President’s Perspective – Leading for the Greater Good

Friends, Greetings to you on the cusp of a tenuous but seemingly brighter future. While we are by no means clear of the COVID-19 pandemic, our communities have come through tremendously difficult circumstances and are better positioned to move into the future now than they were last winter, in the very heart of the pandemic. […]

A brief history of Business Education at Hesston College

Quelling repeated calls for a bachelor’s degree program at Hesston College, incoming President Tilman Smith announced in his inaugural speech in October 1959 that Hesston College would become the “strongest possible junior college.” There would be no more talk of a four-year college curriculum. Why this talk of a four-year program? Because the college had […]

New Business

You don’t need a business degree to be a successful business leader, but it sure can help. It’s a lesson that five Hesston College graduates, who arrived on campus years ago with varying skills and areas of interest, learned during their short time in Kansas. Perhaps it was the affirmation of the late business instructor […]

Debbie McAlister and Vickie Andres

Business Management, the Hesston way

For Debbie McAlister, director of Hesston College’s new School of Management, her time on campus has been a journey from building a program like most other institutions had, to creating something no other school offers. McAlister was hired to craft a program that delivered a bachelor’s degree in business management, the third such bachelor’s program […]

What I learned from Becky Bartell and Donovan Tann

Celebrating faculty moving on to new opportunities Becky Bartell I started learning from Becky the day I walked into my first nursing class. Without a doubt, I knew walking into class every day that she wanted every single student to thrive. She was passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping us create a solid foundation […]

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 2018. Chris J. Miller Aviation Scholarship Chris J. Miller was […]

The Spotlight – Music and Theatre

Music After more than a year of virtual and on-campus concerts, Hesston College’s Bel Canto Singers hit the road after commencement to perform a program entitled “Lift Every Voice” at locations in Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and South Dakota. The choir used the Hesston College campus and Swan Lake Christian Camp in South Dakota as their […]

Across Campus – 2021 Commencement, School of Management welcomes first cohort

Hesston College’s 111th Commencement features in-person and online ceremonies Hesston College graduates received their diplomas and took pictures with President Dr. Joseph A. Manickam on the steps of Alliman Administration Center on the afternoon of May 1. The outdoor “walking ceremony” was the centerpiece event of an uncommon commencement weekend which featured a blend of […]

Alumni Profile: Greg Sawin ’93, M.D., M.P.H.

The Business of Healthcare In the U.S., healthcare is a business, and public health is the business of the government. We act like those two things don’t interact. Of course, they interact incredibly! Healthcare delivery only makes up 10 to 15% of what makes somebody well, but takes up over 85% of the dollars that […]

Student Profile: Star Her Many Horses ’22

Hometown: Denver, Colo. Major: Business Management Activities: Women’s Basketball, Words Alive! Sharing My Culture I come from the Oglala Lakota, Cheyenne, Taos Pueblo, Meskwaki and Ojibwe tribes across the country. I am from Denver, Colo., I’m majoring in Business Management and I’m on the women’s basketball team here at Hesston College. I am thankful to […]

Scoreboard: A hectic spring

The 2020-21 season featured a very hectic school year for Hesston College as all fall sports were moved to spring of 2021 because of COVID protocols set by the NJCAA. All Hesston sports competed during the same season which created scheduling challenges for sports that share game and practice spaces. But the Larks were able […]

Star Her Many Horses and Peter Lehman

Academics update – scholarship, teaching award

Star Her Many Horses ’22 receives Maud Wyatt Recognition Scholarship from Kansas Independent College Foundation Star Her Many Horses ’22, Denver, Colo., was named the 2021 Maud Wyatt Recognition Scholarship from Hesston College by the Kansas Independent College Foundation (KICF). KICF awards up to 20 individual scholarships, one for a student at each foundation member […]

Laban Peachey, Evan Oswald, Rheta Mae Wiebe, Bill Mason

In memoriam

Laban Peachey – April 23, 2021 Laban Peachey was president of Hesston College from 1968 to 1980. During his tenure, Hesston College saw significant progress in programming at the college, including the establishment of Hesston’s aviation program and establishing Hesston as one of four colleges in the United States to act as a national resource […]

President’s Perspective: A Function of Spirit

Sisters and Brothers, This fall semester’s Opening Weekend was unlike anything we’ve experienced before as a college. Move-in was spirited but guarded. New and returning students and their families were screened before being allowed on campus. Those students moved into single person dorm rooms with strict COVID protocols in place. Instead of costumes, the primary […]

V.P. of Student Life Deb Roth in Erb Hall dormitory

By the Grace of God and the Goodness of Others

“Honestly,” said Deb (Swartzendruber) ’83 Roth, vice president of Student Life, gazing into her computer’s video camera, “I wish I was dealing with curfew violations and messy bathrooms. We know how to handle a student who’s sleeping through class. But a pandemic…” She stops and sighs. “That’s something else.” Nowhere on campus have the pressures […]