor of art, is participating in the art show "Works of Faith", an exhibit showcasing liturgical art by 16 Wichita-area artists. The art show is at Karg Art Glass in Kechi and runs through the end of May.
- Marla Krell, director of career development, organized and hosted the ACCK Teacher Interview Day on Mar. 9 in Thresher Gym. There were representatives from a number of school districts across the state, as well as students, graduates and college representatives from the ACCK schools. Tricia Lopez, administrative assistant for teacher education and social work, helped host the event as well.
- Dwight Krehbiel, professor of psychology, was in Washington, D. C., March 2-4, serving as a panelist for the Division of Graduate Education of the National Science Foundation.
- Rachel Pannabecker, Kauffman Museum director, presented an illustrated program "From Fibers to Fabrics: Clothing for Kansans, 1854-1904" to the Frederic Remington Area Historical Society in Whitewater on March 1. The program included a segment where Rachel discussed antique clothing and textile items brought by society members.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, spoke at Hesston College Chapel on March 17: "Miriam and Thecla in the Cloud of Witnesses."
- John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts, performed the role of Dr. Harvey Kelekian in a staged reading of Wit, a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson, at Young Harris College, in Young Harris, Georgia. The performance was part of a symposium held on Feb. 2, which included Playwright Edson together with performers, health care professionals and communication scholars to discuss the performance of palliative care. McCabe-Juhnke also staged two short plays, directing incarcerated men at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. The plays, The Philadelphia by David Ives and 40 Minute Finish by Jerome Hairston, were featured at the Offender Victim Ministries Annual Banquet in Hutchinson on Feb. 8.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, preached for Peace Sunday on the topic of "The Beatitudes and the End of Communism in East Germany" on Feb. 14 at First Mennonite Church of Christian, Moundridge.
- Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, preached at installation of Ervin Stutzman as Executive Director of Mennonite Church USA, Harrisonburg Virginia, March 7, 2010.
- Don Lemons, professor of physics, presented a poster paper, "The isotropic random path: analysis, simulation, and an experimental realization," with Trevor Lipscombe and Bethel graduate Blake Johnson at the joint meeting of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers in Washington, D.C., Feb. 13.
- Ami Regier, professor of English, gave a "Sunday-Afternoon-at-the-Museum" talk in coordination with the National Endowment for the Arts initiative "The Big Read" on Nov. 8, 2009. The talk was entitled "Consciousness, Living Art, and Taxidermy in 'The Raven' by Edgar Allen Poe." Rachel Pannabecker, director of Kauffman Museum, coordinated with the Wichita "Big Read" grant-based program.
- Robert Yutzy, coordinator of congregational ministries at KIPCOR, and Kirsten Zerger, director of education and training at KIPCOR, provided training for the Faith Mennonite Church (Newton) Leadership Orientation Retreat on Feb. 13 at Dyck Arboretum in Hesston. The training included tips for good meetings, healthy decision-making process, goal-setting and role-clarification among church decision-making bodies.
- Mark Jantzen, associate professor of history, published a chapter "Ursachen der Auswanderung der Mennoniten nach Alexandertal" (Causes of the Mennonite Migration to Alexanderal) in Vorrübergehende Heimat: 150 Jahre Beten und Arbeiten in Alt-Samara (Alexandertal und Konstantinow) [Temporary Homeland: 150 Years of Prayer and Work in Alt-Samara (Alexandertal and Konstantinow)], ed. Viktor Fast, (Steinhagen: Samenkorn Verlag, 2009), 35-48. Alexandertal was the fourth and final colony founded by Prussian Mennonites in Russia. Jantzen also translated Otto Toews, "Es war Einmal" (Once upon a Time) into English in Pilgrims on the Silk Road: A Muslim-Christian Encounter in Khiva, Walter R. Ratliff, 270-2. Eugene, OR.: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2010.
- Francisca Méndez-Harclerode, assistant professor of biology, with C.M. Pinto, B.D. Baxter, J.D. Hanson, J.R. Suchecki, M.J. Grijalva, et al. recently had an article published in Emerging Infectious Diseases, entitled "Using museum collections to detect pathogens [letter]." 2010 Feb.
- Rachel Epp Buller, assistant professor of art, wrote a review of Paula Birnbaum and Anna Novakov's book, Essays on Women's Cultural Contributions, 1919-1939, that appears in the new issue of Woman's Art Journal.
- Clark Oswald, associate director of admissions, was selected to be a part of the youth worship planning committee for the 2011 Mennonite Convention in Pittsburgh, Pa. This committee assists the convention planning staff to work on theme development and youth worship planning for the week of convention. In addition to this role, Oswald was selected to be a part of a subcommittee that will work to submit a list of seminars for all age groups to the MCUSA Executive Board Executive Committee.
- Ada Schmidt-Tieszen, professor of social work, co-taught a three-part series on human sexuality for the youth at Bethel College Mennonite Church in Feb. and Mar.