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  • Sebastian Junger to Deliver Docking Lecture at Southwestern College; ‘Restrepo’ to be Presented February 17

    Winfield, Kan., Feb. 4, 2015 — Award winning journalist, director, and best-selling author Sebastian Junger will present the Docking Lecture on Thursday, March 5, at 11 a.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center in the Christy Administration building on the campus of Southwestern College.  Junger became a fixture in the international media when, as a first-time author, he commanded the “New York Times” best-seller list for more than three years with “The Perfect Storm,” which became a major motion picture starring George Clooney.

    As part of its Pillars Project, the college focuses each year on one of the virtues celebrated in its alma mater and represented by the Christy pillars of Knowledge, Hope, Courage, and Freedom. The 2014-15 focus on courage inspired the choice of Sebastian Junger to give this year’s Docking Lecture.

    Prior to his visit to the college, Southwestern will present a screening of Junger’s critically acclaimed documentary “Restrepo” on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m., in the Richardson Performing Arts Center.  Co-directed with photojournalist Tim Hetherington, “Restrepo” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary and received the 2010 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  It documents the war in Afghanistan by reporting from the soldiers’ perspectives.

    The public is invited to attend both events and there is no admission charge.

    Junger and Hetherington worked together in Afghanistan on assignment for “Vanity Fair.” They spent a year with one platoon in the Korengal Valley, which is billed as the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. They recorded video to document their experience, and this footage went on to form the basis for “Restrepo.” The title refers to the outpost where Junger was embedded, which was named after a combat medic, Pfc. Juan Restrepo, killed in action.

    The Docking Lecture is underwritten by Union State Bank and by William and Thomas Docking.  The Docking family has played a prominent role in Kansas government and politics for over half a century.  In 1956 George Docking was elected governor of Kansas.  He served two terms, leaving office in 1961.  His son, Robert Docking, was elected governor in 1966 and served four two-year terms, more than any other Kansas governor, leaving office in 1975.  Robert Docking’s sons have continued the family’s commitment to public service.  William Docking was appointed to the Kansas Higher Education Board of Regents in 1995, and served as its chair.  Thomas Docking was lieutenant governor of Kansas from 1983 to 1987, during the governorship of John Carlin.

    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.
     

  • Self-service Outage Planned Through Weekend

    IMPORTANT NOTICE:

    There will be a planned outage of Self-service and from Friday 2/6/2015 (tomorrow) at Noon to Monday 2/9/2015 at 8 a.m. CST

    Starting Monday the new URL address for Self-Service will be http://selfservice.sckans.edu . Please plan your Self-Service needs around this timeframe.

    Blackboard and email will NOT be affected. 

    We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

  • Southwestern College’s Student Veterans Association Becomes National Chapter

    Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College’s Student Veterans Association has been formally accepted into the National Chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

    The Student Veterans of America was formed as a result of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan returning home to use their GI Bill® benefits and finding many campuses lacked peers that shared their experiences as well as suitable resources to assist them in reaching academic success. In order to provide these veterans with a better and more successful college experience, the Student Veterans of America was officially incorporated in 2008, serving as an umbrella for chapters around the country.

    New in 2014, the Southwestern College Student Veterans Association was created with the vision of assisting veteran learners and their families with information and assistance to enhance their higher education experience. The SVA was officially accepted as a National Chapter of the Student Veterans of American in January 2015, making it easier to put its members in touch with programs that might aid them with employment opportunities, assist in accessing their GI Bill® and other benefits as well as provide them with scholarship information.

    “This is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of a community of veterans with the goal of educating and offering job opportunities to veterans and their families,” said Nichole Ramirez, President of the Student Veterans Association at Southwestern College and veteran of the United States Air Force.

    Whether currently working toward the completion of their undergraduate or graduate degrees at Southwestern or an alumni, veterans can join the SVA by visiting its LinkedIn page. Information will be posted there regarding upcoming events, updates and meetings in which they can participate in discussions pertaining to their college experience or efforts seeing post-college employment.

  • Southwestern College’s Criminal Justice Program Listed in Top 50 Best

    Wichita, Kansas - The Criminal Justice program at Southwestern College Professional Studies is one of the best in the country, according to SuperScholar.org.

    In order to make the Smart Choice ranking, schools had to meet certain criteria to include flexibility, affordability and accessibility. Only regionally-accredited programs and universities listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database were considered.

