The McPherson College


Special Issue    McPherson College, McPherson, Kan. 67460    Summer 1993


■    Five McPherson College athletes performed in the NAIA National Outdoor Track Meet in Abbot-tsford, British Columbia,

May 22-23. The men’s 4 x 100-meter relay team of Frank Clinage, Dan Hall,

Joe Marable, and Afton Moxey finished ninth in the nation with a time of 42.56 seconds. Clinage also placed l0th in both the 100-and 200-meter dash and Moxey l0th in the long jump. Patti Gesch did not place in the 200-meter dash but set a new school record of 25.2 seconds. Hall and Marable also participated in the 200-meters.

■    McPherson College awarded 82 degrees to graduates during the 105th commencement exercises Sunday, May 23. Dr. Kim Stanley, chair of the department of English, was speaker.

■    McPherson was recently rated one of the top 100 small towns in America

("The Top 100 Best Small Towns in America," Norman Crampton, Prentice Hall, 1993). McPherson ranked first in Kansas and 30th nationally.

■    McPherson College’s Development Office has recently received two national recognitions. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education named McPherson College to its 1993 Circle of Excellence. Seventy-five higher education institutions were named for outstanding results in fund-raising efforts.

McPherson has also been listed in the top 20 colleges or universities nationally for voluntary support per student from alumni by the Council for Aid to Education. Alumni gave an average of $6,581 per student in 1992, ranking the college 11th in the country.

College prepares for return of students

Activities to help ease transition back to school

McPherson College officials and student leaders have used their summer break from classes to ensure the successful return of students to the campus.

New students will begin moving into dormitories starting at 9 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28., said Gwen McClenton, director of residence life. Returning students may move into dorms the following day.

Formal orientation activities for new stu-dents and parents begin at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Sport Center and continue throughout the weekend. (See sidebar for schedule.)

Enrollment for all students is Monday, Aug. Classes begin at 6:30 that evening. Student Council and Student Activities under the respective leadership of Mysty Rusk Clinage and Frank Clinage, have planned a full slate of opening week activities to help new students get acquainted and build school spirit and pride.

At the heart of Welcome Week activities again this year is the popular Students in Brotherhood and Sisterhood program, or SIBS. In the program, which continues for five weeks, upperclass students “adopt” new students, attending activities together.

Drawings for prizes donated by McPherson merchants will be held at all events. Students attending SIBS activities receive tickets that will enter them for three grand prizes to be given away at the end of September. Welcome Week highlights include:

Sun., Aug. 29 (Eve)......Dog House Night

Mon., Aug. 30 (Eve) . . . . Make a Connection Tues., Aug. 31 (Eve) . . YMCA/Bowling Night Wed., Sept. 1 (Aft) . . . . Golf/Outdoor Games

Eve...............Activities Fair

Thurs., Sept. 2 (Eve) . . . .Waterslide Baseball

Fri., Sept. 3 (Eve).....Student Talent Show

Faculty Follies Midnight Movie

Sat., Sept. 4 (Mom) .... Football Scrimmage

Aft ..............Mud Volleyball


Sun., Sept 5 (Eve).....Closing Ceremonies

Administrators have prepared for the upcoming year by filling faculty and staff open

ings and upgrading the campus facilities.

Among faculty new to the McPherson College community are Dr. Jonathan Frye, assistant professor of biology; Prof. Monica Cantero, assistant for modern languages: Spanish; and Prof. Gary Flory, assistant professor of conflict resolution. Dr. Jeanne Smith, director of publicity for ten years, moves to the Education Department as assistant professor. Prof. Bruce Clary, a part- time faculty member for ten years, will be full-time assistant professor of English.

Major changes in facilities over the summer relate to campus efforts to be more easily

accessed by the disabled. Automatic doors are being added to some building entrances and some restrooms are also being remodeled for handicapped accessibility.

Administration has also approved Student Council’s proposal to convert the current dance studio in the Sport Center to a fit-ness/wellness center, according to Jim Dodson, vice president for financial services. When completed in September the center will house at least two stationary bicycles, a treadmill and a stair stepper. A resistance machine for building upper body strength is also under consideration, Dodson said.

Take these steps now to breeze through enrollment lines

Make your enrollment experience painless by checking off the steps below that apply to you.

All Students

□ If you are carrying personal medical insurance, return a 1993-94 insurance waiver form now to have this charge deleted from your billing.

New Students

Make sure the college has received:

□    Your official high school and/or college transcripts

□    Your original ACT or SAT Test Report

□    Medical history form

□    Financial Aid Transcripts (Transfer students must request these from previous colleges attended even if no financial aid was received.)

