Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 14 May 2008 09:42I haven’t been to many college president inaugurations in my time—in fact, I don’t recall attending any until this past Friday night.
The inauguration of Tabor College’s 13th president, Jules Glanzer, was a most impressive evening and it didn’t seem at all like it took an hour and 40 minutes.
Lyndon Vix, chairman of the Tabor College board, did an excellent job of leading this spiritual and landmark event with humor mixed in at the right places throughout the evening. The music provided by the Tabor music department, including the soloists, was equally outstanding.
Judy Harder and her planning committee are to be commended for a job well done.
From the keynote speaker, Leonard Sweet, to the many other notables...
Written by Joel Klaassen Thursday, 08 May 2008 03:38The deadline for making a reservation for the Hillsboro High School All School Reunion Banquet on Saturday night, May 24, is just around the bend. May 16 to be exact.
The Alumni Association committee is pleased with the response it has been getting from all over the country.
What we’ve noticed is that the numbers from alumni nearby are a little light at this point. Maybe everyone is waiting for the last minute. I’ll have to admit that I’ve not made our reservations yet but will do so this week.
Here’s our opportunity to show up in force and give a big welcome back and show our hospitality to those living at a distance.
In the past we’ve allowed tickets to be sold even the day before the event, but it got us in trouble as...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 30 April 2008 08:31The whirlwind continues. We headed to sunny California and Palm Springs for the annual Association of Free Community Papers convention and trade show this past week and built in a little time to see Dave and Penny and niece Whitney in Los Angeles.
This will be my third year for peddling my photobook book printing to newspapers and other publications. The publishers and other key people who attend these events are starting to recognize me and the service I offer.
Since the organization is national in scope I get to meet hard-working folks from all over the country and I find it to be quite interesting.
One woman who stopped by was from Ocho Rios, Jamaica, who had a son who attended K-State. He is now an art instructor in Savannah...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 23 April 2008 01:36We are beaming at the Free Press this week as Gracelyn Abigail Just was born to our features and news writer Malinda and husband Brad Just last Wednesday.
They couldn’t be prouder and we couldn’t be happier for them.
I got to see Gracelyn and even hold her. I can tell you she is Just perfect.
Somber news came our way Saturday when we learned that our Chicago connection and View from Afar columnist Dale Suderman suffered a serious stroke. After a long surgery late Saturday the outcome is still unknown. He underwent a second surgery Monday afternoon.
We’re hoping and praying for a speedy recovery for our good friend.
Walking across Kansas was a piece of cake for the Free Press team. We’ve already made it from west...
Written by Joel Klaassen Wednesday, 16 April 2008 01:09Life is never dull around here. This past week has been a whirlwind for me. My Jayhawks pulled off one of the biggest miracle finishes in NCAA Final Four history, which I have watched over and over—not to mention all the articles and Web stuff I just had to read.
Plus, I took a bus ride to Des Moines this past Thursday under the guise of saving money and for the experience. I have never ridden the bus anywhere before.
When I was a kid in Minnesota, I saw a movie at the downtown theater where a guy gets on the bus and is on his way to prison with a policeman as an escort. I used to think that is why people got on the bus.
I bought a $40 ticket to ride the bus from Emporia to Des Moines, where I attended the Midwest Free...
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