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  • Southwestern College named Military Friendly School® for 2015

    Wichita, KS, September 26th, 2014 – Victory Media has named Southwestern College a Military Friendly School® for the year 2015.

    Veteran-owned Victory Media was established in 2001 to help educators attract quality military students and employees. Its 49-page Military Friendly® survey consists of questions regarding degree programs, number of military students including military spouses and number of graduates to name a few.

    Southwestern College prides itself on providing various online degree programs that fit the needs of military service members whether they are at home or deployed. The college gives its learners the flexibility to take a break in classes and pick back up should they have a career or life event that keeps them from working toward their degree.

    Southwestern College is proud to be featured as one of the elite educational institutions honored to be listed in the upcoming 2015 Guide to Military Friendly Schools®.

  • Southwestern College President Signs Statement of Support for Guard and Reserve

    Wichita, KS, September 24, 2014 – In an effort to show Southwestern College’s continued support for its military learners, President Dick Merriman signed a statement of support for the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

    Established in 1972 as a subdivision of the Department of Defense, The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve was created to increase employer support by encouraging employers to act as advocates for employee participation in the military.  Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of employers, including Southwestern College, have signed statements of support.

    ESGR Administrative Support Technician Becky Richardson was on hand for the signing ceremony, saying that signing the statement lets military students know Southwestern College will support its military students and employees.

    “It’s an extra step that the employers take to say, ‘I am military friendly,’” said Richardson.

    “We’re very committed to serving military learners,” said Southwestern College President Dick Merriman. “Because the college offers a number of programs online, which allow learners to keep studying while they deployed, we’ve seen a lot of growth in our military enrollment through the years.”

    Southwestern College continues to serve its learners with flexible schedules that allow them to earn their degree while serving the country.
    “We know that they are doing something important for our country and we’re trying to help them do that while they also advance their personal goals and their family goals by getting a college degree,” Merriman said.

    The ESGR statement of support has also been signed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

  • First Commanding General at Guantanamo Bay to Give Lecture to Military

    Wichita, KS, September 18, 2014 – Decorated war veteran United States Marine Major General Michael Lehnert (retired) will help kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Southwestern College – Professional Studies with a lecture to members of the military.  

    General Lehnert will give a lecture on “GTMO: Lessons learned and the role of military officers in upholding constitutional responsibilities” at the Holiday Inn East on October 16th.

    After overseeing the transformation of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into a detention facility for suspected members of Taliban and Al Qaeda following the attacks on 9/11, Gen. Lehnert has expressed his disapproval of tactics used there and belief that the facility should be shut down.

    Before his role at Guantanamo Bay, Gen. Lehnert participated in Operations Just Cause and Promote Liberty during the Panama crisis. After his role at GTMO, he was deployed to the CENTCOM Theater as the commander of Marine Logistics Command in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Some of the general’s most prestigious decorations before his retirement in 2009 include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit Award with Gold Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

    The lecture will be held at the Holiday Inn located at 549 S. Rock Rd. on Thursday, October 16th from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Complimentary lunch will be served during the lecture. RSVPs to are encouraged as seating will be limited.

    During his visit to Wichita, Gen. Lenhert will also give a public lecture and participate in a law enforcement panel discussion.

  • Deadline for military tuition assistance this week


    Wichita, Kansas, September 16, 2014 – Southwestern College – Professional Studies is extending a friendly reminder to current and future military learners that the deadline to apply for tuition assistance is rapidly approaching. Members of the Armed Services must submit tuition assistance requests 10 days prior to the start of class. Students should have their paperwork submitted by September 19th to ensure TA for the next class session, which begins September 19th.

    Those wishing to receive tuition assistance can visit their respective education offices on base or visit their branch’s portal.

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  • Retired GTMO Marine Major General to Give Public Lecture on Terrorism

    Major General Michael LehnertWichita, KS, September 16, 2014 – Decorated war veteran Major General Michael Lehnert (retired) will help kick off the 20th anniversary celebration of Southwestern College – Professional Studies with a public lecture on October 15th.  

    General Lehnert has been decorated with the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit Award with Gold Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters to name a few.

    Lehnert is most notable for his role at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba where he was originally placed in charge of 13 refugee camps in the early 90s. In 2002 Lehnert oversaw the transformation of those camps into a detention facility for suspected members of Al Qaeda and Taliban following the terrorist attacks on 9/11. He was deployed in 2003 to the CENTCOM Theater where he took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom as commander for Marine Logistics Command.

    Lehnert’s lecture on terrorism will take place Wednesday, October 15th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. Q&A to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVPs to are encouraged as seating will be limited.

    General Lenhert will also participate in a law enforcement panel discussion and give a lecture to members of the military during his visit to Wichita.

  • Five SC Nursing Students to be Inducted into National Nursing Honor Society

    Wichita, KS, September, 12, 2014 – Southwestern College – Professional Studies is proud to recognize five distinguished nursing students who will be inducted into a national nursing honor society.

    Having met the criteria, the five RN to BSN nursing students have been invited to join Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, Epsilon Gamma-At-Large Chapter. The chapter is made up of five BSN programs in the Wichita area, including Wichita State University, Bethel College, Tabor College, Newman University and Southwestern College.

    Debra Birdwell, Tonya Dresher, Ashley Edwards, Jessika Haselbauer and Scarlett Ledford have been invited to an induction ceremony at Wichita State University on November 9th at 2 p.m.

    Southwestern College – Professional studies congratulates these students on their academic achievements.

