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  • Affiliate Faculty Appreciation Month

    Wichita, Kansas--February is Affiliate Faculty Appreciation Month at Southwestern College Professional Studies.

    All Professional Studies courses are taught by part-time affiliate faculty members. Employing practitioner faculty who work or have worked full time in careers related to their academic disciplines is a benefit to adult learners. Our affiliates are able to share real-world applications of theories and concepts from classes that might otherwise seem abstract. This helps adults see the value in their courses and programs of study at Southwestern.

    At the same time, this educational model can create a pressure cooker effect for affiliates. It isn’t easy to work in the office all day—focusing on your career—and then spend your evening teaching. There is little or no downtime in that scenario. The need to overcome these challenges is yet another way our affiliates relate to our adult learners.

    Our affiliates do more than overcome these challenges, though—they conquer them and excel. “We set rigorous expectations for affiliates, and they rise to the challenge,” said Julie Galliart, Director of Faculty. “What impresses me the most, though, are the moments when our affiliates go above and beyond to assist learners who are struggling. I’m so glad we have Appreciation Month to remind us to say thank you for the passion and commitment they bring to their classrooms and to the college.”

    We encourage our staff and our learners to reach out to our affiliate faculty this month to express appreciation. Our affiliates touch lives in different ways. Perhaps a learner was supported when an affiliate gave him extra time to complete an assignment, or he was given the opportunity to re-write something and learned a lot from the experience. Maybe an affiliate’s overall approach to a class was welcoming and encouraged good discussion. Maybe an affiliate took the time to explain something in a way that spoke to a learner on an individual level. Whatever the case may be, this is a time for staff and learners to reflect on the work they have seen from affiliates, and to say thank you.

    Have you thanked an affiliate today?


  • 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


    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 . 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

    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,” 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 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

    In its first year ranking their choices for top online Master’s of Business Administration degrees, 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 we are committed to connecting people to inspiring ideas and high quality educational opportunities,” said Liz Robertson, Editor of “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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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  or


  • Southwestern College Partners with Defense Acquisition University

    Wichita, Kansas – In an effort to provide continued support to military learners, Southwestern College Professional Studies has partnered with the Defense Acquisition University to assist students in a seamless transition while they pursue higher education.

    The DAU provides training and certification programs for service members and Department of Defense civilians employed in the Acquisition Contract Management workforce. Most courses offered by the DAU have been evaluated and weighted for college level credit by the American Council of Education. The DAU has partnered with several colleges and universities, including Southwestern College, allowing DAU workforce members the opportunity to transfer DAU credits towards a college degree.

    As an institution that focuses on providing learners with credible and career-relevant degree programs, Southwestern College Professional Studies has partnered with the DAU, accepting its credits toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as certificates from Southwestern College.

    “Our partnership with the Defense Acquisition University reiterates our commitment to support the mission of the Department of Defense and its stakeholders,” said Stephen Ferguson, Director of Military Partnerships for Southwestern College. “For over 20 years, Southwestern College has provided quality education opportunities to our service members and the partnership with the DAU reinforces our pledge to continue supporting the educational needs of our nation’s defense industry.”

    Southwestern College Professional Studies is committed to its military learners, offering them with discounted tuition rates. The six-week online courses provide them with the flexibility they need to continue their education while they graciously serve the country. Southwestern College has been named one of the top 20 Military Times Best for Vets colleges, a Military Advanced Education Top School and Military Friendly School® for 2015.

    Located near McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, Southwestern College Professional Studies has satellite locations on McConnell Air Force Base and Fort Riley.