The Local Dialect

Bel Canto Singers
A select group of about 20 voices chosen by audition, Bel Canto is Hesston’s premier choir. Learn more on the Music Department page.
Hesston College students in Bib Lit class

Hesston College freshmen (from left) Shuvo Das from Mohammadpur, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Delmar Reyes from Hugoton, Kan.; Elyse Terry from Bluffton, Ohio; and Andrew Penner from Fresno, Calif., engage in an explanation during Bib Lit class.

Biblical Literature (or Bib Lit)
A course taken by all Hesston College students, Bib Lit helps students learn the Bible or salvation history story, how to do inductive Bible study by doing two studies, and how various Christian groups approach and interpret the Bible. The course culminates in a project called “Heilsgeschichte” (Salvation History) in which students write or tell the Bible story from the beginning and connect the story to their own faith story.
Bills and Normas
In the late 80s, a group of Hesston students found a thrift store treasure–four service station work shirts embroidered with the name “Bill.” The four young men dubbed themselves “The Bills” and made appearances on campus (in their matching shirts). The Bills were known for their entertaining jokes, satire, and pranks. A year or two later, a group of four women dubbed themselves “The Normas” and brought gender equity to campus entertainment. The Bills and Normas built a friendly rivalry that continues today. Each year the Bills and Normas select their successors from among the freshmen. Next year’s Bills and Normas will perform skits at the Thanksgiving Talent Show and present the end-of-year chapel as well as make appearances at a variety of campus events.
Campus Activities Board's 80s skating night

80s night at the skating rink - a Campus Activities Board event

CAB or Campus Activities Board
Campus Activities Board is a group of students who plan campus activities each week. Popular CAB activities include roller skating nights, Palace or Chisolm Trail (local theaters) movie nights, game nights, and dances.
CAC or Campus Activities Center
The Campus Activities Center is a gymnasium and home to Hesston’s intramural athletics.
Campus Worship
A weekly worship service (every Wednesday evening) planned by students under the direction of Campus Pastor Todd Lehman.
Druber’s
A Newton donut shop and favorite late night haunt of area college students.
Dyck Arboretum of the Plains
The college-owned arboretum–about a block south of campus—works “To educate people about the benefits of appreciating, preserving and utilizing native and adaptable plants.” It’s a wonderful reasource for people interested in Kansas’ beautiful and hearty plants. Students enjoy its beautiful grounds and half-mile paved path which is great for walking, jogging, or Rollerblading. Learn more at the Dyck Arboretum website.
European Chorale/International Chorale
The college music department plans a three- or four-week tour to Europe every other year. The touring choir begins rehearsing early in spring term and departs in early May. For more information, visit the Music Department page.
Feast of Carols
A Hesston College Christmas tradition—on the last day of classes for fall semester the campus gathers for an evening Christmas banquet. The evening includes a social hour, dinner, program, and, in some years, carriage rides and a dance. It’s about as close to a formal as Hesston gets.
Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts or HBPA
A concert series sponsored by Hesston College and Bethel College, a sister college in North Newton. Students get free tickets to each concert.
Larks Nest
It’s the college snack shop and it serves burgers and fries, ice cream, shakes and malts, salads, nachos—usual snack shop fare.
Mod
Hesston’s dorms are divided into “mods”—groups of several rooms—which are led by RAs (resident assistants). Each mod has a brother mod and a sister mod, other mods on campus with whom they plan activities and events, as well as mod parents, a couple in the community who hosts the mod for special occasions and such.
Fall 2010 Mod Olympics

Students compete while getting to know each other at Mod Olympics.

Mod Olympics
The best way to start a new year in a new place with new people is to let down your guard a bit and that’s easier to do when everyone around you is letting down their guard, too. Mod Olympics is Hesston’s signature mixer to bring the campus community together, help everyone feel at home, and begin the process of building friendships with each other. We do this through a series of crazy relays, games, and team-building activities. By the end of the evening you may have won a hot tub and pizza party at a faculty member’s house, a homemade pie each month from a staff member, a chapel credit from the Student Life Office, or any of a wealth of other great or silly prizes. You also may end up pitching a cream pie in the face of an instructor or, well, you get the picture. It’s fun. It’s harmless. And it’s a great way to start feeling at home on your first weekend in your new home.
Newell’s
A Newton truck stop famous for breakfast any time, pie, and cheese fries. It’s a late night gathering place.
Pick-a-Date
A Hesston mod tradition–a group date, often with a series of planned activities. In most cases, the mod gathers to plan the date, then, one by one, each mod member leaves the room so the others can pick a date for her or him, then returns to participate in the picking for others. Each mod member is responsible to invite his or her roommate’s prospective date to the event. But none of the mod members are supposed to know who their date will be. At the appointed hour mod members and their dates gather and the fun begins as the dates from outside the mod find their pick a date for the evening.
 
Prospective Student Visit Days
The admissions office arranges meetings with instructors and lines up student hosts so that you can get a taste of life at Hesston College—staying the the dorms, eating in the cafeteria, attending classes, and hanging out with current students. Visit the admissions page to schedule a visit.
Resident Assistant or RA
The college hires a second year student to lead each mod. RAs help students move in and get acquainted with other students. RAs also plan mod activities during the year, provide a communication link between students and the Student Life staff, and help administrators with enforcing campus policies.
Rook
A four-player card game that involves bidding and trick taking.
Schowalter Villa
A retirement community adjacent to campus.
Shakers and Movers
A crew of Hesston students who help new students move into the dorms on opening weekend—their job is to greet the new student and their parents to campus (“Shake” as in shaking hands) and carry (make that “Move”) their boxes and suitcases and whatever else into the new student’s dorm room. It’s nice to come to campus and find someone here to help you almost as quickly as you open your car door.
Student Ambassadors
Student Ambassadors work for the Admissions Office hosting prospective students, leading campus tours…one of them will host you when you visit campus as a prospective student. Schedule your visit today!
Stutzman Retreat Center or Stutzman’s or SRC
A log cabin and pond owned by the college and located about 8 miles from campus. SRC is used by students/mods for social events and gatherings.
Wellness Center
Schowalter Villa, Hesston’s retirement community, has an excellent workout facility including an indoor pool, weight machines, treadmills, exercise bikes, etc. The Wellness Center also offers aerobics classes and such. HC pays for Wellness Center memberships for all students who live on campus. Off-campus and part-time students may purchase memberships at a reduced rate.