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Jantz honored as KICA Faculty of Distinction

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TOPEKA – Bethel College’s Allan Jantz, professor of education, was one of 18 college faculty members selected to receive the Kansas Independent College Association’s (KICA) inaugural Faculty of Distinction award.

The honorees will be recognized at a workshop and award luncheon in Topeka Oct. 21.

The KICA Faculty of Distinction program celebrates excellence and achievement among faculty at the 18 accredited private colleges and universities in Kansas.

Throughout their existence, these institutions, which include Kansas’ oldest colleges, have emphasized the importance of classroom teaching, personal attention to every student, and a commitment to character, values and learning through all facets of their graduates’ lives.

The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction honorees are exemplars of this approach to college education and serve as models for educators everywhere.

“It’s inspiring to know these faculty and see how they live the mission of our independent colleges,” said Matt Lindsey, KICA president. “A common thread we saw among them is their gift for balancing a commitment to hold each student accountable for real, meaningful learning [with] a strong sense of empathy for the value of each student as an individual. Or, as one nominee was described, they ‘have the ability to facilitate greatness in our students.’”

The chief academic officer (for Bethel, Brad S. Born, vice president for academic affairs) of each KICA member institution nominates the Faculty of Distinction honoree. Jantz received Bethel’s Ralph P. Schrag Distinguished Teaching Award at the 2014 commencement ceremony.

This year’s Faculty of Distinction recipients encompass multiple disciplines, including the natural sciences, business, history and theology, as well as auto restoration, music and others. They include departmental chairs, individuals who teach and contribute to student life and athletics, and adjunct instructors who are practicing professionals in their chosen fields.

The 2014 KICA Faculty of Distinction are:

Baker University (Baldwin City): Marti Mihalyi, English

Benedictine College (Atchison): Christine Glenski, Accounting

Bethany College (Lindsborg): Aaron Yoder, Health and Physical Education

Bethel College (North Newton): Dr. Allen Jantz, Education

Central Christian College (McPherson): Dr. Larry Anderson, Ministry and Theology

Donnelly College (Kansas City, Kansas): Karen Judy, Natural Sciences

Friends University (Wichita): Jennifer Jay, Family and Marriage Therapy

Hesston College: Kevin Wilder, Bible and Ministry

Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina): Dr. Michael Russell, History

Manhattan Christian College: Dr. Greg Delort, Family Studies

McPherson College: Ed Barr, Auto Restoration

MidAmerica Nazarene University (Olathe): Dr. Mark Hamilton, Communication

Newman University (Wichita): Dr. Kelly McFall, History

Ottawa University: Dr. Steven Foulke, History

Southwestern College (Winfield): Dr. Tamara McEwen, Biology

Sterling College: Erin Laudermilk, Athletic Training

Tabor College (Hillsboro): Jesse Schumacher, Accounting

University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth): Dr. William Krusemark, Music

The Kansas Independent College Association, founded in 1976, is a 501(c)4 organization that works to provide support and services to the independent colleges of the state. See www.kscolleges.org. For more on the new award, visit www.kscolleges.org/faculty-of-distinction.html.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2014-15 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States, and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2014-15. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.

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