President’s Perspective – A Culture of Service

Friends, The Hesston Experience is a defining piece of Hesston College. As I reflect on the many layers that create this one-of-a-kind experience for our campus, I’m drawn to the acts of service generously offered through the lives of our faculty and staff, students, alumni and friends. As our vision statement explains so clearly, Hesston […]

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Service with a Smile

by Carol Duerksen ’74 The year was 1982. Yost Center was under construction, and a crane dominated the campus landscape. One morning, the campus family was greeted by a bra waving happily in the breeze from the top of the crane. The year was 1975. Graduation was going to happen on the lawn that morning. […]

2022-23 Timeline

August 2022-23 theme verse 7Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. Opening Weekend Students returned to campus with a call to love based on this year’s theme verse. School […]

Bryce Blake and Larry Ruffin

Generosity Spurs New Scholarship Opportunities

Through the generosity of our supporters, Hesston College was able to offer five new institutional endowed scholarships to students with specific interests, qualifications or financial need. With 99 percent of Hesston College students receiving institutional aid of some sort, these additional scholarships help bring our students one step closer to reaching their educational goals. Take […]

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Service Through Giving

A desire to serve the campus community is a compelling driver for many alumni who make the choice to become donors. It’s because of their generous contributions that the college can offer a transformative experience and monetary support through competitive financial aid. While giving doesn’t look the same for everyone, all of it carries an […]

Emma and Micah Redding

Service Through Missions – alumni feature

A home off the grid. The electricity comes from solar panels. There’s a deep freezer, but no refrigerator. There’s a propane stove, but no other appliances. Rain water is caught and stored in tanks for all cooking, cleaning and showering – when the dry season comes, less is done to conserve water. Laundry is hand […]

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Service Complements Education – student feature

A Kansas native and graduate of Elyria Christian School, Abby Ediger ’23, was used to a small school where you can get to know everyone, an attribute that resonated with her on the Hesston campus. “I have never loved the idea of a big college, where no one really knows each other,” Ediger explains. “Hesston […]

Vickie Andres and Margaret Wiebe

Celebrating Two New Emeritus Faculty

On October 24, 2022, Hesston College celebrated two new emeritus faculty members. With over 74 years between them, Vickie Andres, business professor, and Margaret Wiebe, library director, were honored for their years of dedication and commitment to the college and students. Andres served in the business department for 33 years as professor, mentor and business […]

Scoreboard: Athletics

Best Season in the Books The men’s soccer team wrapped up the year with their most successful season in 26 years, finishing with a record of 8-7-1. A true melting of backgrounds, the team was formed by student athletes from Albania, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa and seven U.S. states. Head coach Dante Texeira had […]

The Spotlight

Theatre students expand capacity for empathy through service by Rachel Jantzi Theatre provides more than entertainment, it’s a mirror of our world and we wish that reflection to look a little kinder as Hesston College Theatre works to serve our campus and beyond. Safehope of Harvey County, an outreach agency for those who have experienced […]

College commits to enacting all recommendations from external Title IX review

An external review commissioned by President Joseph A. Manickam of Hesston College’s efforts to prevent and address sexual and gender-based harassment and violence and meet its obligations to Title IX found significant gaps and failures, Manickam and Board Chair Ken G Kabira announced April 14. In a letter to the community, Manickam and Kabira apologized […]

President’s Perspective – A Heart for Engineering

Friends, Last fall, Hesston College received an enthusiastic go-ahead from the Higher Learning Commission to launch its fourth baccalaureate degree program. The School of Engineering will welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2022 at its new home in Friesen Center in the heart of Hesston College’s beautiful campus. That location is fitting. Hesston […]

Drew Gerber, Tim Penner and Joe Biggerstaff at Harper Industries

Making Hard Jobs Easier

Drew Gerber, Tim Penner and Joe Biggerstaff at Harper Industries At Harper Industries, innovation is led by listening At the intersection of Highway 2 and East 14th in Harper, Kan., it might be easy to miss the global giant down the street. But for 54 years, just east of town, there has been a small […]

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Live Connections: The Hesston College School of Engineering

Hesston College has a long tradition of graduating high-achieving engineers. Now those alumni have a place to call home: the Hesston College School of Engineering. The School of Engineering is overseen by Johann Reimer, director of engineering education, and Dr. Joel Krehbiel, professor of physics and engineering. The School of Engineering is a core component […]

Ryan Sprunger receives the Presidential Medal of Valor from President Biden.

Presidential Medal of Valor awarded to Hesston College Alum

Hesston College graduate Ryan Sprunger ’11 was awarded the Medal of Valor on Monday, May 16, 2022, by President Joe Biden. Sprunger, along with 14 other recipients from the 2019-20 class, received this honor for “extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty.” In the East Room of the White House, President Biden honored […]