Hesston College https://www.hesston.edu Start Here, Go Everywhere Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:37:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 College announces reopening plan for spring 2021 semester https://www.hesston.edu/2020/10/college-announces-reopening-plan-for-spring-2021-semester/ Mon, 26 Oct 2020 19:37:11 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=51590 The Hesston College reopening workgroup has announced its plan for the return of students to campus for the spring 2021 semester. The reopening plan includes a recommitment to safe and responsible behavior during the six weeks between the end of fall semester and the start of spring semester. Each student will be screened for COVID-19 […]

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The Hesston College reopening workgroup has announced its plan for the return of students to campus for the spring 2021 semester.

The reopening plan includes a recommitment to safe and responsible behavior during the six weeks between the end of fall semester and the start of spring semester. Each student will be screened for COVID-19 seven days prior to their return to campus. In the event of a positive test result, the student will be asked to isolate in place until a local medical professional or public health official releases them.

On-campus students will participate in a two-week modified quarantine upon arrival at Hesston College in January. Student-athletes and those involved in performance areas such as choir can leave their rooms to practice, students will pick up food from the college’s dining service and will be able to participate in nursing labs, clinicals, and off-campus training where appropriate. During the modified quarantine period students may meet outside assuming they remain socially distanced and masked.

The plan builds on successful initiatives put in place by the college to minimize the occurrence and spread of COVID-19 on campus, including housing on-campus students in single rooms, hybrid online/in-person coursework, and the modification of classroom layouts to better accommodate social distancing and disinfection.

Hesston College employees will also be asked to commit to healthy measures and practices over the winter holidays, and those who work closely with students during the modified quarantine period will be asked to participate in COVID-19 testing prior to returning to work.

“We’re confident the reopening plan sets us up for a safe and successful spring semester,” said Deb Roth, vice president of Student Life and head of the Reopening Workgroup at Hesston College. “The national, state and local landscape necessitates a more aggressive approach than we used in August. We must redouble our commitment to caring for ourselves and each other to ensure Hesston students can live and learn together in a healthy and supportive environment.”

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Bel Canto Singers to present socially distanced block concert on October 18 https://www.hesston.edu/2020/10/bel-canto-singers-to-present-socially-distanced-block-concert-on-october-18/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 13:27:39 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=51457 Bel Canto Singers, the top vocal group at Hesston College, will present a socially distanced block concert in the Mullet Drive parking lot on October 18 at 4 p.m. The public is invited. The concert will feature solos, small group performances, and choral works featuring a variety of musical genres. Attendees are invited to bring […]

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Bel Canto Singers, the top vocal group at Hesston College, will present a socially distanced block concert in the Mullet Drive parking lot on October 18 at 4 p.m. The public is invited.

The concert will feature solos, small group performances, and choral works featuring a variety of musical genres. Attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and will be asked to wear masks for the duration of the concert.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hesston College Performing Arts has reimagined much of its traditional schedule in the interest of public safety. The Bel Canto Block Concert is the first public performance given by the group this school year. In September, Hesston College Theatre gave performances of “Charlotte’s Web” for audiences outdoors at Dyck Arboretum.

“The realities of the pandemic required us to rethink how we were going to practice and present music at Hesston College,” said professor of music Dr. Russell Adrian. “We are performers, and we can’t wait to do what we love: sing for others.”

Many of the songs chosen for the performance speak to resilience, community and love for others. These themes are particularly important, given current world events.

“Music draws people together,” Dr. Adrian said. “It gives them hope. By now we know how to take care of one another at public events like this. Not only will the event be safe; we hope it brings comfort and healing to those who listen.”

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College features new programs and expanded opportunities for participation amidst global pandemic https://www.hesston.edu/2020/10/college-features-new-programs-and-expanded-opportunities-for-participation-amidst-global-pandemic/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 20:02:35 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=51297 Students play water balloon volleyball during Mod Olympics, Opening Weekend 2020. Hesston College welcomed 177 new students to the campus community for the 2020-21 year. A decline in international student enrollment, largely caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, was offset by steady domestic student enrollment numbers. Official enrollment numbers released following the 20th day of […]

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Hesston College welcomed 177 new students to the campus community for the 2020-21 year. A decline in international student enrollment, largely caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, was offset by steady domestic student enrollment numbers.

