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Turbo and friends celebrate new turf


The Beaver Falls High School Tiger joins Geneva's Turbo in dedicating the new synthetic turf at Reeves Field.

Gone are the days of muddy wear and tear at Reeves Field.

The much-anticipated installation of state-of-the-art synthetic turf at Geneva’s football stadium came to a conclusion this summer, with campus and community officials dedicating the revamped field June 29.

The new surface absorbed its first pounding of cleats later that evening as Geneva hosted the 2007 Penn-Ohio high school all-star game. Activity at Reeves will pick up in a few short weeks with the arrival of the college’s marching band, the start of fall football training and the GTs’ home opener Sept. 22 against Bethany College.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) crews continue the construction of a new Route 18 to eliminate the hazardous S-curve that has long cut through Geneva’s campus. Despite some hang-ups and delays, substantial completion of the new road is still expected in early November.

“The project appears to be back on schedule again,” says Jim Prince, Geneva’s vice president for operations. “Continue to pray that the project continues on schedule and that the college would be able to regain use of the freshman lot by the start of school.”

As the PennDOT project proceeds, Geneva’s Beyond the Bend improvements are also underway, with the first phase of the stadium project now nearing completion. The second phase on the stadium—along with the pedestrian mall project that will transform the old Route 18 roadbed—should begin in March 2008. For more information about Beyond the Bend or how to donate to the project, go to www.geneva.edu/rt18.

The right people at the right time


Mailroom assistant Melvin Lortman credits Geneva's campus nurse and his supervisor with helping preserve his life during a health emergency earlier this year.

The quick actions of two Geneva employees saved the life of a fellow staff member this May.

Mailroom assistant Melvin Lortman had just returned to work after lunch on May 4 when he suddenly felt faint, his body itching and sweating unnaturally.

“He walked over and said, ‘I'm in trouble,’” recalls Nancy Guthrie, the director of the mailroom. She contacted health services director Connie Erwin immediately.

“I reached her just before 2 p.m., when she leaves for the day,” Guthrie says. “Connie knew exactly what to do.”

When Erwin reached the mailroom, she had Lortman lay on the floor. She took his blood pressure and—discovering it was low—called for an ambulance and alerted campus security.

“I was moving like a toy soldier,” says Guthrie, who Erwin instructed to help clear a path for the ambulance. “I then prayed for [Lortman] ‘til the ambulance got here.”

Lortman was taken to the Beaver Valley Medical Center, where doctors discovered that his spell was caused by a severe allergic reaction to an over-the-counter painkiller.

“I felt like my body was going away. It was like I was asleep,” says Lortman. He was kept at the medical center for several days before being released and “really started getting homesick.”

Lortman says he is thankful for Guthrie and Erwin’s intervention and glad to be back at work and back to full health.

“God had the right people in my life at the right time,” he says with a smile. “[Thanks to them], I'm going to live until I die.”


James 5:16

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

  • Praise God for the progress PennDOT is making on the relocation of State Route 18. As a new academic year approaches, pray that the road project—and Geneva's coinciding Beyond the Bend improvements—would remain on schedule and within budget.
  • Praise Him for blessing the hard work of the enrollment team, and pray for the members of the Class of 2011 as they begin their college careers in a few short weeks. Also lift up the faculty and staff as they prepare for the students' arrival.
  • Ask God to work mightily on Geneva's campus this year—in chapel services, classrooms, assignments, dormitories, study groups, sports teams, musical groups, missions trips, extracurricular activities and more. May He draw students closer to Himself through their labors and experiences on campus. 
  • Pray for wisdom for members of the college's Leadership Team as they chart the college's course in the near future and as they review candidates for key positions. 

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.



ladders_small.jpgA site to behold
Beaver Falls resident Gail Smith was walking her dog last Tuesday when she came across a sight that made her wonder if Extreme Makeover crews were in town. 

nella_small.jpgA full summer
One of Geneva's new overseas opportunities landed pre-med student Nella Matthews in Kenya, where she, a team of volunteers and two doctors saw 981 patients in eight days. 

china_small.jpgChange in China
Twelve Geneva students accompanied Dr. Randy Nutter, the chair of Geneva's business department, on a brief but eye-opening trip to China this summer. 



campus_flowers_small.jpgGetting familiar
Members of Geneva's incoming class are already getting to know each other thanks to summer preview weekends held in July—and the online world of facebook.com. 

grad.jpgBeyond the classroom
Geneva's honors program is getting serious about 
scholarship—and about community. 

new_staff_small1.jpgLooking forward
A new college librarian and a director of planned giving are among the newest faces on campus. 



sumner.jpgSoccer standout returns as coach
Once a leading scorer for the Golden Tornadoes, Linda Sumner '91 returns to Geneva this fall in a new role. 

beall_small.jpgA higher goal
Head Men's Soccer Coach Todd Beall took his love of soccer to a new level this summer. 

footballmediasmall.jpgSports guide shines for sixth time
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has singled out Geneva's football gameday program for the sixth time in a row. 

gt.jpgTeam efforts
NAIA has often honored Geneva athletes for excellence in the classroom—and now the association is taking note of whole teams of scholar-athletes. 


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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