The McPherson College


Special Issue


McPherson College. McPherson, Kan. 67460

Summer 1994

New computer facilities will greet students

Fall Enrollment. The number of new students is expected to increase slightly this fall, according to Fred Schmidt, director of admissions.

“We're projecting 115 first-time freshmen, compared to 95-96 last year," Schmidt said. That translates to an increase in new students of six to eight percent.

In addition, Schmidt expects 25-30 transfers and a boost in overall enrollment figures.

New Choral Director. Dr. Alan Gumm will join the faculty this fall as assistant professor of music.

A 1983 graduate of McPherson College, Gumm is excited to be back and hopes to see tremendous growth in the college choir. He said he also wants to “involve the whole campus" in the musi-cal experience.

Gumm has a master's in music from Fort Hays State and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of Utah. He has taught vocal music for 11 years, six of those at the college level.

Gumm and his wife, Gayle, and two young sons, Jordan and Brandon, moved to McPherson this summer from Trumansburg, New York.

College Hosts Brethren Youth. McPherson College invited and hosted about 300 Brethren youth this summer as part of scheduled activities for the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference in Wichita, June 28-July 3.

About 160 junior high students had a cook-out and special “treasure” hunt with an emphasis on the communion experience, Schmidt said.

Some 120 senior high students held a talent show before an overnight lock-in at the Sport Center on July 1. Fifteen youth participated in the Trees for Life/Out-door Ministry Association Walk-a-Thon in McPherson.

Church of the Brethren youth groups from Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia enroute to and from National Youth Conference in Greeley, Colo., July 26-31, also used the college as an overnight facility. Over 400 youth and sponsors slept on mattresses provided in the Sport Center.

Enlarged weight room part of campus improvements, too

By Amy Call and Marylyn Matthaei

Summer Staff Writers

A new 25-computer writing lab opens this fall in the lower level of Miller Library and the 15-computer lab in Mohler Hall will feature new, up-to-date hardware.

The writing lab will be accessible during library hours and will provide a place for students to word process a paper or to get help with their writing skills. Some courses, such as Communications Studies, will meet classes there on a regular basis. Members of the English faculty will be available several hours each week, but student tutors will be the main staff for the lab.

Bruce Clary, assistant professor of English, taught Expository Writing as a pilot course in the lab this summer. Clary was pleased with the results, saying, “The class exceeded my expectations.”

The lab’s computers are networked so Clary’s students received assignments and turned in work electronically, making the class nearly “paperless.”

The network also permits teachers to assign students to groups or to work together as a class to read and comment on each other’s assignments electronically, even anonymously. Clary found this classroom method to be “a far more effective way of teaching students to be

critical readers of writings in progress.”

The writing lab is using the 15 old computers from the Mohler lab, supplementing them with ten new computers. Norton Textra Connect provides the writing environment for the lab-based writing classes.

Mohler Hall's 15 old XT computers-the first generation of personal computer technology-have been replaced with 486 DX/33 machines with 345 megabyte hard drives.

“It brings us into the ’90s, and we needed it,” said Dr. Bob Neufeld, associate professor of computer science.

“Plans are for the Mohler computer lab to be linked on the campus network with the Miller writing lab by the middle of the fall semester,” said Brad Stucky, director of maintenance systems. The college hopes to have the Kansas Research and Education Network on-line by spring, which will allow access to Internet. “This will be an incredibly deep and rich resource,” Dr. Neufeld said.

Stucky also said a new computer with 500/ MB hard-drive and CD-ROM will be in place for the drafting department in technology, with a plotter for architectural drawings.

In addition to the new computer facilities, other campus improvements include expansion of the Sport Center weight room.

The campus weight room will expand from the current 27 x 20 feet to a much larger 67 x 20 feet and should be ready by the first day of school.

“We have all brand new weight equipment,” said Bruce Grose, head football coach.

Photo courtesy of College Communications

Computer science majors Thomas Suiter, sr., Izumi Fukuoka ’94 and Eric Dodson, sr., check out the processor speed of the new 486 DX/33s in the Mohler computer lab.

Features include a four-foot strip of mirrors around the weight room, record boards, rubberized mats on the floor, both barbells and dumbbells, four squat racks and a seated leg curl machine.

Class of ’98 to break in new general ed requirements

By Marylyn Matthaei_

Summer Staff Writer

New and returning students will initiate the new curriculum and general education requirements this fall.

Major differences in requirements include the Communications Studies class for first-time freshmen, which replaces College Life, Oral Communications, and Written Communications.

Although a number of courses retain the names they have always had, all courses have been reworked to meet specific criteria.

“Rigorous review of the general education courses has taken place through the Educational Policies Committee and the General Education Review Committee,” explained Dr. Steve Gustafson, vice president for academic services.

The old curriculum, implemented in 1970, was content-based, while the new curriculum emphasizes process, Gustafson said.

“Any number of courses can be

“The new competencies and perspectives were built on the characteristics we’d like to see in a McPherson College graduate.”

Dr. Steve Gustafson Academic Vice President

used to meet the general education requirement for the desired perspectives.”