Official enrollment numbers released following the 20th day of classes show a total student enrollment of 363 from 28 U.S. states and territories and 23 countries. The domestic student population includes 51 percent from Kansas and 35 percent from other U.S. states and territories. International students comprise 13 percent of the population. The percentage of domestic minority students continues to climb, rising from 25 percent of the total student population in Fall 2019 to 28 percent this year.

“The 2020-21 school year has brought with it much newness, uncertainty and promise,” said President Joseph A. Manickam. “Many international students who had planned to attend Hesston in person were unable to do so because of our current global reality. We look forward to welcoming those students to campus in the near future. We’re happy to report that many of those students are attending Hesston through online coursework, which is a first for our college. A vibrant culture of learning and growth continues here at Hesston.”

Hesston’s Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning (or CALL), a hybrid ministry program focused on disciple-making, launched this fall with its first cohort. The online/in-person hybrid program welcomed students from all walks of life, including ministers, farmers, nurses and teachers enrolled in classes aimed at building a missional Church. Students can earn a Missional Leadership Certificate at the completion of the CALL curriculum.

Junior and senior students continue their studies in nursing and aviation, with the first four-year professional pilot degrees to be awarded this academic year. Hesston students can also take advantage of expanded extracurricular options. A DECA Emerging Leadership Team provides opportunities for entrepreneurial-minded students who want to improve their leadership skills through experiential learning, including business-related DECA competitive events.

“Our campus continues to innovate, grow and change in positive new ways during a world-historical pandemic. It is a testament to the resilience of the Hesston College community,” said Manickam.

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First Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning cohort answers the CALL https://www.hesston.edu/2020/10/first-center-for-anabaptist-leadership-and-learning-cohort-answers-the-call/ Thu, 01 Oct 2020 13:41:31 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=51285 Hesston College has officially launched its first fully online program, the Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning or CALL Program. Currently six students meet with program director Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg in an online format. This cohort will stay together for two and a half years, working on leadership skills and spiritual formation as they discuss new […]

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Hesston College has officially launched its first fully online program, the Center for Anabaptist Leadership and Learning or CALL Program.

Currently six students meet with program director Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg in an online format. This cohort will stay together for two and a half years, working on leadership skills and spiritual formation as they discuss new ways to help congregations be missional in an Anabaptist context.

Students in the CALL program can work toward a Missional Leadership Certificate or an associate degree. The program is designed for those who may already be in full time ministry, bi-vocational/co-vocational ministry, or lay leadership.

“Launching a new ministry program that has a unique focus on Missional Leadership and disciple making in the middle of a pandemic is very fitting,” said Schrock-Ringenberg. “We developed this program with the future of the Church in mind. The landscape of the Church is constantly shifting. Suddenly COVID has made the changes in the Church even more drastic.”

CALL’s unique program equips church leaders with tools to make disciples and to respond with confidence in cultural engagement. It pushes church leadership education out of the classroom and back into the hands of the church community by focusing on practical and experiential education.

“Some of our students may already have degrees in ministry or other theological areas of study,” Schrock-Ringenberg said. “But the uniqueness of the CALL program’s approach to missional leadership and disciple-making will enhance their approach to ministry.”

“Seminary equipped me to read the Bible well, to understand complicated theologies, and to make both accessible within a congregation,” said Clayton Gladish, a pastor at Hesston Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kansas. “But pastors also need to prepare to lead and minister in uncharted territory of the 21st century Church. I sensed that the CALL Program would help me extend my capacity for the ways God is calling us to minister wherever we are.”

“There are other Missional Leadership education opportunities, but we at Hesston are excited to be able to offer a blend of the best principles of missional church with an Anabaptist distinctive,” Schrock-Ringenberg said.

