Talk:McPherson College

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SbmeirowTalk • 08:26, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

Notable alumni[edit]

  • James Zacchaeus Gilbert, PhB 1894, discoverer of the origins of the LaBrea Tarpits fossil beds.
  • Harvey Harlow Nininger, class of 1914, father of the science of meteoritics.
  • Kenneth H Pitzer, class of 1946, inventor of the adjustable grommet for aircraft.

I removed these people because lack of reference and/or lack of wiki article. Please add again with more proof. Thanks • SbmeirowTalk • 01:18, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Notable Alumni of McPherson College surely ought also to include Harvey Nininger, the father of the science of meteoritics, and J Z Gilbert, the science teacher who discovered the significance of the LaBrea Tarpits.
The above text was moved from the article. I don't know if any of this is true. Maybe someone can investigate and add in the correct way. • SbmeirowTalk • 17:59, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
I know there was a faculty who made significant contributions to metoritics, though the name escapes me currently. What would be considered a valid source? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:05, 20 February 2012 (UTC)
See WP:Reliable sources for a discussion of what sources are valid. -- Ssilvers (talk) 00:27, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Hello everyone, I am the current history professor of the college and this page always gives me fits :) Since I am an employee and new to editing, I won't edit. All apologies for any novice etiquette breeches. But here are some sources for you if you feel inclined to include them:

James Zacchaeus Gilbert
Harvey Harlow Nininger (the Meteorite professor mentioned above.)

He has an article on Wiki already:

In addition to these sources, there is a silent movie in which Hershey demonstrated his lab technique that is in the McPherson College archives. One of my students rediscovered it and it is being digitized and should be on the college webpage soon.

Feel free to contact me here or at my work email.

ProfKerry (talk) 15:49, 2 August 2012 (UTC)ProfKerry

I added Harvey Harlow Nininger to the article. • SbmeirowTalk • 07:45, 3 August 2012 (UTC)
I added James Zacchaeus Gilbert to the article, per your references. I wasn't sure how to describe his efforts at La Brea, so please refine it. • SbmeirowTalk • 08:06, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

I don't think I could improve on the Gilbert entry and it seems to cover his major contribution well. ProfKerry (talk) 20:01, 3 August 2012 (UTC)ProfKerry


There's been heated discussion here about the adjectives that should be used to describe Hershey's diamond ("small" vs "microscopic") so I removed those and added the quote that provides the measurements he took. Added additional references and now the Synthetic Diamond, McPherson College, and Willard Hershey pages should be linked properly to one another.

ProfKerry (talk) 19:57, 3 August 2012 (UTC)ProfKerry

From the section: "During the Great Depression of the 1930s, McPherson College underwent financial difficulties. The college president, Vernon F. Schwalm, provided the leadership to maintain all the academic majors and preserve the faculty intact."

This is a terrible sentence which doesn't really say anything and has zero details. Before I invest any energy into fixing it, is it useful on a wiki page? Many colleges struggled during the Depression, as did most Americans. It isn't a unique experience to McPherson College, so should it be removed?

ProfKerry (talk) 17:56, 4 August 2012 (UTC)ProfKerry

I updated G.L.O.W. to note that the acronym stood for "Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever" and that it was a gay-straight alliance. Then I was told this edit was deleted by ClueBot. Whoever set this up needs to get a clue. This article has a few simple errors like "McPhearson" in footnote 6 that I was going to correct, but I'll let the almighty cluebot do that. User: Lukeorama


I added the Entrepreneurship Program section, but the organization looks much too bulky. Not sure the best option to fix it, but it probably needs it.

ProfKerry (talk) 19:12, 4 August 2012 (UTC)ProfKerry

Noel Grove[edit]

I removed the following because lack of citation reference nor a wikipedia article. Please replace with a short version and references. • SbmeirowTalk • 06:52, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

  • Noel Grove, editor at National Geographic; author,National Geographic Atlas Of World History; Earth's Last Great Places: Exploring the Nature Conservancy Worldwide; Range of Light: The Sierra Nevada," Wild Lands for Wildlife : America's National Refuges, and many other publications. by Noel Grove, Bates Littlehales

One update[edit]

Hi, all,

I work for the college (in public relations, no less) so I do not feel it appropriate or comfortable for me to change this wikipedia page.

However, if adminstrators and/or editors would find it valuable to know this, I would like to point out that the graduate degree was recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission.

Here is a link to the story in our local paper:

Hope this is helpful. (talk) 23:49, 30 April 2013 (UTC) Adam Pracht