Student Life is Here for You!

The McPherson College community is intentionally small. Because of that, we get to focus on what’s important. What matters most to us is giving you every opportunity to practice your craft, volunteer your time, and make connections with people that value your individuality. In the midst of that empowering space, you’ll grow into the person you’ve always wanted to become and find out what you’re meant to do.

The Office of Student Affairs, also known as Student Life, consists of several areas with a common purpose to help you thrive during your time on campus, including housing and residence life, student organizations and clubs, career and experiential learning, adventure programs, spiritual life, diversity and inclusion programming, Title IX, student conduct, dining services, campus store, and others.  We provide leadership and student employment opportunities.  We are here for you!

What's Happening on Campus?

McPherson College partners with Presence to promote our events. Simply visit their website here.

StudentLife@mcpherson.edu OR (620) 242-0500

Shana Warkentine Meyer, Vice President for Student Affairs, meyers@mcpherson.edu 
Contact her for: Early Warning, General Student Issues, Retention, Title IX, Student Affairs Policies and Procedures, Student Government Association

Dr. Hannah Rushe Piechowski, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, piechowh@mcpherson.edu or housing@mcpherson.edu 
Contact them for: Housing, Residence Life, Student Conduct, Campus Store, Student Union, Parking Violations, Esports

Jamie Pjesky, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Belonging, pjeskyj@mcpherson.edu 
Contact her for: Campus Traditions and Major Events, Retention Initiatives, New Student Orientation, ACE

Sarah Wood, Director of Student Life, woods@mcpherson.edu
Contact her for: Student Organizations, Spiritual Life, Student Activities Board, Diversity and Inclusion Programming

Amy Beckman, Executive Director of Career Services, beckmana@mcpherson.edu 
Contact her for: On Campus Employment, Internship and Off-Campus Employment, Interview Preparation, Debt Project, Resume and Cover Letter Development

Tony Helfrich, Director of Adventure Programs, helfricht@mcpherson.edu 
Contact him for: Adventure Programs, Intramurals, Shot Gun Sports, Lawn Games

Trevor Schwendiman, Director of Dining Services, schwendt@mcpherson.edu
Contact him for: Food Services, Cafeteria, Catering 

Abigail Rush, Student Affairs Support Specialist, rusha@mcpherson.edu  
Contact her for: Student IDs, Scheduling Appointments, COVID, Parking Passes

Barley, Canine Counselor/Therapy Dog
Contact him for: Snuggles, Doggo Hugs, Treats

The College Seal: “Light and Life”

“Light and Life,” John 1:4, is a translation of the Greek motto on the College seal. The horizontal line (zoe) means life, the vertical line (phos) means light. The light comes from above, and through us is spread to other persons throughout the world. The seal was designed in 1920 by W. E. Brubaker. The year 1887, which appears on the seal, is the date of the founding of the College. The seal is reserved for use on official McPherson College documents and publications. It is stamped in raised letters on diplomas and transcripts, and is stamped in gold on Citations of Merit from McPherson College.

Our Mission

McPherson College is a vibrant community of persons from diverse faiths and cultural backgrounds committed to its mission:

To develop whole persons through scholarship, participation and service.

Chartered in 1887 by leaders of the Church of the Brethren, McPherson College has a 130-year history of providing excellent liberal arts and career-oriented education shaped by the essential values of its founding denomination. The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination founded in Germany in 1708. It accepts the New Testament as the rule of faith and emphasizes the inherent value of all persons, the communal discernment of truth, the necessity of putting faith into action, and the biblical calls to simplicity, non-violence, non-conformity and transformation through education. Brethren strive to “continue the work of Jesus – peacefully…simply…together.”

Service Opportunities

As part of our mission, students are encouraged to participate in acts of service. All service opportunities will be posted in the MC Events app, online at https://mcpherson.presence.io/ and in weekly MC Happenings emails. 

Gamma Beta Phi is MC's largest service organization. The Gamma Beta Phi Society is a national honors and service society. Our watchwords are service, scholarship, and character, and we aim to broaden our members' academic and philanthropic lives so that they may graduate ready to make a difference in the world. The MC chapter focuses on the needs of the campus and McPherson community, while also participating in the National Service Project. Because it is an honors society, there are recruitment events in the fall and spring semester for membership. 

Spirituality Participation Opportunities

All spirituality opportunities will be posted in the MC Events app, online at https://mcpherson.presence.io/ and in weekly MC Happenings emails. 

The Charles D. Johnson Missions fund was established to help McPherson College students to participate in activities that strengthen the Christian spiritual growth of those participating and the people they serve. Up to $10,000 are available to McPherson College students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students involved in activities that strengthen the Christian spiritual growth of those participating and the people they serve.
  • It is preferred that these activities be done in connection with church-affiliated organizations in the United States or foreign mission field. Examples of possible activities include: Bible studies, worship services, Vacation Bible School, prayer walks, and sports outreach programs. 
  • No recipient will be excluded from consideration based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, or status as a veteran or disability.
  • Students must be in good standing with the College to participate.

The Vice President for Student Affairs will administer the funds and make awards in consultation with the Vice President for Advancement. Applications are due in February but may be made at other times during the year. More information and the application are available at https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/charles_d_johnson_missions_fund_application. Please contact Shana Meyer, Vice President for Student Affairs at meyers@mcpherson.edu, with any questions.

