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  • RN-BSN Student Attends AACN Student Policy Summit

    Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies RN-BSN student Moses Bulambo attended the American Academy of College of Nurses (AACN) Student Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. in March.

    The three-day conference was open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Students who attend the Summit are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy. While in the nation’s capital, Bulambo was able to visit Capitol Hill and meet deans from nursing programs across the country to carry a key message supporting nursing education and research.

    Just 200 students are permitted to attend the Student Policy Summit. Bulambo plans to graduate in May.

  • Sigma Theta Tau International and The Elsevier Foundation announce 2016-2017 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Participants

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) and The Elsevier Foundation today announced the participants and faculty comprising the 2016-2017 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA). STTI’s International Leadership Institute administers the academy mentoring program thanks to a generous grant from The Elsevier Foundation.

    The NFLA is a highly selective, 20-month mentored leadership academy designed to:

    • Foster academic career success.
    • Promote nurse faculty retention and satisfaction.
    • Encourage personal leadership development.
    • Cultivate high-performing, supportive work environments in academe.

    The NFLA supports the recommendations of the 2010 Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” that calls for “health organizations, including nursing organizations and nursing schools, to provide nurses greater opportunities to gain leadership skills and put them into practice.” The NFLA pairs aspiring full-time, non-tenured faculty leaders, called scholars, with experienced leadership mentors, supported by NFLA faculty members. The academy curriculum includes a variety of educational strategies for developing leadership knowledge, competence, and outcomes.

    “This new group of Leadership Mentors and Scholars represents a great addition to the community of nurse leaders that has evolved over the years as a result of this program,” said David Ruth, executive director of The Elsevier Foundation. “We are proud to sponsor this program for a third time, especially because it continues to build a learning and sharing network that improves nursing education and healthcare.”

    “I congratulate all the new Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy participants,” said STTI President Cathy Catrambone, PhD, RN, FAAN. “These individuals have an unparalleled opportunity not only to learn from thought leaders, but also to transform their colleges and universities by applying that knowledge as they train future generations of nurses worldwide.”

    For more than 90 years, STTI has honored the best and brightest women and men in nursing. The honor society provides nurses with programs, resources, and opportunities such as those offered through the International Leadership Institute, including the NFLA. For more information about the NFLA, visit


    2016-2017 Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Participants


    Tamatha Arms, DNP, PMHNP-BC, NP-C

    University of North Carolina Wilmington

    Lisa Barnes, DNP, RN

    East Carolina University

    Lanell Bellury, PhD, RN, AOCNS, OCN

    Mercer University

    Cynthia Bemis, DNP, RN, NE-BC

    Indiana University

    Temeaka Gray, PsyD, MBA, MSN, CNP, RN

    University of Toledo

    Stephanie Jeffers, PhD, RN

    Widener University

    Sara Kaylor, EdD, RN, CNE

    The University of Alabama

    Monica Kidder, DNP, RN-BC, CNE

    Covenant Health 

    Charlotte Swint, DNP, FNP-BC, MPH, MSN, RN

    Clayton State University

    Sandra O'Brien, PhD, RN, CRNP-F, PHCNS-BC

    The Catholic University of America

    Angela Opsahl, DNP, RN, CPHQ

    Indiana University

    Judy Ponder, DNP, RN

    Berea College

    Amber Pyatt, DNP, RN

    Southwestern College Professional Studies

    Malinda Whitlow, DNP, FNP-BC, RN

    George Washington University


    Leadership Mentors

    Diane Billings, EdD, RN, FAAN, ANEF

    Indiana University

    Susan Buchholz, PhD, RN

    Rush University

    Judy Didion, PhD, MSN, CNS

    Lourdes University

    Mary Ellen Glasgow, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, ANEF, FAAN

    Duquesne University

    Denise Gormley, PhD, RN

    University of Cincinnati

    LaNell Harrison, PhD, RN

    Lubbock Christian University

    Sara Horton-Deutsch, PhD, RN, PMHCNS, FAAN, ANEF, Certified Caritas Coach and HeartMath Trainer

    University of Colorado-Denver

    Donna Konradi, PhD, CNE, RN

    University of Indianapolis

    Nanette Lavoie-Vaughan, DNP, ANP-C

    East Carolina University

    Bette Mariani, PhD, RN

    Villanova University

    Barbara Penprase, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

    Oakland University

    Martha Scheckel, PhD, RN

    Winona State University

    Kathleen Shannon-Dorcy, PhD, RN

    University of Washington Tacoma

    Teresa Shellenbarger, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

    Indiana University of Pennsylvania


    Faculty Advisors

    Laura Dzurec , PhD, PMHCNS-BC, ANEF

    Widener University School of Nursing

    D. Anthony Forrester , PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

    Rutgers University School of Nursing

    Barbara M.  Friesth , PhD, RN

    Indiana University

    Barbara Patterson , PhD, ANEF

    Widener University School of Nursing

    Elizabeth Peter , PhD, RN

    University of Toronto


    Lead Faculty Advisor

    Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN ANEF

    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

    Susan Sportsman , PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN

    Elsevier Education

    Carol Winters , PhD, RN, CNE

    East Carolina University


    NFLA Leadership Consultant


    Deborah Cleeter, EdD, MSN, RN

    Sawgrass Leadership Institute

  • Special Reception to be Held for PS Graduates Commencement Day

    Wichita, Kansas – A reception honoring all Professional Studies graduates will be held before this year’s commencement ceremonies.

