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Floor devotions – how smaller is sometimes better

Nine p.m. on Thursday nights is a special time on the floor of Scott 2nd South. It’s a time when textbooks close, laptops rest and the cares of studying subside. It’s a time when I claim my favorite spot on the stuffed couch in my floor’s study room and relax with my friends as the fellow men of S2S trickle in like a steady stream. It’s a time when the entire floor – sometimes with added visitors – unites for...

5 Things Every Fine Arts Hopeful Should Know

I stood in the green room, my hands shaking and my ears nervously listening for the woman on stage to announce my name. There were more than a million and thoughts running through my brain: How did I end up here? Don’t faint in front of these thousands of people. I’m an introvert and this might kill me. Wow this is thrilling. Jesus, help me. Are voice cracks attractive? Why is Phoenix, AZ so hot? “Dry heat” doesn’t make it...

Faculty Blog│Student poetry on display at Springfield Art Museum

Last fall, my Creative Writing class visited the Springfield Art Museum to compose poetry based on the museum’s permanent art collection. In the quiet galleries, the students reflected and wrote, shaping lyrical lines inspired by the artistic images. Because these poems were among the students’ finest literary expressions that semester, I contacted Sarah Buhr, the museum’s curator, about displaying this poetry on the walls to accompany the art works that inspired the students’ literary art. Buhr responded enthusiastically and asked...

Then and Now: 3 big changes I’ve experienced my freshman year

Are you dreaming of what your college experience will be like and how life will be different? A year ago, I would have answered yes. As April has finally arrived and the school year is almost over, I can't believe how this first year of college has flown by. As I reflect on my first year of college, so much has changed from “then” (high school) to now. Here are 3 prime "Then and Now" examples: Then: Applying for college│Now:...

Floor Unity: 5 events that encourage connection

Living on campus provides you with many wonderful opportunities. It's a great way to get plugged into a group of people at the start of your college experience. From my experience, students forge a stronger bond with their floormates than any other group of students on campus. Having a tightly-knit floor extends the relationship you have with your roommate beyond just your room. Here are six ways you can expect to connect with your floormates: 1. Devos: Devotionals is a great...

The Q&A for a fret-free college roommate relationship

Receiving a college roommate was one of the most exciting aspects of coming to Evangel. It has also been one of the most rewarding aspects. After you get through the “get to know you” phase, your roommate can truly become one of your closest friends. Luckily, this is what happened with my roommate Cecelia and I. I sat down with Cecelia to ask her questions regarding becoming a roommate for the first time. What was the hardest or biggest adjustment...

Change Agents: How leadership roles enrich the EU experience

So you’ve been accepted at Evangel and are wondering what kind of opportunities for leadership there are. Well, look no further. At Evangel, we are all about educating and training people to be servant leaders, modeled after Jesus’ example. In fact, we have over 600 leadership opportunities at EU! As Student Body Vice-President at EU, I can proudly (and a little biasedly) say that the Evangel Student Government Association, affectionately known as ESGA, is the best way to lead change...

Social psychology: Inside and outside the classroom with Dr. Deborah Johnson

Have you ever noticed the lack of representation of ethnicities, ages, or people with disabilities in advertisements within stores? Have you ever been encouraged to dedicate 24 hours to being anonymously compassionate to everyone you encounter? Taking Dr. Johnson’s Social Psychology class will challenge you in both of these areas. As a Psychology major, I was extremely excited to take this class last semester. It was here that I learned about a variety of psychology concepts and theories that are relevant...

Tips for getting involved right away in college

Settling into college for your first year — especially if you don’t know a soul — can be a little scary. I know that when I enter a new context, I tend to hide away because that seems to be what’s most comfortable and predictable. However, when I came to Evangel, it wasn’t long before I realized that hiding away in my dorm room wasn’t going to help me settle into my new life at college; in fact, hiding away...