□    A signed copy of parent's 1992 federal income tax return

□    A signed copy of student’s 1992 federal income tax return

□    All forms required for student loans and financial aid (Student Aid Report, Guaranteed Student Loan Application, etc.)

Returning Students

□    Carefully read your financial aid status letter from the financial aid office. Bring all documentation requested in that letter with you to registration.

□    Pay all outstanding student account balances and fines.

□    Bring your I D. Returning students must have I D. card to enroll.


Stuco pledges to be a new type of council

AT the end of SPRING SEMESTER Student Council was known as New Council because we were replacing the 1992-93 council. We may, however, choose to keep calling ourselves the New Council, for we are a new type of Student Council. We have chosen not to be the council behind the scenes. We choose to be found in the middle of the action. We recognize our responsibility to govern students, and we will be taking a more active role than the mere appropriation of funds.

The New Council is dedicated to creating a sense of camaraderie, pride, and enthusiasm on campus. We want to be known for our willingnesss to take risks, as a group of students willing to jump outside of our comfort zone to make an impact on the direction of the students.

The New Council has been spending long hours this summer preparing for the arrival of students and the first weeks of school. We are also working on a nine-month promotional. Look for the posters around campus and expect to have a lot of fun attending campus activities where you will be eligible to win prizes donated by local businesses. Many (figuratively tons) exciting events will take place throughout the school year, but I would like to save that information for when everyone arrives in a few weeks.

We hope to play a part in the most successful year in the history of McPherson College. It takes more than just a strong Student Council though. It takes the hard work and determination of ALL the students, faculty, staff, and administration.

I’m looking forward to having a great year with all of you!

Mysty Rusk Clinage Student Council President

College accepts over 180 new students for admission

Over 180 new students have been accepted for admission into McPherson College according to recent admissions statistics.

“Our staff has greatly enjoyed helping these students ‘take the next step' into a successful, satisfying future," Mr. Fred Schmidt, director of admissions, said.

Thirteen students from seven states will be attending on Presidential Scholarships, Schmidt said, which provide up to two-thirds full tuition for academic achievement and community service.

Presidential Scholars for 1993-94 are Jacqueline Baker, Owasso, Okla.; Mark Boyer, La Verne, Calif.; Daniel Brubaker, Rocky Ford, Colo.; Jennifer Buschbom, Assaria, Kan.; Julie Ann Cromwell, McPherson; Adrienne Gor-sucli, Leoti Kan.; Kristin Grimes, Waynesboro, Pa.; Heather Healy, Lincoln, Kan.; Stacey Hoover, Plattsburg, Mo.; Kerri Kobbeman, Lincoln, Kan.; Mollie La Prad, Pratt, Kan.; Danella Lucero, Rocky Ford, Colo.; Cameron Mahler, New Plymouth, Idaho; Rebecca Rausch, Douglass, Kan.; and Jennifer Stover, Quinter, Kan.

Other students accepted for admission into McPherson College for the fall semester include:

Gavin Anderson, Emporia, Kan.; Cheri Andrews, Concordia, Kan.; Curtis Banks, Lawton, Okla.; and Jay Beldon, Grand Junction, Colo.

Jeremy Bernhardt, Derby, Kan.; Kevin Blair, Kansas City, Mo.; Chad Bledsoe, Cottonwood Falls, Kan.; Michelle Bogner, Burrton, Kan.; and J.D. Bowman, N. Manchester, Ind.

David Branson, Moundridge, Kan.; Blaine Bratcher, Holcomb, Kan.; and Shadlow Buffalohead, Ringwood, Okla.

Rodney Chiles, Dallas, Texas; Adam Coffey, Warrenton, Va.; Christine Cory, Arvada, Colo.; and Charles Crittenden, Arlington, Texas.

Pat Crowdis, Thomas, Okla.; Shelley Cruse, Grand Junction, Colo.; Chris Curtis, Dallas, Texa; and Brian Davis, Wichita, Kan.

Karen DeCou, Hutchinson, Kan.; Jody DeLaughter, Baton Rogue, La.; Douglas DeLay, Council Grove, Kan.; Joe DeShazo, Hutchinson, Kan.; and Ryan Dick, Mt. Hope, Kan.

Michael Dickinson, Ft. Worth, Texas; Jason Dingman, Arlington, Texas; Chad Dobar, Van Nuys, Calif.; Emmitt Dorsey, Lawton, Okla.; and Anthony Douthitt, Tulsa, Okla.