    The reception, including food and beverages, will be held before the commencement ceremonies on May 8th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the dining hall on the Southwestern College campus in Winfield, Kansas. Those graduating with their graduate and undergraduate degrees are encouraged to bring their families and friends attending the ceremonies.

    Graduates will also be given the opportunity to participate in testimonial videos to be used on the Professional Studies Web site and for future marketing and commercial purposes.

    A complete schedule of commencement day activities can be found at

  • Southwestern College to Inaugurate President Brad Andrews

    Winfield, Kansas — Southwestern College will inaugurate Bradley J Andrews as its 19th president on Thursday, April 14.

    The inauguration ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. in the Richardson Performing Arts Center. A large crowd is anticipated and will include Southwestern College Board of Trustees members, the Southwestern College administrative council, Great Plains United Methodist Bishop Scott Jones, former Southwestern College presidents, deans and faculty, and delegates representing colleges and universities throughout the state.

    The invocation will be given by Bishop Richard Wilke, bishop in residence at Southwestern followed by remarks from Dr. David Smith, Southwestern College Board of Trustees chair; Trisha Andrews, wife of Brad Andrews, and Greg Campbell, retired president of Carthage College (Wisc.); and the inaugural address from Brad Andrews.

    A reception will follow at 5:15 p.m. in Deets Library.

    The inauguration ceremony is open to the public. The parking lots on the south and north side of Christy Administration Building will be reserved for those individuals who have already been issued parking passes. Golf cart service will be available for persons with mobility issues.

    Inauguration day also will include a 10 a.m. dedication of presidential pavers and a tree planting at the Cole Mound Plaza located at the bottom of the 77 Steps. First Lady Trish Andrews will be honored at a noon reception Friday, April 15, in Deets Library, and “Quiet,” an exhibit of photographs by Trish Andrews, will be displayed in the library from Tuesday to Sunday.

    In addition to the inauguration ceremony itself, two events are of special interest to community members and friends of the college: First, all are invited to write a message on the “Wall of Well Wishes” on Tuesday in Deets Library or on Wednesday in the Christy Administration Building lobby. Second, community members are encouraged to attend Wednesday chapel service at 11 a.m. in Richardson Performing Arts Center. Speaker at chapel will be Lauren Hansen, director for alumni and parent programs at Carthage College.

    Phil Jarvis ’64, Mary Jarvis ’87, and Cory Helmer ’99, are members of the presidential inauguration committee.  In addition to faculty, staff, and students, they represented the community and alumni on the committee.


    About Southwestern College

    Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,600 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

  • PS offices closed for Good Friday

    Wichita, Kansas - In observance of Good Friday, the Professional Studies offices will close at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 24th and remain closed Friday, March 25th.

    Offices will reopen Monday, March 28th at 9 a.m.



  • Library Catalog to be Temporarily Unavailable

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies would like its learners to know the library catalog will be unavailable between 8 p.m. Saturday, March 12th and 6 a.m. Sunday, March 13th.

    Learners should still be able to search items in WorldCat at



  • Grad Finale 2016 Set for March 2

    WICHITA, Kansas – Spring and summer graduation applicants are eligible to walk in the commencement ceremony on May 8, 2016 and can get ready for the big event at the 2016 Grade Finale.

    Grad Finale will be held on March 2nd from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Winfield Main Campus at the Student Center Pounds Lounge and from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Professional Studies Wichita East Center located at 2040 S. Rock Rd.

    The event makes it possible for students to purchase their cap and gown, order graduation announcements, learn about alumni programs and touch base with Southwestern College staff to finalize any unfinished business. Refreshments will be provided and students will have the unique opportunity to share their story of academic success through video testimonials.  

    Information about the commencement ceremony is posted on the Main Campus website.

  • Southwestern College Now Offering Information Technology Certification Preparatory Courses

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies has extended its non-credit program offerings through its Center for Corporate Learning to include information technology examination preparatory courses.

    Professionals looking to sit for certification exams in the I.T. field now have access to more than 100 preparatory course. These include preparation for exams from vendors such as Microsoft®, CompTia® and Cisco®. The prep courses are being offered self-paced online, virtually with a live instructor or on ground.  

