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Former IWU Wildcat golfer and graduate Will Boyd ’07 is competing on the USA National golf team in the Military Olympics being held in Korea. Will is a Lt. in the Navy stationed in San Diego for the last few years. Thought this would be a neat story to feature.

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Check out a statement by Will in the article.

How to Create a Family Fire Escape Plan

A message from Liberty Mutual Insurance
From Dennis Goebel, Vice President, Liberty Mutual Insurance

According to the National Fire Protection Association, U.S. fire departments respond to a fire call every 23 seconds. Nobody expects it to happen to their home, but it might. Electrical wiring, fireplaces, candles, and clothes dryers are all potential fire risks.
Discussing fire safety could save the lives of your family members. Here are four steps to prepare your family for safe evacuation in the event of a fire:

1. Hold a family meeting. Discuss the danger of fire and create a family fire escape plan. Involving the whole family will ensure everyone feels safe and prepared.

2. Select a meeting spot. Every household needs an outdoor meeting location in case of fire. If everyone goes to the same place, you won’t have to wonder whether someone is still in the house or located somewhere else outside. Your mailbox or a swing set may be good options.

3. Use visuals. Draw a map of your house and yard depicting each room and the different ways people could exit in case of fire.

4. Role-play. Walk through the steps each person should take during an evacuation. Show children how to get out of bed when they hear the smoke alarm; crawl with them through the room to stay below the smoke; show them how to test the doors before opening. If doors are warm, children should learn to use other routes to get out to the family meeting spot safely.

Discussing and practicing a home fire escape plan and teaching children what to do in case of an emergency will help your family feel prepared and safe.

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The Pursuit of Excellence- Merging Faith and Law

“It is the mission of Haelewyn Harris Law PLCC to provide superior quality legal services… that adheres to the highest standards of integrity and excellence.”

- Haelewyn Harris Law Mission Statement

Excellence; the nature of being extremely good. If one word could describe Brittny Woods-Harris ’07 and her work, it would be excellence. Incredibly successful as a lawyer and recommended by her highly impressive resume, Brittny Harris, co-founder of Haelewyn Harris Law in Detroit and 2007 Indiana Wesleyan University Alum demonstrates the value of quality work in all she does.

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Brittny Harris

During her undergraduate career, Mrs. Harris was Cum Laude, a member of the Honor’s College, an intermural athlete, and a senator for Student Government. Following graduation, she went on to study abroad at Oxford, earned her Master’s degree in Government, and then obtained her Juris Doctorate at Regent University School of Law. Mrs. Harris has extensive experience in her field, from working with the United States Airforce as a law clerk, to experience in immigration law, municipal law, and civil litigation and employment law. Now Mrs. Harris is co-founder of a law firm, practicing law in areas that she believes contribute to the greater good of her community. Haelewyn Harris Law Firm focuses primarily on estate planning, special needs planning, and nursing home planning, among a variety of other services.

While her personal accomplishments are impressive, Mrs. Harris’ heart for people and justice is even more so. As a lawyer, Mrs. Harris stresses the integration of faith into her practice. Although she does not overtly voice her beliefs to clients, the way in which she relates with people reflects her personal faith.

“Of course there are Sunday-school answers for how to be a Christian at work,” Ms. Harris mentioned. (As a Christian) “You can demonstrate integrity and honesty in your cases, however, the best way demonstrate your faith is through love.” Mrs. Harris mentioned that this has been a struggle she has faced as a professional. In her field, demonstrating love and concern for clients is challenging; many lawyers are expected to exude serious, aggressive persona. Multiple colleagues have commented on Ms. Harris’ demeanor, critiquing her for treating her clients too nicely or demonstrating too much concern for them. However, for Mrs. Harris, this component of her work is non-negotiable.

“I have learned that I can be aggressive and still be nice,” Mrs. Harris explained as she shared her philosophy as a lawyer. Mrs. Harris’ integration of her faith and her work is far more pervasive than a simple attitude shift. The mission statement of the law firm states that Haelewyn Harris lawyers are dedicated to the highest standards of integrity and excellence. Emphasizing the value she places on these words, Mrs. Harris also invests her time in extensive Pro-Bono work, serving the Detroit area through need-based free or reduced-price consulting.

“This is typically a case-by-case project,” Mrs. Harris explained, “we work to help people financially where we see the need.” Mrs. Harris volunteers her services as a lawyer for the community as well as for her local church. She stated that as a lawyer she a certified attorney but also a counselor of law- and she sees the counselor part as a crucial element of her job.

Professionally, Mrs. Harris has aspirations for developing and growing the firm with the intention of eventually transforming the firm into a completely paperless law practice. She stressed the importance of maintaining interpersonal relationships and concurrently staying technologically on the edge.