  • Southwestern College Panel Discussion to Include Retired GTMO General, Local Law Enforcement Officials

    To kick off the celebration of its 20th anniversary, Southwestern College – Professional Studies is hosting a panel discussion on October 15th conducted by recognized law enforcement officials. Southwestern instructor Lionel Santiago, with the Orlando Police Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams and Major General Michael Lenhert will take part in a two-hour discussion on the topic of the paradigm shift from law enforcement to law enforcement intelligence.

    Master Police Officer Lionel Santiago joined Southwestern College in 2012 as the lead affiliate faculty of the Criminal Justice and Security Management Program. He has served for the Orlando Police Department since 1999. His roles with the OPD have included patrol officer, neighborhood teams, and bike patrol, working in the Criminal Investigations Division and in Chief's Staff in the Internal Affairs Unit.  He currently serves as a law enforcement recruiter. Previously, Santiago served eight years as an infantryman in the United States Army and Florida National Guard.

    Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter served 23 years with the Wichita Police Department where he was named Officer of The Year in 2007 for his lead role in a multi-agency task force that saw to the arrest and imprisonment of dozens of gang members. According to Easter, it was the death of his younger brother, who was shot in the line of duty in 1996, that served as his inspiration in his successful run for Sedgwick County sheriff in 2012.

    Retired Wichita Chief of Police Norman Williams began his 39-year law enforcement career as a Wichita patrol officer in 1975. In 2000, he was appointed as chief of police for the state’s largest police department. Notably under his administration was the capture of serial killer Dennis Rader, known as “BTK,” who alluded authorities and terrified the city for more than 30 years. Williams also played a lead role in the 2007 multi-agency task force that put numerous gang members behind bars.

    Major General Michael Lehnert (retired) is perhaps most notable for his role at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Originally placed in charge of 13 refugee camps, in 2002 he oversaw its transformation into a detention facility for suspected members of Al Qaeda and Taliban. Disagreeing with the tactics used there, he has publicly expressed his opinion that the facility needs to be shut down. The general left Guantanamo Bay in 2003 and deployed to the CENTCOM Theater and took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom where he served as commander for Marine Logistics Command. He returned to the United States in 2005 and assumed command of Marine Corps Installations West. His many decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leave cluster, Legion of Merit Award with Gold Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters.  

    The panel discussion will take place at the Hyatt Regency Wichita Wednesday, October 15th from 9 a.m. to noon. It is open to the public and members of law enforcement. RSVPs to are encouraged as seating will be limited.

    General Lenhert will also give two lectures to the public and military members during his trip to Wichita. He will be available for interviews Wednesday, October 15th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. They can be set up with the media contact.



  • Southwestern College Introduces New Information Systems Management Degree

    Southwestern College – Professional Studies is keeping up with the times with its new Information Systems Management degree.

    The new Bachelor degree emphasizes broad knowledge and skills in information systems management and administration and applied knowledge in project, information security, design and development and innovation management. In addition, students may choose to specialize in security, enterprise systems, or data management and decision support.

    “It is these specializations that will truly enable students to differentiate themselves in the job marketplace as they will have both an information systems management degree and specialized knowledge in an area where there is significant demand,” Arthur Smith, Program Director of Business and Leadership.

    ISM students at Southwestern College – Professional Studies will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in managing several key functions of information systems through their application in realistic scenario and simulation-based activities.

    The core ISM Program includes 30 credit hours with 10 core courses. If a specialty is chosen, nine additional hours in three specialization courses are required.

  • Southwestern College – Professional Studies Revamps MBA Program

    Southwestern College – Professional Studies is setting itself apart from other colleges by restructuring its Master’s in Business Administration online program.

    With a new emphasis on mastery, which enables graduates to mentor, coach and lead others as they advance in their careers, the new MBA program has been enhanced with new courses to ensure a current and relevant curriculum to meet the demands of organizations today.

    “Employers today want employees that not only possess the knowledge and skills, but also can apply them effectively as individuals and through working with others,” said Arthur Smith, program director of Business and Leadership. “Mastery of these knowledge and skills enables our MBA graduates to be better prepared to hit the road running in a current or new job.”

    Students can expect three optional areas of concentration in the new program: marketing, finance and information technology.

    “Finance, information technology and marketing are three of several major factors that contribute to business sustainability and growth and are areas of significant attention by businesses in both the public and private sectors,” said Smith.

    The MBA program includes 13 six-week online courses for a total of 39 credit hours. If an area of concentration is chosen, three additional six-week online courses are required.

  • Southwestern College, a Kansas -based Institution, Launches BlackBeltHelp's After Hours IT Help Desk Support

    Southwestern College has launched BlackBeltHelp’s After Hours IT Help Desk Support to provide IT support when on-campus staff is out for the night, weekend or holiday.
    The BlackBeltHelp After Hours IT Help Desk Support will provide IT support agents as an extension to the Southwestern College on-campus staff during hours when they are typically limited or unavailable.
    Support and advice will be accessible for the same problems resolved by the Southwestern College daytime staff,  including:

    • Login Problem
    • LMS: Blackboard 9
    • ERP/SIS: Power Campus (login assistance only)
    • Email: Outlook / Exchange 
    • Network
    • Microsoft Office
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Mac OSX
    • Printing
    • General desktop application support
    • Basic smartphone support
    • Basic Antivirus support

    "We are pleased to provide Southwestern College with a cost-effective service for After Hours IT Help Desk support,” said Anjli Jain, Executive Director of the CampusEAI Consortium. "This IT Help Desk Support will provide students, faculty and staff with a place to turn to with problems, no matter when their issues arise."

    For further information, please contact Ron Bhalla at or visit the blackbeltHelp  website

    Southwestern College students can call the direct number for BlackBeltHelp at 844-229-0192.