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Chad Frey

Manickam given second term at Hesston

Hesston College Board of Directors reappointed Joseph Manickam to a second four-year term as president of the college.

The board voted unanimously to reappoint Manickam during the college’s fall board meetings, held virtually in late October.

Manickam was named as the ninth president of Hesston College in fall of 2016 and assumed office on July 1, 2017. Before his appointment, Manickam served as director of the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace and faculty member for peace studies at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Manickam and his family moved to Hesston from Thailand in 2017.

During his first four-year term, Manickam has overseen the completion of a major capital campaign, the construction of new and refurbished buildings on campus, and the creation of new four-year programs in nursing and aviation. Under Manickam’s leadership the college will further explore offering four-year degrees in business and engineering, as outlined in the college’s “Vision 2025” growth plan.

Manickam’s reappointment signals a continued commitment on the part of the college’s leadership to Manickam’s vision of an expansive, inclusive, globally engaged Hesston College. Primary among his tasks has been evolving Hesston from a “college for Mennonites” to a “Mennonite college for all.”

“The board’s unanimous vote to reappoint Dr. Manickam to his second term is not just an affirmation of the work he has done for Hesston College in the past four years, but a vote of confidence and endorsement of the strategic direction for the next four years,” said Ken G Kabira, of Bartlett, Ill., chairperson of the Hesston College Board of Directors. “Under President Joe’s leadership, we are confident Hesston will not just survive the current pandemic but emerge stronger and more capable of living its mission to educate and nurture every student in a Christ-centered community.”

KDOL warns of fraud

A fraudulent text phishing attempt is being distributed on mobile devices, using the name of the Kansas Department of Labor.

These texts are not from the Kansas Department of Labor.

“Our agency does not communicate with members of the public through text messages,” a news release said. “If you receive one of these texts, please do not click on any links and delete it immediately.”

The text message may look something like this:

“We noticed and error in your Unemployment Claim. Click [link redacted] review your claim. Kansas Dept. of Labour.”

According to KDOL, the department will never ask for a full Social Security number over text message or email.

The agency is working with law enforcement and is investigating these fraudulent texts. According to KDOL, Kansas, along with every other state, is seeing a spike in identity theft related to unemployment claims.

Victim of identity theft should report it at