    "It is a great honor to be recognized as one of the top online bachelor's in Criminal Justice programs by SuperScholar.org,” said Lionel Santiago, Southwestern College Lead Affiliate Faculty of Criminal Justice & Security Management. “This recognition illustrates Southwestern College Professional Studies' commitment to providing our learners with the analytical and critical thinking skills to make an immediate impact in our communities in addition to fostering the ethical and communication skills critical for success in our dynamic criminal justice environment.”

    The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice curriculum at Professional Studies, which includes content from the Naval Post Graduate Center for Homeland Defense and Security, offers crime and criminal behavior, policing, criminal investigation, criminal law and procedure, courts, corrections and administration and management of criminal justice organization courses. Graduates are prepared for careers in law enforcement, corrections or the court system.

    “We believe all the top online Criminal Justice programs included in the ranking are a smart choice because they offer marketable, high-quality, accredited Criminal Justice degrees online and at a good value,” said the SuperScholar.org website.

    Professional Studies also offers a Bachelor of Science in Security Administration. Both degrees include flexible six-week online courses, which allow learners to manage daily work and family life while they earn their degree.

    Learners can enroll now in the next two sessions, which begin on February 16th and March 30th.

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  • Southwestern College Online MBA Program Ranked in Top 15 in Students Before Profits Rankings

    Wichita, Kansas – The Online Master’s in Business Administration Program at Southwestern College Professional Studies has been named one of the top 50 online programs in the country by nonprofitcollegesonline.com.

    In its first year ranking their choices for top online Master’s of Business Administration degrees, nonprofitcollegesonline.com is aimed at helping students make educated decisions about where they should invest their time and money when earning their degree online. Programs that made their list were from non-profit, accredited colleges with lower than average tuition cost and were ranked accordingly. Southwestern College Professional Studies’ MBA program made the cut at number 12.

    “At nonprofitcollegesonline.com we are committed to connecting people to inspiring ideas and high quality educational opportunities,” said Liz Robertson, Editor of nonprofitcollegesonline.com. “We are confident students will find both at Southwestern College.”

    The MBA program at Professional Studies was restructured in 2014 with an emphasis on mastery, enabling graduates to mentor, coach and lead others as they advance in their careers. The program was enhanced with new courses to ensure a current and relevant curriculum to meet the demands of today’s organizations.

    Southwestern College Professional Studies is dedicated to the education of working adults. Adult learners enjoy flexible, six-week online courses for most of the bachelor and master programs. The MBA program includes 13 six-week online courses for a total of 39 credit hours.

     

    About Southwestern College

    Southwestern College provides a values-based learning experience that emphasizes intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth. Founded in 1885 by the United Methodist Church, the non-profit college offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees on-ground and online. Students prepare for careers and graduate studies with courses that foster critical thinking and effective communication and are characterized by meaningful professor-student interaction. Southwestern College Professional Studies programs embrace prior learning and facilitate career progression for working adults, members of the armed services, and persons in transition.

    For more information visit http://www.sckans.edu/

  • The Center for Belarusian Studies at Southwestern College to Host Alumni Scholar Symposium

    WICHITA, Kansas – The Center for Belarusian Studies, located at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS, will hold its Alumni Scholar Symposium in Washington, DC later this month.

    US Ambassador to Belarus and Southwestern College alumni David Swartz, along with Southwestern College Provost Dr. James Sheppard, will serve as moderator at the Alumni Scholar Symposium “Belarus – Then, Now, and Onward” in Washington, DC on January 29th. The six scholars will be welcomed by CBS Executive Director Dr. Paula Survilla. The invite-only symposium will include presentations by the scholars with an open dialogue session.  

    The Center for Belarusian Studies was established in 2006 by Swartz, the first US Ambassador to Belarus. The Center is aimed at functioning as the focal point for Belarusian studies in the U.S. with the intention of uniting students, universities, scholars, organizations and governments who are committed to developing a Democratic Belarus.

    The visiting scholars are commonly recent graduates of master’s or doctoral programs, native speakers of Belarusian, active scholars and researchers and have a commitment to return to Belarus following the completion of their program and work toward its society’s revival.

    Belarus is a non-NATO state where Russia and Ukraine have been negotiating the problem in Crimea. Southwestern College proudly sponsors The Center for Belarusian Studies in an effort to educate in a world without boundaries.

     

    About Southwestern College

    Southwestern College provides a values-based learning experience that emphasizes intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth. Founded in 1885 by the United Methodist Church, the non-profit college offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees on-ground and online. Students prepare for careers and graduate studies with courses that foster critical thinking and effective communication and are characterized by meaningful professor-student interaction. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Professional Studies programs embrace prior learning and facilitate career progression for working adults, members of the armed services, and persons in transition.

