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2011 Academic Convocation recap

Academic Convocation at Geneva College

Students, faculty and staff gathered together in Metheny Fieldhouse to open the fall semester with the traditional Academic Convocation on Friday, September 2. Faculty of the college lined the aisle, beginning the ceremony with a processional of new first-year students into the gym. Dr. Ken Carson, Provost, welcomed students to a new year by reminding them of the mission and high calling of Geneva, to “learn how to love God with your minds.”  

Winner of last year’s Excellence in Teaching award, Professor of Psychology Stephanie Schindel spoke on “Engaging the Process” of your education. She challenged students to “view the cost and the struggle in the learning process as signs of success rather than obstacles to be avoided; and most importantly, to allow God to define success in your life and to engage the process that He has for you.”

Terry Thomas with President Ken Smith 

Esther Meek with President Ken Smith 

This year, the Excellence in Teaching Award went to Dr. Terry Thomas, Professor of Biblical Studies. This award is voted upon by the students of Geneva. Described by many as a mentor and friend, one student wrote that Thomas is “incredibly intelligent, but his humble sense of humor is something that none of his students will forget.” He has taught at Geneva since 1992.

Dr. Esther Meek, Professor of Philosophy, was awarded this year’s Excellence in Scholarship Award, which is determined by Geneva faculty. Dr. Meek is involved with more than 153 professional activities including: writing and publishing books, reviews, articles, papers, lectures, and presentations. She has taught at Geneva since 2004.

President Dr. Ken Smith announced promotions and tenure during the convocation. Academic Tenure was granted by Geneva’s Board of Trustees to Dr. Todd Allen, Dr. Rodney Austin, Dr. Kim Gall, Dr. Yvonne Trotter and Dr. Brian Yowler. Eight faculty members received promotions in academic rank. Dr. Ralph Ancil, Dr. David Essig, Dr. Nancy Johnson, Dr. Eric Miller, Dr. Scott Shidemantle, Dr. Melinda Stephens and Dr. Maureen Vanterpool were promoted to full professor. Dr. Brian Yowler was promoted to associate professor.

Also, new full-time faculty for the 2011-12 academic year were recognized, including Professor Kyle Breneman, Assistant Professor to the Library; Dr. Anthony Comer, Associate Professor of Engineering; Professor Matthew Fuss, Assistant Professor of Business; Dr. Mario Oyanader, Associate Professor of Engineering; Professor Gordon Richards, Associate Professor of Business; and Professor Lori Wynn, Assistant Professor of Physical Education.

Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College’s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).


 

Point of Excellence

Geneva College hosts a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honors society open to English and Writing majors of high academic standing.

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Upcoming Events
Oct26
Reformation Day Service
Metheney Fieldhouse 6:30 p.m.

Nov01
Geneva Alumni & Friends visit "Annie" at The Benedum
Benedum Center, Pittsburgh 2:00 p.m.

STUDENTS
Geneva partners with Zipcar to offer car sharing
New program provides students a cost effective and sustainable alternative to car ownership on campus.
SERVICE
Service opportunities in Beaver Falls
Students can work with Tiger Pause and the Dare2XL programs.
CURRENT STUDENTS
Branches on campus
The Christian indie/folk band is kicking off the Three Past Three program on October 23.
COMMUNITY
Living in Color: Steppin’ Up—Moving from Theory to Action
The conference, which focuses on getting involved in multicultural issues, will be held Nov. 7-8.
GRADUATE PROGRAMS
MBA program to host Open House
An information session that includes a complementary dinner will be held at the Cranberry Regional Learning Alliance on Tue., Oct. 28.