Centennial celebration begins May 9 at Tabor

Tabor College, founded in 1908, will kick-off its centennial celebration May 9-11 beginning with the official inauguration of its 13th president, Dr. Jules Glanzer.

The following is a list of scheduled events for the weekend and a look at other centennial events throughout the celebration, which will continue through the fall of 2009.

The public is invited to the inauguration of Dr. Jules Glanzer as the 13th president of Tabor College at 7 p.m. May 9. The keynote speaker will be Leonard Sweet. The event will be held in the Tabor gymnasium. Admission is free.

"The inauguration of a college president is a landmark event on any campus, but it's especially true for Tabor College as it celebrates its centennial," said associate professor of communications and drama Judy Harder, chair of the inauguration committee. "This is an opportunity for everyone connected to Tabor to join together in gratitude for what God has done through the college in the past 100 years and to look ahead with hope and expectation to what God will do through Tabor in the future, beginning with the inauguration of our new president, Dr. Jules Glanzer.

"I encourage everyone to mark this event on their calendars and to make a special effort to be here with us physically, or to join us in prayer," Harder added.

Tabor College Centennial History Dinner, 6:30 p.m. May 10, chapel auditorium.

"A Century of Transformation, 1908-2008, a History of Tabor College" created by the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, will make its public debut at this year's CMBS annual banquet. The book's authors, Peggy Goertzen, Dr. Richard Kyle, Dr. Lynn Jost, and David Peters, will share highlights from the book. Dr. Doug Miller, editor, and Dr. Don Isaac, chair of the book steering committee, also will speak.

"This is an event you won't want to miss," said Goertzen, the director of CMBS. "We're eager to celebrate 100 years of Tabor and the men and women whose dedicated service helped make it possible."

"A Century of Transformation" includes 250 pages of stories and photographs along with a CD/DVD filled with Bluejay yearbooks for the entire century, musical performances, and recordings of Chapel Hour.

The book is now being sold at the pre-publication price of $35. After May 10, the price of the book will be $45. Tickets to the dinner are $15 per person, but a combination price of $50 will include the dinner and book.

Send payments for dinner ticket(s) and/or book(s) to: CMBS, Tabor College, 400 S. Jefferson, Hillsboro or call 620-947-3121 ext.1211/1212.

A community-wide reception for Dr. Jules and Peg Glanzer will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 11 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.

The public is invited to greet the new president and his wife, Peg, at this come-and-go event.

The spring oratorio concert will follow at 7 p.m. at the church.

The featured work is Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, a work for orchestra, piano solo, and chorus, featuring Dr. Sheila Schmitt, associate professor of piano and piano pedagogy, as piano soloist. Also on the concert are three choruses from Haydn's famous oratorio, The Creation, and the "Laudate Dominum" from Mozart's Solemn Vespers, which features soprano soloist Dr. Holly Swartzendruber, assistant professor of vocal music.

The chorus work will be handled by the combined Tabor College Concert Choir and the Tabor College Community Chorale, accompanied by orchestra. The concert is free to the public.

"Combining the spring oratorio with the inauguration weekend as well as the combining of the Concert Choir and Community Chorale heightens the usual energy of this concert," said oratorio director Brad Vogel, associate professor of choral music. "With the beautiful quality of the compositions performed, this will be a high and fitting end to the inaugural activities."

Tabor College and the Mennonite Brethren Churches of Hillsboro will host the 2008 U.S. Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches July 25-27. The public is invited July 25 to celebrate the Tabor College Centennial. A multi-media musical history of Tabor College will highlight the evening.

Dan Southerland, founder and director of Church Transitions, Inc., will be the conference key-note speaker. Cake and ice cream will be served on the Tabor mall celebrating the college's 100th birthday.

Make your plans now to cheer 100 years of Tabor Bluejays history and tradition Oct. 2-5 during the college's biggest-ever homecoming celebration.

Highlights from a full calendar of events include: drama department musical, "Fiddler on the Roof" (Oct. 2-4); Homecoming Golf Classic (Oct. 4), Reflection Ridge Golf Course, Wichita; Centennial Festival Dinner (6:30 p.m. Oct. 4), at the Broadview Hotel, Wichita; dedication of the new Centennial Plaza sculpture "Called to Serve" (Oct. 5); and, homecoming football game against Friends University (2 p.m. Oct. 5).

Other centennial events include: A Presidential Centennial Tour to give new Tabor College President Jules Glanzer an opportunity to meet alumni around the nation; a Centennial Oratorio concert that will debut a commissioned orchestral piece by Tabor College alumnus, Dr. Larry Warkentin; and a collection of devotionals titled, "A Tradition of Transformation," authored by alumni, current and former faculty and others, to be released in 2009.

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