    For more information visit http://www.sckans.edu/

  • Southwestern College Professional Studies Holiday Hours 2014

    Southwestern College Professional Studies Holiday Office Hours:

    • December 23: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • December 24 - 25: Closed
    • December 26: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • December 29: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • December 30: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • December 31 - January 1, 2015: Closed
  • New Process for VA Certification at Southwestern College

    Wichita, Kansas - A change is in the wind for the VA certifications process at Southwestern College Professional Studies.

    All VA certifications for classes will be started and concluded during the second week of each new term. This change will be implemented starting with the first session of our Spring 01 term. Classes begin on January 5th with certifications to commence on January 12th after our drop/withdrawal period. This will better serve our veteran students and their management of the VA payment activities.

    Anyone with questions may contact chris.smith@sckans.edu  or  va@sckans.edu

     

  • Southwestern College Welcomes New Director of Nursing

    Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies, a non-profit institution offering higher education to working adults and members of the military, has named the new director of its Nursing program.  

    Amber Pyatt comes to Southwestern College from the Breckenridge School of Nursing at ITT Technical Institute in Wichita where she worked as the nursing chair and an instructor. Pyatt earned her B.S. in Nutrition in 2006 from Southeast Missouri State University before earning her B.S. in Nursing at Newman University in 2010. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Pyatt worked in labor and delivery at Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in Wichita and for Via Christi Clinic. In 2014, she earned her Master’s degree Nursing Administration and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Education online from the University of Cincinnati.

    While Pyatt loved working in women’s health, her true passions is in education, especially online.

    “I liked earning my master’s degree online and I’m currently working on my doctorate online because of the flexibility of the schedule,” she said.” I have a family and a full-time job, so it is nice to be able to work on homework at various times throughout the day and week and not have to worry about going and sitting in a classroom.”

    Pyatt’s enthusiasm for online education will be an asset to the Southwestern College RN to BSN program, which offers flexible, six-week online classes. Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Nursing program is designed for registered nurses with a diploma or associate’s degree looking to earn their bachelor’s degree. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles and career advancement in a variety of healthcare settings.

    Pyatt will oversee curriculum development and faculty teaching assignments and ensure the RN to BSN program follows AACN and CCNE accreditation requirements and standards. She will also work to increase the number of learners within the program.

    “Southwestern College has a great reputation within the nursing education community,” she said,” It is very innovative with online learning and with nursing education moving more towards online learning that is very important. The program is fairly new, which means there is opportunity for me to put my thumbprint on the program and help it grow.”

    A Missouri native, Pyatt resides in Derby, Kansas with her husband and two young sons. She is currently working to complete her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Education Leadership from American Sentinel University in 2016.

  • Military Advanced Education Names Southwestern College Top School

    WICHITA, Kansas – Southwestern College Professional Studies has been named a 2015 Top School by Military Advanced Education. 

    MAE’s Guide to Colleges & Universities provides students with information about institutions that go above and beyond for military and veterans. Their evaluation of colleges and universities this year focused on military culture, flexibility, on-campus support, online support services and financial aid. The findings are made available to students via dashboard so they can easily recognize which institutions might best fit their academic and career needs.

    “We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, editor of MAE. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions or respondents and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

    Southwestern College Professional Studies prides itself on working closely with the military and their spouses, providing them with flexible, six-week online courses that work well with their service careers. Nearly two-thirds of Professional Studies students working toward their bachelor’s and master’s degrees are members of the armed forces. Southwestern College is honored to assist them in reaching their academic goals.

    Located near McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, Southwestern College Professional Studies has satellite locations on McConnell Air Force Base and at Fort Riley. It has also been named a Best for Vets College and Military Friendly School® for 2015. It will be featured as a Top School in the December issue of MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities and online at www.mea-kmi.com.

     

    About Southwestern College

    Southwestern College provides a values-based learning experience that emphasizes intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth. Founded in 1885 by the United Methodist Church, the non-profit college offers bachelor, master and doctoral degrees on-ground and online. Students prepare for careers and graduate studies with courses that foster critical thinking and effective communication and are characterized by meaningful professor-student interaction. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Professional Studies programs embrace prior learning and facilitate career progression for working adults, members of the armed services, and persons in transition.

    For more information visit http://www.sckans.edu/

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