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Evangel University featured on “Viewpoint” with Dennis Quaid

Published on Jul 5, 2023 by Erin Hedlun

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – Evangel University is featured on “Viewpoint,” the acclaimed television series hosted by Dennis Quaid, highlighting excellence and innovation in education. The episode explores the multidisciplinary approach to a successful college experience and the concept of students as compassionate innovators, shaping the future workforce.

The episode has been distributed to over 170 public television stations throughout the US for their use as interstitial programming over the next year.

Viewpoint is a widely recognized television series developed by a team of award-winning producers that delves into diverse topics impacting society, ranging from science and technology to arts and culture. The collaboration between Viewpoint and Evangel University highlights the realm of education, shedding light on the inspiring ethos and advancements that are revolutionizing the field.

The episode includes conversations with EU President Dr. Mike Rakes, EU Music Department Chair Dr. Tom Matrone, and EU alums Dr. Allison Fleetwood and Derrick Johnson.

By examining the approaches that foster critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills, the episode fosters a deeper understanding of the importance of innovation and compassion in education and its impact on society as a whole.

“At Evangel, change and innovation is not a buzzword, it is the norm,” said Rakes. “We produce graduates that never stop learning. They are agile thinkers, effective communicators, creative problem-solvers, doers and initiative-takers, and most importantly, compassionate innovators in the marketplace and in the local church.”

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 About Evangel University

Evangel University, with its embedded Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS), is a comprehensive Spirit-led Christian university located in Springfield, Missouri. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Under the leadership of Dr. Mike Rakes, EU is committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to serve the Church and society globally and becoming compassionate innovators in their chosen vocations. EU offers more than 70 degree programs, including cutting-edge majors, pre-professional programs, and affordable and flexible online degree options.

EU is highly regarded and has been ranked:

  • US News & World Report Best Colleges Top Performer in Social Mobility
  • Colleges of Distinction Best Christian University
  • Top 10 Best Universities by
  • Third Most Beautiful Campus in the Midwest by Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Top 10 Best Colleges in Missouri by

With additional accreditations in business, counseling, music, social work, and theology and certification as an Excellence in Giving university, EU is focused on providing students with hands-on experience and real-world training for today’s professional careers. Learn more about the university at