How many of you remember the Prince song that went "I'm gonna party like it's 1999?"
Well, we are well past 1999 but even further past 1887. 125 years ago on Nov. 1 Cooper Memorial College opened her doors to her first students. We are spending this year looking at where we've been, where we are and where we hope to go.
That means we are celebrating in all sorts of ways and we invite you to celebrate with us. Many of the celebrations have already come and gone but there are a few more to come.
We are bringing back Robert Burns Night on January 25, 2013, in the newly renovated west cafeteria. Look for more information in the next month and plan to join us for some haggis and the celebrated "Ode to the Haggis" as recited by Gordon Kling. Wear your kilt and come enjoy the fun - click here to RSVP for the event!!!
Party, my friends, party in thanksgiving and joy as we celebrate what God has done, is doing and will continue to do in the lives that pass through Sterling College. Party with praise to a might God through whom all good things flow.
Amy Thompson '96
Director of Alumni and Parent Relations
Lucas Knauss represents SC's improv group - On the Spot
This year, Homecoming Week opened and closed with a big bang! Once again, the SC student body made it a memorable week full of entertaining memories made and close friendships strengthened as the dorms battled each other in various competitions and events that included a fashion show, highland games, soccer chants, a treasure hunt, and more. But the ultimate victor was Kilbourn Hall. Homecoming Coordinator Becky Barnes stated, “They came out and were really competitive and did great…people were really enthusiastic about it and the weekend went really well.”
This year, the Homecoming musical was Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak’s Godspell; a modern-day take on the Gospel of Matthew. Actors Shiloh Duff and Ryan Ehresman lead a hugely talented cast in two hours of both laughter and tears as they performed one of the best shows Sterling has seen. Stage Manager Mike Redondo stated, “The show received a wonderful response from the audience all three nights and many audience members returned two or three times to watch it again. The production was an exciting debut of the talents of director Matthew Winning and technical director Aaron Kennedy, and the cast was an amazing example of the talent we have here at SC.”
Homecoming week wrapped up on Saturday in a huge celebration that combined Alumni, current SC students, and the Sterling community. The morning started with a parade down Main Street and continued with the Homecoming Hangout on Cooper Lawn where a barbeque was provided along with games and contests hosted by the various clubs on campus. After that, the Sterling Warrior football team played the Ottawa Braves and Micah Mitchell and Cassi Spleiss were coronated as Homecoming King and Queen.
All in all, Homecoming 2012 was a massive success. It was a fantastic bonding time for both Alumni and students and brought the campus together once again through fun and laughter.
Two Sterling College Alumni were honored for their significant contributions to their profession and community at the 2012 Alumni Banquet held on Oct. 20. Josh Slaughter ’06 was awarded the Young Alumni Award for excellence in the field of journalism and helping youth in the town in which he lives. Elwyn Tedford ’55 was presented with the Alumni Award for his active involvement in the Presbyterian church, community involvement and leadership in ministry. Read full story online.
The first official preview weekend at Sterling College was November 4-5, where students from across the nation descended upon campus to be part of the Sterling community as they learned more about the campus life and academics first-hand. Late Sunday night, the high school students were treated to a pizza party, attended chapel, enjoyed some coffee at Cornerstone, and then proceeded to spend the night at the dorms. Then, starting Monday morning, they had the opportunity to learn more about the facets of the College’s academic and campus life, and meet various professors and athletic coaches. Last year alone, Sterling hosted over 500 high school students over the three preview weekends and showed them that SC is a place where they could really belong.
This year, 80% of the new student class came to Sterling based off their experience at a campus visit, and more than half of these students visited because of a referral by a friend or family member. According to Dennis Dutton '82, director of admissions, referrals are Sterling’s backbone. “SC is best communicated person-to-person and to refer someone to Sterling is ‘gold’ because we know someone has taken the time to recommend us.”
Because referrals are so important, SC makes sure to thank those that have referred students. Any Alumni who refers a student receives a 25% coupon applicable at the SC bookstore and a chance to win an SC afghan. This year’s afghan went to Greg McGlynn ’86. Refer someone to Sterling College today and help continue the legacy for generations to come!
Details on future Preview Weekends can be found on our website.
You probably have heard by now that this year is a landmark for Sterling College—our institution is now 125 years old, and we are celebrating all year long! During Homecoming week there were several events honoring our history. Early in the week, the Student Government Association (SGA) organized “Highland Games” in honor of our College’s Scottish heritage. Students enjoyed some unusual games such as a caber toss, a sheaf toss, and a sword tournament. SGA also was responsible for the spectacular firework display that took place after the Homecoming musical, Godspell, Friday night.
A couple weeks later, on November 2, the Heritage Convocation was held; an annual event that always illuminates our strong Scottish Presbyterian heritage we are so proud of. But this year there were special 125th features; an outline of the College’s fascinating history from the very beginning until now, and a highlight of the pranks that have taken place throughout the years. It seems mischievous and creative students have been an essential part of SC for a very long time!
The College also celebrated with the very thing that has supported its lasting all these years—prayer. Students, faculty, parents, friends of the college, and alumni were all encouraged to sign up for 30-minute shifts in which they pray for SC. Thanks to the help of many volunteers, the College was lavished in prayer nonstop for 125 hours, starting at midnight on November 1 and ending in the early morning on November 6.
There are sure to be many other ways in which we celebrate our 125 years later in the school year, but we have already had a wonderful time at these events and our pride in our College’s history continues to grow.
We have several new faculty this year and our newest art faculty, Hanna Kozlowski-Slone is a stand-out!
Kozlowski-Slone was invited to participate in “Lost Horizon,” an international juried exhibition displaying art about history at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was one of 14 artists chosen from a group of 273 artists who submitted work to be in the show. Kozlowski-Slone’s papercut, “Rummaging Through,” will be on display through Dec. 7. Read the entire story here.
Zach Taylor of Waukegan, Ill., will open his senior show at Sterling College on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 5-7 p.m. in the Art and Media Center gallery. Taylor’s show, “Click,” will display works of digital photography that he has developed over the semester. The exhibit will be on display through December 11. Read entire story here.
Sterling College: When did you graduate from Sterling College?
SC: What courses of study did you Major(s)/Minor(s) in?
AW: Theatre & Communications
SC: What activities were you involved in while on campus?
AW: Theatre productions, speech tournaments, and cheerleading.
SC: What residence hall did you live in?
SC: What are you doing now?
AW: Development Director for Pregnancy Resource Center
SC: Do you have children? What are their names? Did they go to Sterling College?
AW: Lauren (b. 1990), Ryan (b. 1992), Amanda (b. 1995). None have or will attend SC (too far).
SC: Where do you live?
AW: Mountlake Terrace, Washington (30 minutes north of Seattle)
SC: How did your experience and time at Sterling College shape you?
AW: Being away from home made me more responsible and independent. My classes and professors taught me about thoughtful investigation, research and study. My experience in the theatre is still of value as I volunteer nine months a year on my church's drama team.
SC: What did you enjoy or appreciate most about Sterling College?
AW: I loved my experience as a theatre student. I had so much fun with other theatre students producing the shows throughout the years.
SC: How are you remaining involved on the campus?
AW: I read the newsletters with interest and try to stay in touch with friends.
SC: Do you mind if we include an email address so people can get a hold of you? No, I do not mind. firstname.lastname@example.org