Two Californians named TC Merit Award winners

Two Tabor College alumni will be recognized for outstanding accomplishments as the college’s 2006 Alumni Merit Award winners.

Winnie Bartel, Shafter, Calif., and Arthur Wiebe, Fresno, Calif., will be recognized during the Homecoming Festival Dinner on Friday, Oct. 20.

Bartel, well known in the evangelical community for her work in women’s issues, attended Tabor College from 1956-1958, then received a marriage and family biblical counseling degree from SCOPE Institute, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Since then, she has been active in helping women all over the world. Bartel created and chairs a ministry to women leaders in third-world countries, giving them funding and training for their community needs.

“My experience at Tabor College brought about a definite life change for me,” she said. “The teaching and mentoring I received by professors and others, set me on a course in life that has led me to where I am today.

“Their investment of time and interest in me challenged me and moved me to impact the world in which we live.”

Meanwhile, Arthur Wiebe, a career educator and innovator, attended Tabor College from 1938 to 1939. He received his bachelor’s of arts degree from Southwestern State College in 1941, his master of arts in 1955 from Fresno State University and his doctorate of education from Stanford University in 1965.

Wiebe began his professional education career teaching elementary school, then moved to high school. He was president of Fresno Pacific University from 1960 to 1975.

He was then employed by Fresno Pacific as program director for the graduate math, science and computer program from 1975 to 1986.

Wiebe’s business experience includes serving as founder and president of Master Creative Teaching Associates, as well as founder and president of Wiebe, Carlson & Associates of Fresno.

Between the two companies, he has been a part of 72 elementary educational books and games.

He also has experience with founding and sustaining his own foundation. The AIMS Education Foundation, according to its Web site is a non-profit organization “dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of math and science through a meaningful, integrated approach.”

Wiebe said: “I am deeply grateful for two valuable gifts I received during my Tabor days: abundant opportunities to develop leadership skills and the privilege of working collaboratively with fellow students whom I would meet again in major church services.”

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