Faculty Blog | Letting go and pressing on

Do you ever find yourself repeating, “Let it go…let it go...?" Not because you’ve watched the movie Frozen with your niece a bazillion times, but because Paul’s words to the Philippians are truly in your heart: Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I...

Why schedule an overnight visit?

This year is my second year as an EU Student Host on campus. My job consists of providing hospitality to prospective students who visit Evangel, and I have so much fun being able to show them a taste of campus life. One of the greatest parts of my job is seeing new EU students this year who I had the privilege of hosting last year when they were visiting campus. My favorite experiences that EU Student Hosts offer prospective students are...

For all it’s worth: How to get an education on your way to a degree (part one)

Dear new student: Welcome to Evangel University! Over the years of teaching and advising, I’ve observed a few principles that may help you navigate the many paths of higher education. I offer them here as starting points for discussion as we work together on your degree progress. Let me start with a question: Why are you coming to Evangel? A lot of people attend college because they have heard that a degree will eventually lead to a better-paying job. But...

Simplicity and gratitude: Thanking God for the little things

With Thanksgiving just a couple of days away, it is important to reflect on what God has blessed us with. It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of school or jobs and miss out on the real importance of Thanksgiving. I believe it is essential to challenge ourselves to strip away the hurry of life and take time to rest in simplicity. Here are some of the simple things I am grateful for at Evangel University. Faculty...

The Evangel Phrase Book Part 2 – Learn to speak more “Evangel-ese”

You’re probably already aware that Evangel is a wonderful place to be. But what you may not know is that it’s also a world where fire hydrants and clock towers have Twitter accounts, residence halls have waterless, life-sized “fishbowls” and our food services director affectionately goes by “The Food Dude.” Last year, I wrote a blog about some of these common words and phrases we have here at EU that you probably won’t hear anywhere else. This year, I’d like...

EU life behind the lens: the experiences of an Evangel photographer

I always wanted to be a photographer. The adventure and challenge of getting the shot fascinated me. Eventually, when I got to Evangel I started to really explore my interest in photography through classes and taking pictures with friends. I found many other people who, like me, shared a passion for photography. We were able to bond and form friendships through photography that still continue to this day. As I continued through college I started taking pictures for The Lance,...

College application fear: Don’t worry, it’s normal

So you’ve surfed the website, looked into the degree programs and read about your potential professors, but when it comes to taking that next step and clicking “Apply Now,” you just can’t seem to do it. You’re asking yourself, Should I really apply to Evangel? Would it actually all work out? College is a big choice, and applying can be a scary hurdle. It feels so official. Trust me, four years ago I was in your shoes. Since Evangel was...

Learn, adapt, grow: three surprising aspects of college life

The college experience is more than attending classes, leaving home and making new friends. It is a time of learning, adapting and growing in areas of life that you have never even thought about. Here are three of the biggest surprises I have encountered as a freshman so far. Learning: Extending beyond academics I am stating the obvious when I say people attend college to learn and receive an education. However, I have found that the learning experience is not...

What does it mean to go to a Christian liberal arts university?

When I was a senior in high school, I applied to eight colleges and researched many more. I knew I wanted to go to a private Christian college, but I wasn’t exactly sure how to narrow down my choices from there. I decided to make my final decision based upon which school had the most engaging Psychology program, and out of the eight schools I applied to, Evangel’s was my favorite. Thus, I started the Psychology program at Evangel, as...

A college student and an attorney general: My day with John Ashcroft

What are you most passionate about? What are your goals and dreams? I’d like to think that most people who attend Evangel University have the overwhelming desire to change lives. We all plan to do that in different ways. For me, it’s through governing. I love the stress of a good campaign or the process of writing a good piece of legislation. The entire city of Washington, D.C. is basically Disney World to me. Don’t worry, if we go out...

On getting involved in college

Getting plugged in to campus life is essential to getting the most out of your college experience. I remember when I was a freshman, there were so many places I wanted to get involved. Everywhere around Evangel’s campus there were opportunities to get connected. There were so many choices! That first year, I chose to get involved with devotionals on my floor and the Outdoor Adventure Club. It was an incredible experience to lead to guys on my floor in devotions, and I loved...

