First Friday

If it’s April, that means caps and gowns are being ordered, registration for next fall’s classes is underway and the junior-senior formal is just a week away. In six short weeks, the 2013-14 school year will be history recorded in another yearbook.

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Important news from the campus this month is that we have two new “doctors” in our faculty. Dr. Jacob Kaufman ‘03 will be awarded a Doctor of Worship Studies degree in June from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Florida. His dissertation title: Establishing a Mentoring Program with Student Worship Leaders at Central Christian College, McPherson, Kansas.

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Dr. Leonard F. Favara Jr. ‘91, Provost/Chief Academic Officer at Central, is a member of a group of four educators who came together in January 2014 to form the first Educator Advisory Council (EAC) for the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas. Dr. Favara has worked with the Cosmosphere’s Educational Department for the past three years by assisting with camps, outreach programs and helping to modify programming for colleges and businesses. The EAC has three goals for 2014: development of a social networking page devoted to sharing ideas and valuable educational material; a teacher’s workshop in June addressing science classrooms and best practices; and a teacher’s workshop in the fall focused specifically on New Generation Science Standards.

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From Dr. Dean Kroeker, Special Assistant to the President: “Last month I accepted a new area of responsibility, to assist the President with various projects while building relationships with students who have attended CCC at some point. I have started executing a plan to reconnect with all the School of Professional and Distance Education alumni going back to the very first EXCEL (on-ground degree completion program) cohort group in 2002. Please stay in contact with me as you receive job transfers, promotions or new opportunities to serve within your community.”


Men’s basketball coach Tony Romero ’04 passed along this information. Central juniors Scott Brooks and Dustin Rojas were named NAIA Daktronics academic All-Americans. Sophomore Aaron Miller was named to the all-region, second team in the National Christian College Athletic Association.

Freshman Zane Howard of Central Christian College was named MCAC Conference baseball Pitcher of the Week for the week ending March 23. Howard, a native of Atlanta, Texas, tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout in Central Christian's 3-0 win over sixth-ranked York College last week. He struck out six Panther batters in the victory.


PROCLAIM - A preaching conference sponsored by the Chaney Bible Lectures is set to be held Monday, April 7, from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Warehouse. This will be an all-day training event for pastors and lay leaders to help share God's word more creatively, compellingly and effectively. For more details, visit Chaney Bible Lectures.

These events are scheduled for the Fine Arts department over the next few weeks in Greer Auditorium:

April 10, 4:00 p.m. - Applied Student Recital

April 17, 4:00 p.m. - Applied Student Recital

April 24, 4:00 p.m. - Applied Student Recital

April 24-26, 7:00 p.m. - Spring Theatre presentation “The Twelfth Night”

May 1, 4:00 p.m. - Applied Student Recital

The Warehouse will be the site for these events:

May 1, 7:00 p.m. - Liz Cantu, Junior Recital

May 2 - Battle of the Bands

May 5, 7:00 p.m. - The Songwriters will present their creations


Alumni Summer Reunion weekend, June 13-15, is fast approaching. The class of 1974 will be celebrating 40 years, as will Academy and College class members of 1964 and 1954 who will be marking their 50 and 60 year anniversaries. It now appears the Academy and College class of 1949 will also reunite after 65 years to celebrate. Additional reunion opportunities for alumni are planned for former ministry students of Dr. Bruce Johnson w’58 and Dr. Robert Wolcott. If you were a member of Sylvia (Harden w’61) Wolcott’s Chorale or ministry/share teams or had her for a class, we invite you to join her reunion group that weekend. Also, if you were a puppet ministry/share team member under the sponsorship of Keith and Betty Ivers, Bettie (Willis ’52) Griffith, Dale Burge or Barb (Wellman ’86) Buchner, you have an opportunity to come see each other and reminisce about the good old days. With these nine groups returning to campus, it should prove to be a rousing weekend!

Save-the-Date cards will be in the mail next week to Wessington Springs College/Academy alumni announcing next year’s date of June 26-28, 2015, as the time to gather again in Wessington Springs, South Dakota. Further details will be shared as the time draws nearer.