Dr. Gustafson said the old curriculum was very “territorially based,” designating 12 hours in the humanities, 12 in social sciences, eight in natural sciences, and 12 hours in applied arts.

“The new competencies and perspectives were built on the characteristics we'd like to see in a McPherson College graduate,” Gustafson said, and were formulated by faculty who developed a list of 15 specific desired outcomes.

What makes our curriculum unique? Dr. Gustafson outlined several emphases:

■    Global awareness and cross-cultural experiences are encouraged in the new curriculum through a cultural immersion experience, two semesters of a foreign language, or 12 hours of other intercultural component courses.

■    Integrative seminars at the junior-senior level consist of two 2-hour seminars, synthesizing experiences taught by two faculty from different disciplines.

■    Service, an integral part of the Brethren tradition, is reflected in the mission and activities at McPherson. Faculty agreed that service is a worthy ingredient in the new curriculum for all students but are unsure how that will be realized.

Other new features include five competency requirements: written communications, oral communications, mathematics, computer competency and information literacy.

General Education Requirements


Written Communications Oral Communications Mathematics Computer Competency Information Literacy


Aesthetics (6 hrs.)

History (6 hrs.)

Society (6 hrs.)

Natural Sciences (8 hrs.) Technology & Culture (3 hrs.) Wholeness/Health/Fitness (4 hrs.)

Religion/Beliefs/Values (4 hrs.)

Integrative Seminars (4 hrs.) Global/lntercultural Experience (5-15 hrs.)

Service Experience


Activities will welcome students

Student Council plans to P.A.L. around in 1994-95

At the end of spring semester, a new Student Council replaced a very successful, hard-working, and dedicated 1993-94 Student Council. The new council has chosen to dedicate itself to the students of McPherson College, much like the previous council, while adding a new twist of our own.

The 1994-95 StudentCouncil wishes to be your P.A.L.S. We are dedicated to Planning activities and Actively participating in those activities. We will also encourage attendance at all activities, from sporting events to artistic events.

As your Student Council, we will provide Leadership in increasing communication to the campus, so students know that they can come to Student Council with their issues.

With all this combined, we hope to have a Successful year-and lots of fun at Mac.

Student Council has been working hard to get ready for the arrival of students in August. We have many fun activities planned for Welcome Week and the rest of the year.

With the hard work and determination of students, faculty, staff, and administration of McPherson College, we can make this the most successful year in McPherson College history.

Jenny Burger Student Council President

By Amy Call

Summer Staff Writer

This year’s Welcome Week, with events sponsored by Student Council and Student Activities Board, offers fun activities for everyone.

The festivities get started Saturday, August 27 with a “Sno-ball Dance” from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., then continue on Sunday with relays and a water balloon fight at 8 p.m.

A pizza party is planned for Monday the 29th at 9:30 p.m. along with the SIBS selections, aprocess where returning students “adopt” new and transfer students. SIBS is popular among students and is short for Students in Brotherhood and Sisterhood. SIBS continues for five weeks in which upperclass students do such things as show the new and transfer students around town and attend school activities with them.

Tuesday night's scheduled events are bowling from 10 to 11:45, followed by a midnight movie.

Students are invited to learn about the many clubs and organizations that McPherson College offers at the Activities Fair, which starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31. Some of the clubs represented are Alpha Psi Omega, an honorary drama society, and Habitat for Humanity. The fair will be followed by the entertaining “Faculty Follies” at about 8.

The activity for Thursday evening will be a game of Capture the Flag at


After SAB-sponsored events on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2 and 3, the week will wrap up with lawn volleyball and ultimate frisbee at 2 on Sunday, Sept. 4, ending with a cookout at 5 p.m.

Take these steps to breeze through enrollment


Marylyn Matthaei and Amy Call, students in Dr. Susan Taylor's summer journalism class, contributed much of the copy for this special summer issue of The Spectator. Sarah Adams, Jonathan Coachman and Christine Hauschildt, designed and pasted up the pages.

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 1994-95 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 1993 federal income tax return

□    A signed copy of student’s 1993 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.

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President Hoffman takes an opportunity to talk with students.

President Hoffman amazes students

By Christine Hauschildt

Editorial Editor

Greeting each returning and new student with a warm smile and a friendly handshake this fall will be Dr. Paul Hoffman, president of McPherson College. Each year Dr. Hoffman amazes students by knowing everyone’s names, their hometowns and their majors.

President Hoffman begins his 19th year as president of McPherson College this fall. Along with being the college president, he also teaches social psychology and human sexuality.


By Sarah Adams

Feature Editor

Coming to college for the first time can be intimidating. Here are a few tidbits to help make the transition easier.

The Dorms

■    Even though change is available at the desk of each dorm, it’s much easier to have your own rolls of quarters for laundry, phone calls and snacks.

■    Bring a door stop. Meeting new people is difficult behind closed doors.

■    A campus nurse is available, but coming prepared with pain relievers, thermometers, band-aids, and cough drops is helpful.

■    Don't forget. Dotzour and Fahnestock are not air-conditioned. Bring two if not three

“I really like interacting with the students because they are so open and honest," Hoffman said. “The faculty ranks up there as well. They are always willing to help and are very service oriented. The trustees also deserve credit because I have received so much support from all of them."

