“Called to Serve.”
At Tabor College, it means called to serve Christ and His kingdom.
Bible scripture states, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45.
To mark the 100th anniversary of Tabor College and the thousands of Tabor College graduates who have been true to His calling, an area at the heart of the college campus is being transformed into a garden of engraved pavestones and flowers.
World-renowned artist, and former Tabor College student, Sandra Storm has been commissioned to create an original sculpture entitled “Called to Serve” which depicts a man kneeling near the foot of a cross.
The plaza will include a seating bench for moments of contemplation, reflection, and prayer.
“Honoring the Past, Living the Future” is the theme of the college’s centennial year.
“The event will be celebrated in typical Tabor fashion — with simplicity and dignity,” Tabor College President Jules Glanzer said.
By remaining Christ-centered, Glanzer said the college is staying true to its past and by embracing newness it is assuring its future.
The plaza, Glanzer said, was former Tabor College President Larry Nikkel’s project.
“There was no place on campus that captures who we really are,” Glanzer said, referring to the caption, “Called to Serve.”
Located in the center of the campus, Glanzer said the plaza will serve as an entrance to the campus.
“This sculpture embodies who we are and who we want to be,” Glanzer said.
Tabor College Centennial Plaza will be dedicated Oct. 4 during homecoming weekend.
The college was founded 100 years ago with the charter being signed March 19, 1908, and the first day of classes Sept. 14, 1908.
By the dedication date, Glanzer said the plaza should be near completion.
Past presidents and families of deceased past presidents will be in attendance for the special event. The musical “Fiddler on the Roof” also will be presented by students that weekend.
For more information on purchasing an engraved stone, contact Tabor College advancement office at (620) 947-3121, ext. 1709.
Java J Lounge
Starbucks coffee is coming to Tabor College!
Java J Lounge soon will be up and running, serving the popular brand of coffee, lattes, and espressos.
Remodeling has been completed, thanks to donations, in the student center which transformed a lounge area into an area that could rivals city coffee shops.
A closer look at the tabletops reveals a bit of college history with collages of old photographs and headlines from old yearbooks, forever encased in laminate.
“It will serve as a hangout for students and a place for people of the community to come and have coffee and conversation,” Glanzer said.