The Regier Friesen Gallery is located in Friesen Center for the Visual Arts on the Hesston College campus. The gallery exhibits a wide variety of media including ceramics, graphic design, sculpture and photography, as well as interactive and installation work. Shows feature local, regional, alumni and nationally recognized artists. Exhibits connect to classes taught in the current school year, and often deal with social and spiritual issues. The featured artists frequently will present a gallery talk or workshop in conjunction with their artwork. These events are open to the public.
The Hesston College Art Collection, including the Paul A. Friesen Collection, provides a rich visual resource for the campus. The various pieces of sculpture, ceramics, paintings, prints, drawings and photography grace walls throughout the campus and at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains. Many of these works are by Hesston College alumni and faculty and are designed to encourage reflection on aesthetics, life and faith.
Intramural sports are important at Hesston College. Students can get involved in a variety of intramural activities including indoor soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball and many other activities. The Campus Activities Center is the site for most indoor intramural sports.
Hesston College offers 14 intercollegiate sports. Sports offered are men’s cross country, soccer, golf, basketball, powerlifting, track and baseball and women’s cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, track, powerlifting and softball. The Larks compete in NJCAA Region 6 and the Division I and Division II levels. Cross country, track and powerlifting will not be offered during the 2020-21 year.
The athletic experience at Hesston College goes beyond the field or court as Christian coaches who model values of personal development provide important leadership in developing students as athletes and competent individuals.
See the course catalog for details on athletic eligibility.
Whether students choose to pursue theatre performance or theatre education as a career, or if they hope to participate while majoring in another area, Hesston College Theatre offers many opportunities for all. The department produces four mainstage performances each year and offers stage managing, technical and directing opportunities. Hesston’s mainstage shows include a fall production, a collaborative performance with the music program in the winter, a musical in early spring and a theatre for young audiences show in late spring.
Additional theatre participation opportunities beyond the scheduled shows include numerous theatre courses from The Art of Theatre to Stage Makeup; the HC Theatre Company creates new performance pieces based on what’s happening in the world and the needs of the community; and opportunities to represent the program in forums and chapels and at special events.
The program also offers a summer high school and middle school theatre camp, Broadway in the Black Box, and paid internships to Hesston College students who want to gain experience in leadership and organizational opportunities. Experience is the best teacher in the field of theatre and Hesston College has many opportunities from which to choose.
For more than a century, music has been an important component of campus life at Hesston. The Music department offers students unique and varied performance opportunities. Three Hesston College choirs – Bel Canto Singers, Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus – offer students an artistic outlet and a place to advance singing skills. The college offers a variety of instrumental opportunities. Auditions are required for membership in each ensemble.
Bel Canto Singers is a select mixed ensemble that performs a variety of music from Renaissance to 21st century works encompassing sacred and secular idioms with an emphasis on mainstream college-level literature. Bel Canto Singers tours each academic year and for two weeks during summer in odd-numbered years in addition to providing music for regional worship services, civic events, home concerts each semester and a choral masterworks concert. Voice lessons are required during the first year of enrollment in Bel Canto Singers. This ensemble is selected by competitive audition. Final selections are made by mid April for the next academic year.
The Hesston College Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus focus on sacred repertoire from a broad spectrum of styles and traditions. Both ensembles participate in regional worship services and perform a home concert each semester. The choruses collaborate with Bel Canto Singers to present a choral masterwork. Both ensembles are selected by audition at the beginning of each semester.
International Chorale is comprised of 30 to 40 voices and is offered during the summer in even-numbered years. During the three-week tour, students perform roughly 10 concerts in European Mennonite or related churches and sing informally in cathedrals and civic venues. In addition to performing, choir members are engaged in studying the history and culture and attending concerts in various cities. Comprising about half of the overnight accommodations, home stays are a highlight of this tour. Humanities credit available.
Hesston College offers applied instruction in piano, organ, voice, guitar and all orchestral instruments. Beginning-level lessons are taught in class settings. Students are taught fundamental music skills and technique as well as basic music theory. Both private instrumental and voice lessons offer students opportunities to further develop their skills and gain experience in various performance settings.
Hesston College has outstanding indoor and outdoor facilities for recreation.
Yost Center houses two basketball courts, two volleyball courts courts and locker rooms. Campus Activities Center provides a second gym space, with two basketball or three volleyball courts and indoor soccer pitch.
Outdoor facilities include four lighted tennis courts, a soccer field, baseball and softball diamonds, disc golf course and sand volleyball court. Soccer, softball and baseball game facilities are lighted for night games. The Hesston community has an 18-hole golf course with jogging/biking trails and six additional lighted tennis courts. Students also have easy walking access to Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, which provides walking trails through naturalistic landscaping.
The student lounges in Erb Hall and Kauffman Court provide pool and Ping Pong tables as well as big-screen TV viewing.
The Fitness Room of Yost Center provides cardio machines and weight lifting equipment. Because of limited capacity due to COVID-19, students may sign up for a one hour workout time beginning Aug. 28. The Hesston Wellness Center at Schowalter Villa is located within walking distance and offers additional fitness and strength training equipment, classes, a pool and hot tub. If public health guidelines allow, Hesston College students may purchase a membership for a discounted rate of $50 per semester.
Stutzman Retreat Center
Stutzman Retreat Center is located eight miles southwest of Hesston. The comfortable log cabin and spacious, shady grounds are available for student groups for overnight retreats, picnics, Bible study, etc. Resident assistants and ministry assistants can reserve Stutzman Retreat Center by contacting Deb Hiebert, Campus Facilities office, extension 8120 or 620-327-8120.