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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 […]

Dr. Joseph A. Manickam, Hesston College President

Board Appoints Dr. Joseph A. Manickam to Second Four-Year Presidential Term

Hesston College’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Joseph Manickam to a second four-year term as president during the college’s fall board meetings, held virtually in late October 2020. Manickam was named as the ninth president of Hesston College in fall of 2016 and assumed office on July 1, 2017. Previous to his appointment, […]

Kevin Wilder in the Hesston College Dining Hall

Moving On: Kevin Wilder Takes on a New Challenge

It’s been a dozen years since Kevin Wilder moved from behind the pulpit as Hesston College’s campus pastor and into the classroom, teaching in the social sciences and Bible and ministry departments. It’s unusual for him to stay in any one role for this long. He’s a restless soul with a hungry mind, and it’s […]

The Body that Leads Together

Is this the end of church as we know it? From the Reformation to the first congregations, Michele (Schrock) ’81 Hershberger and Jessica (Schrock) ’02 Schrock-Ringenberg of Hesston College’s Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning (CALL) talk through what a resilient church might look like in an age of polarization and pandemic. It gives us […]

Sunflower Performing Arts at Hesston College

The Spotlight: Sunflower Performing Arts at Hesston College Makes a New Start

It hasn’t been an easy year for a lot of folks. And the performing arts have had an especially hard time. When you make your livelihood with your body and your breath, and when your audience has traditionally gathered in confined, close quarters to hear and see you, finding ways to entertain others while keeping […]

Alumni Profile: Kalen Haynes ’19

Major: Communication, Sports Management Go Everywhere: Active in baseball, music and sports video production at Cameron University, Lawton, Okla. A Home in Hesston I graduated high school in 2016 and went to a baseball academy called The Complete Showcase in McKinney, Texas. The goal was to continue developing baseball skills without losing a year of […]

Student Profile: Anna Banman ’22

Lenexa, Kan. Major: Music Activities: Bel Canto Singers, Student Ambassador COVID, Class and Caring The second weekend of the semester I got COVID. I got it pretty bad; I was in isolation for 14 days, and then I ended up getting pericarditis as a result, which is a heart inflammation. It was really hard for […]

Jacob Mullins and Chris Lichti inspect Goldy's underside, where previous caretakers have written their names.

Consider the Couch

Jacob Mullins and Chris Lichti inspect Goldy’s underside, where previous caretakers have written their names. For nearly 30 years, Goldy the Couch has been a mainstay of student life at Hesston College. From the apartments of resident directors to the dorm rooms of students to the grassy sidelines of Sieber Field, Goldy has provided a […]

Vision 2025 Update

Hesston College School of Nursing Achieves Perfect NCLEX-RN Pass Rate In late October, Becky Bartell, director of Nursing at Hesston College, announced that HC’s 2020 graduating students achieved a 100% NCLEX-RN pass rate this fall, with nearly 91% of students passing the rigorous licensing exam on their first attempt. “A 100 percent pass rate would […]

Scoreboard: An Unusual Semester

by Jacob Gibbs Hesston College Athletics had a very unusual semester, as we didn’t have any normal fall sports competing. Men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball and women’s basketball all had their seasons moved to spring 2021 due to COVID-19. With practice restrictions set by the NJCAA, Lark Athletics tried to find new ways […]

President’s Perspective: Our new normal

Sisters and brothers, Since the last time I wrote this piece of welcome for you, the world as we knew it shifted dramatically. Perhaps “shift” doesn’t adequately describe the change. Life as we know it – for us on campus and for you, wherever you are – has been flipped on its head. Since March, […]

Mauricio Cruz Cordero

Community and relationships live on despite COVID-19 distancing

A day in the life of a Hesston College student during the second half of the spring 2020 semester looked much different than it did during the first half. For a campus community focused on interpersonal relationships and hands-on learning, the coronavirus pandemic morphed the student experience into something completely unexpected. But that doesn’t mean […]

Nursing faculty share a virtual Blessing of the Hands with graduating seniors. The blessing is usually part of the Nursing Pinning Ceremony.

Online learning at Hesston College

Nursing faculty share a virtual Blessing of the Hands with graduating seniors. The blessing is usually part of the Nursing Pinning Ceremony. As coronavirus forced many students off-campus for the last eight weeks of the spring 2020 semester, many wondered how hands-on learning and experiences would be affected. With creativity and patience, workable solutions were […]

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers Don Horst and Jordan Miller install a wall to add a room to a Kauffman Court mod.

College prepares for students to return

Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers Don Horst and Jordan Miller install a wall to add a room to a Kauffman Court mod. Hesston College announced in June that it will welcome students back to campus and hold in-person classes for the 2020-21 academic year. The year will start with the first day of classes on August […]