March 2014Make Plans for Homecoming 2014! If you have not journeyed to campus recently for Homecoming, you will be impressed with the party! Homeco


March 2014

Make Plans for Homecoming 2014!

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Sterling College Class of 1983 joins with family and friends to enjoy the Homecoming parade as it travels up Broadway towards campus.

If you have not journeyed to campus recently for Homecoming, you will be impressed with the party!

Homecoming 2014 will take place October 11 and the festivities feature the shindig SC throws on the front lawn of Cooper Hall (complete with lunch, bouncy castles and games for children and much more), campus tours led by Student Ambassadors, Lady Warrior Basketball Pancake Feed, the Alumni Banquet, and our Homecoming Musical.

Reunions will be celebrated during Homecoming Weekend for the Classes of 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1999, and 2004. The Young Alumni Tent, for those you graduated 15 years ago or less, is the place to gather south of the stadium during the football game. Join the party in 2014!

Catching up with Campus


Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies Dr. Jacob Shatzer is one of our newest faculty members. Dr. Shatzer is the grandson of Jack and Carolyn (Hobbs) '60 Haney of Cedar Falls, Iowa. Read more about Dr. Shatzer here.

The first visiting artist of the 2014 spring semester, David Slone, presented his show in the Sterling College Art and Media Center gallery January 30 through March 6. Read more about Slone and his art online.

Sterling Rotary Club partnered with Sterling College Athletic Department to host the Harlem Globetrotter Ambassadors for a fundraiser towards The Gleason Project. The Ambassadors took on "The Sterling Stars," a collection of current coaches and former players. The event was a sellout and huge success. Read more here.

Stay up-to-date with campus and athletic news on our websites.

Interview with Kurt Anderson '82

Kurt Anderson graduated from Sterling College in 1982, where he majored in Business with a Psychology minor, played football, and resided in Kilbourn Hall. Kurt now lives in Evanston, Ill. with his wife Kristine and their 15-year-old son, Zach.

What are you doing now, Kurt?
I am Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a company called EquiClaim. EquiClaim, an Emdeon company, delivers comprehensive cost management strategies to government and commercial healthcare payers through a suite of audit and recovery services.

EquiClaim, an Emdeon company, focuses on innovative services that help ensure timely and accurate payments to healthcare providers.

How did your experience and time at Sterling College shape you?

I love Sterling, I formed a lot of great friendships there with my classmates and my teammates, and I've stayed in touch with them over the years. I also think it helped me mature in my faith that I have been able to build upon over the last 30 plus years.

What did you enjoy or appreciate most about Sterling College?

I think Sterling was a great college to find, as a young person coming out of high school, to kind of find yourself, what you wanted to do, and form some lifelong friendships. And it also allowed me to contribute to perform in athletics, and I probably wouldn't have had a chance to do that at other schools.

How are you remaining involved on the campus?

I participate in the National Advisory Council, and I do stay in touch with some of my friends from Sterling as well, and my wife and I contribute financially.

Do you mind if we include an email ddress so that people can get a hold of you?

Not at all.

Brian Leisher '04 directs high school band at SC 2013 Homecoming

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Sterling College Homecoming 2013 spirit was bolstered by a special group this year - a high school marching band from Nebraska. Sterling College music graduate, Brian Leisher, brought his Bruning-Davenport High School band to Sterling to help lead the festivities by marching in the morning Homecoming Parade through downtown Sterling and by providing a Pep Band for the afternoon’s victorious football game over Ottawa.

Leisher, who graduated from Sterling in 2004, attended fall 2012 Homecoming activities and noticed the lack of music for the parade and the big football game. As a band director himself, he knew firsthand what effort it takes to put a high school band together for a parade as well as putting a band together to help rouse the spirits at a football game. He inquired about bringing his band and Sterling Athletics and Alumni offices were enthusiastic about having the band add to the Homecoming day.

All 40 members of the Bruning-Daveport, band boarded their bus at 6:30 a.m. to make the 3 hour drive to Sterling. Once here, they marched in the parade, ate lunch at the Homecoming Hangout in front of Cooper Hall and performed throughout the Warrior Football game. Following the game, Admissions Director Dennis Dutton '82 had a chance to officially introduce the students to Sterling College and share materials to those interested.

“It was great to have Brian and his band with us for Homecoming this year,” Dutton says. “The students were enthusiastic and many of them had never been on a college campus before. They added a lot to our Homecoming atmosphere.”

If other Sterling alumni would be interested in bringing high school age groups to Sterling, please contact Alumni Director Amy Thompson '96.

Calendar Highlights

Join us at a Sterling College event in your area.


March - Chorale Tour to Oklahoma and Texas; dates and locations are on our website

March 28 - Kansas Prayer Breakfast & Sterling College reception 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Contact Theresa Teufel by email or by calling 620.278.4219 to make your reservations by March 15. Seating is limited.

March 30 - Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz; 2:00 p.m.

Tickets available online. Seating is limited.


April 25 - Mississippi Valley Alumni Chapter Potluck; 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 801 16th St, Moline IL

Contact Keith Asmus '71 by email or by phone at 563.349.1183 for reservations and questions. Please bring your own tableware and a dish to share. Beverage provided.


May 18 - Baccalaureate; 7:30 p.m. in Culbertson Auditorium, Spencer Hall

May 19 - Commencement and presentation of the Distinguished Service Award; 9:30 a.m. on the East Lawn of Cooper Hall


September 5-14 - Kansas State Fair; Kansas State Fairgrounds, Meadowlark Building, Hutchinson

SC Chorale Heads South for Spring Break Tour

Please join the Chorale directed by Mark Clark, Assistant Professor of Music, accompanied by Dr. Brad Nix, Associate Professor of Music, Department Chair of Music,and Director of Keyboard Studies.

This is an excellent time for you to bring students that you know who are looking for colleges. Let them hear what SC has to offer and meet with our SC ambassadors.

The full schedule is listed on our website.

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