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CAMPUS NEWS

Enrollment Tips The Scales

Enrollment passes the 2,000 mark, up 14% over last year

ethodist College completed the 2000-2001 school year with record enrollments of 2,260 for the fall semester and 2,110 for the spring semester, posting one-year gains of more than 14 percent. M

“This marks the first time in the College’s 41 years of operation that enrollment has exceeded 2,000,” said College President Elton Hendricks. “This is a major milestone for us.”

The fall enrollment was up 286 students or 14.4 percent over a Fall 1999 figure of 1,974 students. The spring enrollment increased 270 students or 14.6 percent over a 2000 figure of 1,840. Enrollment in the Evening College soared 48 percent to all-time highs of 885 in the fall and 884 in the spring.

Following a national trend in higher education, Methodist experienced dramatic growth in the number of older, nontraditional students. While older students were most evident among the Evening College population, the day program also enrolled a significant number of older students.

Spring 2001 enrollment reached a new record of 2,110—1,226 in the regular day program and 884 in Evening College. Summer enrollment is running well ahead of 2000 and may reach 1,000 students for the first time.

As of June 18, new applications for Fall 2001 totalled 1,740, up 21 percent over last year. The College had received reservation deposits from 415 new students, 17 more than last year. The most recent report from the Projection Committee estimates that Methodist will enroll 1,395 students this fall in the regular day program, that 580 will be new students, and that 775 students will be living in the residence halls. If projections are correct, the College will enroll about 20 students more than last fall in the regular day program. “This is a major milestone for us. – Dr. Elton Hendricks

Last fall, enrollment in the regular day program totalled 1,375, for a 2 percent gain over a Fall 1999 figure of 1,343. The College enrolled 855 returning day students and 520 new students in Fall 2000. A total of 757 students were living on campus on Drop/Add Day, 3 percent more than the Fall 1999 figure of 731.

New degree programs, an aggressive marketing program (including print and broadcast advertising and targeted direct mailings), and additional evening/weekend and on-line courses are helping Methodist College attract new students. The College currently offers 51 undergraduate majors and will launch a master’s degree program in physician assistant studies this fall. In addition, Methodist has more nationally-accredited programs (22) and more intercollegiate sports (19) than many liberal arts colleges its size.

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Methodist College Today

John Sill , R, receives the Professor of the ear award from D . Hendricks.

Professor of the Year

John Sill Wins Honor

r. John Sill, professor of sociology, received the Professor of the Year award at Methodist’s annual awards convocation April 29. President Hendricks presented Dr. Sill with a $500 cash award in recognition of his selection by a committee of faculty and students. One of the College’s most popular and accomplished faculty members, Dr. Sill joined the Methodist faculty in 1978. D

A native ofWarrensburg, MO, he holds B.S. and M.A. degrees from Central Missouri State Universit , a M.Div. from Phillips Universit , and a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. He is an ordained minister and has served as an Army Reserve chaplain.

Dr. Sill has taught a wide range of courses at Methodist, including: “Marriage and the Famil ,” “Methods of Social Research,” “Sociology of Religion,” “Death and Dying,” “Intro to Gerontology” and “Cultural Anthropology.” In addition, he has served as director of the Social Science Division, and recently chaired the committee in charge of preparing for a self-study and reaffirmation visit by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

He has conducted research and written extensively about the Utopian ideal, communal societies, and gerontology. His current research interest is women’s history. At last fall’s B. F. Stone Endowed Lyceum, he won kudos from the audience for his response to Dr. Carl Dyke’s paper on self and identity.

Citing the work of sociologists Erving Goffman and Peter Berger, Dr. Sill said he was troubled by 20th century identity movements that “have taken us toward division and fragmentation into smaller groups.” He said the challenge for the 21st century will be the development of a movement for social unity and cooperation in the midst of cultural diversity.

Dr. Sill said he loves teaching and is humbled by his selection as Professor of the Year. He and his wife Phoebe live at Seven Lakes in Moore County and are the parents of three grown children. They attend West End United Methodist Church.

He lists his hobbies as camping, reading and baking. Having studied drama as an undergraduate, he also enjoys singing and performing for senior citizens and church groups. He recently did a reprise of “Trouble in River Cit ,” a song from The Music Man that he performed at a MC talent show in 1989. Yes, he still has his straw hat and pool cue!

Summer 2001

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