The purpose and passion of work – President’s Perspective

Every year a book is chosen to be the community read for the First-Year Experience (FYE) course, a required fall semester course for all first-year students. Many faculty and staff also choose to read the book in order to find commonality and a way to better relate to students. This year’s book was Callings: The […]

Lauren and Eric Eberspacher

But God

As is sometimes the case, Hesston College contained a “boy meets girl” story for Eric ’07 and Lauren (Janzen) ’07 Eberspacher. He was a farm boy from Nebraska; she was used to the amenities and faster pace of Kansas City. But they hit it off and the rest is history. Ending up in rural Milford, […]

Royce Schweitzer

Called to care

Heartland Community School in Henderson, Neb., has a statewide reputation for an outstanding instrumental music program. The high school band – in which 64 of 70 high school students participate – routinely scores near the top at marching competitions, with several first-place finishes to boast. Much of the credit for the long-standing success can be […]

Kari Heusinkveld

Leading by example

Coaching basketball is about more than coaching basketball for Kari Heusinkveld ’10. As head girls basketball coach at Hillcrest Academy in Kalona, Iowa, (formerly Iowa Mennonite School), Heusinkveld knows that her influence goes beyond the court, and it’s that attitude that has helped turn the program from a 1-37 record over two seasons to a […]

Student Profile: Madison Swartzendruber ’20

Goshen, Ind. Major: Emergency Management Activities: Student Ambassador, RA, Bel Canto Singers, theatre, Hesston Fire/EMS Parents: Calvin ’91 and Karen (LeFevre) ’91 Swartzendruber Start Here I always thought it would be interesting to have a job in the medical field, however, the idea of being stuck inside all day either in a hospital or doctor’s […]

Alumnus profile: Matt Troyer ’03 -Miller

Wood River, Neb. Calling: Pastor and more Unknowingly Prepared “Every pastor has a different calling story. I didn’t experience a voice from heaven that told me to ‘Go.’ Instead, stepping through open doors prepared me in many ways for leadership at Wood River Mennonite Church (WRMC), a small, rural congregation in a community of about […]

Students walking on campus

Continuing the legacy

49 students with alumni parents found their start at Hesston College for 2019-20. Tess Anderson ’21, Williamsburg, Va. – Molly (Regier) ’91 and Michael Anderson Jacob Baker ’20, Andover, Kan. – Mike ’93, faculty and Joanne (Monney) ’94, ’19 Baker Erin Beachy ’20, Middlebury, Ind. – Sheila (Eash) ’92 and Douglas Beachy Sabrina Bellar ’20, […]

Cristal and Jo Anne

A legacy of friendship

Cristal Guzman (left) and Jo Anne Mulatre When first-year students Jo Anne Mulatre and Cristal Guzman showed up on the same Hesston College campus, the history between their countries could have created a divide and a relationship that would never be. But that’s an attitude that would have a difficult time existing on the Hesston […]

a group of students on campus

What is the Hesston Experience?

The world needs more opportunities to learn about, listen to and be in a common space with the other. Therefore, Hesston College aims to be a laboratory of the Church. It’s a place for people of all faith backgrounds, cultures and perspectives to engage with one another, build relationships together and create a community from […]

Ron and Diane Umble

Giving back

The Hesston Experience is not just a student experience, a fact to which Ron and Diane Umble (Lancaster, Pa.) can attest. Rather, their connection to the Hesston College community was through Ron’s role as a mathematics instructor from 1975-84. Ron experienced so much support from administration, colleagues and the campus community that, following his approaching […]

Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center ribbon cutting

Homecoming 2019 in photos

Nursing students join Bonnie (Kauffman) Ac65, ’67 Sowers in the ceremonial ribbon cutting for the new nursing building, The Bonnie Sowers Nursing Center, named in honor of the faculty emerita. Class reunion group photos Homecoming event photos Hesston College celebrated Homecoming Weekend Sept. 26 to 29 with events centered around the dedications of three new […]

Weekend College: The Bible as Story

Bib Lit course being offered to broader audiences

As Hesston College prepares its new church leadership program – the Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning (CALL) – in fall 2020, it is also offering its famous Biblical Literature course to individuals, congregations and other groups across the country in a couple of different formats. Weekend College: The Bible as story One of the […]

Fall 2019 enrollment statistics

Increase in new students presents a turn toward growth opportunities

Hesston College welcomed 192 new students to the community for the 2019-20 year, swinging the new student number back in the positive direction following a smaller new student number of 184 a year prior. Official enrollment numbers for fall 2019 show a total student enrollment of 386 from 32 U.S. states and territories and 25 […]

Bergey siblings and spouses

Bergey family

In late September, six Bergey siblings who all graduated from Hesston Academy or Hesston College gathered in Hesston for a reunion. Pictured front row from left: Grace (Bergey) ’43 Brenneman (Souderton, Pa.), John Bergey ’48 (Hesston) and Lois (Bergey) Ac48 Swartzendruber (Kalona, Iowa). Back row from left: Eunice (Bergey) ’51 Hess (Lititz, Pa.), Ted ’57 […]

Mark Short Memorial dedication

In Honor of Relationships

Homecoming 2019 included a special celebration and memorial dedication honoring the lasting relationships Hesston College has fostered over the years in what has come to be known as the Hesston Experience. A memorial garden was established on campus in honor of Mark Short ’74, who studied aviation at Hesston and passed away in 2015. The […]