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Tabor invites delegates to celebrate college's 100th birthday

Tabor College, the Mennonite Brethren educational institution headquartered in Hillsboro, Kan., is turning 100 years old, and one of the Centennial Celebration events was the Friday evening session of the 2008 U.S. Conference National Convention held on the campus. So it was fitting that the more than 300 delegates and guests sang “Happy Birthday” to the denomination’s oldest college and enjoyed cake and ice cream in the dining hall following the session. 

President Jules Glanzer told the audience that evening that the college was named for Mount Tabor, known by tradition as the site of Jesus’ transfiguration. “It points to the founders’ vision that this should be a place of transformation,” Glanzer said. “We want our graduates at Tabor College to make the world more like God intended it to be while keeping their eyes on the eternal.” Glanzer concluded his remarks by saying, “Heaven will look different because of Tabor.”

The next event on the Centennial Celebration calendar is Homecoming, Oct. 2-5. Highlights of the weekend include four performances of “Fiddler on the Roof,” a musical featuring Lyndon Vix, chair of the Tabor College Board of Directors, as Tevya and Holly Swartzendruber, assistant professor of voice, as Golde.

Saturday morning an original sculpture, “Called to Serve,” created by Tabor College alumnus and world-renowned artist Sandra Storm will be dedicated and four of the college’s presidents from the past quarter-century will reflect on their experiences. A variety of athletic events and reunions, twp art shows and several dinners are also on the schedule. Detailed information about the weekend is available online at www.tabor.edu/alumni.

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