Reasonable Faith is a group on campus dedicated to showing how God and science go together rather than against. FCA's mission is to give MAC students a space to learn more about Jesus and His church. Our vision is to spread knowledge of how to grow in our individual walks with Christ while showing the love of Christ to those around us. Information about both clubs can be found on the MC Events app, online at https://mcpherson.presence.io/ and in weekly MC Happenings emails. 

In addition, students are invited to find a place of worship of their preference. The following are organized religious services in McPherson, Kansas. Many other denominations and faiths can be found in the surrounding communities. Any student who needs a ride can contact Student Affairs, located in the Royer Center, for assistance in obtaining transportation.

Awaken Church
(620) 654-6131

Calvary Baptist Church
1200 E. Avenue A, McPherson
(620) 241-4316

Church of Christ
700 East Avenue A, McPherson
(620) 241-0088

Church of the Brethren
200 N.Carrie, McPherson
(620) 241-1109

Cornerstone Bible Church
224 S. Maple, McPherson
(620) 504-5150

Countryside Covenant Church
940 E. Northview, McPherson
(620) 241-4499

First Baptist Church
600 East Marlin, McPherson
(620) 241-6400

First Christian Church
101 S. Walnut, McPherson
(620) 241-1390

First Mennonite Church
1161 E. Ave. A – Corner of Maxwell and Avenue A, McPherson
(620) 241-4040

First Presbyterian Church
1400 N. Main, McPherson
(620) 241-1819

First United Methodist Church
1200 E. Kansas, McPherson
(620) 241-3626

Freedom Chapel (formerly Crossroads Assembly of God)
1064 14th Ave. – 14th & 81 bypass, McPherson
(620) 241-8641

Free Methodist Church
1010 S. Maple, McPherson
(620) 241-7176

Grace Bible Church
1215 N. Grimes, McPherson
(620) 241-3898

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
800 E. First, McPherson
(620) 241-1627 

Harmony Christian Church
1713 Mohawk, McPherson
(620) 241-6692

Iglesia Cristiana
519 E. Loomis, McPherson
(620) 680-1051, (620) 680-1049

Jehovah’s Witnesses
1200 E Paradise Ln., McPherson
(620) 241-3640

Journey Mennonite Church
201 E. Euclid, McPherson
(620) 663-4244

King’s HiWay Baptist Church
1491 N Main, McPherson
(620) 241-7731

Monitor Community Church of the Brethren
1098 6th Ave. – 6th Ave. & Frontier, McPherson
(620) 834-2278

Morningstar Missionary Baptist Church
1300 East Kansas Ave., McPherson
(620) 241-3550

MPNaz the Church of the Nazarene
1455 N Main, McPherson
(620) 241-2675

New Faith Fellowship Church
1200 E. Ave. A, McPherson

New Gottland Covenant Church
1700 Pawnee Ave., McPherson
(620) 654-3690

New Gottland Lutheran Church ELCA
1822 17th Ave., McPherson
(620)654-3421

New Hope Evangelical Church
501 Wickersham, McPherson
(620) 245-0303

New Life Foursquare Gospel Church
811 N. Ash, McPherson
(620) 241-7771

Seventh Day Adventist
200 S. Walnut
(620) 241-0036

St. Anne’s Episcopal Church
105 W Sutherland, McPherson
(620) 241-0298

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
520 E. Northview, McPherson
(620) 241-0821

Trinity Lutheran Church
119 North Elm, McPherson
(620) 241-0424

Wheatland Baptist Church
1139 McKinley, McPherson
(620) 241-7100

Word Of Faith Fellowship
601 Gildersleeve, McPherson
(620) 241-7068

Academic Support Can Help!

The Royer Center provides a variety of help services and instruction in strategies for success at McPherson College.  We offer subject tutors in our Tutoring Program, writing tutors in the Writing Center, and instruction in study skills and reading skills through two courses: ID100 College Learning Skills and ID106 College Reading Skills.

We also welcome walk-ins who are seeking help with a variety of college success skills (time management, note-taking, test-taking, stress management, etc.).

The Royer Center also provides Academic Disability Services for students with documented learning disabilities or other disabilities, temporary or permanent, that substantially affect a student’s learning process. If you need assistance with this, please contact Carole Barr, by email barrc@mcpherson.edu or by phone, ext. 2507 or direct dial 620-242-0507.

The Writing Center

Our writing tutors, working regular hours and by appointment, provide a tutoring service for any students, faculty, or staff who want assistance with a writing project.  Tutors are trained to help at any stage of the writing process, with writers of any skill level.  We provide the service free of charge.

Tutoring Program

Our subject tutors provide a tutoring service in almost any subject being offered at McPherson College.  We provide the service free of charge.  If you need a tutor, download McPherson's new tutoring app, Penji!  Just scan one of the QR codes below to download:

Academic Advising

Academic advising at McPherson College in an intentional relationship between an advisor and student as they plan and reach the student's educational, career, and personal goals.

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Carole Barr, Director of Student Success, barrc@mcpherson.edu
Contact her for: Academic Support, Writing Center, Disability Services and Accommodations, Emotional Support Animals

Linda Barrett, Coordinator of Student Success and Engagement, barrettl@mcpherson.edu
Contact her for: Academic Support, Tutoring, Study Skills

Sal Cordova, Athletic Academic Support Specialist, cordovas@mcpherson.edu 
Contact him for: Academic Support, Athletic Academic Support, Study Hall