A Hesston College Homecoming

Chemistry faculty member Jim Yoder works with a student.

“The View from Everywhere” will be the theme for A Hesston College Homecoming 2010. The event will be Sept. 24 to 26 and includes a science and math symposium featuring successful alumni experts.

Nelson Kilmer, long time faculty member and current science and math division chair noted that “In coordination with the alumni relations office and director Dallas Stutzman, the overall goal is to have a Science Math Symposium of general interest to all alumni but especially to science and math alumni. The intent is to bring them together for a time of building affinity and sharing from their life experiences including research and applications of science. Former Hesston science and math faculty have also been invited to join in for the weekend.”

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dale Kempf ’75, senior chemist, Abbott Laboratories (Ill.), Keynote
  • Glenn Smucker Ac64, ’66, senior consultant U.S. State Department, Smucker Consulting (Wis.), Keynote
  • Gene Zaid ’71, president/CEO, JACAM Chemical Company, Inc. (Kan.), Keynote
  • Chris Alliman ’95, family practitioner, Southwest Blvd. Family Health Care (Kan.)
  • Janelle Yutzie ’97 Blubaugh, general surgeon, Sumner Regional Medical Center (Kan.)
  • Matt Sears ’92 Kauffman, president, Stewardship Energy LLC (Ill.)
  • Ron Kilmer ’85, director of Chief Engineers for Aerospace Electronics, Honeywell, Inc. (Ariz.)
  • Quiet Ncube ’83, physicist/Radiology, University of California Los Angele
  • Brian Nebel ’83, director of Engineering, Excel Industries, Inc. (Kan.)
  • Lynn Newcomer, former faculty, president, Plains Environmental Services (Kan.)
  • Jean Polynice ’93, president, PolyUltra-Haiti (country development)
  • Ron Umble former faculty, Math professor, Millersville University (Pa.)
  • Gary Yoder ’91, Physics professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Several of the science and math alumni guests will speak at other events throughout the weekend. Alumni with high-school age children interested in pursuing science and math in college are invited to bring their students along to interact with other successful individuals in their field who got their start at Hesston College.

All Hesston alumni and friends are invited to the weekend celebration, and special class reunions will be for years ending in 0 and 5. In addition to the special science and math symposium, A Hesston College Homecoming will include children’s activities; the Partner Appreciation Breakfast; an Alumni and Friends Luncheon; Campus Community Worship Service; affinity group reunions; Hesston College volleyball matches and men’s and women’s soccer games; a coffee house for young alumni; the Golden Gables Luncheon for classes celebrating 50-year and greater anniversaries; a Tailgate Picnic Dinner and Festival for the entire family; an Alumni and Friends Banquet featuring Science and Math alumni; the traditional complimentary coffee and cinnamon roll breakfast, and more.

Hesston College works to use resources wisely and provide A Hesston Homecoming 2010 that is environmentally friendly. While all alumni are invited to attend this special event, class reunion members will be the only group to receive a hard copy brochure and registration form to be mailed mid July for the weekend.

All alumni are invited to visit www.hesston.edu after July 25 and register by one of the following options:

  1. Register online at www.hesston.edu with an early bird discounted deadline of Sept. 1.
  2. Download a PDF of the brochure/registration form at the Hesston website and mail it to the Alumni Office as indicated.
  3. Call Alumni Relations toll-free at 866-437-7866 (866-HESSTON) for a brochure to be mailed and completed/returned.

In addition, phone call and e-mail reminders will be sent to all alumni to register during the summer and as the final deadline of Sept. 17 approaches.