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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 grad, QVC veteran Dan Wheeler returns to his roots

Dan Wheeler has had more hours in front of the camera on live TV than David Letterman and Jay Leno combined — more than 11,000 hours throughout his career. Most of those were accumulated during the past 29 years on QVC, the No. 1 electronic retailer in the world. During his time on QVC, Wheeler interviewed every one of his childhood heroes — people like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and George Foreman — as well as hundreds more in the...

Memorial for beloved professor, Police chaplain, Dr. Mark McLean

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Dr. Mark McLean, a retired Evangel University professor and chaplain with the Springfield Police Department, passed away Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, following a long-term struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Mark is survived by his wife, June, and two grown children, Scott and Christina. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Evangel Temple, 2020 E. Battlefield. A graveside service will follow at noon, at Missouri Veteran’s Cemetery on Evans Road and Hwy. 65....

Evangel supports soldiers via Operation Christmas Stocking

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Students, faculty and staff from Evangel University recently donated enough food and gifts to fill 136 stockings and cards for the deployed men and women of the 935th Aviation Support Unit of the Missouri National Guard. There are 135 local soldiers in that unit who deployed last summer to the Middle East. “We just wanted to express appreciation for our soldiers. Each one will receive a filled Christmas stocking from the Evangel community reminding him or her...

Mock Trial with Judge Ron Carrier for Evangel criminal justice students

SPRINGFIELD, MO — Evangel University Criminal Justice students will participate in a mock trial on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2:00 p.m., at the Greene County Circuit Court. This year’s volunteer judge is the Honorable Ron Carrier. The mock trial is an annual event for students in the Criminal Law & Procedure class at Evangel. This year’s case is about domestic abuse. [caption id="attachment_37812" align="alignright" width="300"] Special Victims - Senior Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Elizabeth Fax speaks to a group of criminal...

Evangel’s 35th Annual Christmas Concert to benefit Salvation Army, Nov. 30

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Music Department will present the 35th Annual Christmas Concert on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the Robert H. Spence Chapel. Special guests this year will be the Girls Choir of Springfield. [caption id="attachment_37803" align="alignright" width="300"] The Christmas Concert at Evangel University! // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)[/caption] The event is open to the public and the doors will open at 6 p.m. Admission to this popular holiday celebration...

EU Films premieres Uprooted, Dec. 7 at Evangel University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — EU Films will be premiering the fall student production, Uprooted, on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. The film is a slightly tongue-in-cheek adventure involving a college botanist working on his Ph.D. who takes a unique specimen home from a foreign country. The “specimen” happens to be a highly prized plant with significant cultural and financial value. Trouble follows him home and throughout the film as he becomes entangled with an underground crime organization. The tagline of the film...

Springfieldian Dr. Milta Little honored at Evangel University

2018 Outstanding Alumnus Award from Department of Natural and Applied Sciences SPRINGFIELD, MO — “I will never forget when my adviser told us in the pre-med program that he intentionally scheduled his classes to be the very first ones of the day, because if we can’t get up to make it to an 8 a.m. class every day, we can’t expect to make it in medical school where we will have to report in the wee hours of the morning to...

Students serve at Evangel’s annual Make a Difference Day

More than 140 Evangel University students, faculty and staff volunteered and served in eleven organizations during the local Make a Difference Day, on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Evangel’s Center for Compassion worked in conjunction with CROSSwalk, faculty and staff to promote Make A Difference Day. [caption id="attachment_37774" align="alignright" width="270"] Students serve at Convoy of Hope. // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)[/caption] Volunteers gave up to four hours in service in these eleven organizations: Convoy of Hope Springfield Dream Center Fairbanks Footsteps iPourLife...

Evangel Orchestra to feature student soloist, Nov. 15

The Evangel University Orchestra will present its Fall Concert on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Spence Chapel Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. The featured soloist for this performance is senior music performance major Matthew Pavon, who will play Bruch’s lyrical Romance for Viola and Orchestra. [caption id="attachment_37743" align="alignright" width="225"] Matthew Pavon // (CLICK TO ENLARGE)[/caption] Matthew is the son of José Angel Pavon and Consuelo Pavon of Rogers, Arkansas, and is supported...