Jamie Earp, Jay, Okla.; Justin Earp, Jay, Okla.; Kimberly Ebersole, Wichita, Kan.; Kim Ensminger, McPherson; and Eric Escudero, Cheyenne Wells, Colo.

Steven Ferrell, Amarillo, Texas;

“Our staff has greatly enjoyed helping these students ‘take the next step’ into a successful, satisfying future.”

Mr. Fred Schmidt Admissions Director

Carrie Foster, Johnson, Kan.; Hubert Freeman, Dallas, Texas; Tim Gamer, Homer, La.; and James Garrison, Augusta, Kan.

Rachel Gerberding, Gooding, Idaho; Bradley Gideon, Tyler, Texas; Kristin Gingrich, Rosemount, Minn.; Collin Goodsell, Dodge City, Kan.; and Tracey Gould, Hutchinson, Kan.

David Graber, Moundridge, Kan.; Chad Green, Cumming, Ga.; Deborah Guerra, San Marcos, Texas; and Lara Harding, Lanark, I11.

Ryan Harrison, Cumming, Ga.; Becki Montgomery-Harvey, McPherson; Amanda Haveman, Lytle, Texa; and Edward Hayes, Geneseo, Kan.

Matthew Hepler, Claremore, Okla.; Joel Herndon, Dighton, Kan.; Beverly Hilton, Buhler, Kan.; and Cindy Hollingsworth, McPherson.

Francis Hurlburt, Lawton, Okla.; Tani Jiannoni, Owasso, Okla.; Desmond Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; Lisa Johnson, McPherson; and Daniel Keller, Ellis, Kan.

Vicky Kepley, Ulysses, Kan.; Jason Kirkwood, Meriden, Kan.; Rhonda Koehn, Galva, Kan.; and Kristi Kraisinger, Halstead, Kan.

Kevin Kultgen, Albert, Kan.; Chris Kunz, Douglass, Kan.; Roy Larraga, LaFeria, Texas; and Scott Layman, Bakersfield, Calif.

John Lentz, Hutchinson, Kan.; Amy Little, Frankfort, Kan.; Jason Long, Linn, Kan.; David Lopez, Altus, Okla.; and Amy Luebbers, Marienthal, Kan.

Karla Lussier, Burrton, Kan.; Valerie Major, Hutchinson, Kan.; Sergio Maldonado, Sargent, N.D.; and Bridget Marrs, Kiowa, Colo.

Melissa Martens, Newton, Kan.; Laguinot Martinez, Villa Carolina, Puerto Rico; Montre Mason, Dallas, Texas; Troy McDonald, Overton, Neb.; and Shawn McGowan, Dighton, Kan.

Jesus Mendoza, Tucson, Ariz.; Mike Milan, Denver, Colo.; Jessica Miller, Valley Center, Kan.; Mia Miller, Somerset, Pa.; and Seth Miller, Lyons, Kan.

Justina Morris, Hutchinson, Kan.; Merlin Mortimore, Lyons, Kan.; Yolonda Mowrey, Bakersfield, Calif.; Jennifer Munson, Stroud, Okla.; and Steve Murphy, Palisade, Colo.

Geoff Murray, Knoxville, Tenn ; Michael Nemeti, Owasso, Okla.;

Lee Nesmith, Wichita Falls, Texas; Chris Nickel, Inman, Kan.; and Kelly Nickell, Las Animas, Colo.

Nic Nixon, Topeka, Kan.; Kyle Novicoff, Denver, Colo.; John Nowak, Lawton, Okla.; David O’Grady, Ponca City, Okla.; and Tor Olson, Arvada, Colo.

Paul Oster, Lockport, I11.; Julie Oswald, McPherson; Gary Peebles, Hotchkiss, Colo.; Rollie Peter, Raymond, Kan.; and Ali Peters, Americus, Kan.

Peter Petrovski, Avon, Colo.; La-Donia Platner, McPherson; Sherry Pruter, Inman, Kan.; Gina Railsback, McPherson; and Becky Rausch, Douglass, Kan.

Willie Reed, Leavenworth, Kan.; Jason Reese, Kremmling, Colo.; Stephen Riley, Midland, Md.; Yvonne Rodriguez, McAllen, Texas; and Ryan Rohn, Topeka, Kan.

Brennan Rolston, Crescent Mills, Calif.; Chris Sams, Suwanee, Ga.; George Sanders, Hutchinson, Kan.; Michelle Sanders, Canton, Kan.; and Kevin Sawyer, Colo., Springs, Colo.