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In February, President Hal Hoxie ‘79 and First Lady Kathy ‘79 travelled in the Phoenix, Arizona area. While there, several Wessington Springs alumni gathered to meet and visit with them. This is a photo of that group. From left to right – front row: Rosalie (Gillette aw’63) Jeffery, Rose (Hinesh aw’62) Huston, Helen Carlson, Helen (Hinesh aw’62) Zander, Darlene (Gereleman aw’62) Winter and Gwen Carlson. Back row: President Hoxie, Dave Jeffery aw’62, Dewey Huston aw’60, Lynn Carlson aw’62, Jerry Winter aw’63 and Morry Carlson aw’56.

The March issue of the Historical Society’s newsletter included two very interesting articles. The first, written by Dwayne Smith, a Central Board member, was about alumnae Ethel (Lowe ca’21) Asfahl who overcame personal tragedy to become a top designer of girls’ dresses in the midst of the Great Depression. The second article by Archives Associate, Janet (Dull ’76) Adam, details The History of Art at Central Christian College beginning with Clara O. Collene in 1922 and including other Art instructors such as Vinnie Lindbeck, Beth (Beckelhymer) Stewart, Mabel Perkins, Salvador Estrada, Mary Ann Robinson, Carol Ruth (King ‘48) Hadduck and Dr. Merrill McHenry. It concludes with current instructors Naomi Ullum and Shane Dawson ’08. If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to become a member of the Historical Society, contact and they’ll be happy to sign you up and send a copy.


Employment opportunities for the new school year at Central include:

Chair - Education Department

Chair - Sport Science & Exercise Science Instructor

Female Resident Director

Grounds Keeper

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During last week’s Board of Trustee meeting, the trustees expressed a desire to become more apparent and supportive of our great school to its constituency. One suggestion was to give each member an opportunity to introduce themselves, tell of their relationship to Central and why they chose to serve on the Board when they were recruited. We plan to incorporate one or two trustee responses in the next several issues of FIRST FRIDAY. The first two selected are Dr. Gary Anderson wa’68, ’72 and Bob Green ’49.

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Gary Anderson, Kansas State University - “I am a veterinary pathologist and infectious disease scientist and am currently director of the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University. My wife, Millie (Christiansen c’73), and I attended Central in the early 70s and have always considered it to be a special place due to its potential impact on young lives and the lifelong friendships that so often occur among fellow students and professors. I have had the privilege of serving on the Board of Trustees for over 20 years and my current role as chair is especially challenging and invigorating. The future of education is truly at a crossroad and so is CCC. I cannot think of a better reason or place to invest in determining what that future must be to survive and thrive to fulfill the awesome purpose of participating in young lives to accomplish a Christ-Centered Education for Character. I firmly believe that CCC is poised to step into the exciting challenges and opportunities ahead, but only with the steady, gracious hand of God in the lead. Personally, I only wish I had more time and resources to dedicate to such a worthy place and its people.

My motives have evolved over time, but the core reason is that I had a great experience as a student and wanted to be involved in the place and people who mattered so much to me. My current reasons have expanded to include a strong commitment to doing everything I possibly can to contribute toward CCC thriving and excelling in achieving its mission for our students, faculty and staff which is Christ-Centered Education for Character.”

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Bob R. Green, Professor of English, Emeritus - “My connection with Central dates to 1923 when my parents, John c’25 and Jennie (Kugler c’26) Green attended CAC and later married. I came to Central as a fifteen-year-old high school junior in 1945, graduating with an AA in 1949. In 1960 I came back to Central to become Dean of Men, English Professor and Academic Dean (Green Dean). My wife Gayla (Thompson ’48) and son Mick Green ‘73 graduated from Central while my daughter, Lucia Delamarter, is a current Board member.

I became a Board member in 2002 and served a number of years as its secretary. That fact indicates some of the skills I gladly used. I’ve been reminded that I may be the first to have parents, a wife, a son and now a Board member in Central’s long history. Three reasons come to the front as I consider why I serve: a trusted fellow Tiger recruited me recognizing what I had to offer; I want the Board to be the best functioning one it can be, governing with class, efficiency and Christ-inspired wisdom; and CCC has proven itself able to change when survival and mission are challenged. Central offers much for aspiring students.”

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Calvin Hawkins

Calvin Hawkins


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