January 2014 Date Set for Homecoming 2014! Homecoming is Oct. 11, 2014. Make plans now to join us. We will be having reunions for the following Cl

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January 2014

Date Set for Homecoming 2014!

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The Class of 2003 gathered with their families for a fun evening of catching up before heading to the musical or volleyball game.

Homecoming is Oct. 11, 2014. Make plans now to join us.

We will be having reunions for the following Classes:
1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, and our Young Alumni (alumni who graduated 15 years ago or less) will have the opportunity to catch up throughout the day at the Homecoming Hangout and the football game.

Come enjoy the annual Lady Warrior Basketball Pancake Feed; Homecoming Hangout - complete with bouncy castles, lunch, and campus tours; football game; and Alumni Banquet - where we will honor alumni honor recipients.

Meet Sheila Bird

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Sterling is pleased to announce that Sheila Bird has joined the College in the role of Director of Planned Giving. Read more about Sheila here and contact her if you have any questions about charitable gift annuities, estate planning, wills and trusts, or vintage shopping.

Interview with Som Fort '93

Somi Fort

Sterling College: When did you graduate from Sterling College?
1993

SC: What courses of study did you Major(s)/Minor(s) in?
History and Government major

SC: What activities were you involved in while on campus?
I was in the Student Minority Club; I was President of that for a little while. I was in choir and did some acting. I was involved with the Student Missions Club and went on a mission trip to Haiti. I played soccer.

SC: What residence hall did you live in?
I was an RA in Campbell Hall.

SC: What are you doing now?
I am a sergeant in the U.S. Army and am involved in administration. I’ve been in the army for the past 15 years.

SC: Do you have children? What are their names? Did they go to Sterling College?
I have three beautiful little girls: the oldest is nine, her name is Joan; a three-year-old, Eugene; and one who just turned two named Jasmine.

SC: Where do you live?
Lakewood, Washington

SC: How did your experience and time at Sterling College shape you?
I think the greatest experience was the Christian fellowship; the strong Christian grounding I had is what shaped my values throughout life and the military – because the military can be tough, so you need to have good values. I was also involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. I want my children to be able to go to Christian college, hopefully Sterling, but wherever they want to go is fine. And as a young man entering the world, that Christian influence is great. Also, the well-rounded education, at a small college I got the opportunities to do many things that I wouldn’t have at a bigger college, and that helped nurture close relationships between students and professors. My father also got involved and taught some classes and that allowed me to share my background, too.

SC: What did you enjoy or appreciate most about Sterling College?
The most important thing I really appreciate – of course the Christian influence, that was very good – was the ability to be outgoing. I think anyone can be outgoing there if they really want to be. At the time I was there, Sterling was a place that allowed people to express themselves both spiritually and mentally and be the best they could be. And I was really encouraged by a history professor named Dr. Bill Long; the History professors were really good. Chaplain David Cornett was also personable and encouraging. I remember, I wasn’t really an actor, but the Klings were really good to me and were really great when I was in The Mikado.

SC: How are you remaining involved on the campus?
In the military life we move all the time and it’s hard, otherwise I would love to go back for alumni stuff. I got letters from the soccer coach to come back and go out with the soccer team to the KCAC championship, but basically I use email and Facebook to try to keep in touch.

SC: Do you mind if we include an email address so people can get a hold of you?
The best way to connect with me is through my wife, Jin Lee Fort. We were married in May 2001: mrs.fort@hotmail.com.

Warrior Athletic Highlights

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It was a year to remember for Warrior football as the team won the KCAC Conference Championship for the first time in College history. The team advanced to the first round of the NAIA Division II Playoffs, facing off against Baker University. Braving the 25 degree windy weather, an impressive number of Warrior fans showed up to support the team, who lost 10-7 as Baker kicked the winning field goal on the last play of the game. So many memorable sights from the day, including alumnus Randol Walker ’63 showing up in his vintage letter jacket!

History was also made on November 23 when the Lady Warriors basketball team earned their Head Coach Lonnie Kruse '71 his 700th victory in 33 seasons leading the team. Congratulations Lonnie, your alma mater is mighty proud of you!

Catching Up with Campus News

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The Art program at Sterling is thriving and the professors work with Admissions to offer a special recruitment day highlighting the department. "'This event also allows us to showcase the different concentrations in our department and the opportunities we have that are unique to Sterling College,' said Daniel Swartz, assistant professor of art and design."

The Office of Academic Affairs is pleased to share that we are now offering a health science major. "The health science major requires credits in biology, human anatomy and physiology, psychology, chemistry, physics and math. The pre-physical therapy concentration introduces courses in nutrition, athletic training, kinesiology, additional physiology and field experiences."

You can keep up with campus news such as the above by following SC online.

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