Evangel University adopts test-optional admissions policy

Evangel University has taken another step in helping prospective students determine the “best-fit school” for them, by adopting a test-optional policy. Test optional provides a path to enroll at Evangel without taking an entrance exam. More than 1,000 four-year colleges and universities have implemented test-optional policies. The University of Chicago, a respected research institution, is the latest to add its name to the test-optional list, according to Fairtest.org. “We have seen cases where the entrance exam has been a barrier...

Faculty Art Exhibit at Evangel University in November

An art exhibit by two members of the Evangel University faculty will open with a public reception Friday, Nov. 2, from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. David Bigelow will be showing prints and Mitch Yung will be showing ceramics for the month-long exhibit. The Evangel Art Gallery is located on the main floor of the Barnett Fine Arts Center, facing Glenstone Ave., just south of the Spence Chapel. The exhibit is open to the public...

Mariah Cook presents senior voice recital at Evangel, Nov. 3

Mariah Cook will perform her senior voice recital at Evangel University on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., in the Barnett Recital Hall. 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. A music education major, Cook is a native of Norwalk, Iowa, and is the daughter of Gary and Anne Cook. During her time at Evangel, she has studied with Dr. Kevin...

Evangel University to host first Alumni Orchestra Concert

Featuring alumni of Evangel, CBC & AGTS SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Evangel University Department of Music will present its first Alumni Orchestra Concert on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. in the Robert H. Spence Chapel Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public. The Spence Chapel is located south of the main entrance to campus, at 1111 N. Glenstone Ave. More than 40 alumni players will be involved from Evangel University, plus Central Bible College and Assemblies of...

Evangel University theatre presents Our Town

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Evangel University Humanities Department will present Thornton Wilder’s play, Our Town, Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 1-3, at 7:30 p.m. in The Barnett Theatre. [caption id="attachment_37700" align="alignright" width="300"] Erin Payne, a junior music-theatre major, plays Emily Webb; and David Farmer, a sophomore double major in theatre and pre-veterinarian, plays George Gibbs. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)[/caption] The play is under the direction of Dr. Vickie Wisdom, associate professor of theatre. “We are anticipating...

President’s Leadership Forum at Evangel University

The annual President’s Leadership Forum will feature two alumni as a part of Evangel University’s 2018 Homecoming Celebration on Friday, Oct. 19, at 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public — it will feature a roundtable discussion on “Preaching as Leadership.” The discussion will take place in the Seymour Chapel at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, on the corner of Glenstone and Division. Panelists include Mike Burnette, who identifies himself as a teacher on his Facebook page, while serving...

Evangel alumni awards for Homecoming ’18 Celebration

Awards for grads of Evangel, AGTS & CBC The alumni board of directors from Evangel University will honor five alumni this week during the Homecoming ’18 Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 20. The alumni awards will be presented during a banquet at the Bass Pro White River Conference Center, starting at 6:30 p.m. The alumni association presents Distinguished Alumnus awards annually at homecoming to honor those from Evangel and Central Bible College who have made significant contributions to their chosen field,...

Formal installation service for Dr. Tim Hager V.P./Dean of AGTS at Evangel University

A formal installation service for Dr. Timothy A. Hager, dean of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. in the Seymour Chapel at AGTS. The timing coincides with the start of Evangel’s annual  Homecoming Celebration, when many of the Board of Trustees and alumni will be in town. The installation service is a formal ceremony where faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends from around the world gather for dedication...

First Evangel University Car Show & Cruise, Oct. 20

As part of Evangel University’s annual Homecoming weekend, the school is hosting the first ever Evangel University Car Show & Cruise on Saturday morning, Oct. 20. The goal is to raise funds for scholarships for deserving students. The registration is $30 and includes coffee & pastries, a goodie bag, prize drawings, a very cool T-shirt (with advanced registration), and for the end of the Cruise, two tickets to Evangel’s Homecoming Football Game. Registration is open to everyone, and all Ozarks...

