Greenville College - Alumni News News 44 Lessons From A Loser: Sonya Jones Book Signing Dec. 6 Sonya Jones '96 won the hearts of millions of TV viewers as a finalist on the 2016 season of The Biggest Loser. Now she has written about the experience in a new book, 44 Lessons From a Loser. Meet Sonya at a book signing on campus Dec. 6 from 4-8 p.m. The event is open to the public. Mon, 26 Nov 2018 14:00:00 CST 1d41704d-0684-4b2f-99f2-b121e846a72d Smerick Contributes Essay to Popular Book on Women and Faith A popular new book featuring an article by G.U. Professor of Philosophy Christina Smerick has topped Amazon's list for books on religious essays. Tue, 20 Nov 2018 11:30:00 CST f8119f75-9727-4630-9623-fbe28d3e690a Dec. 2 Marks Greenville Choral Union's 88th Year of Community Messiah Performances Tis the season for perennial Christmas favorite, George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah and other holiday favorites performed by the 85-voice Choral Union and 40-piece orchestra. Fri, 16 Nov 2018 14:00:00 CST 07c2359e-7c87-4ea1-aad5-511c7878eaeb Turpin Elected to Chair the Greenville University Board of Trustees At their regular fall meeting, members of G.U.'s Board of Trustees unanimously elected Kathleen Turpin to serve as board chair. A G.U. graduate, Turpin previously served as vice chair. Thu, 08 Nov 2018 14:00:00 CST 9e4aed85-599d-4af4-a032-0dae11a9f8f8 G.U. and Chamber Hire Joint Employee to Facilitate Partnership Greenville University and the Greenville Chamber of Commerce announce the hire of a joint employee who will help strengthen both economic growth and educational opportunities in the region. Welcome Elaine McNamara! Fri, 02 Nov 2018 09:00:00 CDT 7413deaf-978a-4be3-bccd-f4ee542d2e88 Greenville University Among the Few to Offer Podcast Studies Increasingly, students practice their communication skills by creating podcasts and publishing them through G.U.'s new podcasting platform, Podlab. Welcome to the world of digital storytelling. Thu, 01 Nov 2018 08:30:00 CDT f55439b6-804e-4214-bfb2-d435cfd5f2c2 Genius or Not, They'll Take Their Shot History lessons and character lessons merge for Hamilton-inspired students from Wyvetter Younge Alternative Center in East St. Louis under the leadership of Jordan Hohm '12, veteran of G.U.'s character-rich teacher education training. Tue, 30 Oct 2018 09:45:00 CDT 1c3b2f4b-0073-46bd-9705-091da87ff37e The Panther-Cardinal Connection Greenville University Panthers are finding their way into major league baseball operations through the St. Louis Cardinals organization, and the match between G.U. talent and Cardinals' needs seems to fit like a glove . . . a custom-tailored MLB glove at that. Fri, 26 Oct 2018 08:00:00 CDT b4fdd15d-3e01-46ce-80b8-190306097c77 The Turtle-Whisperer's Apprentice The Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program paid for Cheyanne Hulvey's internship and rich experiential learning with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Your nonprofit can employ a G.U. intern too! E-mail to learn more. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 10:45:00 CDT cc5c1eac-52bb-4bff-bcc5-38f315544c17 Panther Preferred Scholarships Take Center Stage on Morning Show G.U. President Ivan Filby recently appeared on STLMoms to talk about affordable college and Panther Preferred Scholarships. These generous awards are based on character and perseverance. College-bound students should apply by November 26. Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:30:00 CDT 54ef25fd-7374-4b09-ad20-6d5ea657fffc Wayman Contributes to Book on Christian Ethics Ben Wayman, assistant professor of theology at Greenville University, has contributed to the second edition of a popular textbook in Christian ethics by Samuel Wells. Mon, 22 Oct 2018 10:30:00 CDT 61e23d0e-a4fb-410b-9c67-096e11cee58e Pope's New Book Features Cover Art By Alumnus Inspiration sometimes comes through the humblest means. For iconographer Kelly Latimore ’09, it came by way of a few words spoken around a campfire. The result—a painting entitled Refugees: La Sagrada Familia—now graces the cover of a new book by Pope Francis. Wed, 17 Oct 2018 09:00:00 CDT b4516c10-98ba-4393-9614-7d6c4bb7029a Cameron McAllister of Ravi Zacharias Ministries to Speak at Greenville University Greenville University is pleased to welcome speaker, podcaster and writer Cameron McAllister to campus Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Fri, 12 Oct 2018 09:15:00 CDT 8a1aeeae-6448-4c14-aae0-d40de6a65e3c Fall RECORD Highlights Holistic Education at G.U. Is it possible to deliver learning