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Hesston College Theatre to present Charlotte’s Web https://www.hesston.edu/2020/09/hesston-college-theatre-to-present-charlottes-web/ Sun, 20 Sep 2020 13:05:01 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=51124 The Hesston College Theatre department will five performances of Charlotte’s Web, a dramatization by Joseph Robinette based on the book by E.B. White. The show is directed by theatre professor Celaine Worden. Performances will take place at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains Sept. 23 to 27 with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday shows staring at 6 […]

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The Hesston College Theatre department will five performances of Charlotte’s Web, a dramatization by Joseph Robinette based on the book by E.B. White. The show is directed by theatre professor Celaine Worden. Performances will take place at Dyck Arboretum of the Plains Sept. 23 to 27 with Wednesday, Thursday and Friday shows staring at 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday shows at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for children and students, $10 for adults and can be reserved through the Hesston College Bookstore website and purchased on site.

Seating is limited and will be socially distanced by families or individuals. No seating provided; blankets or lawn chairs are encouraged.

The play runs for approximately 50 minutes. Masks are required for the duration of the show, which will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.

The Sunday, Sept. 27 performance was postponed to Sunday, Oct. 4 due to rain.

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New faculty, staff join college community https://www.hesston.edu/2020/09/new-faculty-staff-join-college-community/ Wed, 09 Sep 2020 16:59:54 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=51019 Hesston College announces new faculty and staff joining the campus community for the 2020-21 year. Faculty: Debbie McAllister, director of business education. Johann Reimer, director of engineering education. Celaine Worden, theatre and communication professor. Staff: Alexis Avalos, assistant resident director Nathan Bartel, director of marketing and communications. Gail Catlett, custodian. Jacob Gibbs, sports information director/intramurals […]

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Hesston College announces new faculty and staff joining the campus community for the 2020-21 year.

Faculty:

  • Debbie McAllister, director of business education.
  • Johann Reimer, director of engineering education.
  • Celaine Worden, theatre and communication professor.

Staff:

  • Alexis Avalos, assistant resident director
  • Nathan Bartel, director of marketing and communications.
  • Gail Catlett, custodian.
  • Jacob Gibbs, sports information director/intramurals coordinator.
  • Makenna Grow, resident director.
  • Max Heddin, custodian.
  • Matt Hiebert, men’s basketball head coach.
  • Holly Kendall, Dining Services assistant/cook.
  • Taylor Littleton, volleyball head coach.
  • Will Miller, executive coordinator, president’s office.
  • Kyle Olson, baseball head coach.
  • Hannah Wheeler, Dining Services assistant/cook.
  • James Womack, assistant resident director.
  • Stephen Worthington, systems and media services administrator.

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County confirms COVID-19 cluster at Hesston College https://www.hesston.edu/2020/08/county-confirms-covid-19-cluster-at-hesston-college/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 21:29:44 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=50946 The Harvey County Health Department, in conjunction with Hesston College, has confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases on the Hesston College campus. The cluster includes five confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 17 individuals tested. Two test results are pending. The individuals have self-isolated off campus. Hesston College, along with the Health Department, will […]

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The Harvey County Health Department, in conjunction with Hesston College, has confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases on the Hesston College campus.

The cluster includes five confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been 17 individuals tested. Two test results are pending.

The individuals have self-isolated off campus. Hesston College, along with the Health Department, will regularly monitor the health of the individuals, as well as identify and quarantine all close contacts.

Hesston College has several preventative measures established to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The college utilizes single rooms for all dorming students, staggered move-in and registration days, requires face masks in common areas and daily self-screening.

“Our students, faculty and staff have done a wonderful job planning for and adapting to the challenges of reopening in the current health climate,” said Hesston College President Joe Manickam. “Our COVID response team, along with state health officials, has put tremendous effort into a rapid and comprehensive program of contact tracing to create a welcoming, successful and safe educational environment on our campus.”

Hesston implemented the restricted phase of the college’s five-level CARES Level of Concern planning rubric when the first on-campus cases were confirmed. Information and updates on Hesston College’s COVID-19 response can be found at www.hesston.edu/covid-19-response.

“Hesston College consistently communicated with the Health Department as it developed and planned for its reopening this fall,” said Harvey County Health Department Director Lynnette Redington. “The college was proactive in quarantining students to prepare for in-person instruction, and remains diligent as it fulfills its action plans to aid and care for individuals isolating as a result of testing positive for COVID-19.”

