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2013 EU Top Ten: What were the biggest stories at Evangel University last year?

January 9, 2014 | Ashli O'Connell


Each January brings a new opportunity for people to analyze the events of the past year and evaluate their impact on our dreams for the future. It’s no secret that 2013 was a huge year for Evangel University. This was the year that Central Bible College, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and Evangel consolidated, launching a future in Pentecostal higher education built upon 190 years of combined history.

The consolidation brought us a new president-elect, Dr. Carol Taylor, who began her tenure in July. It was also a time to say goodbye as several administrators retired and our beloved president, Dr. Robert H. Spence, celebrated his 40th year of service — making him the second-longest tenured college president in the United States. As faculty and staff worked together to finalize the consolidation, exciting things also happened in the lives of many Evangel students and alumni.

In this spirit of celebrating the past and looking forward to the future, we were interested to know which stories on Evangel’s website were the most popular last year. The following list is a look at the Top Ten feature stories that were posted. For the purposes of this list, “popularity” was determined based on the number of “hits” — or unique page views — each article received. Enjoy this recap of the year’s top stories from Evangel and make sure you didn’t miss any of them!


1. Evangel launches School of Theology and Church Ministries

STCMBringing together 190 years of legacy in Christian higher education and Pentecostal ministerial training, Evangel University launched the new School of Theology and Church Ministries (STCM) this fall. If our website traffic is any indication, the STCM was the biggest news story of the year. Read more …


2. 15 things to do the summer before college

Yeah, we know that this winter’s sub-zero, record-breaking temps and abundant snowfall don’t exactly bring summer plans to the top of your priority list, but it wasn’t that long ago when this list was lighting up our website. As the No. 1 feature article on Evangel’s site all year, this list brought thousands of visitors who were anxious to prepare for their upcoming freshman year of college. If you’ll be a freshman in the fall of 2014, you might want to start planning to add these 15 things to your to-do list. After all, this snow will melt off and graduation will be here before you know it. Read more …


3. 15 things to do your senior year of high school

If summer is approaching as quickly as we imagine, then high school seniors are really running out of time to get the items on this list checked off! Let us help you work through the mountain of paperwork, deadlines and decisions that accompany the college decision. Read more …


4. A new legacy for a new Evangel

Last year Anna Schimenti was a sophomore at Central Bible College, unsure what her future at a consolidated Evangel University would look like. Fast forward a year and Schimenti is making headlines at EU. As the first CBC student to be invited to preach in an STCM chapel and now EU’s student body president, Schimenti has valuable insight into how the consolidation has impacted students. Read more …


5. Evangel announces 2013 Founders Scholars

Founders Scholarships are the highest academic scholarships the University awards. Two full-tuition and 10 half-tuition scholarships are awarded annually to students who demonstrate high academic achievement and meritorious Christian service. The announcement of each year’s winners is always a huge news story. Read more …


6. Can I afford a Christian college education?

If you find yourself asking this question, you’re not alone. Thousands of students visit our website seeking the answer. Considering that a college education is one of the top five expenses you will face in your lifetime (ranking right up there with home, vehicle, children and retirement), deciding where to pursue your degree is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Read more …


7. Blake McKnight drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals

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Evangel alum Blake McKnight had an incredible year with the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

Blake McKnight became the first Evangel University baseball alum to be drafted by a major league baseball team after the St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 38th round of the First-Year Player Draft on June 8, 2013. The story generated great interest in the Evangel community. Read more …


8. Journey leads to Evangel, again, for football legend Sands

Many students agonize for months about what items to bring to college. Edward Sands headed for Evangel the first time in 2006 with three: a plane ticket and two suitcases. Sands had never seen campus when he was added to Evangel’s 2006 football recruiting class as a late signee. Now back on campus as the team’s defensive secondary coach, Sands’ full-circle story hasn’t come without obstacles. Read more …


9. Faculty blog: Affordable cameras for students and DIY film makers

Our student and faculty blogs always generate a good deal of traffic, but none was more successful in the last 12 months than this practical piece from Dr. Cameron Pace, chairman of Evangel’s Communication Department. Hundreds of readers visited our site each month to get his advice. Read more …


10. Amazing half court shot and a slam dunk of generosity

If you’ve ever wondered about the power of a scholarship, here’s a true story for you. Evangel alumnus Justin Dougherty graduated in 2012 and got a job as a broadcaster for the local CBS affiliate. And then one day he got another opportunity. Last spring, he was invited to take a half-court shot at an Oklahoma City Thunder NBA basketball game. The prize was $20,000 … What happens next will probably bring tears to your eyes. Read more …

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