experiences that build character, expand perspective and inspire? The Fall issue of The RECORD, just out, showcases learning experiences that do just that. Thu, 11 Oct 2018 10:30:00 CDT d8609d3e-d88c-419e-9976-d8c44cb3802e Greenville University Named a Finalist for State Sustainablity Award Greenville University is pleased to announce that it is a finalist for the 2018 Illinois Sustainability Award, the nation’s longest-running state award for excellence in environmental performance. Wed, 10 Oct 2018 10:15:00 CDT 19bc2428-70a2-4598-ae0f-19b5b154aae5 Renowned Composer Celebrates G.U.’s History In Special Composition A commissioned musical piece by renowned composer Ed Huckeby honors the past, present and future of Greenville University. Mon, 01 Oct 2018 11:30:00 CDT 3c2ac192-f89f-4648-9ccb-96da6a713ed0 The RECORD Fall 2018 - Big Picture, Big Challenge Thu, 27 Sep 2018 11:45:00 CDT 3d75d734-60ec-4cf3-b88e-f9133b67365d Alumna Kate Leenerts Named Teacher of the Year at St. Louis College Prep Teachers at St. Louis College Prep (SCP) recently voted their colleague, Greenville University alumna Kate Leenerts, teacher of the year. Called to serve in urban education, Kate teaches sixth grade. Thu, 27 Sep 2018 08:00:00 CDT 5b503816-2220-4e0f-9127-0631f5a985d6 Greenville University Will Honor Alumni at Homecoming 2018 Greenville University has announced the winners of its 2018 Alumni Awards. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:45:00 CDT ed210a7f-8e7a-4ee0-aed0-1d86385a2cae G.U. “Power Couple” Share Recipe for Success: Work + Opportunities + Mentors From small-town teens to seasoned FBI workers, Derek ’06 and Holly (Eaton ’05) Velazco's story reads like a script for success. Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:15:00 CDT 5bfa5b3c-b131-428e-8d94-44d3040a60a1 Convocation Speaker Reminds Us Why Storytelling Endures Some authors merely explain their expertise from behind a podium; Jeff Barker demonstrates it by commanding the stage. Greenville University's 2018 Convocation speaker and storyteller extraordinaire opened G.U.'s school year with two poignant tales. Tue, 28 Aug 2018 13:15:00 CDT ee49ba3a-ac3a-4a2b-9b61-8a50529aa065 Creative Alumni Pitch In For YouTube Comedy Show Greenville University alumni Trey Brockman ’17 and Anna Brannon ’17 contributed their creative juices to an upcoming YouTube series with serious star power behind it. Tue, 14 Aug 2018 11:00:00 CDT a5f784c9-cbf8-4c96-a0fa-e0921941ab69 Cyndi Oglesby Named Manager of Alumni and Church Relations A familiar face to alumni, this G.U. grad is no stranger to the Greenville community. Welcome, Cyndi! Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 CDT 9f40370c-2085-4a50-bb77-5ceba8651b16 G.U. Named Safest Campus in Illinois, Fourth Safest in Nation Recent research puts Greenville University in the top tier of colleges and universities for campus safety. Thu, 26 Jul 2018 13:00:00 CDT 3aca1586-1759-459e-aa45-6ed7131fb001 Experiential Learning, Justice Ministry Pilgrimage A Success Students, pastors, professors and authors became pilgrims this May, learning together on a journey into the Deep South, where they connected events from the past with meaningful ministry today. Fri, 20 Jul 2018 09:45:00 CDT 6a525ea7-df57-4857-bdbd-cc374074c330 Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It's Off to Worship We Go Divine connections in the workplace give a fresh perspective on business as usual in the 9-to-5 workaday world. Mon, 16 Jul 2018 09:30:00 CDT c0e9377e-d2e6-4f34-992b-2c7aeb7c8fcf Better Together: Summer RECORD Spotlights Productive Partnerships Teaming up has advantages in the arts, business, the church and more. Check out the summer issue of The RECORD for ways that students and the University leverage collaboration. Tue, 10 Jul 2018 10:00:00 CDT 8263d917-667d-4844-8660-2bab030a8c25 Greenville U's Time is Now Says Alumna/Authority on Diversity and Inclusion Venessa A. Brown's personal story of warmth, welcome and belonging gives special meaning to $20,000 in funding she has provided to facilitate conversations about diversity and inclusion on G.U.'s campus. Thu, 05 Jul 2018 00:00:00 CDT 94e78344-ddd2-42e2-8ab2-76fb198ede5f Mary Pandora Cheung, International Executive and Former Miss Hong Kong, Visits Greenville University On June 12 and 13, Greenville University welcomed Hong Kong executive Mary Pandora Cheung, writer, educator and renowned expert in international etiquette. Mon, 02 Jul 2018 09:45:00 CDT 5c496e69-919f-4139-9856-b91cd3ceb6b5 Alumni and Students Help Restore Hope to Survivors of Human Trafficking It started with a “task force” to raise awareness about human trafficking; it grew into a ministry for survivors and an opportunity for university students to serve and learn. Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:00:00 CDT f92477ca-4871-476a-8336-8833ddf87215 Bahl Receives Honorary Doctorate At Commencement At Commencement exercises on May 12, Greenville University President Ivan Filby presented an honorary doctorate of laws to Roy Bahl ’61. Mon, 11 Jun 2018 07:15:00 CDT e52c8002-2f70-4fe1-89b9-eab79d650d6c Not Just a Gym: Career, Calling and The “Y” Could working for an exercise facility be considered a calling? It is for John Heater ’01, who has worked for the service-minded YMCA organization since he was 15. Tue, 05 Jun 2018 09:30:00 CDT aa289b7d-fb79-48ce-865c-86a9d0ba354f Homegrown Greenville Graduate Gives Back to Local Economy Lincoln Siebert ’17 is an example of what can happen when a small town and a small university work together to unlock the potential of the next generation. Tue, 29 May 2018 09:30:00 CDT e31909fa-a777-48b0-983f-a32cb107ab1e Jeff Wilson Receives 2018 Outstanding Faculty Award At Commencement last Saturday, President Ivan Filby presented the W. Richard Stephens Outstanding Faculty Award to a surprised Jeff Wilson, longtime professor of music and director of choral programs at Greenville U. Wed, 16 May 2018 08:45:00 CDT 9cdeb4c2-9f3e-4967-8d83-880f63224ec8 Class of 2018 Makes History As First to Graduate From Greenville University The Class of 2018 made history May 12, when graduates in two services crossed the Commencement stage to receive congratulatory handshakes and diplomas. They are the first graduates to earn degrees from Greenville University, formerly Greenville College. Tue, 15 May 2018 09:00:00 CDT dab97674-fef6-456b-988e-2e80e743dd72 National Recognition Times Two for Senior Lindsay Burton The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) has recognized senior Lindsay Burton as the recipient of its 2018 Heart of Courage Award. But that's not the only national recognition the future teacher has garnered . . . Mon, 07 May 2018 09:15:00 CDT d1f7d250-dd68-46ad-b519-a522e3502dd3 Spanish Edition of Wayman's Ordaining Women Just Released Light and Life Publishing has just released La Ordenación De La Mujer, the Spanish edition of Ordaining Women: New Edition with an Introduction and Notes by Ben Wayman ’02. Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:00:00 CDT a578dac2-04cb-484a-9e77-d168af28573f Forensics Conference Exceeds Expectations, Informs and Inspires Hard science, psychology, decades of professional experience and a generous helping of engaging stories contributed to a successful forensics conference on Greenville University’s campus last weekend. Over 200 persons attended the event. Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:15:00 CDT ee747911-f2c9-434e-8410-514dab242bcd Greenville University First Lady Kathie Filby Prepares for Ordination Kathie Filby has spent her career at the intersection of academia and ministry. On April 20, she'll be ordained at the Gateway Conference Leadership Summit of the Free Methodist Church. Wed, 11 Apr 2018 09:15:00 CDT 5f39ee0a-8bc3-4daf-a115-b069400bdc84 Vocalist Leslie Barnes Visits Campus Nationally renowned vocalist, Leslie Parker Barnes, will be visiting Greenville’s campus on April 25, 2018. Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:45:00 CDT 7722e520-48cd-403d-8651-342edcc740dd Teamwork and Experience Help Vanwey Land Coveted Internship With St. Louis Cardinals Sport Management major Jake Vanwey approaches each workday at Busch Stadium with a grateful heart. Learn how his resume rose to the top of the pile and the unique support he received in the process. Thu, 05 Apr 2018 09:45:00 CDT f8c9c8ee-9039-4ed4-bf95-7b5b6b581ae5 Marketing and Ministry Team Up For A Win Greenville University encouraged Riley to pursue a well-rounded education. He came to his first youth ministry job with a set of skills most people don’t think to pair with ministry: business. Tue, 27 Mar 2018 07:30:00 CDT c7ec0131-7138-406a-a180-b4524af15cd8 Equipped for Seminary (and Life) at Greenville University The future is wide open for seminary student Maria Koppelberger ’14. But she credits her past—specifically lessons learned at Greenville University—for laying a successful foundation. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:30:00 CDT ae83ff0c-620a-4c2a-bc30-3e598dbc943c Alumna Cathy Burgos Wins Prestigious Award for Helping At-Risk Youth Cathy Burgos ’95 was one of 13 recipients presented last month with the prestigious In the Company of Women award in Miami. Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:30:00 CST 3ac4f295-b651-45f9-b2cf-064f131466de Called to Know Christ's Beloved Outside of Church Since his graduation in 1992 and his ordination in the Free Methodist Church, Nathan Perkins has ministered in various capacities. The story he shares here as a Christian minister working in the secular workplace will resonate with clergy who—like the Apostle Paul—serve bi-vocationally. Nathan helps to manage Upland Hills Farm, an educational agricultural enterprise in Oxford, Michigan. The operation sees over 100,000 visitors annually through field trips, summer day camps, seasonal festivals, weddings and more. Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 CST 11d7d614-00b4-409c-b97f-81667039ad83 How to Thrive, Not Just Survive the Seminary Scene How should a student prepare for graduate school? What makes the difference between surviving and thriving? Chris Albin '14 says students can proactively set the stage for success. Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:15:00 CST 29311bfb-d595-44c1-918b-a69803afd9a7 Do It Yourself: Alumna Rice Leads Grassroots Campaign to Landslide Win Annie Rice '07 answers the call of voters and wins the St. Louis Board of Alderman’s 8th Ward seat by a landslide in a Feb. 13 special election. Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:15:00 CST a1c799c1-7186-4ce9-87fd-488422b1448b Legacy of Greenville Alumnus "Father of Sport Psychology" Seen at Pyeongchang Olympics Whether they're skiing, skating or sledding, today's Olympians get their heads in the game thanks in part to Greenville University alumnus Coleman Griffith, a.k.a. the father of sport psychology. Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:15:00 CST 9a3d1b43-ed53-44ce-9383-d301d75c18b6 The Tradition Continues: Duke Divinity School Awards Full Scholarship to Bastian School Grad Any financial award that reduces tuition is welcome, but one that covers the “full cost” of tuition can’t be beat. Greenville University graduate Keli (Totton ’16) Pennington will begin studies at Duke Divinity School in the fall on a "full ride" scholarship. Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:45:00 CST 6257340d-daad-44b4-9e57-fd46dff753ab Navigating Seminary, Fueled By Blessing New beginnings can be rough, and new beginnings at graduate school and seminary are no different. But when recent G.U. graduate LaRyssa Herrington looks back on her first semester at Candler School of Theology, she sees a trail of blessings. Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:15:00 CST ec6e0aa3-0894-4107-9408-5f9faee14587 Music, Mistakes and Mirth: Alumnus Reflects on More Than 40 Years With Lyric Opera Robert Prindle ’73 is one of the few classical singers to make a living in opera. The onetime physics major, who "never sang a note" before coming to Greenville, reflects on his long time career with the Chicago Lyric Opera and laughter along the way. Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:30:00 CST a46a1f7b-961e-4768-9226-3176ca1ffaff Beware of the Blindspot: Popular Curriculum Features Wayman Article A tweak in perspective can unlock kingdom treasures says Ben Wayman in the spring issue of Illustrated Bible Life. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 15:00:00 CST 64d86cf5-6789-4f08-9ac2-1f1ca997b430 Interterm in Israel Redefines "Classroom" Students made Israel their classroom during January, exploring geography, archeology and Biblical texts in Jerusalem, Galilee, Caesarea and other sites of Bible history. Fri, 26 Jan 2018 06:30:00 CST ef9b2587-5ba9-4e5d-9ffc-82180a69cb73 President's Report and Year in Review Just Released From well-publicized celebrations like its 125th Convocation and dedication of Hogue Memorial Tower, to quiet achievements behind the scenes, the events that shaped 2017 attest to a productive year. Thu, 25 Jan 2018 09:00:00 CST ce817909-9d21-4997-914d-df33ac166eb6 Healing Help: Alumna Finds Remedy for Pricey Medical Equipment $600 for a medical boot that is available online for $69.99? $115 for an ace bandage? The sticker price of hospital-ordered home medical supplies can be shocking, but thanks to a Greenville U. grad and her collaborators, now there's HELP! Thu, 04 Jan 2018 12:00:00 CST 7092160d-a8ba-4c2f-bdef-53c9c3860d0c Stick It Out: Service Through Struggle In a challenging new role, Kirsten Norsworthy Freeze '17 draws strength from lessons learned at Greenville University. Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:15:00 CST e55147e4-0854-4a17-9db2-191cdb7a18ba