CD release concert: Evangel Jazz Orchestra with Jay Daversa

The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra will perform in concert with guest artist Jay Daversa, celebrating the debut of their new album, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. in the Robert H. Spence Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. “Both the album and the concert will feature Jay Daversa, a legend in the jazz and trumpet world. His performing and recording credits range from Elvis to Herbie Hancock,” said Joel Griffin, assistant professor of music and director...

Trees of Honor dedication at Evangel University

Local historian, athletics leader to be honored The Evangel University Alumni Association will honor two members of the EU family for their exemplary service, with a special Trees of Honor ceremony during the Homecoming 2018 celebration. Dr. David Stair will be joined by his family, and Dr. J. Calvin Holsinger will be remembered posthumously. The Trees of Honor ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the atrium of Riggs Hall Administration Building, at 1111 N. Glenstone...

GUEST SPEAKER: Google employee Megan Washam holds Q&A

The Evangel University Business Department will welcome back Megan Washam, a 2017 EU graduate who currently works as an analyst with Google in San Francisco, Calif. She will be a guest speaker on Thursday, October 11. Washam will be meeting with students one-on-one in addition to hosting a Q&A session, held in Zimmerman Hall, room 105 at 4:00 p.m. Megan will share her journey of her college internships and landing a job with Google. “It should be a great discussion...

Evangel University welcomes three new faculty members

Evangel University started the 2018-2019 academic year with three new full-time faculty members. • Sandra Cassell, a 1993 graduate of Evangel with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, returned to the campus this fall as an assistant professor of business. She will also serve as the Enactus adviser. [caption id="attachment_37628" align="alignright" width="300"] Sandra Cassell, assistant professor of business. // PHOTO BY: Paul K. Logsdon (CLICK TO ENLARGE)[/caption] Her most recent experience was as a lead corporate trainer and a quality...

President of Biola University named Evangel’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2018

Dr. Barry Corey, president of Biola University in La Mirada, California, has been selected as the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus for Evangel University. This is an award that is presented annually to one who has made significant contributions to their chosen field, church, community, state, nation or to the university. “In Dr. Corey’s case, the Evangel Alumni Association changed the word ‘or’ to ‘and’ in recognition of his more than three decades of impactful leadership across the U.S. and around the...

Attorney Heather Rooney McBride named Evangel’s Outstanding Young Alumna for 2018

For Heather Rooney McBride, a 2003 Evangel University graduate and founding partner of Rooney McBride & Smith LLC, lessons learned as a music student have served her well in her career as an attorney. “Dr. Bonnie Jenkins taught me the importance of being fully prepared, musically and spiritually, before every HeartSong concert, as well as the do’s and don’ts of appropriate church platform attire,” said Rooney McBride with a smile. “I have put those lessons into practice in many areas...

Live Dead founder Dick Brogden named AGTS Alumnus of the Year for 2018

“When I was a young boy I discovered a murdered man in the African bush. He had been killed with a machete so his brother-in-law could steal his shoes.” Dr. Dick Brogden was born and raised in Kenya. His perspective on life, death, salvation and service is different because of the things he experienced growing up there, in a missionary family, rather than here, in the comfort, safety and abundance of middle-class America. As a child, he developed a faith...

Dr. Mark Batterson honored as CBC’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2018

Author. Pastor. Businessman. You might be tempted to ask which hat he is wearing today, but for Mark Batterson, it is all about sharing his faith in ways that meet people where their needs are, in their everyday lives. Dr. Batterson is the lead pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C., which was recognized as one of the “Most Innovative and Most Influential Churches in America” by Outreach Magazine in 2008. Ten years later, NCC is one church with...

George Carballo named CBC’s Outstanding Young Alumnus for 2018

In the nine years since George Carballo graduated from Central Bible College (CBC), there hasn’t been a lot of time for reflection. As a speaker, writer and self-described “church media enthusiast,” Carballo has served as everything from a creative director, to a Speed the Light director, to an evangelist… and that’s just part of the story. The Houston, Texas-born Carballo has been able to speak to cross-cultural groups throughout the United States and other countries, putting his 2009 bachelor’s degree in...

