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 […]

Vision for the Future – President’s Perspective

Even through this year’s “summer lull,” activity at Hesston College hasn’t slowed. We’ve been working full-steam on preparing for the August launch of the new bachelor’s degree in aviation, starting research and development for other four-year degree programs, watching daily construction progress on the nursing and athletics projects, and taking groups around the world on […]

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche

Now Boarding: Vision 2025

First it was a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Now it’s aviation. And that’s not where the growth stops. Early in 2019, Hesston College administrators began unveiling a growth plan that gives the Hesston College of the future some distinct differences from the Hesston College of the last 110 years. Namely, four-year bachelor degree programs in […]

Dan Good

A Pilot’s Life

When Dan Good ’90 was sharing his reflections on the life of a pilot for this story, he was in Anchorage, Alaska, preparing for a seven- to 10-day schedule that would begin a few hours later and take him to China; Bangkok, Thailand; Mumbai, India; Cologne, Germany; ending in Louisville, Kentucky.  The aviation field is […]