Ryan Schmid, Council Grove, Kan.; Michael Schornack, Waco, Texas; Karl Schrader, Noble, Okla.; Amy Schroeder, Lincoln, Kan.; and Julie Schultz, Marquette, Kan.

Justin Schwinn, McLouth, Kan.; Holly Sechler, Everest, Kan.; Wesley Sechler, McPherson; Jason Shelledy, Phillipsburg, Kan.; and Colin Shenefield, Plattsmouth, Neb.

Staci Shoemaker, McPherson; Jim Short, McPherson; Travis Shuck, Ottawa, Kan.; Jason Siruta, Winona, Kan.; and Michelle Skinner, Kansas City, Mo.

Shannon Sporleder, Beloit, Kan.; Larry Spruell, Baton Rogue, La.; Katrina Stephens, Wichita, Kan.; and Shane Stoafer, Olathe, Kan.

Jimmy Street, Clifton, Colo.; Zuzanna Strmenova, Quinter, Kan.; James Stutes, Breaux Bridge, La.; Amber Switzer, Logan, Kan.; and Clay Tarpley, Soldotna, Alaska.

Jaime Tavares, Houston, Texas; Spencer Taylor, Ft. Worth, Texas; Greg Thompson, Hillsboro, Kan.; Melinda Toews, McPherson; and John Torres, Las Animas, Colo.

Alan Traxler, Arriba, Colo.,; Tif-fiany Tubbs, Lawton, Okla.; Kenny Tuck, Ft. Worth, Texas; Jerrod Van-Meter, McPherson; and Karen Walton, Perry, Iowa.

Shelley Ware, Gilroy, Calif.,; Jeremy Watkins, Sidney, Ohio; Sue Werner, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Lamar Williams. McPherson; and Andrea Willems. Windom, Kan.

Getting smart. In a nutshell, that's why you're attending college, right? Alter four years of study and tens of thousands of tuition dollars, you expect to get smarter—a    lot


What do we mean when we say someone is smart? To get an idea, think about what identifies smart students.

■ They describe problems and solutions clearly and accurately.

■    They engage others in provocative and informative discussions.

■    They write readable and knowledgeable papers and exams.

Did you notice that each of these behaviors concerns skill with language? In fact, Carolyn Matalene, author of an essay entitled “Private Writing for Public Success," defines a college degree as certification of your ability to use the specialized language of your major area(s).

Whether you study biology, sociology, history, or business administration, you encounter it through language. Being smart in a discipline means mastering its specialized use of language.

How can you do that, you say? Let’s start by saying how not to do it. One does not learn to use language competently simply by reading texts and listening in class. Why? Because reading and listening are primarily passive.

Use informal writing as a tool to help you succeed in college

by Bruce Clary

We don’t fool ourselves into believing we can learn to shoot free throws or play the violin just by reading how to or by watching someone else do it. We know we have to practice. Basketball players shoot thousands of free throws. Violinists play passages over and over.

A member of our English Department at McPherson College once lamented that too many students think of learning as they do a trip to the gas station: You pay your money (tuition) and an attendant (the teacher) fills your car (your mind) with gas (facts and knowledge, i.e., words).

His analogy aptly describes the passive learner who diinks he only needs to uncap his fuel tank (attend class? crack the book?) and let the text and professor fill him up with their words.

If you are going to get smart, you must actively practice the language used in the disciplines you study. You must write and speak academic discourse fre-quently, even daily.

When I talk of writing on a daily basis, I do not mean formal assignments turned in and presented to the teacher for a grade. Only a few of the thousands of free throws a player shoots come in game situations. The violinist's recital comes only after months of private rehearsal.

The kind of writing I mean is informal and largely private, done in notebooks and journals. It is “writing to learn,” actively practicing the medium you need to master, using writing as a tool for learning rather than as a product to judging and evaluate.

You can start to learn and get better grades this fall by practic-ing the “writing to learn” principles described in the sidebar below.

If it sounds like work, it is. No one says being an active learner is easier than being a passive one. But if you want to make those crucial free dirows or beautifully perform that violin piece, what do you do? You work, you sweat, you practice.

Isn’t the fullness of your future life, the quality of your future participation in your career and community worth as much?

Get smart. Get writing.

academic Calendar

Bruce Clary is assistant professor of English and co-director of the Language Across the Curriculum program at McPherson College.


Adapting the following “writing to learn" tips to your own study habits will get you actively engaged with the language used in your classes and improve your grades and your learning.

Buy a notebook for each class with three sections. Use one section for your reading notes, one section for your class notes, and one section for your study notes.

