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Seniors seize the day with Grad Finale


Senior Christian ministries major Jessie Marquis signs a class banner during the Grad Finale event held March 29.

Last week Geneva staff conducted a day of one-stop shopping for seniors anticipating their diplomas this May.

Known as Grad Finale, the now annual event helps soon-to-be graduates prepare for commencement and all that lies beyond. Rather than visiting various offices scattered around campus, members of the graduating class arrive at their convenience and move from table to table in Skye Lounge where staff from career development, the business office, financial aid, academic affairs, alumni relations and other areas of the college are available to help.

Attendance at Grad Finale isn't mandatory, but most students find it worth their while, with at least 80 percent of graduating seniors seizing the opportunity to tie up loose ends, get information on loan repayment, participate in exit interviews and consider purchasing class rings and yearbooks.

According to Campus Store Manager Marilyn Durst, who was handing out caps and gowns throughout the day, Grad Finale is often the first occasion where the reality of graduation really confronts students.

"It's an exciting day," Durst said. "Some of them get pretty emotional when I hand them their gowns."

Undergraduate commencement exercises will be
10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, in Metheny Fieldhouse.

Student produces 50-minute film


Geneva seniors Jay Leakey and Kelly Yerxa star in fellow senior Mark Sanders' film titled "Got a Light?".

"Got a light?" is one of many questions that a new film so titled will ask viewers, according to its producer, senior communications major Mark Sanders.

Somewhere between the demands of studies, sleep and social life, Sanders has found time and energy in the last six months to create the 50-minute feature, which will be unveiled 7 p.m. Saturday, April 21, in the John H. White Chapel in Old Main.

Graduating seniors Jay Leakey and Kelly Yerxa star in "Got a Light?", playing a copy-machine clerk named Shawn and a girl—unknown to Shawn—who asks him to help her, to take her somewhere. The movie follows the two characters on a trip that proves to be an unforeseen blessing to both.

"The film is asking the question of when will we help people," Sanders said. "Will we only help people we know? What implications does this have for giving foreign aid? Will we help people even if we aren't sure of the outcome? What happens when our help is either unappreciated or doesn't work out?...I wanted to show that God blesses those situations, even if they aren't ideal."

gotalight2.jpgThe film fits well with Sanders' concentration in integrated media, even though it does not fulfill a specific curricular requirement. In putting together "Got a Light?", he tapped into the experience and knowledge—about film and about life in general—that he has gained in his four years at the college.

"I'm happy with the result," Sanders said. "I wanted this film to be entertaining, but I really wanted to have a good message to go along with it, too."

Sanders, who plans to teach English in South Korea in the immediate future and in the long run aspires to making independent films, said the most enjoyable part of the project was the people.

"It takes a lot of people to come together and work together to make something better than I could ever do on my own," he said. "I wrote the script, but I knew that everyone who helped on this movie would bring their own ideas and experiences to the film, and it was my joy to incorporate all of that into the final product."

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. viewing April 21 in Old Main, and refreshments will be provided. Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J59bYvFWlVk to see the trailer.


James 5:16

Join the Geneva College campus community this month in lifting up several items to the Lord for prayer and for thanksgiving: 

  • Praise God for His work in the lives of students, faculty, staff and alumni and for His presence and protection in our community.
  • Pray that mission trips and other endeavors that occurred during spring break will have lasting impacts on those who participated. Praise God for traveling mercies as students traveled to and from campus.
  • Pray that the Lord would provide Geneva’s students with stamina to finish out the spring 2007 semester strong as the school year draws to a close. Ask Him for energy for the faculty and staff as well.
  • Praise Him for faithfully sustaining Geneva, and pray for wisdom for the college’s leaders during a search to fill key roles in the development office and as administrators seek to steward our resources in the best ways. Also praise God for President Emeritus Jack White’s willingness to help with the college’s development efforts during a critical period.
  • Lift up two students recently injured in auto accidents, and also pray for Geneva student Brian Wilson, whose father died suddenly of a heart attack during spring break.
  • Pray that the long-awaited project to relocate State Route 18 will continue on schedule this year, enabling the college to proceed with campus renovations that are part of Geneva’s Beyond the Bend campaign.

The institutional advancement office prays every week for students, faculty, alumni and friends of the college. We welcome your prayer requests.
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Other prayer meetings also take place regularly on campus, including the Aberdeen Prayer Meeting that now meets from 7:45-8:30 a.m. each Thursday in Northwood 009.



ecuador.jpgMid-semester journeys
Spring break was marked by eye-opening travels for many Geneva students. 

familyscience.jpgPitching in
Eleven education majors explored the mysteries of science with Beaver Falls Central Elementary students during the school's Family Science Night. 

Geneva College took first place at the 12th Annual Corporate Spelling Bee held March 8 at Penn State Beaver. 



alumni_weekend1.jpgA royal reunion
May Day traditions from days gone by will reappear on campus during Alumni Weekend April 20 and 21. 

Songs, strings and scandals
eight_bells1_.jpgSpring 2007 is proving a busy season for Geneva's fine arts students performing in a variety of upcoming shows. 



Remembering our mission
Join Geneva faculty and keynote speakers June 8 and 9 at the college's first-ever faculty-developed conference aimed at alumni. 

Willing hands
volunteer1.jpgGeneva couldn't do without its dedicated group of volunteers who were honored at a luncheon earlier this year. 

Speaking minds
clarke1.jpgGeneva has hosted a variety of guest speakers this spring, including an assistant secretary of defense under former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. 



Spring Tornado season underway
It's been a successful spring athletic season so far for the Golden Torndoes. 


Note: It has come to the attention of the alumni-relations office at Geneva that there are Web sites (such as mychallenge.com and classmates.com) that may appear to alumni members to be Geneva-affiliated but are not. Geneva College does not encourage people to use these "networking" sites (often for a fee) and does not endorse or control them.

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