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News Release

Student Leadership Forum to be held for Evangel students this Saturday

September 19, 2012 | Paul K. Logsdon


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —Evangel University’s Student Leadership Forum will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, in Trask Hall, Room 101, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  At this time, students will receive an agenda with the time and location of each event. 

The forum is for student leaders and those who aspire to become leaders on campus.

“The Student Leadership Forum is a wonderful opportunity for students to network with other students, get tips on many topics, and have fun,” said Donna Trower, career services office coordinator. 

Events will culminate with a luncheon question and answer session with President Robert H. Spence. He will answer questions submitted by the student leaders. Throughout his 38-year tenure at Evangel, Spence has provided an example of leadership for the Evangel campus as well as the Springfield community. He has received numerous honors including being named the 2004 Springfieldian of the Year by the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and most recently, receiving the 2012 Lifetime Achievement in Business Award from the Springfield Business Journal.

Schedule of Events:

9 a.m. – Cafeteria opens early for forum attendees

10 a.m. – Opening session, with welcome by Dr. Bryan Sanders, social sciences department chair

10:30 a.m. – First breakout session

11:10 a.m. – Second breakout session

11:50 a.m. – Third breakout session

12:30 p.m. – Lunch and leadership Q&A session with President Robert H. Spence

1:30 p.m. – Closing remarks and assessment form

 Students are encouraged to attend the breakout sessions that are of interest to them.  Confirmed speakers and their topics include the following:

 How to Lead Team Meetings

—Bernie Dana, associate professor of business and department chair

In addition to serving as chairman of the business department at Evangel, Dana is active as a consultant, author and speaker. He is recognized at Evangel and nationally in the long-term health care profession for quality management and for his ability to lead national committees to success.  He spent 28 years as a corporate executive and consultant prior to joining the EU faculty 11 years ago. Dana holds a master of quality management degree from Loyola University and a bachelor of business administration from Evangel (class of ’67). 

 Catering & Food Safety

—Jim Fenton, food services manager/catering director

Fenton began work with Aladdin Food management Services, LLC, in 2006. He graduated from Evangel with a B.A. in social science and an M.A. in history from Missouri State University.

 Networking & Event Planning—Graduate Panel

—Alli Fontaine, Global Connections logistics coordinator

Originally from Daytona Beach, Fla., Fontaine moved to Springfield to attend Evangel University and earned her B.B.A. from Evangel in 2012. While at EU, she was heavily involved in CROSSwalk Student Ministries and during the 2011-2012 school year served as student director. She now works at Evangel as the logistics coordinator for CROSSwalk Ministries & the Intercultural Program. She also works with Global Connections to oversee the annual international service trips.

—Ana Solano, undergraduate admissions counselor

Solano is originally from Laredo, Texas, and works with prospective students, helping give direction as they embark on their college career. She graduated from Evangel in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a minor in social work. During her time as a student, she served as the discipleship leader on Burgess 4th South, resident assistant on Burgess 1st South and was a member of the Social Work Club and Psi Chi.  Ana started working as an admissions counselor for Evangel just a week following graduation. She is the admissions counselor for the west coast and serves as the supervisor for all student employees. 

How Are We Doing? A Review of Qualtrics (survey assessment tool)

—Dr. Jeff Fulks, director of graduate and professional studies

Fulks and his team coordinate programs for over 500 students including six undergraduate and nine graduate majors. Previously he has served as professor and chair of the behavioral sciences department and as assessment officer for the Lifeworks program. Fulks attended Evangel University from 1973 to 1975 and has worked at Evangel since 1994. He earned a Master of Science at Illinois State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a member of the International Leadership Association and the Christian Adult Higher Education Association. 

Optimal Resumé & Career Services Updates

—Scott Kirby, associate director for career marketing

Kirby graduated from Evangel in 1998 and became the outside sales manager for an automotive accessory manufacturing and distribution company. At Evangel, he assists students with their overall career preparation and connects them with employment opportunities. He enjoys helping students realize their God-given gifts and fulfill their life calling.

Social Media & Marketing

—Paul K. Logsdon, director of public relations and publications

Logsdon graduated from Evangel University in 1977.  After graduation, he spent 10 years as a pioneer in the Christian rock music industry, and has been a public relations director and spokesman since 1988.  As public relations director, Paul coordinates all media relations and with the advent of social media, has spearheaded the university’s use of Facebook and Twitter.  

Endurance: Keeping Your Team Motivated

—Gina Rentschler, director of community life

Rentschler graduated from Evangel in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and received a master’s in guidance and counseling from Missouri State University.  She provides education and support for the Student Life staff, including residence directors and assistants. She is the adviser for international students and works with the accountability and mentoring programs on campus.

Foundational Principles of Leadership

—Dr. Jon Spence, director of James River Leadership College

Spence taught and coached for 10 years at middle and secondary schools.   He also spent nine years as a faculty member at Evangel University and has served as a coordinator for both undergraduate and graduate leadership programs. Spence earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Evangel in 1988, a Master of Science degree from Missouri State University in 1997 and a Doctorate of Education from the University of Missouri in 2005.

Managing Volunteers, Community Involvement, Event Planning & Fundraising

—Donna Trower, career services office coordinator

Trower earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Missouri State University.  She has been active for many years in volunteering, fundraising and serving on local boards for child protective agencies, community outreaches and church programs. Trower is Evangel’s career services office coordinator and she works with Global Connections to create local and stateside intercultural opportunities for students. She also assists students looking for volunteer opportunities and helps with planning volunteer events such as Make a Difference Day.

Evangel University is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions. With enrollment of 2,100 students, coming from all 50 states and abroad, Evangel offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and nine master’s programs.


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