A New kind of start

It was a hot, dry summer in Hesston, Kansas, the first time I set foot on campus in 1985. The brown lawns had cracks large enough to swallow a baseball it seemed. Students and parents alike gathered in the few air conditioned spaces available at the time, and most students seemed to already know each […]

Dave and Sena Osborne with some of this year's 56 international students

A story for all

The majority demographic of south central Kansas is pretty predictable –white Americans with European ancestry. But walk across the Hesston College campus in the heart of south central Kansas, and you’ve entered a different, unpredictable story. In classrooms, dorm rooms, the dining hall and athletic and performing arts venues across campus, students from around the […]

Former Hesston College presidents Laban Peachey, Kirk Alliman and Howard Keim visit with new president Joe Manickam

Wisdom from the inner circle

The living Hesston College presidents share reflections of their tenures during Homecoming and Inauguration Weekend 2017. From left: Laban Peachey, Kirk Alliman, Loren Swartzendruber, Howard Keim ’72 and Joe Manickam ’87. It’s a position only a few truly understand: president of Hesston College. What does it mean and how does it feel to bear the […]

Amanuel Wondimu

Engineering a bright future

by Mackenzie Miller ’18 Amanuel Wondimu ’16 comes from a family of engineers, so it’s no surprise that he would dream of being one, too. But to study in the United States? Wondimu is the first. Bringing his interests in aerospace and mechanical engineering with him, Wondimu chose to come from Ethiopia and start at […]

Student profile: Lydia Jembere ’18

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia MAJOR: Health and medical occupations INVOLVEMENT: Ministry assistant, student ambassador Start Here I learned about Hesston College through my childhood friend. She came to Hesston and I knew she had had a good experience and was glad she had started here, so I thought it would be the same way for me. […]

Alumnus profile: Joel Kempf ’97

Pipersville, Pa. MAJOR: Biology and international agriculture from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.) CAREER: International agriculture in service Making service a career Much of my work after college has been spent in service. My wife, Jenny, and I served in Mozambique with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). In our first term, I was a sustainable agriculture […]

Coach Gerry Sieber visits with assistant coach Todd Lehman at cross country practice

The Close of a season

by Mackenzie Miller ’18 Matthew Gerlach, sports information director, contributing writer Runner’s World magazines dating back to the 1970s are piled high around his office. Team photos hang on the wall. And there, in the middle of all the memories, sits Gerry Sieber ’64, reminiscing on his lifelong love for athletics and his 30 years […]

Student phoners for Hesston College phonathon

Phonathon 2017: Bring it full circle

2017 student development officers: Ashley Yasin ’18, Sierrah Long ’18, Haley Unruh ’18, Andrew Huckaby ’18, Cristina Rapisardi ’18, Nebiyat Esubalew ’18, Savannah Bontrager ’18, Jordan Gesling ’18, Brant McCune-Wall ’19, Louisa Angeline ’19, Jola Ceca ’19, Erica Baer ’18 and Emily McMichael ’18 You or someone you know started here and went everywhere. We’re […]

Honoring legacies, helping students

Institutional scholarships are vital to the 99 percent of Hesston College students who receive institutional aid. These scholarships are awarded to students who have particular interest, qualifications or financial need. The following scholarships have been added to the list of endowed scholarships since fall of 2016. Sharon Nofziger Nursing Scholarship Fund Sharon (Nofziger) ’72 Terhaar […]

Joe ’87 and Wanda (Wyse) ’88 Manickam ride in the community-wide homecoming parade.

Homecoming and inauguration weekend photos

Joe ’87 and Wanda (Wyse) ’88 Manickam ride in the community-wide homecoming parade. Hesston College celebrated homecoming and the inauguration of the ninth president, Dr. Jospeh A. Manickam ’87, with the theme “Grounded in community, globally engaged,” Sept. 22 to 24. The weekend featured events reflecting and celebrating the college’s values and experiences. Students and […]

Hesston College men's and women's cross country teams display their team champions plaques after the Bethel Invitational meet, Oct. 7, 2017

Athletics news updates

Fall sports wrap-up Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed well during the 2017 season. A highlight for the season was both teams winning first place at the Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.) Invitational/ The women’s team finished eighth of 16 teams in the Region VI competition and placed 22nd out of 42 […]

Faculty and staff appointments

Hesston College welcomed several new faculty and staff members to the community for the 2017-18 year. Many were listed in the Summer 2017 issue of the Hesston College Today. The following have been added since that time. Jaecy Friesen, flight instructor, did flight training at Hesston College. Jeff Giroux, assistant men’s soccer coach, earned a […]

Enrollment statistics graphic

New programs lead to enrollment boost

New academic and athletic programs added to Hesston College’s offerings over the last several years have culminated with an enrollment boost for fall 2017 according to the college’s official reporting numbers. Total student headcount reached 442 in 2017, a 10 percent increase from a headcount of 401 a year prior, and the highest reported enrollment […]

Carlos Rodriguez Pedrosa

Hurricane Maria touches Hesston College

by Jasmine Pankratz ’18 On Sept. 20, a Category 5 hurricane ripped through the heart of Puerto Rico leaving a majority of the island under water and without power. Approximately 3.4 million residents lost electricity, most lost precious belongings, and some lost lives. The trauma of the storm even managed to reach Hesston College, where […]

Continuing the legacy

57 students from alumni legacy families found their start at Hesston College in 2017-18. 25 legacy students are from dual alumni families. Kaedi (LeFevre) ’13, Baer ’18, Hesston, Kan. – Dennis ’83 and Jen (Friesen) ’84, former faculty, LeFevre Landon Baer ’18, North Lima, Ohio – Gareth ’83 and Karla Baer Faith Barnes ’19, Syracuse, […]