After two years of preparation, the Geneva Across America adventure, through which members of the Geneva College community are participating in a transcontinental bicycle trip, is finally underway. Starting with back tires in the Pacific Ocean, the cycling team pulled out of San Francisco, CA on the morning of Monday, May 20, 2013. By the time the journey ends in the Atlantic Ocean in Lewes, DE, on July 26, the riders will have pedaled 3,708 miles through 13 states
Those interested in following the members of the team can track their progress at www.geneva.edu/gaa. This web page provides a map, links to the team’s regularly updated blog, access to the photos and tweets posted by the team, and tools to sign up for the prayer support team and to donate to the scholarship fund.
The purpose of Geneva Across America is to represent the college across the country while raising as much as possible for a new endowed scholarship for future Geneva students in need of financial assistance. Already, the effort has generated over $40,000 for the scholarship.
Team members include: Geneva alumnus Jim Andrews ’76, Director of the Pisgah Program Becky Case, alumnus Bob Collins, Director of Academic Counseling Center and Educational Support Services Christy Coulter, wife and parent of Geneva alumni Linda Gardner, friend of the college Ed LeNormand, Dean of Student Development Mike Loomis, and alumnae Fiona Smith and Laura Zerbe.
The group will be joined by various “tag-along” riders throughout the trip, as well as a number of people who will take part in “Cycle to the Sea,” which is the final leg of the trip from McKeesport, PA, to Lewes, DE.
In addition to promoting Geneva and raising funds, these cyclists are biking to experience a cross-country adventure in a unique and challenging way, and to develop community fellowship and spiritual growth.
“We are engaged in an epic adventure, but it’s an adventure with a purpose,” says Geneva’s Dean of Student Development Dr. Mike Loomis. “The cost of higher education is outpacing America’s ability to manage the expense. Our desire is to ride and raise important funds for a new endowed scholarship that will assist needy students realize the dream of higher education.”
Geneva College invites students to accept the challenge of an academically excellent, Christ-centered education. Offering nearly 40 undergraduate majors, an Adult Degree Completion Program 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.
Geneva students have the opportunity each summer to attend Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies to develop practical methods of caring for the environment.