The Geneva College community joined together on Friday, August 30 to begin the fall 2013 semester with the traditional Academic Convocation. First-year students were welcomed to Geneva as they began the ceremony by processing into the gym as the faculty, clad in regalia, lined the aisles.
After Provost Dr. Ken Carson opened the ceremony, Dean of Student Development Dr. Mike Loomis addressed the importance in making the Geneva experience successful. He encouraged all students to take anything hindering them from being the best they can be to the cross.
Professor John Gallo then presented the convocation message, "The Three Misconceptions of College." Gallo is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Services, and Program Director for the Adult Degree Programs′ human resources, organizational development and organizational leadership majors since 2007.
In his address, Gallo proposed, "The purpose of college is not to find yourself, but to lose yourself to Christ." He challenged the new students to make the most of this stage in their lives, asking, "How will you remember Geneva College?"
Also during convocation, academic achievements among the college faculty were honored. Two awards are given out each year-Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Scholarship. Recipients are nominated by fellow Geneva College faculty members and students.
Dr. Diana Rice, Assistant Professor of Psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology, Counseling & Human Services, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award. Rice came to Geneva in 2005.
Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, Adult Degree Programs with fully online and campus-based options, and seven graduate degrees, Geneva has programs that place students at the forefront of higher learning. Adhering to the inerrancy of scripture, the liberal arts core curriculum fosters a breadth of knowledge through the study of humanities, social and natural sciences, and experiential learning.