Perhaps Hoffman’s most memorable experience at McPherson College was the graduation of Phil Hofen. At the end of his freshman, Hofen, who was a biology major and a football player, was diagnosed with bone cancer and had a leg amputated. He graduated in May of



■    The Freshman 15, the phenomenon of gaining 15 pounds, can be avoided by eating correctly. Just because ice cream is available in the cafeteria doesn’t mean you have to eat it after every meal.

■    The cafeteria food at McPherson is better than most colleges, but it won’t be like home.


■    Welcome Week is exactly that. Take advantage of the week to meet new friends. Each night there will be fun activities. Don’t be afraid to come out of your dorm room.

■    Introduce yourself to others. Chances are, they're just as apprehensive as you are about meeting new people.

■    Get to know your resident assis-tant. It's his or her job to help you

1989, and when President Hoffman announced his name, the entire audience rose to give him a standing ovation. Hofen died a few months later.

President Hoffman enjoys symphonies, reading church history, following sports, playing with his grandchildren, and most of all, he says, “Holding hands with Joanna." Together they have four children and 13 grandchildren.

President Hoffman has written chapters for textbooks and has plans to write three books, a novel, a biography, and a book of history.

get comfortable in your new environment.


■    Sit down with your parents before leaving for college and decide who will pay for gas, phone bills and school supplies.

■    Learn to budget money for each week of the month. It’s no fun to decline an invitation because you have run out of money.

■    Consider a part-time job. There are many available on campus.


■    Get to know your adviser. He or she is there to guide you.

■    Professors aren’t mean. Ask questions if you don' t understand something.

Adapted to McPherson College from an article in the Wichita Eagle.

Fall sports teams applying new formula for success

Football team expects as many as 35 recruits, takes first steps toward revival of the program

By Jonathan Coachman

Sports Editor

New people + new ideas + new motivation = Success. That seems to be the formula that fall sport coaches are using in their approach to the upcoming season. And in no other program does this seem more evident than football.

Football: Coach Bruce Grose came to McPherson College on a mission. At the start of his second season, that mission seems to be taking shape. "To be competitive, we knew we first needed to increase the numbers of players,” Grose said.

And increase the numbers he has. In addition to about 20 returning players, Grose has signed 35 new players, several of whom come with high credentials.

Grose feels positive. “It’s not going to be an immediate turnaround, but we feel like we’ll be competitive. The door is open to all possibilities.” Grose also has key returners on both sides of the ball. Offensively he brings back experience in fullback Carrie Lacock, sr., and tight-end Bruce Lolling, sr.. In the backfield he returns leading rusher Hubert Davis, soph, and Mark Frazier, jr..

Defensively, Grose will work around the three-year starting experience of senior Nathan Brubaker. Brubaker. Also returning is the exciting Curtis Banks, who will switch from offense to defense to help the


Defense is the area Grose feels will make the biggest difference this year. “Defensively is where you will see the biggest changes. We’ll be more physical and stronger.”

Soccer: In his four years at the helm of men’s soccer, head coach Jerry Malone has brought the program to the brink of the upper echelon in NAIA District 10.

Malone has several recruits to mix with a stable of returners. Four-year starter and all conference forward Dan Marchewka heads a list of veterans that includes jurniors Jeff Cole, Marcus Nielsen, and goalie Gilbert Moore.

If the team improves, success should come not only in wins but in playoff appearances. Coach Malone was unavailabe for comment.

Volleyball: Excited. That’s the word to describe how Coach Deb Moore feels about this upcoming season. “We’re going to have a lot of new faces to go with the old ones which will bring us new results,” Moore said.

Moore has good reason to be excited. For the first time in several years, she will have over 20 players, which will allow a full schedule of j.v. games.

Experience won’t be lacking. Moore boasts nine returners to go along with two junior transfers, Jen-nifer Williams and Mary Greene. Jun

The Bulldogs, under the leadership of head coach Bruce Grose, open their season September 10 in San Antonio, Texas, against Trinity University.

ior Kelly Thaxton will also be playing this season.

“Our returners are really looking forward to the season,” Moore said. “There is a whole new attitude about this team which will definitely help us improve on our results from last year."

The schedule should also help, as three tournaments featureing eight or more teams are scheduled in the Sport Center.

Women’s Soccer: Enthusiastic and optimistic describe the feelings of Coach Dave Barrett. Numbers in the first three years of the program have hampered the progress of the women’s program, but with nine returning letter winners and the arrival of five new players, Barrett feels the team’s fortunes can only get better.

“More experience and depth should certainly make us more competitve,” Barrett said. “Now that we can field 11 on a consistent basis that should cut down on the fatigue and mental breakdowns.”

Cross Country: After a one-year hiatus, McPherson College will once again have cross country. Coach Dan Hoffman hopes the program can start to grow and become more competitve.

“The program will be much improved over the years past,” Hoffman said. “Right now we have three women and one man signed to run but hope to field a full team of five women and five men when the season starts.”


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