Autumn in the Ozarks

Autumn is my favorite time of year; the colors of the trees on campus and in the surrounding areas are beautiful. The shades of red, yellow, orange and brown are blotted throughout Springfield. However, once you leave Springfield and head south to Branson you can see the colors in full along the highway. Winding through the twists and turns of mountain roads offers a view of the endless hills covered in all the shades of the season. At Evangel autumn is...

Why I decided not to graduate from college early

Since freshman year, I resolved that I would finish my college Psychology degree in three years. I thought that if I could get my classes done as soon as possible, then I could attend grad school sooner. And if I attended grad school sooner, then I could get on a fast-track to the field of counseling. This three-year timetable was ever in my mind, and I stacked up each semester with classes so that I might walk across the graduation...

Transition, teamwork and tennis: How athletics are shaping my college experience

Transitioning into college can be a difficult experience because everything is new. Getting involved at Evangel is stressed heavily, with good reason, so students will get connected. Outside of academics, activities, and campus clubs and organizations exists another realm of Evangel’s community: athletics. Being on an athletic team gives students a sense of belonging and allows connections and relationships to be formed. As a freshman transitioning into college life, being a part of the women’s tennis team has done these...

Homecoming at EU: The time of my life

The word homecoming has a special meaning to us all. If you’re a high school student, Friday night football (or in my case, mid-February basketball) and the perfect dress are most likely your biggest concerns. If you’re a working adult, homecoming may be a time to connect with old friends and relive memories. As senate president at Evangel, homecoming for me  is a wonderful, stressful, whirlwind weekend full of last-minute crisis solving and the elation of an event well executed....

Three thoughts on thriving in college

Now that I am in my third year at Evangel as an undergraduate student, I am absolutely amazed at how much God has blessed me to be a student here thus far. In the two years I’ve been here, I have grown in ways I never expected to grow and learned in ways I never expected to learn. Here are some thoughts I’d like to share with you — especially if you are just beginning your college years. Keep an open...

From Shakespeare to Seuss: Why I love the course I “had to take”

As I walked into Trask Hall 309 on the first day of class, I wondered if I was in the wrong room. I claimed an empty seat and scanned my surroundings, noting that I was one of the only English majors present—and one of the only guys. I hadn’t exactly chosen to be in ENGL 330: Children’s Literature this semester. In fact, it had chosen me. I needed three English elective credits to graduate, and this was the only three-credit...

A new year begins

As a new year begins, I cannot help but look back. I am entering my fourth and final year at Evangel. That truth is hard to believe; the time went by so fast. I have shared so many great memories here, many friends and professors have poured into me and I have learned so much. At the beginning of the school year, I worked as a Launch Leader. I was privileged to spend the first few days back in Springfield...

Hazy futures, trusted promises

Another school year has come, bringing with it another move-in day, another reunion with old friends, another first day of classes and another inevitable bundle of syllabuses. This semester will be my last. I’m now in my fourth and final year at Evangel, preparing to graduate in December. It’s hard to believe I’m almost done, but it’s true. It’s also hard to move in for the last time without thinking back to when I moved in for the first time....

On change and freshman year fear

I despise change. No, I’m not kidding. I actually hate change so much that I cried when my family changed satellite TV providers when I was 15. Change is scary and unseen and cannot be controlled, and I like control. Evangel was the only university I ever wanted to attend, and up until the summer before it was time to come, I couldn’t wait to get here. However, my high school graduation of 57 people came and went, and the...

New school year … new you

The lyrics of EU alum Sara Groves' song Help Me Be New have been playing over and over in my head as I prepare for the upcoming semester. As I watch Facebook and Twitter posts about kids heading back to school, as I get my own two children ready for their first day, and as I gear up to head back to teaching my courses ... I can’t help but feel so thankful that every school year is a reminder...

