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Faculty-Senior Breakfast Ushers In Commencement Week

Faculty-Senior Breakfast Ushers In Commencement Week

It may have been a day without classes, but sleeping-in clearly wasn't on the agenda for more than 100 graduating seniors and faculty members who gathered together this past Saturday in Armington Center for Greenville College's 66th Annual Faculty-Senior Breakfast. Professors Sandra Schmidt and Veronica Ross, sponsors for the class of 2013, welcomed guests to a tasty breakfast spread and engaging fellowship. The long-standing tradition offers professors and students an opportunity to reflect on four years of life-changing experiences at GC.

Acting President Randy Bergen '84 noted the excellent work accomplished by members of the Class of 2013 as presented in the College's two Common Days of Learning this year. "We are so proud of you and have high hopes for you as you go out," he said.

In keeping with tradition, students took turns sharing fond memories of their experiences at GC that included:

• Memorable feats - Arley Cornell and his roommates packing 30 guests into room 303 of Janssen Hall for disco dancing.
• Memorable fashion - Matt Cowman's tropical hat, neon purple shorts, and t-shirt featuring a cow.
• Memorable first impressions - Britni Spataro's brother visiting from SIU Carbondale, amazed at the idyllic campus life at GC, "looking like he just walked in to Narnia." "Is this for real?" he asked.
• Memorable losses - Hoss Dosset as a freshman, losing the name "Caleb" after a brief exchange with new acquaintances in the Dining Commons. Another Caleb (Romoser) '12 said the name was already taken, and they would help him come up with another.
• Memorable reality check - Andie Rea receiving her first email from Sallie Mae, announcing the start of her loan repayment. "Wow," she thought upon seeing the amount due. "I began wondering if I did the right thing. Was this really worth it?" She answered her own question recalling that she is a changed person and listing specific professors and learning experiences that caused the change. "I am so thankful, and it's so worth every penny that I'll be paying back."

Professor Veronica Ross delivered the class charge, reminding students that the growth they experienced in their college years will not end after Commencement. She urged them to remember what they learned from their GC professors: "Dig deep. You can do it. Think critically before you make any moves. Reflect thoughtfully. Practice disciplined dissent. Reason effectively as you go forth. Maintain intellectual flexibility within the framework that understands that all truth is God's truth."
Vice President for College Advancement Walter Fenton '84 welcomed the graduating seniors into the ranks of Greenville College alumni just before they received gifts of Greenville College mugs and black tee shirts emblazoned with bold orange lettering, "Greenville College Alumni."
Seniors unable to attend the breakfast are welcome to pick up their gifts at the Greenville College Advancement Office in the Kaufmann Building, directly across the street from Bradford Bank. They can also pick them up at the Tidball Alumni House at the Almost Alumni Cookout on Thursday, May 23 at 5:45 p.m., or on Scott Field immediately following Commencement.

This story was published on May 23, 2013

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