KC 2015 Seminar Presentations by Hesston College faculty and staff

Student Convention Seminars

Wednesday, July 1 | 9 to 10 a.m.

Sex and more for sale – Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Room 2103C
This seminar will look at the subtle and not so subtle ways sexuality sells products and ideas, especially to young women. These portrayals of human sexuality not only play a significant role in shaping how we think about sex, they impact our self esteem and body image. They create expectations for desirable behavior and help to define how we accept ourselves and interact with others. How can we look more than skin deep at these mass messages and learn to see ourselves as uniquely, beautifully created children of God?
So dude, you’re a Mennonite? – Dustin Galyon and Dave Miller, Room 2105A
How can we in the Mennonite community of faith be in community with people from various religious backgrounds? How do we stay rooted in our Anabaptist beliefs and yet maintain, build and create relationships? We will consider new ways to connect and share what we believe and stand for with persons we meet daily.

Wednesday, July 1 | 2 to 3 p.m.

What the university recruiter didn’t tell you: Questions you should be asking – Andrew Penner with student panelists from each Mennonite college, Room 2215B
Tired of only talking to your parents and recruiters about college? Come for a student panel that will speak to those things the college recruitment materials may have glossed over. Take advantage of this opportunity to ask them anything and everything about classes, life on campus, athletics, spiritual life, and much more.

Wednesday, July 1 | 4:40 to 5:40 p.m.

Giant killer…the real story of David and Goliath – Dustin Galyon, Room 2103B
Does church really matter? Accents the story of David and talks about why community is so important.
Lies my history teacher told me – John Sharp, Room 2501A
Who discovered America? When was it lost? Columbus? Really? What about Native Americans? Don’t they count? High school textbooks are notorious for their misrepresentations, fabrications, and bald – faced lies. How good is the history you are learning? Check it out here!
The whiz kid, the jock, the golden child or the slob: Building your personal brand – Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Room 2502AB
Nike worked hard to build the brand of sweat, hard work, perseverance in order to JUST DO IT! Are you working hard to build your brand? What messages do people think of when they think of you? What comes to their mind when someone mentions your name? Come learn how your every day choices are building your personal brand. Are you always late to class, or do you always have your homework done? Are clothes your most prized possessions, or are you someone who is mean to your parents? These choices begin to build an image around you. What image do you want to project? What “brand” do you want to build? Who is God calling you to be?
What do happy people know? – Kevin Wilder, Room 2504A
Ecclesiates and positive psychology have much to tell us about happiness and meaning. Come to this interactive workshop about what happy people know.

Thursday, July 2 | 2 to 3 p.m.

Rock star resumé: Start now – Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Room 2103C
In a world where going to college is now the norm, employers assume a degree and are looking for more. What is going to help your resumé rise to the top? Are you assuming you don’t need to worry about this question until you’re in college? If so, think again! Building a rock star resume starts long before college. Come find out what you need to do now in order to land your dream job later.
So dude, you’re a Mennonite? – Dustin Galyon and Dave Miller, Room 2105A
How can we in the Mennonite community of faith be in community with people from various religious backgrounds? How do we stay rooted in our Anabaptist beliefs and yet maintain, build and create relationships? We will consider new ways to connect and share what we believe and stand for with persons we meet daily.
The middle: How to handle family conflict – Kevin Wilder, Room 2215B
Does your family argue? Do you fight? Do you know how to fight fair? Kevin Wilder is a doctoral student in marriage and family counseling and an instructor at Hesston College. He will give practical advice on how to handle conflict and have activities based on psychology and scripture.

Thursday, July 2 | 3:20 to 4:20 p.m.

Lies my history teacher told me – John Sharp, Room 2501A
Who discovered America? When was it lost? Columbus? Really? What about Native Americans? Don’t they count? High school textbooks are notorious for their misrepresentations, fabrications, and bald – faced lies. How good is the history you are learning? Check it out here!

Thursday, July 2 | 4:40 to 5:40 p.m.