The importance of good history for social well-being

One of the great challenges of military conquest is transitioning territory from combat “boots on the ground” operations into a productive society functioning on a daily basis. Those who have studied how to bring these changes about understand the importance of changing the thinking the masses have concerning their own history. Consider that Hitler had an entire department dedicated to “re-educating” youth, Mao Tse-Tung jeopardized his entire country’s economic well-being to advance his “new thinking” policies, and long ago Nebuchadnezzar...

Are you afraid you’ll choose the wrong major?

One of the important principles that a student is taught at Evangel University is that God operates in a providential way; there are no accidents or coincidences. A consistent anxiety among students is a fear that they will pour time and energy in a direction only to find out that it was way off the right track, “What if I get to the end of four years only to find out I was in the wrong major?!” Even more familiar...

Is college just a necessary evil?

Today, high school students like you face a real battle when it comes to deciding what to do after graduation. You may see college as a necessary evil to get a career and move on with life. Or you may have read conflicting headlines that confuse you about whether or not you even need a degree to get a good job. And you may be overwhelmed by the growing challenge of education debt. I realize how overwhelming it can be to have to make such major...

To Loan, Or Not to Loan

Debt is not a dirty word. It may have four letters, but we would like to suggest that there is such a thing as “good” debt. Now, don’t get us wrong. We're not advocating for any and all types of debt. Making responsible debt decisions is crucial for setting up your life with a financial pathway that has as little strain as possible. But, your education is an investment in your future. And, we would offer the suggestion that student loans, when borrowed responsibly, can be...

Dr. Diane Awbrey: adviser, professor, friend

A phenomenal thing happens to teachers in the transition from high school to college — they reach past the boundaries of the classroom. Dr. Diane Awbrey is one such professor. While her teaching track is rather impressive — she has taught English courses at Evangel for almost 10 years — she is not limited to classroom lectures. Whether talking about assignments or types of tea, some of my favorite conversations have taken place in her office. Many students have flopped...

Farewell, Evangel…until we meet again

I honestly have been trying to avoid writing this blog because I know that as soon as I am finished it is one more thing that leads to my exit from Evangel. As I look back on the last three years I’ve had at Evangel, I am overwhelmed by the life-changing moments. Deciding to transfer here my sophomore year was one of the best decisions I have made. I was welcomed with open arms by students, staff and faculty. It...

Journey of an introvert

I’m often not the one to initiate a conversation. My cheeks turn as red as an Evangel tulip when I’m speaking in front of people. I tend to disappear when I’m in large groups. Yep, I’m an introvert. Spending three years in college has made me more outgoing than I once was, although I still wouldn’t consider myself a social butterfly by any means. And I’m okay with that. Not everyone can be as bubbly as Hope Hamilton. However, as...

Financial Aid Blog: Prepare for the verification process

If you had a 30% chance of being reviewed by the government for something, would you pay attention? Those are exactly the odds you face in the world of student financial aid with a process called verification. Verification is a federal regulation that at least 30% of all FAFSA filers will be selected for by the Department of Education. Some are chosen at random and some are chosen because the data provided on their FAFSA is incomplete or inconsistent. Verification is designed...

Searching for truth in postmodern philosophy class

The first day of the class was easy. But then again, “syllabus day” is always easy. What got me was the next day, when I began my first reading assignment — a selection from the philosopher Immanuel Kant. It felt like I was reading Chinese. That was when I realized I might be out of my league. Western Humanities: Modernism to Postmodernism is a recommended elective for English majors prior to taking their senior seminar class. Before beginning this class,...

Financial Aid Blog: Understanding your award letter

Without a doubt, receiving an acceptance letter is one of the most exciting parts of starting your college journey. But there's a second letter, called an award letter, that is also vitally important in actually making your dream of earning a degree become a reality. Award letters are issued by financial aid professionals to organize how students are covering the costs of attending college. Letters use actual costs based on a full-time class load, and include standard room and board,...