Faculty Art Exhibit at Evangel University — Oct. 5th reception open to public

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — An art exhibit by three members of the Evangel University faculty will open with a public reception Friday, Oct. 5, from 6:30-8 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. The Art Gallery is located in the main floor of the Barnett Fine Arts Center, facing Glenstone Ave., just south of the Spence Chapel. “The opening on Oct. 5 is an opportunity for the public to join our students, faculty, staff and meet the Evangel art...

Evangel music professor leads concerts in Mongolia

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Evangel University music professor, Dr. Larry Dissmore, traveled to Mongolia to conduct a series of three international concerts July 18- 29, 2018. The performances were part of the two-week Harmony Tour sponsored by Messiah Project, Inc. Performers included the National Army Orchestra of Mongolia; 14 dancers from Ballet Excelsior of Houston, Texas; the Korean Christian Women’s Chorus; the Mongolian Evangelical Men’s Chorus; and three vocal soloists from Springfield. [caption id="attachment_37423" align="alignright" width="300"] The Korean Christian Women’s Chorus...

Symposium on Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability at Evangel University, Sept. 21-22

• Free for area H.S. and college students, faculty • Evangel University and Convoy of Hope will present a Symposium on Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability on Friday & Saturday, Sept. 21 & 22, 2018. The event will be held at Evangel University, 1111 N. Glenstone Ave., in Springfield, Mo. The two-day event is open to the public. Registration is required — the symposium is free for local high school and college students and faculty, while the cost is $35 for...

Constitution Day lecture by Dr. Robert Bartels at Evangel University

Exploring changes in the Presidential selection process Dr. Robert Bartels, associate professor of government, will host Constitution Day observances during his government class on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be held in room 105 of Zimmerman Hall, which faces Glenstone Ave. The topic this year is The Constitution, The Presidency and Andrew Jackson. “The lecture will cover the origins of the Presidency as the Founders imagined it,...

AGTS professor named V.P. of national association

Dr. Paul W. Lewis, associate dean of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University, has been elected to the executive committee of the Association of Professors of Mission (APM). APM is an international organization founded in 1952 to help foster Christian missions and its teaching in colleges and seminaries. Dr. Lewis was voted in as the second vice president at the APM’s annual meeting, held June 15, at St. Mary’s College at the University of Notre Dame in...

Chaplain Candidate Luck honored by U.S. Air Force for service

Second Lieutenant Jasmin R. Luck, USAF Chaplain Candidate, was recently presented with the Air Force Achievement Medal in a ceremony held at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary of Evangel University. Luck was recognized for diligent service during her supervised internship with the USAF, this past summer in Guam. The award ceremony was held August 29, 2018. “This is a high honor,” said Chaplain Stormy Davis, Veteran’s Center coordinator at Evangel. “This is the first time a Chaplain Candidate at...

Trees of Honor celebrated for George Crawford, retired Evangel VP/CFO

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — A Trees of Honor dedication ceremony was held recently at Evangel University, honoring the career of former Vice President of Business & Finance George Crawford. A 1965 graduate of Evangel, Crawford served there for 39 years and retired in 2013. His tree is flourishing on the campus quad, east of the 50th Anniversary Clock Tower. The Trees of Honor project began as an idea formed by a small group of graduates from the early 1960s known as...

Evangel’s Tom Matrone completes his doctorate in music

Tom Matrone, chair of the Department of Music at Evangel University, recently earned his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of South Carolina. In addition to leading the department, Matrone conducts the University Chorale and the University Women’s Chamber Ensemble. His classes range from choral conducting to piano improvisational skills. His focus is on students who are pursuing a career in music, especially in the field of music education and church music. Active in the Springfield community, Matrone also...

Evangel University recognized as a College of Distinction

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.  — Evangel University has been named to the Colleges of Distinction list for 2018-2019, with a special focus on the departments of business and education. Web-based research tools for students looking for a college are easy to find, but not all of them are created equally. Students across the country are finding the Colleges of Distinction to be a resource that helps discover that “best-fit school” for them. To help determine that best fit, colleges and universities are...