A Message from the Dean of Student Development
HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is a statement that I have been making for several days now. With each passing day the momentum builds as we anticipate a fantastic year at Geneva College. The excitement and anticipation of a new year brings with it the thought of new opportunities for growth and learning, perhaps a new beginning, and for others a chance to strive for something bigger and better. It is indeed a new year, and we welcome the eagerness that fills the air.
Having said that, we realize that this is also a time of change and transition for students and their families. Whether your son/daughter is a first year student, a senior, or somewhere in between, the summer is coming to a close and we are all working through the transition into a new academic year. This, or any other change, can be stressful so know that we are praying for you, we are here for you, and we would ask that you would join us in praying for your student, the other students, as well as Geneva College staff and faculty. With a booming enrollment this fall our challenge is even greater. So again, we covet your prayers and support and we encourage you to have directed conversations with your students about managing time and space, preparing ahead, remaining flexible, and staying in good communication with you, their roommates and the staff at the College.
As I write, we in Student Development are in the process of training and orienting over 100 student leaders, 12 new graduate assistants, and our new Director for Counseling Services. These folks are committed to serving in their roles and fulfilling the mission of Geneva College by educating and ministering to a diverse community of students. They bring a wide variety of knowledge and experience to their roles and are certainly viewed as resource people on our campus. Along with the rest of the College staff and faculty we are gearing up for a busy semester.
So again I would ask that you join us in praying for the year ahead, praying for your son/daughter, praying for our staff and faculty as we seek to teach and transform the next generation of servant leaders.
Dr. Mike Loomis
From the Student Development perspective, our role as educators is to both challenge and support students as they learn and grow in all areas of their lives (spiritually, intellectually, socially, emotionally, etc.). Our task and commitment is to assist students in processing and applying what they are learning in the classroom to real life experience in the Christian community of Geneva College.