“Stereotypically, lawyers are resistant to change,” Mrs. Harris stated, “so technology is not often well integrated. It is the hope of our practice to use technology as a means by which we can streamline our services and increase efficiency.” In the upcoming years, Mrs. Harris mentioned that she would like to see the practice shift to an entirely primarily virtual corporation.

In the life of Mrs. Harris, excellence also means balance. While an incredibly successful lawyer, this woman stressed the importance of other priorities in her life, primarily her faith, and her family.

“As a lawyer, it is a struggle to be a Christian first, and put my family second, and my job third. However, that is what I am called to do,” she explained. “I believe that is a Biblical principal.”

Mrs. Harris stated that her primary reason for starting her law firm was to facilitate this desired sense of balance.

“Many lawyers work twelve hours a day; having my own practice allows me to have the flexibility I need. I’m married and have a son, I want to be able to have time for them as well.

Reflecting on her time at IWU, Mrs. Harris mentioned that her educational experience helped her prepare for life outside a school environment in that it gave her a foundation and support system she has carried through life. As a Christian, professional, wife, and mother, Mrs. Harris has learned the value of pursuing excellence in all that she does as she merges her faith and law practice.

 Check out her Law Firm.

Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Junior English major at Indiana Wesleyan, and a member of the Track and Cross Country teams. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories and celebrating their divine potential in written form.

2015 Homecoming Chapel Speakers: Darren and Nancy Campbell

FullSizeRenderDarren and Nancy Campbell have built, and are still building, their lives on the promise of God laid out in Acts 5:38-39: If their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. The couple has been eagerly serving the Lord for 20 years. Although both had degrees in business and no Christian ministry background, they followed the Lord’s calling and pursued ministry. In 1995, the year Darren graduated, an Indiana pastor called to ask if he and his wife would serve as youth pastors at his church, and they took a leap of faith by accepting. Eleven years ago they planted a church, affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, that now has two campuses. The church, located near an exit to Interstate 69, draws many of its members from nearby Taylor University as well as from IWU. Along with ministering through the church, the Campbells opened Tree of Life Bookstores in 1997. This business now operates 16 college bookstores – all at Christian colleges – and is negotiating with 12 others. The corporate headquarters for Tree of Life bookstores and distribution center is located in Marion, Indiana, along with their adjoining coffee shop. Their journey with Christ continues, and their vision is to plant more churches, fueled by their passion for college campuses. They also want to mentor and help young entrepreneurs start their own businesses – especially in small cities such as Marion.

The Refinery: Innovative Business Comes to Marion

Our own town of Marion, Indiana has brought a new and innovative business to the community to support independent professionals.

Indiana Wesleyan University partnered with Launch Fishers to open The Refinery Business Center on Thursday, September 24. The Refinery is a dynamic, affordable work environment for entrepreneurs, non-profits, remote workers, small businesses, contractors, start-ups, students and more.

The Refinery will be a great addition to the thriving entrepreneurial culture in central Indiana. It will offer co-working desks, conference rooms, private offices, Wi-Fi, a café area, patio seating and other professional office amenities for members and guests. The business is called The Refinery because is a place where people can develop and refine their ideas.

Alexis Dierker

Alexis Dierker

Alexis Dierker, a 2015 alum, is the Director of Community Relations. She cannot wait to support and encourage the creative and empowering environment of The Refinery and the brilliant minds there. “It’s important to me because, as a very recent graduate, I have heard a lot of people who like the idea of staying around Marion but they feel like they don’t have any opportunities, so they go other places,” she said.

Dierker has a passion for the business because she herself is an entrepreneur. She graduated with a photography degree and has been developing her own brand. “I identify a lot with what The Refinery is doing. I see the vision,” she said. “There were probably so many people who were more qualified for this position than me, but my boss could tell we wanted to pursue the same needs in the community.”

IMG_8540The Refinery has already given people so many opportunities to meet new faces and connect with those around the area. “One reason I felt driven to stay around Marion was because I wanted to get to know more of the community that I didn’t have the opportunity to meet before… Through this, I have gotten to know so many incredible people,” Dierker said.

Dierker is not the only young professional excited to be making connections through The Refinery. Lauran Burchell, a senior at IWU, is currently working as one of two interns. She serves as the Marketing and Member Services Coordinator. Burchell is studying Business Administration and Management, and she is excited to be a part of the growth of The Refinery and to use the skills she has learned in her experiences to encourage innovative development right in her hometown.

“I have already networked and met so many people that I never thought I would meet while in college,” Burchell said. “Many professionals from Indianapolis have already discussed my future with me and connected with me.”

The Refinery ribbon cutting on September, 24, 2015.

The Refinery ribbon cutting on September, 24, 2015.

