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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...