    The Center for Corporate Learning is also looking to meet market demand and prepare ethical hackers through the offerings of cyber security specific certification preparation courses. Courses available for cyber security include preparation for (ISC)2 CISSP®, CompTIA® Network+, CompTIA® Security+ and EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

    “As we researched the certification preparation market we realized the growing demand for cyber security professionals,” said Susan Backofen, Southwestern College vice president of enrollment. “We then made the decision to seek out courses that would prepare individuals to achieve those certifications and credentials.”

    Information about individual courses and their curricula can be found at the Center for Corporate learning website:

  • Southwestern College Graduates Earn More than Projected

    Winfield, Kan., Feb. 3, 2016 — A recent study by a prestigious university shows that new Southwestern College graduates earned $6,000 more than they were projected to earn, the top projected earnings gap of any university in the state.

    The Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce (CEW) mined statistics from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard to compile the earnings report for more than 1,400 four-year colleges and universities.  The report takes into account the majors offered by the college (science and engineering fields tend to earn higher salaries, for example) then projects what graduates of that college could be expected to make. A survey of former students 10 years after they began their studies then compared what they actually earn to this base projection.

    Of the 22 colleges and universities in the state, Southwestern College had the highest positive gap between what its graduates were projected to make and what they actually were earning. Actual earnings exceeded projected by $6,000-- projected earnings were $38,200 and actual earnings were $44,200. This was the highest positive gap in Kansas.

    Speaking in a Topeka Capital Journal article, a senior research analyst at CEW explained that the purpose of this study was to see if colleges are adding value to students’ earnings.

    “It’s supposed to be a measure of the college’s value,” said analyst Andrew Hanson. “In the end we’re trying to get one measure of the college’s ability to prepare students for the labor market.”

    The next closest positive earning gap was at Ottawa University, and was $1,000 behind Southwestern’s number.

    To see the full Georgetown University report, see


    A positive gap means former students earned more than projected, and a negative gap means they earned less.

    University/Projected Earnings/Gap from Expected Earnings (+ or -):

    • Southwestern College: $44,200, +$6,000
    • Ottawa University:  $40,700, +5,000
    • Bethany College: $38,500, +$4,200
    • Newman University: $41,900. +$2,700
    • Kansas Wesleyan University: $36,600, +$2,100
    • Pittsburg State University: $38,200, +$1,500
    • Friends University: $41,800, +$1,300
    • Bethel College: $37,400, +$500
    • Central Christian College of Kansas: $31,100, -$900
    • University of Saint Mary: $39,900, -$1,200
    • Sterling College: $32,100, -$1,200
    • Emporia State University: $35,900, -$1,700
    • Baker University: $48,900, -$1,900
    • Fort Hays State University: $37,400, -$1,900
    • Washburn University: $37,900, -$2,200
    • Kansas State University: $43,300, -$2,400
    • Tabor College: $34,400, -$2,800
    • Wichita State University: $39,300, -$3,400
    • McPherson College: $35,500, -$3,700
    • MidAmerica Nazarene University: $39,100, -$4,200
    • University of Kansas: $44,600, -$5,100
    • Benedictine College: $37,800, -$6,200

    (Source: Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce)

    Southwestern College is a private institution granting undergraduate and graduate degrees and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  About 1,700 students attend classes at the main Winfield campus, at six professional studies sites in Kansas and Oklahoma, or online around the world.

  • Southwestern College Nursing Director Selected for National Nursing Leadership Academy

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Director of Nursing Amber Pyatt has been selected as a scholar for the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA) – Cohort III beginning in March.

    The NFLA was developed by Sigma Theta Tau International in partnership with the Elsevier Foundation in an effort to heighten the personal leadership development of nurse faculty. It strives to improve faculty retention, advance academic career success and cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in colleges.

    All NFLA Leadership Academy applicants were reviewed and ranked on criteria including experience and commitment to the field of nursing. Pyatt, along with her mentor, Dr. Denise Gormley, executive director of graduate programs and coordinator of the Nursing Administration Program at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Nursing, were chosen as one of 16 paired scholar/mentor teams to participate in the 20-month leadership development curriculum focusing on individual leadership development, leading a team project to advance nursing education and expand the scope of influence within academic institutions, the community and the profession.

    “Serving in a leadership role currently at Southwestern College, I know how important it is to enhance leadership skills in order to promote the RN to BSN program at SC,” says Pyatt. “Some of my goals during the next 20 months will be to use information garnered through the workshops to develop self-confidence through reflection, goal-setting and collaboration with my leadership mentor.”

    Pyatt will conduct a team project focusing on the issue of retention in RN to BSN programs. She hopes being part of the NFLA Leadership Academy will allow her to bring back information and implement it into the RN to BSN program at SC.