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Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

Accomplishments are listed by date of achievement in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first

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John Thiesen,  Archivist/Co-Director of Libraries, had an article posted on October 20, 2022, on the "Anabaptist Historians" blog about a recent archival document discovery, "A Letter from Maggie Leonard."

John Thiesen, Co-Director of Libraries and Archivist, published an article entitled, "A Deeper Perspective on the 'Berlin Exodus," in the April 2022 Mennonite Quarterly Review.

Jon Piper, Professor of Biology, published an article entitled "Vegetation change in a sand prairie over ten years following a gas pipeline installation" in the current issue of the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. (Vol. 125:31-40)

John D. Thiesen, Archivist/Co-Director of Libraries, published article in Preservings (Winnipeg), issue #43, "Mennonite Nectar: Alcohol Production in the Vistula Delta,"

John Thiesen, Archivist/Co-Director of Libraries, published article in Intersections: MCC Theory & Practice Quarterly fall 2021 special issue on MCC and National Socialism; "John Kroeker and the Backstory to the Berlin Exodus"

Barbara Thiesen, co-director of library and instructor of yoga, received E-RYT 200 yoga teaching credentials from Yoga Alliance. E-RYT stands for Experienced-Registered Yoga Teacher and requires a minimum of 1,000 hours of teaching since completing yoga teacher training.

Mark Jantzen, professor of history, published "Anabaptists in Prussia", in T&T Clark Handbook of Anabaptism, edited by Brian C. Brewer, 169-183 (London: T&T Clark, 2022).

Rachel Epp Buller, professor of visual arts and design, was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant for 2021-22. In spring 2022, she will be the Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Arts and Humanities at the University of Alberta.

John Thiesen, archivist for the Mennonite Library & Archives, published an article in the Journal of Mennonite Studies 2021, “The Contested Legacy of the First Mennonite Anthropologist, H.R. Voth,” 08/01/2021,

Michael Unruh, campus pastor, graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, 05/01/2021,

Megan Kershner, director of the Office of Career & Leadership Development, was nominated and selected as a “Woman Who Leads in Education” by the Wichita Business Journal, 04/21,

Rachel Epp Buller was a featured conference participant (speaker, presenter, panelist, moderator) at the Research-Creation + Social Justice CoLaboratory at the University of Alberta, 03/21. She spoke on “Slow Art for Fast Times” and presented a workshop, “Listening Across Time through Epistolary Praxis” in the “Art, Activism, and Global Crisis” series.

Jennifer Chappell Deckert, associate professor of social work, was appointed as book review editor for the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 01/21

Kathryn Layman, professor of chemistry and physics, received a Pittsburgh Conference Memorial National College Grant of $10,000 for 2020-21 from PittCon, the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh and the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.

Rachel Epp Buller received a Curriculum Development Grant from the National Art Education Foundation for 2020-21.

Mark Jantzen, professor of history, was published in Mennonitisches Lexikon Band V, 3 vols., edited by Han-Jürgen Goertz with Jelle Bosma, Fernando Enns, Josef Enzenberger, Helmut Foth, Daniel W. Geiser-Oppliger, Mark Jantzen, Diether Götz Lichdi, Pieter Post and Christoph Wiebe (Bolanden-Weierhof: Mennonitischer Geschichtsverein, 12/20).

Mark Jantzen and John Thiesen are co-editors of European Mennonites and the Holocaust (Toronto: University of Toronto Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 11/20).

John Thiesen and Mark Jantzen are co-authors, with Doris L. Bergen, of the “Introduction” to European Mennonites and the Holocaust (Toronto: University of Toronto Press in association with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 11/20).

Sheryl Wilson, director of KIPCOR, was a presenter for the University of Minnesota School of Social Work Center for Practice Transformation webinar “Walking the Talk: Practicing Restorative Justice and Anti-Racism,” 08/20.

Sheryl Wilson attended the International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) 33rd Annual Conference (virtual) and was a panelist for “Pursuing Racial Justice and Inclusivity through Engagement,” 07/20.

Sheryl Wilson published a chapter, “Calling Out Whiteness,” in Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities (Living Justice Press, 06/20).

Rachel Epp Buller received a Visiting Regional Humanities Faculty Fellowship from the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas, summer 2020.

Sheryl Wilson was a presenter for the Catholic Mobilizing Network webinar “Five Lessons Learned from Restorative Justice: In the Time of COVID-19,” 04/20.

Rachel Epp Buller was part of the exhibition “May You Live in Interesting Times” at the Northern Arizona University Art Museum in Flagstaff, Feb. 4-April 18, 2020.

Rachel Epp Buller was presented “Editorial perspectives on Inappropriate Bodies: Art, Design, and Maternity” at a Women’s Caucus for Art conference session at the College Art Association meeting in Chicago, Feb. 13, 2020.

Sheryl Wilson wrote an article, “Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline in America’s Schools,” published in The Mennonite, 01/20.

Brad Celestin, assistant professor of psychology and philosophy, was invited to be part of the livecast/podcast Lawful but awful: Fails in the court of public opinion; How the public thinks about police use of force from the National Police Foundation, Washington, D.C., 2020.

Christine Crouse-Dick, professor of communication arts, presented “A Tale of Two Experiences: A Professorial Couple Navigates the COVID-19 Transition” at the Summer Institute on Distance Learning and Instructional Technology in Emporia, Kan., 2020.

Allison McFarland, professor of business administration, was invited to present “Just When You Finally Decoded Millennials, iGens Are Here!” at Non-Profit Connect, Kansas City, Mo., 2020.

Allison McFarland was invited to present “Just When You Finally Decoded Millennials, iGens Are Here!” at the Wichita Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer’s CEO Roundtable, 2020.

Jennifer Chappell Deckert wrote on “immigration and spirituality” for the Oxford Bibliographies in Social Work, 2020.

Jennifer Chappell Deckert is the author of “Extending the story: Weaving the strengths perspective into study abroad initiatives” in Mendenhall, A. & Carney, M.M. (eds.), Rooted in strengths: Celebrating the strengths perspective in social work, 61-76. 2020.

Mark Jantzen wrote the “Vorwort” in Bernhard Thiessen, Mennoniten in Der DDR. Leben in Grenzen. Die Mennoniten in der SBZ und der DDR von 1945 bis 1990 (Bolanden-Weierhof: Mennonitischer Geschichtesverein, 2020).

Mark Jantzen is the author of “‘Eine offene Beleidigung,’ A Newly Discovered Review of Quitt by C.H. Wedel, Instructor at Ruth Hornbostel’s Mennonite School in Halstead” in Fontane Blätter, 110 (2020): 71-88.

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