Reading Notes

The idea is to actively encounter the text. Don't underline or highlight heavily. Rather,

■    Thoughtfully read a section (a chapter may be too much) and then close the book. Now, write a brief summary of what you read in your own words.

■    Next, freely associate in writing. What are your own comments or thoughts? What can you relate to it? Do you know examples from experience that prove or contradict the author's major points?

■    Finally, write questions you have. What was unclear? Hard to understand? What do you want your professor to explain about this material?

Class Notes

Again, notetaking in class is a way of keeping active and engaged. When you do not take notes, you are sure to miss important ideas.

■    Divide the pages in your class notes subsection into two columns. During class, take your notes in one column only.

■    Develop your own shorthand to speed up notetaking. Include as much as possible, including examples. (They often hold the most meaning later.)

■    After class, go over your notes and, in the second column, fill in missing ideas, key words and phrases. Respond with your own thoughts and questions as you did in your reading notes.

■    Turn the main topics into questions. You will be not only comprehending and analyzing the professor’s words but also anticipating questions that might appear in a later quiz or exam.

Study Notes

The best way to get ready for exams is—you guessed it—by writing.

■    Since learning a subject is mastering its language, start by listing special words and terms used in the course, explaining them and giving examples.

■    Try to summarize the entire course, what it is really about, why it matters, why someone else should take it.

■    Go over the questions you formulated in your reading and class notes. Which ones will inevitably appear on the exam? Write down different ways the questions might be phrased. Then write or outline the answers.

—Condensed from “Private Writing for Public Success” by Carolyn Matalene

Hopes run high for fall sports

Men’s soccer team achieving goals, expects to move into district’s elite five

There is no shortage of enthusiasm among any of the coaches of fall sports at McPherson. But none seems to have higher expectations than Jerry Malone, head men’s soccer coach.

Malone began the soccer program at Mac in 1991 with a five-year plan. He says his team is on track to achieve its third-year goal of breaking into the top five teams in NAIA District 10.

“Last year we were competitive. This year we can be more than competitive. We can go into every game and have a chance to win,” he said.

Malone’s 1993 recruiting class is at least the equal of last year’s, he said. Five Oklahoma all-staters have signed letters of intent, which brings the number of Oklahoma’s best on the roster to seven.

Malone also boasts ten returning lettermen, including all-district and all-conference sweeper Jim Post, sr., all-conference forward Dan Marchewka, jr., and defensive specialist Garrick Green, jr., who was all-district two years ago.

“We’re still going to be an awfully young team, predominately freshmen and sophomores,”

Malone said. “We’re going to make mistakes early from inexperience, but we should be an excellent team from October on.” Football. Numbers may pose the greatest challenge to enthusiastic first- year head football coach, Bruce Grose. Grose, who was hired after the late resignation of former head coach Dan Thiessen, believes he will sign about 20 recruits to supplement 20-25 returners.

To cope, Grose will have everyone on the roster practicing both ways. “We want experience on both sides of the ball, not necessarily to go both ways in games, but for backup purposes,” he said.

Grose intends to emphasize fundamentals. ‘ We’re so focused on blocking and tackling. We want [the players] to develop very sound fundamentals. That gives them the opportunity to succeed.” “Offensively, we’re looking more to establish some consistency. We’ll work on more short-term goals, 3.75 yards every play.” Defensively, Grose plans to rely on speed and aggressiveness. He said he’ll be looking for opportunities to convert backfielders

into linemen.

“I’ll have no predetermined ideas about starters,” the new head coach stressed. “Forty players will be coming in on equal ground with equal opportunities to play.” Volleyball. An upper-division conference finish should be in the cards for the volleyball team, according to fourth-year coach Deb Moore, who says she will put a “pretty well-rounded team” on the court this fall.

A key to early success will be the leadership of returning seniors Lisa Sturgeon, Shannon Peters, and Jenny Gutsch. Moore also expects important contributions from returning sophomores Sara Adams and Tiffany Hall.

“We’ve come a long way in the past few years,” Moore said. “I’m confident this team can reach a new level.”

Women’s Soccer. Prospects for the women’s soccer team are also looking up. New head coach David Barrett said he has some freshmen who will contribute immediately, including Tiffiany Tubbs, Lawton, Okla., Melissa Martens, Newton, Kan., and Kim Ebersole, Wichita, Kan. He said he expects strong leadership from senior Kimber McCune.

“I’d like for the team to be quicker, a team that gets the ball up and down the field," Barrett said.

The football Bulldogs and other athletes in fall sports will line up for early season practices upon their return to campus Aug. 30.