March 2013Make Plans! Homecoming is October 19, 2013. Make plans now to join us. It is not too early to book your lodging reservations on campus or


March 2013

Make Plans!

Homecoming is October 19, 2013. Make plans now to join us. It is not too early to book your lodging reservations on campus or in the area communities.

We will be having reunions for the Classes of 1963, 1983, 1993 and 2003. There will also be a decade reunion for the 1970's and the Young Alumni Reunion (Classes 1998-2013).

Come enjoy the annual Lady Warrior Basketball Pancake Feed; Legacy Visit Day - for high school children of Alumni; musical; Alumni College; Hangout - complete with bouncy castles, petting zoo, campus tours, and lunch; football game; alumni softball game; and Alumni Banquet - where we will honor alumni honor recipients and Fine Arts Hall of Fame inductees.

Freeman Lecture Series to being in Fall 2013

Beginning in the fall of 2013, a new lecture series will be offered by Sterling College thanks to the generosity of Ross and Fern Freeman of Topeka, Kan. The Freeman Lecture Series, as it will be called, was created for Sterling College to promote servant leadership. There will be two lectures per year, one held on campus and one in the Wichita area. Read entire story.

GPR Submissions Requested


The first five people to submit something for consideration in the 2013 GPR will receive a copy of the 125th Celebration issue. Please note this article when you make your submission to Ms. Larson.

It’s that time of year again and you are invited to contribute something to this year's GPR. Last year’s special 125th Celebration edition was wonderful. The GPR staff hosted a reading giving contributors an opportunity to highlight their pieces.

The dedication page for the 125th Celebration edition reads "For Dr. Craig Gannon GPR Advisor 1997-2006." Dr. Gannon assisted in the difficult selection of the ‘best of’ for the alumni section. Deadline for alumni submissions this year is March 29.

You can send your submissions directly to senior Greta Larson. Everyone published will receive a free copy of the GPR.

Hope to see you in this year's edition!

(If you would like a copy of past editions, contact the Alumni Office.)

You can read more about the Sterling College English Department on our website.

Interview with Alumna Catherine Leake '03

Sterling College: When did you graduate from Sterling College?
Catherine Leake: 2003

SC: What courses of study did you Major(s)/Minor(s) in?
Leake: Elementary Education and K-12 Special Education

SC: What activities were you involved in while on campus?
Leake: I was an RA for two years, participated in FCA, Stephen Ministries, volunteered some with Habitat for Humanity and did work-study at Sterling Grade School.

SC: What residence hall did you live in?
Leake: McCreery

SC: What are you doing now?
Leake: After teaching in Colorado Springs for four years, doing mission work in Mexico for two years and teaching in Southern California for four years, I just moved back to Kansas and am currently teaching 6th grade at Faris Elementary in Hutchinson.

SC: Do you have children? What are their names? Did they go to Sterling College?
Leake: I don't have any kids of my own, but have been doing foster care the last two years in California as well as having a number of my students living with me over the last few years.

SC: Where do you live?
Leake: I just moved back to Sterling in July, 2012.

SC: How did your experience and time at Sterling College shape you?
Leake: My years at Sterling deepened my faith and allowed me to really study and put into practice what I believed. I met some of my best friends in the world here, friends that challenged me to live in an authentic, Christian way. My RDs and some of my professors truly modeled Christ for me and encouraged me to apply what I was learning to every aspect of my life.

SC: What did you enjoy or appreciate most about Sterling College?
Leake: My deepest gratitude from my time at Sterling is for the people that I met here, friends and mentors that left a lasting impression on my life. My class had some awesome men and women of Christ and a number of us agreed to meet every night at Sputnik (the Harold and Eileen Evans Clock in the middle of Brownlee Plaza in front of Mabee Library) to pray. Those months of late-night prayer shaped me almost more than anything else in my life. I have fond memories of late night laughter, pranks, and honest talks with my peers for which I will forever be thankful.

SC: Do you have any children or relatives who attend or work at the College now?
Leake: No

SC: How are you remaining involved on the campus?
Leake: I have many friends who have returned to work at SC now. I'm excited to be living in Sterling again and am hoping that I can be involved in mentoring students and helping in the missions and Education departments as well.

SC: Do you mind if we include an email address so people can get a hold of you?

Coming to your Neighborhood

Upcoming alumni events can be found online as well as our athletic schedules.

March 2013

8 - SC Chorale at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Winterset, Iowa - 7:00 p.m.

10- SC Chorale at Christ Church, Lake Forest, Ill.

12 - SC Chorale at First United Presbyterian Church, Moline, Il. - 7:00 p.m.

13 - SC Chorale at West Hills Baptist Church, Topeka, Kan. - 7:00 p.m.

14 - SC Chorale at Clay Center Covenant Church, Clay Center, Kan. - 7:00 p.m.

27 - Kansas Prayer Breakfast, Ramada Inn Downtown - Topeka, Kansas. Seating is limited. Call Theresa at 620.278.4219 to make reservations for your free seat and special SC program following the breakfast.

April 2013

5 - Mississippi Valley Alumni Chapter at First United Presbyterian Church, Moline, Il. - 6:30 p.m.

13 - SC Safari at the Oklahoma City Zoo. 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. with special program with refreshments at 3:00 p.m.

20 - SC Alumni, Parents, and Friends in Denver for dinner and a show in Northglenn.

May 2013

10 - SC in AZ; Gilbert, Arizona. Join us after work starting at 5:00 p.m. with supper to begin at 6:30 p.m.

"Imagining 40,000 screaming fans..."

For many young men the dream of playing major league ball starts in childhood. Our Warrior baseball team had a peak at the world of MLB when they traveled to Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas for a double-header last month. The trip afforded the opportunity to meet alumnus Joel Brown '97 who works for the Texas Rangers. Joel hosted the team at the stadium for a tour.

"Joel went above and beyond and our guys were absolutely in awe. It allowed our guys to see the importance of hard work and dedication along with commitment not only on the baseball field but to our Lord and Savior. We can't thank Joel enough for the time he took to allow our guys this experience."

Not only could Ian Josh, a junior from Loveland, Colo., "imagine 40,000 screaming fans" as the team stood out on the Rangers' field, but he was impacted by the overall experience. "Ranger stadium was absolutely incredible! I was very grateful to have a Sterling College alumnus hold the tour. We were allowed a VIP look at one of the top MLB ballparks and it's something I will never forget."

Especially noted by Austin Wirtas, a senior from Downers Grove, Ill, was "going into the weight room and seeing Scripture on the wall and how really genuine Joel was in hosting the team."

If you are in a position to assist our students with internships, jobs, or special 'insider looks' into your field, please contact the Alumni Office.

Read more about the Warrior Baseball team on our athletics webpage.

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