On Wednesday, Nov. 9, Evangel had the opportunity to host 32 area high school juniors who are members of this year’s class of the Leadership Academy. LA is sponsored by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Springfield. Over the lunch hour, the students visited EU’s campus and received an insightful presentation from Dr. Grant Jones, professor of psychology, and an interactive presentation by Jason Salazar, assistant professor of music.
The Leadership Academy is made up of students selected from the five Springfield Public High Schools, plus New Covenant Academy, Catholic H.S. and Greenwood H.S. The visit was part of the group’s Education Day emphasis; they also enjoyed presentations at the other three major colleges in town.
Paul K. Logsdon, Evangel’s director of public relations, has long been a volunteer advisor for the program. A dozen members of the EU faculty and staff worked to make the experience a great one for the Leadership Academy.
The students’ first stop was Drury University for a panel discussion on study abroad opportunities. Students from Evangel, Drury and MSU presented.
Victoria Martinez (’11), Evangel’s Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, tells about her semester in France. Also from Evangel (far left, purple) is Shyara Wickramaratne from Sri Lanka. Her study abroad experience was coming to America.
A lively Q&A followed the panelists’ initial presentations.
Dr. Grant Jones (’77), Professor of Psychology, talks to the students about academic opportunities and careers in his department.
Dr. Jones, who grew up as a missionary kid in Africa, shares how he takes students back to Kenya every year to do counseling and training.
The entire Leadership Academy poses for a group shot at Evangel.
Jason Salazar (’98), Assistant Professor of Music, gives the students an overview of Evangel’s Department of Music.
Salazar’s presentation centered on the music industry and technology programs offered by EU.
Students were given an opportunity to do an overdub of music from the movie Tron: Legacy. Parkview High School student Ben Hogan volunteered to do drum tracks.
Five students volunteered to watch from the studio while two Evangel students worked the controls.
Michael Bremenr, a junior from Evangel, laid down guitar tracks to show another software package of special effects.
The leadership students were amazed at the technology and versatility of Evangel’s music program.
After leaving Evangel, the students traveled to Missouri State University for a physics presentation and ended the day in the dental lab at Ozarks Technical Community College.
Evangel is an accredited, liberal arts university with more than 100 academic programs on the cutting edge of today's professional fields. Our commitment to the integration of faith, learning and life attracts students from a wide variety of Christian denominational backgrounds who have a strong commitment to academics with a desire to combine their Christian faith with every aspect of their lives.