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. […]

A brief history of Business Education at Hesston College

Quelling repeated calls for a bachelor’s degree program at Hesston College, incoming President Tilman Smith announced in his inaugural speech in October 1959 that Hesston College would become the “strongest possible junior college.” There would be no more talk of a four-year college curriculum. Why this talk of a four-year program? Because the college had […]

New Business

You don’t need a business degree to be a successful business leader, but it sure can help. It’s a lesson that five Hesston College graduates, who arrived on campus years ago with varying skills and areas of interest, learned during their short time in Kansas. Perhaps it was the affirmation of the late business instructor […]

Debbie McAlister and Vickie Andres

Business Management, the Hesston way

For Debbie McAlister, director of Hesston College’s new School of Management, her time on campus has been a journey from building a program like most other institutions had, to creating something no other school offers. McAlister was hired to craft a program that delivered a bachelor’s degree in business management, the third such bachelor’s program […]

What I learned from Becky Bartell and Donovan Tann

Celebrating faculty moving on to new opportunities Becky Bartell I started learning from Becky the day I walked into my first nursing class. Without a doubt, I knew walking into class every day that she wanted every single student to thrive. She was passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping us create a solid foundation […]