Sex and more for sale – Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Room 2103C
This seminar will look at the subtle and not so subtle ways sexuality sells products and ideas, especially to young women. These portrayals of human sexuality not only play a significant role in shaping how we think about sex, they impact our self esteem and body image. They create expectations for desirable behavior and help to define how we accept ourselves and interact with others. How can we look more than skin deep at these mass messages and learn to see ourselves as uniquely, beautifully created children of God?

Saturday, July 4 | 2 to 3 p.m.

Rock star resumé: Start now – Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Room 2103C
In a world where going to college is now the norm, employers assume a degree and are looking for more. What is going to help your resumé rise to the top? Are you assuming you don’t need to worry about this question until you’re in college? If so, think again! Building a rock star resume starts long before college. Come find out what you need to do now in order to land your dream job later.
The middle: How to handle family conflict – Kevin Wilder, Room 2215B
Does your family argue? Do you fight? Do you know how to fight fair? Kevin Wilder is a doctoral student in marriage and family counseling and an instructor at Hesston College. He will give practical advice on how to handle conflict and have activities based on psychology and scripture.

Saturday, July 4 | 4:40 to 5:40 p.m.

Speaker talkback: Michele Hershberger, Room 2102A
Join speaker Michele Hershberger for an opportunity to talk in a smaller setting. Time will be given for questions from the audience.
The whiz kid, the jock, the golden child or the slob: Building your personal brand – Rachel Swartzendruber Miller, Room 2502AB
Nike worked hard to build the brand of sweat, hard work, perseverance in order to JUST DO IT! Are you working hard to build your brand? What messages do people think of when they think of you? What comes to their mind when someone mentions your name? Come learn how your every day choices are building your personal brand. Are you always late to class, or do you always have your homework done? Are clothes your most prized possessions, or are you someone who is mean to your parents? These choices begin to build an image around you. What image do you want to project? What “brand” do you want to build? Who is God calling you to be?
What do happy people know? – Kevin Wilder, Room 2504A
Ecclesiates and positive psychology have much to tell us about happiness and meaning. Come to this interactive workshop about what happy people know.

Adult Convention Seminars

Wednesday, July 1 | 3:20 to 4:20 p.m.

Building faith: Parents and congregations partnering together – Tami Keim (moderator). Panel members: Rachel Gerber, Louise Matthews, Talashia Keim Yoder, Daniel Yoder, Room 2206
Tending the hearth is awesome and joyous, but absorbs time and drains energy. How can the church support families as they build faith during the early years when the spiritual foundation is formed? A panel of parents and church leaders will lead the exploration for answers.

Wednesday, July 1 | 4:40 to 5:40 p.m.

Navigating the cost of higher education: How are you preparing to pay for college? – Mark Landes, Lawrence Matthews and Marcia Mendez, Room 2505B
Understanding the costs to attend college, at both public and private institutions; how to navigate financial aid, find scholarships, and prepare to pay for the cost of higher education.

Wednesday July 1 | 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For such a time as this: The lives and legacies of Mennonite leaders Orie O. Miller and C. Henry Smith – John Sharp and Perry Bush, Room 2103B
In a century marked by two world wars, the fundamentalist-modernist debate, and growing division in the church, Orie O. Miller and C. Henry Smith helped lead Mennonites from rural isolation to global engagement in the 20th century. This seminar examines a recent biography of Orie O. Miller and a forthcoming biography of C. Henry Smith, two key figures whose faith journeys shaped the church then and whose legacies can help us shape the church of the future.

Saturday, July 4 | 3:20 to 4:20 p.m.

Top 10 things parents of teens should know – Kevin Wilder, Room 2205
Adolescence is becoming a different and longer experience in our culture.There are some developmental and sociological factors that are universal and there are many differences. Kevin will use scripture, psychology and sociology to give 10 practical things parents should know about adolescents today. The goal is to be informed and encouraged about our interactions with adolescents.