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Two Evangel grads receive Anne Spence Award for Character & Service

Evangel University graduates Melissa Rivera and Andreas Moeller were honored during the 2019 Baccalaureate ceremony as recipients of the Anne Spence Award for Meritorious Christian Character and Service. The award provides a venue for rewarding and affirming students for reasons other than solely academic or athletic accomplishment.

NAIA Softball World Series comes to Springfield

Evangel University & the Springfield Sports Commission are hosting the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Softball World Series, May 21-29.

FIRST UP is the NAIA Champions of Character® service event on Tuesday, May 21, where members of all 10 teams will visit the four Boys & Girls Club units in Springfield.

Enactus Team from Evangel University excels at nationals

Evangel University business students returned from the 2019 Enactus USA National Exposition with two trophies and $4,000 for their efforts. The Expo was held May 5-7 in Kansas City. The Evangel team won the Jack Shewmaker Enactus Spirit Award for 2019. The Enactus motto is “A Head for Business, A Heart for the World,” and there are 404 active teams in the U.S., engaging 10,183 college students in more than 665 community projects.

The return of Evangel Auxiliary’s Colossal Garage Sale

Back by popular demand, the Evangel University Auxiliary will once again be holding its Colossal Garage Sale on May 15-18, 2019, in the Mabee Student Fitness Center on the northwest side of the campus. Clothing, small appliances, jewelry, books and office items, toys, furniture and other household goods will be among the items for sale. The event will help raise funds for academic projects funded by the Auxiliary.

Joint graduation ceremony for Evangel University & AGTS, May 3

Evangel University and its seminary will see 511 degrees conferred this spring at a joint graduation ceremony on Friday morning, May 3, 2019, in the James River Church auditorium in Ozark, Missouri. Renowned surgeon Dr. Greg Mundis, a 1999 EU graduate, will deliver the commencement address. This will be the 61st Annual Commencement ceremony for Evangel and the 46th Annual Commencement for AGTS.

EU Films premieres LED ASTRAY, April 26

EU Films will premiere the psychological drama, Led Astray, on Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6 and 8 p.m., in the Barnett Fine Arts Center at Evangel University. Led Astray tells the story of a young girl, Savannah Hart, who embarks on a mission to find her lost sister, Jackie, after an EMP explosion has left the country without electricity. After finding her sister, Savannah discovers that Jackie has joined a commune dominated by a charismatic man named Cedar.

Senior Art Exhibit at Evangel University

The Evangel University Fine Arts & Design Gallery is featuring the works of four seniors through May 2, 2019. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located in the Lawrence & Alletha Barnett Fine Arts Center, just south of the Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Largest Mayflower franchisee in USA to speak at Evangel, April 17

Dallas-area businessman Daryl Flood will be speaking with business students at Evangel University on Wednesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. As President and CEO of Daryl Flood Relocation & Logistics, and the largest agent for Mayflower Transit in the country, he has built his business on the open book management policies of SRC’s Jack Stack, author of The Great Game of Business. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Evangel University Orchestra in concert, April 23

The Evangel University Orchestra will present its spring concert on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., in the Robert H. Spence Chapel.

The program will feature pianist Gregory Worthley, a junior from Nixa, Missouri, on Piano Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major, op. 10 by Sergei Prokofiev.

Alaskan artifacts on display donated by Donadio family

This display of Alaskan artifacts are from different towns and regions across Alaska. Springfieldian Ruth Donadio and her late husband, the Rev. Pat Donadio, obtained the artifacts during their time of ministerial service in Alaska, from 1966 to 1987.

AGTS Baccalaureate & 46th Annual Commencement activities

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University (AGTS) will hold its annual Baccalaureate Service at 12-noon on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at AGTS. Then the Seminary’s 46th Annual Commencement Celebration will be Friday, May 3, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., in conjunction with the 61st Annual Commencement Ceremony for Evangel University, at the James River Church in Ozark, Mo.

Elizabeth (Williamson) Herrington (’89): Licensed mental health counselor

[caption id="attachment_39498" align="alignleft" width="436"] Elizabeth Herrington, center, with Dr. Robert H. Spence & Anne Spence, taken during a visit to campus in 2011. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon[/caption] Today, Elizabeth  (Williamson ’89) Herrington is a licensed mental health counselor with a  successful private practice in Gilbert, Iowa. That’s a successful career for any college graduate – but for Herrington, it is a miracle. Because of her learning disabilities, Elizabeth was advised by some educators not to attend college. “They...

Steinway “D” Grand Piano dedication performance at Evangel University, March 28

The Evangel University Department of Music is proud to introduce its new Steinway “D” Grand Piano to the public with a dedication concert Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 6 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. The Lawrence & Alletha Barnett Fine Arts Auditorium is just south of the Spence Chapel at 1111 N. Glenstone Ave. in Springfield, Missouri.

Don Decker named EU Kinesiology Department’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2019

The Evangel University Department of Kinesiology will present its Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2019 to 1988 graduate Don Decker in a ceremony on Friday, March 22. Decker, a star quarterback at Evangel, has committed his life to higher education, and is nationally recognized as a leader in the field of strength and conditioning for athletes.

“My Fair Lady” to be performed at Evangel University

Six performances of the six-time Tony Award-winning musical My Fair Lady will be presented by Evangel University in the Fine Arts Theatre this spring — March 28-30 and April 11-13. It is widely considered one of the greatest musicals of all time!

