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Northern Ireland Spring Break Trip

Who said Spring Break couldn't be full of surprises? (Actually, I have never heard anyone utter an opinion one way or the other on that subject -- just needed an attention-getting opener.) (It worked -- you're still reading.) Like other stories I've heard from fellow sojourners about their trips (or nontrips) over Spring Break, my Spring Break experience didn't exactly go according to plan. In fact, our backpacking adventure to Big Bend National Park in Texas unfolded much differently then our fearless leader, Dustin Fenton, and the rest of our band of merry hikers had anticipated. However, the trip proved to be an incredible experience despite the surprises. Though freezing temperatures, strong winds, a severe drought, and repeated warnings of mountain lions and bears tried to subdue us, we stood our ground and conquered the wilderness like seasoned explorers. ...

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Texas Backpacking Trip

Who said Spring Break couldn't be full of surprises? (Actually, I have never heard anyone utter an opinion one way or the other on that subject -- just needed an attention-getting opener.) (It worked -- you're still reading.) Like other stories I've heard from fellow sojourners about their trips (or nontrips) over Spring Break, my Spring Break experience didn't exactly go according to plan. In fact, our backpacking adventure to Big Bend National Park in Texas unfolded much differently then our fearless leader, Dustin Fenton, and the rest of our band of merry hikers had anticipated. However, the trip proved to be an incredible experience despite the surprises. Though freezing temperatures, strong winds, a severe drought, and repeated warnings of mountain lions and bears tried to subdue us, we stood our ground and conquered the wilderness like seasoned explorers. ...

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New Orlean’s Mission Trip

Written by Heidi Koehl. Media by Kat Kelley. Over Spring break, a group of 10 students and 2 faculty members traveled to New Orleans to work and build relationships with folks in need. I was one of those students, and the week was simply amazing. We left New Orleans changed, renewed, and looking forward to what God has in store for those we met. We were able to help two families that were victims of Hurrica ...

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Spring Choir Tour 2013

On Friday, March 8, the Greenville College Choir loaded the bus behind Whitlock Music Center and began our spring break tour. We traveled through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas before stopping to sing in the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica on our way back to Greenville. Nearly every night, we stayed in the homes of church members. One of the best parts of choir tour is meeting wonderful people who open up their homes to us every night. Debates are still raging as to who had the best (or worst) host home stay—some choir members brag about trampolines or hot tubs and others fight over who had the most adorable dogs. We performed concerts every day except for one, in which we had the option to spend time  either at Six Flags over Texas or the Dallas Arts District. We also had the opportunity to visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum; it was a powerful place. The Fort Worth Stockyards was another great stop during tour. ...

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Ben Wayman

Greenville College will be welcoming Ben Wayman as the assistant professor in the philosophy and religion department this fall. Currently working alongside other clergy at Greenville St. Paul’s Free Methodist Church as pastor of administration and development, Wayman is excited to be taking on this new role in the fall. Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Wayman grew up a preacher’s kid in a strong Christian household. Living under a Christian household shaped how Wayman views the world today. “It’s a very rich area and so I think I was always aware that being a Christian meant that we were different in some way.” His parents still live in the same house today, which is only a few blocks from the beach, and Wayman still feels it is home in many ways. He finds joy in visiting and knows it is now home for his kids as well. ...

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3rd Annual Book Art Contest

Book and art lovers can rejoice because the 3rd Annual Book Art Contest is once again bringing the two together. The contest encourages participants to “play, think, create, innovate, repurpose, and sculpt” discarded books, librarian Georgann Kurtz-Shaw explains. The library began the contest began for three major reasons according to Kurtz-Shaw. The first reason was simple. “We thought the contest would be fun,” she says. The library wanted host an event each semester that brings people into the library to show them it’s more than “a storehouse for books and computer.” The next reason for the start was actually the inspiration from Professor Steve Heilmer’s class Juxtaposynthesis. “In this class Prof Heilmer asks students to transform something commonplace into something new and beautiful—into a work of art,” Kurtz-Shaw tells. The library displayed the class’s work for several years in the library for a larger audience, which ended up sparking the Book Art Contest for the library. The extensive book-weeding project the library started a few years ago also contributed to the contest. “It seemed a shame to send boxes of books that no one wanted off to a recycling center,” Kurtz-Shaw revealed, “the book art contest gives some of the library’s withdrawn books another life.” ...

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AgapeFest T-Shirt Contest

Written by Kevin Dunne Media by Kat Kelley. Do you like to wear clothes? Do you like to listen to music? Do you like to listen to music while fully clothed? If you said yes to at least one of these, then you’ll love the newest opportunity presented by the AgapeFest staff. If you have yet to check your email, or simply overlooked the message in the sea of Today at GC and FREE FRISBEE emails, then you may be ...

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These Guys: A Tribute to Guy Chase

Written by Carolyn Fairbanks. Digital Media by Jessica Sturgeon. The art department is paying tribute to former colleague and chair of the Art department with an art exhibition entitled These Guys: A Tribute to Guy Chase. “Guy Chase had a huge impact on the department at Greenville and a number of students, but he was also such a tremendous professional artist,” Professor Jake Amundson explains. The exhibition runs from March 6 to April 3 and consists of twenty-five professional artists and friends of Chase. Most of these artists are members of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). “We have people here showing in New York City and are in major collections in LA and all over the world…these are top notch artists that recognize the greatest of somebody from Greenville,” Amundson says. These professionals got word of the alumni show Greenville wanted to do for Chase and volunteered to contribute to the show because of the impact he had on their lives. Artists included Tim Lowly, Catherine Prescott, Jeff Wetzig, and more. Greenville professors Jake Amundson, Rick McPeak, and Steve Heilmer also contributed art for the show. Next to some of the artwork are explanations of the impact Chase had in their lives and art. Steven Carrelli revealed that he only met Guy Chase once, but he “learned a great deal from him…in a way, his work and thought have been my studio companion for years.” Chase also had a clear impact on Amundson. “He’s one of the big reasons I came to Greenville,” he explains. “The way he works and the way he treats life and art and teaching…is something I’m trying to bring into my personal and professional life,” Amundson ...

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Life After College: “It’s Weirder Than You Think”

Written by Carolyn Fairbanks. Media by Kat Kelley. Greenville juniors and seniors had the opportunity to hear from Greenville Alumni about what to expect after college. The dinner and question and answer session Tuesday night was sponsored and paid for by Greenville College Alumni. Walter Fenton explains “things change so fast and so dramatically after college—practically the day after you graduate—that GC ...

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A Tribute to Dr. Debra Noyes

Written by Dr. Kathy Taylor. Media by Kat Kelley. If you were to have visited her office, you would quickly discover the many wonders of my friend and colleague Dr. Debra Noyes.  Amongst the warm and inviting décor of burgundy, navy and tan flowers, curtains, and table covers you would find a treasure of items that reflected the life of Debra Noyes. One of the most precious treasures is those items that ref ...

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