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Evangel University alumni awards for 2020

The annual Homecoming festivities for Evangel University were cancelled this year, due to the Covid Pandemic. However, five graduates received alumni awards virtually by the Alumni Board of Directors as part of the annual celebration. The honorees are all local this year.

Evangel Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life: Radio Show

The Evangel University Theatre proudly presents It’s A Wonderful Life: A Radio Show by Joe Landry. The production will be broadcast live over Periscope on Friday, Nov. 20th at 7:00 p.m. 

The production became a cross-department effort when the theatre students reached out to the broadcasting students for help with recording the show.

Evangel mourns the passing of Dr. Joel Griffin

The Evangel University family is mourning the loss of a highly respected faculty member, Dr. Joel Griffin, associate professor of music and director of jazz studies. Joel passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2020, from injuries sustained one week earlier in an automobile accident in Ozark, Missouri.

O’Reilly Army Hospital & Evangel featured in PBS documentary rebroadcast

Ozarks Public Television (OPT) will rebroadcast their highly-regarded, locally-produced documentary, “O’Reilly General Hospital – The Hospital with a Soul,” on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at 8 p.m. CT. The hour-long special tells the story of the WWII-era army hospital that was located in Springfield, Mo., on the grounds of what is now Evangel University.

Evangel University honored with BBB TORCH Award

The Better Business Bureau honored six Ozarks businesses, including Evangel University, with a TORCH Award on Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. “BBB TORCH Awards recognize companies committed to exceptional service and high ethics.”

Two new Steinway Pianos donated to Evangel University

Two new Steinway Grand Pianos have been donated by Dr. Samuel E. Coryell, to the Evangel University Department of Music for use in student instruction. The new Steinways join the nine-foot Steinway “D” Concert Grand piano donated to Evangel in 2019.

Evangel appoints Dr. George O. Wood as interim president

Evangel’s Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Dr. George O. Wood as interim president designate. He will serve as the interim president after President Taylor retires on Nov. 25. Wood is a 1962 Evangel graduate and is the former superintendent of the General Council of the Assemblies of God.

Evangel President set to retire at the end of the semester

In January 2020, Evangel University President Carol A. Taylor, Ph.D., announced plans to retire in the summer. However, amidst the coronavirus pandemic and a delay in a search for her replacement, the Board of Trustees asked Dr. Taylor to delay her retirement, and she agreed. With the semester well underway and the Board resuming the search for a new president, Dr. Taylor and the Board agreed that this semester would be a good time. Her last day will be the end of the fall semester, Nov. 25.

Abby Voelker

Evangel senior launches Abby’s Açaí Co.

In the midst of the Covid pandemic, Evangel University senior Abby Voelker and her mother decided to start a food truck to make açaí bowls! Abby is a psychology major and biology minor who enjoys hiking, is on the University golf team and serves as a resident assistant in Spence Hall.

MEMORIAL: Dr. Zenas J. Bicket

On September 17, 2020, Zenas Johan Bicket—academician, administrator, author, theologian, family man, and follower of Christ—finished his earthly course, having fought a good fight against Alzheimer’s disease and having kept the faith.

2020 Men of the Year

Five of 20 SBJ Men of the Year are connected to Evangel University

The 10th Annual Men of the Year celebration was held on Aug. 13 by the Springfield Business Journal, and five of the twenty of community leaders honored are connected to Evangel University. Ron Bogart, Robert Cirtin, Ryan DeBoef, Jeremy Hahn and Charlie Hungerford were among more than 100 nominated.

EU Launch

EU LAUNCH: New students welcomed to Evangel

As the 2020 academic year gets underway, Evangel University will be staggering the opening of its six residence halls next week for EU Launch. Evangel anticipates students from 45 states and 21 foreign countries this year.

Evangel commencement to be virtual this Saturday

The Evangel University 2020 Commencement ceremony has been rescheduled to a virtual commencement and a special video will be live-streamed this Saturday, August 15, at 11 a.m. The commencement for Evangel and AGTS is being held virtually due to public health considerations.