Evangel’s HeartSong takes Spring Tour to Northeast

[caption id="attachment_39560" align="alignleft" width="378"] HeartSong is touring the Northeast for Spring Break, March 8-17.[/caption] SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — HeartSong, a 15-member touring ensemble from Evangel University, is taking a Spring Tour to the Northeast, March 8-17, 2019, under the direction of its founder, Dr. Bonnie Jenkins. The students will perform eight times in churches and at a Christian school in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Admission to each service is free and the public is encouraged to attend.* HeartSong is known...

Evangel University Sinfonia on Spring Tour

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Sinfonia will embark on a nine-day Spring Tour, Saturday, March 9, 2019, and will perform eight concerts in Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Rolla, Missouri. Each concert is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.* Over the past 24 years, the Sinfonia has toured extensively throughout the 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Formerly known as the Concert Orchestra, the group has also traveled to Europe on five different occasions, most recently...

Open house for Evangel University adult, graduate & seminary programs

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Evangel University will host a come-and-go open house for both the College of Adult & Graduate Studies and for the AG Theological Seminary of Evangel, on Tuesday, March 5, from 5-6 p.m. The event will take place in the atrium of Riggs Hall Administration Building, which is located by the campus flagpole, facing Glenstone Ave. Open House opportunities are planned for prospective adult and graduate students with a desire to start or complete their undergraduate degree, or...

FEATURE: Perseverance leads to Oath of Office for Navy Chaplain

[caption id="attachment_39546" align="alignleft" width="420"] USN Chaplain Matthew Maestas and his wife, Melissa, at the swearing in ceremony. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon[/caption] The path to chaplaincy for Matthew Maestas required him to take extraordinary steps to fulfill his calling. The road was neither smooth nor straight, and the lessons are still being unfolded each day. But his faith is strong, his vision is clear and he has a solid three-point message that helps him help others to weather the...

Evangel University to host seminar, Compassion for the Suicidal Soul

Springfield, Mo. — Evangel University will host an all-day seminar, Compassion for the Suicidal Soul, designed for clinical mental health professionals, school counselors and ministerial staff Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. More than 180 have registered in advance for this sold-out event. Co-sponsored by Evangel’s Center for Compassion and its Graduate Counseling Program, the training will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. “Multiple breakout sessions are designed to provide skills to address suicidal thinking in a myriad of environments, including...

Home School Orchestra students perform with Evangel University Orchestra, Sinfonia on Feb. 21

[caption id="attachment_39548" align="alignleft" width="491"] The Evangel University Sinfonia, under the direction of Dr. Larry Dissmore (back, left). PHOTO BY: Michelle Retherford[/caption] The Evangel University Orchestra and Sinfonia will appear in concert Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., in the Robert H. Spence Chapel Auditorium. Special guests for the evening will be two orchestras from the Play and Sing His Praises Home School Orchestra (PSHP) program under the direction of Kathy Love. “We are anticipating 50 students from the Home...

Uncommon Threads Art Exhibit at Evangel University, Feb. 1-28

  [caption id="attachment_37934" align="alignleft" width="300"] Julie Rush has “Music Is My Color” and three other pieces of art on display at Evangel University. // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)[/caption] The Evangel University Fine Art & Design Gallery will be displaying the works of Uncommon Threads, a group of fiber artists from the surrounding Springfield area, through the month of February. An opening night reception will be held to honor the group Friday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is free...

Evangel University faculty perform two-piano recital on Tuesday, January 29

The Evangel University Music Department presents Linda Ligate and Jane Harris in a faculty two-piano recital on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barnett Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public. The Barnett Fine Arts Center is south of Robert H. Spence Chapel, facing Glenstone Ave. Harris said she is “eager to share the lesser-known composition of British composer, Joan Trimble, a piano student of Ralph Vaughan Williams.” While it was “a bit of a...

Kathryn Byrd to present senior vocal recital at Evangel University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Kathryn Byrd will present her senior vocal recital on Friday, February 1, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of Evangel’s Barnett Fine Arts Center. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. The Fine Arts Center is located just south of Evangel’s Spence Chapel, facing North Glenstone Ave. Byrd is a worship leadership major from Bentonville, Arkansas. She is the daughter of Jerry and Krystal Byrd. During her time at Evangel, she has...

Dr. Lisa Tyson named dean of the College of Adult & Graduate Studies at Evangel University

[caption id="attachment_39553" align="alignleft" width="351"] Dr. Lisa Tyson, dean of CAGS.[/caption] SPRINGFIELD, MO. — Evangel University has promoted a key member of its academic team, with the naming of Dr. Lisa Tyson as dean of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. This is a new position at Evangel. “Dr. Tyson has led the College of Adult and Graduate Studies with distinction for two years, with the historical title of director,” said Dr. Mike McCorcle, provost and executive vice president of...

Two Evangel education majors elected to state SMSTA posts

Evangel University students were elected to fill two of four state leadership slots for 2018-2019 in the Student Missouri State Teachers Association ( SMSTA ). Student MSTA is the pre-professional organization for education majors on Missouri college and university campuses. Anna “Josie” Gregory from Nixa, Missouri, is a middle school education major and the Evangel SMSTA chapter president. Madaline Thompson from Barry, Illinois, is an early childhood/elementary education major and serves as the Evangel chapter elementary education representative. [caption id="attachment_37873"...