President Smith shares Geneva's mission on KDKA-TV
After minimal prep time, minimal makeup and minimal fuss, President Kenneth A. Smith was prepared to summarize Geneva College in less than 10 minutes.
Smith was interviewed as part of KDKA-TV’s College Showcase, a program dedicated to introducing various colleges to its Pittsburgh-based audience. This episode of the show, which aired on September 30, featured three colleges from the western Pennsylvania/eastern Ohio region.
Smith highlighted some of Geneva’s majors, the school’s history, the new cardiovascular technology program and the college’s holistic approach to life and learning. "In addition to the idea that [they] are preparing for a particular job or career,” Smith said, “we really want our students to understand how things work together."
He emphasized the importance of helping students develop not only a personal relationship with Christ, but an understanding of His purpose for their lives.
"Geneva is very much committed to the idea that students are called to serve in Christ's kingdom. We...believe that God made all things for His glory and that students are first called to a right relationship with Him in Jesus Christ, but that...calling extends beyond that into a life of service."
Smith pointed out that Geneva provides a variety of opportunities for students to explore this call to serve, from programs set up by the residence life and athletic departments to organizations in the Beaver Falls community. “We want students to take the things they’re learning and put them into practice,” Smith said.
In describing the pervasive Christian approach to education at Geneva, Smith explained the Reformed perspective that makes Geneva distinctive. “The idea at Geneva is that God’s word is central to all things — He made us for His purposes. [Christ] is king over all things for two reasons: 1) Christ is king because he made it, and 2) Christ is king because He died to redeem it. And our calling in life is to be part of that redemptive process. We are to be ministers of good in all the various aspects of the community."
The president encouraged prospective students to come and visit Geneva’s campus. “Coming out to the campus is very important,” Smith said. “You can't really know us unless you have had an opportunity to interact with us.”
The show will air again in November on KDKA-TV. To view Geneva’s segment, click here.
- Jason Panella '04
A new step in campus safety
This fall, Geneva initiated GC Alert, a state-of-the-art mass notification system that sends text messages and e-mail alerts in the event of an emergency. Students, faculty and staff who register for GC Alert will not only receive immediate news of the crisis, but also direction on what to do next.
Director of Security Dennis Damazo says that Geneva, along with other colleges and universities across the country, began researching mass notification systems after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech.
“As soon as the authorities knew about [the incident] they sent an e-mail, which is fine if you’re in your dorm room at your computer,” he says. “But because of the time of day, the majority of students were either in class or roaming around campus.”
No matter what time it is or where students are on campus, most of them are carrying their cell phones close to hand. So when Geneva formed an emergency readiness committee, they — like many schools — began exploring mass notification systems that included text messaging capabilities.
Operated through a system called e2Campus, GC Alert will be used only for emergency contact and will not be employed for updates or sports.
For more information about GC Alert, click here.
...PRAY FOR EACH OTHER...
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. – James 5:16
The Geneva community gathers for chapel every week, and these meetings are growing in their spiritual impact. Please pray that God would continue to open students’ hearts and minds to His word.
Please pray for Geneva’s leadership team and board of trustees as they make decisions and face challenges in the life of the college.
As we face the upcoming elections, pray for godly leaders to be elected to office; for the financial crisis to be resolved to the glory of God; and for current and future students to have access to the funds they need to attend Geneva.
A number of faculty, staff, students and alumni are experiencing personal crises. Please pray for these individuals as they deal with house fires, health problems, ill family members or the loss of loved ones.
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The marketing and institutional advancement offices pray every week for students, faculty, alumni and friends of the college, and other prayer meetings also take place regularly on campus.
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