Individuals positive for COVID-19 who are Harvey County residents, or identify the college as their current place of residence, will be included in Harvey County’s COVID-19 statistics. Out-of-county individuals that are able to isolate at home will be counted in the statistics of their respective county of residence. All individuals will be included in the total count of the cluster.

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College raises CARES Level of Concern as two students test positive for coronavirus https://www.hesston.edu/2020/08/college-raises-cares-level-of-concern-as-two-students-test-positive-for-coronavirus/ Tue, 25 Aug 2020 16:11:05 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=50899 Hesston College raised its CARES Level of Concern on Monday from “Active” to “Restricted” in response to two positive COVID-19 tests completed late last week. The two students who tested positive will quarantine in an off-campus location as the campus initiates their planned response at the “Restricted” level. Off-campus visits are restricted to prospective students, […]

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Hesston College raised its CARES Level of Concern on Monday from “Active” to “Restricted” in response to two positive COVID-19 tests completed late last week.

The two students who tested positive will quarantine in an off-campus location as the campus initiates their planned response at the “Restricted” level. Off-campus visits are restricted to prospective students, and students cannot stay overnight off-campus unless they are going home to complete a period of quarantine or isolation. Outdoor spaces on campus remain open, but may be closed as staff identify areas of infection and transmission.

In an email message to students, faculty, and staff about the shift, Vice President of Student Life Deb Roth said “we knew that a positive case would eventually appear on our campus, and we have plans in place to manage this situation.

“Our goal is to keep [the college community] as informed as possible,” Roth said, “while at the same time honoring the confidentiality of all individuals involved.”

According to the Hesston College website, the “Restricted” level is initiated by “a positive test result of student(s) or employee who has had contact with others on campus.” At that point, college officials reach out to the Harvey County Health Department to determine next steps.

In partnership with the Harvey County Health Department, the college’s COVID response team developed the CARES Levels of Concern plan to provide a roadmap as students, faculty, and staff returned to campus in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The reopening plan included isolating and testing all students who exhibited symptoms of COVID-19.

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Hesston College students return to campus amid strict COVID-19 protocols https://www.hesston.edu/2020/08/hesston-college-students-return-to-campus-amid-strict-covid-19-protocols/ Mon, 17 Aug 2020 22:11:13 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=50825 After months of planning and preparation in response to the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic, Hesston College opened its doors to new and returning students last week. The college marked the return of students to campus with an Opening Celebration on Friday evening, August 14. This year’s event was held at Sieber Soccer Field on campus. […]

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After months of planning and preparation in response to the ongoing COVID-19 virus pandemic, Hesston College opened its doors to new and returning students last week.

The college marked the return of students to campus with an Opening Celebration on Friday evening, August 14. This year’s event was held at Sieber Soccer Field on campus.

“We are Hesston College,” President Joe Manickam told the socially distanced crowd. “This field is not Hesston College. That building is not Hesston College. You, me, flesh and blood, created in God’s loving image, together: we are Hesston College.”

And together, Hesston has approached COVID-19 with a careful protocol for returning.

All incoming students completed online self-screening a week before heading to campus, and students arriving from areas with widespread community transmission quarantined in Kansas for 14 days prior to moving in. The college provided meals and housing for quarantining students. Students began arriving on campus on Tuesday, August 11. The college staggered move-in times across six different dates, and on-campus students moved into single rooms. Staff and faculty greeted students and parents with a temperature check at a drive-through screening area.

Hesston College moved to online learning on March 23 in response to the growing pandemic. Most students stayed home for the rest of the semester, while some stayed on campus in single rooms. All completed their semester classwork online.

Manickam noted that the world won’t go back to the way things were. But “God is here with us,” Manickam said. “I want you to lean on God. Feel God’s presence in those around you. For you are not walking alone.”

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College announces CARES levels of operation for COVID pandemic https://www.hesston.edu/2020/08/college-announces-cares-levels-of-operation-for-covid-pandemic/ Tue, 11 Aug 2020 14:33:09 +0000 https://www.hesston.edu/?p=50751 The post College announces CARES levels of operation for COVID pandemic appeared first on Hesston College.

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