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 […]

Hanna Eastin working on the Healing Circle

Community Healing Circle

Hesston College faculty, staff and students will gather this fall to dedicate the Community Healing Circle, constructed to the south of Alliman Administration Center. The Community Healing Circle is an outgrowth from the work by the Task Force for Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Safety, which assessed Hesston’s campus climate, investigated the college’s commitment to safety […]

Vision 2025 Review and Update

Fall 2015 Hesston College welcomes first junior class in Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Spring 2019 Vision 2025, a growth plan for the college community, is created and unveiled. This bold new vision calls for the integration of bachelor’s degrees while bostering the associate degree experience at Hesston. Summer 2019 Vision 2025 is presented […]

Gerry and Jean Selzer, Howard and Sharon Brenneman

Celebrating 45 years of the Partner Program

Gerry and Jean Selzer, Howard and Sharon Brenneman In 1976, under the leadership of President Laban Peachey, 36 families made a commitment that would shape Hesston College for many years to come. The idea was simple: sustain the college for the future. Some 45 years later, many of these charter families are still part of […]

Alumni Profile: Dr. Jeff Gingerich ’88

Major: Liberal Arts Go Everywhere: President, St. Bonaventure University Start Here During my first year at Hesston, I began to think about doing something different my second year. I made the big decision to not play basketball and spend the fall semester of my second year in the YES (Youth Evangelism Service) program in Jamaica. […]

Jessica Raharjo

Student Profile: Jessica Raharjo ’23

Major: Engineering – Mechatronics Hometown: Semarang, Indonesia Activities: Robotics Club, Big Toe Bunch I am supported Since I started at Hesston College online from back home, I was not very sure of what to expect from American education. I was struggling to adapt to the sudden and drastic changes, so I finally decided to reach […]

Harune Suzuki in the shop and in front of Airbus offices

A New Generation of Engineers

by Mackenzie Miller ’18, photos provided by featured alumni Over its long history, Hesston College has graduated individuals with hearts and minds bent to engineering. Many of those alumni are well-established or have retired, but just as many are in the thick of their careers. Still others are taking their first steps on their career […]

Athletics updates

Softball goes deep in Division 2 tournament Under the leadership of interm head coach Andrew Sharp ’99, the Hesston Larks softball team made a run deep into the KJCCC Division 2 Tournament in Topeka, Kan., May 14 to 16. The Larks faced elimination from the tournament after losing to top-seeded Highland Community College in the […]

Across Campus: Commencement, School of Engineering Approval

Hesston College’s 112th Commencement Held in person for the first time in two years On May 14, this year’s graduation activities were held fully in person for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Hesston College’s 112th commencement featured an address titled “It Takes All of Us,” delivered by […]

Academic update: Nursing accreditation, Swartley to direct intercultural programs

The School of Nursing Receives 10-year Accreditation Hesston College’s School of Nursing received a 10-year accreditation for the baccalaureate degree from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation extends until June 30, 2032. CCNE’s accreditation was granted without recommendations for improvement or identified deficiencies. Accreditation is granted after a rigorous process including both […]

In Memoriam: Naomi Lederach, Paul Friesen

Naomi (Kauffman) Ac50 Lederach – July 24, 2021 It was not just her joyous spirit and her overflowing compassion, but also through faith and with grace Naomi Lederach touched the lives of so many. She began her journey in South Texas as a child of missionaries and followed a path into nursing, leadership, social activism […]

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. […]