Business Colorado Trip
The junior business program students stayed at the brand new Vib Hotel by Best Western in Denver, an operation built and owned by Hesston College supporters Marjorie and Preston Hofer. The Hofers’ son Peyton also provided a tour and presentation about managing their family business. Jason ’04 and Danielle Rupp invited the cohort to one of their Jimmy John’s locations and shared their experience of owning and operating several franchises. Steve Stutzman ’83 and Anita Miller also welcomed students into their home, sharing life experiences and advice to these future business leaders. photo courtesy Mari Graber
Home Sweet Hesston
Hesston College hosted the kick-off events for this community-wide homecoming, including a food truck rally, yard games and community pep rally, and also hosted the fourth annual disc golf tournament.
The community had a taste of global flavor at this annual event made possible by the contributions of international students from 18-plus countries including Myanmar, Albania and Dominican Republic.
Bel Canto Singers fall tour
The choir traveled to Colorado, presenting the “God is Love” program. They returned home for their final performance in collaboration with the Moundridge High School Mixed Chorus.
This fall marked the team’s most successful season in 26 years.
Population Based Nursing Projects
Nursing students worked with local organizations to connect with and gain a deeper understanding of individuals within their populations, and to offer solutions to problems. In Newton, students raised funds and resources for New Hope Shelter, made possible the creation of the positive attitude hopscotch outside Slate Creek Elementary School and offered fun and educational activities to EmberHope Youthville residents. Students also wrote a grant that allowed Bluestem PACE in McPherson to purchase a bladder scanner, and they offered resources to address the mental and nutritional health needs of the Hesston College student body.
Hesston College’s economic impact
Kansas Independent College Association released the results of a study that estimates the impact of Hesston College on the statewide economy to be $26.5 million and 208 jobs.
In response to student-voiced concerns about campus safety and culture, Hesston College hired Cozen O’Connor’s Institutional Response Group to conduct a comprehensive review of campus Title IX policies and practices.
A revamped version of the event formerly known as Feast of Carols, this end-of-semester formal included a nice dinner and hay ride to the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains for a dance, followed by ice skating at Wichita Ice Center.
Student Life and Fresh Ideas food service gifted the students with late night pancakes to refuel as they studied before finals.
King of Ghana Visit
Hoping to develop an aviation school in Ghana, the king toured campus and the aviation program.
Holly Jolly Community Day
Hesston College participated in this community celebration, hosting basketball games and kid’s activities, while an alum offered free haircuts to attendees.
Aviation facilitates hands-on learning for youth
Over a three-day period, the School of Aviation hosted approximately 220 sixth graders from Newton’s Santa Fe Middle School for a two-hour introduction to aviation course. This included a discussion on basic aerodynamics, aircraft components, principles of navigation and communication, in addition to an opportunity to fly one of the college’s training devices.
Myers named vice president of enrollment management
As part of Vision 2025, this new role was created and filled by Grant Myers to oversee several vital departments involved directly with increasing enrollment: admissions, financial aid and marketing and communications.
Virtual Class Reunions
An easier, travel-free option to reconnect with classmates, more than 100 Hesston alumni from four countries gathered together virtually for the first virtual reunions.
The Hesston College Bible Department hosted 85 junior high students for this two-day conference, providing a meaningful weekend for youth to grow in their faith. Photo courtesy Joshua Cross
Business trip to Thailand
Junior business students traveled to Thailand for a three-week immersion in global entrepreneurship, focusing on the coffee industry.
The Apple Tree
The spring theatre production offered a unique three-plays-in-one structure with all playlets falling under a familiar theme of choice and consequence.
New to Hesston women’s athletics, the flag football team participated in their first ever games during a round-robin event hosted on their home field.
Larks Landing Day
Admissions hosted a fun-packed event for admitted students that included a Larks softball game, scavenger hunt, next steps session and fun outdoor activities.
Tomato Plant Girl
The Theatre for Young Audiences program returned, bringing to stage this playful, high-energy performance.
Students and faculty were recognized for their academic and leadership achievements during this annual ceremony. Congrats to our Lark of the Year, Jesse Kanagy!
Our 2023 graduates are gearing up for this long-awaited day. The college’s 113th commencement will present approximately 59 associate degrees and 41 bachelor’s degrees.
Philadelphia Urban Life and Culture Trip
Hesston College students are once again off on this cultural immersion and educational experience, spending one week each with three different cultural groups: African-Americans, Asian-Americans and Latino/a-Americans.
Bel Canto Singers Tour
This elite choir is heading to the southwest for their annual tour, with performances scheduled for Albuquerque, N.M.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Pasadena and Sierra Madre, Calif.; and Denver, Colo.
Students who studied Japanese language and culture over the past two months are now heading to Japan to continue their exploration abroad. This three-week trip begins with a focus in Hiroshima, but will end with a tour of six additional cities in Japan.