Like Dierker, Burchell knows that this experience is shaping a way for her future. She chose to work at The Refinery instead of Launch Fishers because she desired to be a part of something new. “Not very many people can say they were actually part of a start up. I’m getting so much experience, and even though I’m not an entrepreneur starting my own business, I was part of one and I learned from it,” she said.

The Refinery welcomes visitors and is located at 2301 S. Western Ave. You can learn more about The Refinery at


Written by Kelly Reed. Kelly is a senior Strategic Communications major with a focus in Public Relations. She is the President of IWU PRSSA and hopes to work as a communications director of a nonprofit organization after graduation.

Become an Encourager: Lessons from a Homecoming Kazoo Band


1977 Kazoo Band

Paul Simpson ’79 attended classes in the late 70′s like every other student today but within him was a desire to make a difference. As a student, he felt that there was more in life than the struggles and burdens we all encounter. In Paul’s mind and heart, he knew he wanted to do something that could be fun and be a way to encourage others. Out of that desire, the Kazoo Band at Marion College was formed in 1977 and again in 1978.

Paul’s uncle was Maurice Burns for which the Burns Hall was named. It was through his intervention that he was able to make the move from Oklahoma, transferring to Marion College (IWU). “When I came to Marion, no one knew me except for a few including Marilyn Piper Simons.” Marilyn now teaches in the School of Nursing. “I came in 1975 and saw my role as someone that wanted to help others.”


1977 Kazoo Band

Paul got the idea of a Kazoo Band from a sister school, and he wanted use it as way to encourage others. The Kazoo Band increased the student’s college spirit and is still talked about today!

Paul was a student studying the ministry at the time and interning with Lakeview Wesleyan Church, which proved to be a real benefit. In-keeping with his vision of a Kazoo Band, he needed to get 300 students to the Downtown Marion Courthouse. “Being just students, I had to convince [the church] to let me use their buses. To my amazement, [they] gave me the buses to use!” His first step was complete. Next, he needed a platform, a director and a banner. “I spoke to the head of the music department and convinced Professor Paul Olson to direct the band and then the art department to paint a large banner to lead the parade,” Paul said. He invited the female students to be up-front and carry the banner.

Paul made this event public as best he could. Enjoying every second of it, he planned to publicize the kazoo band all over campus. Since he was currently in a Journalism class, he asked the WBAT radio staff to talk about his band on air. Paul remembers, “I needed to make an announcement to the community about what I called the world’s largest kazoo band.” They made their announcement and Paul begin selling Kazoos. He also made sure the TV affiliate Channel 13 and the newspaper would cover the event. “I got the newspaper to capture pictures which landed on the front page of the next day’s Sunday edition,” he said.

Paul spoke with enthusiasm as he recalled that the Kazoo Band was featured in national news over WBAT radio. They shared it with affiliate stations across the country. “It went national,” Paul added, “even people in West Michigan heard about it. The West Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan contacted me and invited the Marion College band to play along with their marching band for a West Michigan Broncos Football game.” The Tonight Show host, Ed McMahon, later developed it even further: “McMann followed out efforts by having a marching band of over 1,000 do it on live national TV in Terre Haute, Indiana. It had never been done until after our publicity,” Paul said.

“What I learned in life is that things happen in threes. We had our time in the late 70′s and this is your turn.” There was another Kazoo Band in the early 80′s, lead by students from the Music Department with a group called Dimensions in Brass.

Today Paul is serving his local church and community by leading prayer efforts. He is currently praying over Rapid City, South Dakota. He says that his ministry is to be an encourager. Through 25 years of work, he has learned that one of the most important things we can do for people is encourage them.


1984 Kazoo Band

Paul indicated that it is not all that different from his time as a college student. The Kazoo Band was intended to bring encouragement to everyone on campus. “People have anger and hurts but we can encourage them!” Paul said.


He wanted to stress that even though we have to go through life’s lessons, he said, “Life is not fair. Life is complicated and cruel but life is also cool. Run the race even though sometimes you fall. But you have to get up and keep running.”

Part of the prayer ministry that Paul leads involved a healing ministry. He sees the importance of praying for others’ emotional and physical well-being. “The Kazoo Band was that; it was a goofy thing, but it encouraged people while also being fun!”

Paul has one more challenge to offer the student body at IWU today. He said, “God will work with you! Just because you are a Christian, you may still have anger or hurt. Give these to the Lord because He cares for you.”

On a personal note. It was remarkable to speak to Paul in the writing of this article. Paul ended the phone call by praying for me and the students, faculty and leaders at IWU. He especially prayed for anyone dealing with hurt and anger. His prayer included a hope that God can remove anger and hurt, and that the emptiness can be filled with His love so people become encouragers.

#IWUsummit hashtag on Twitter

IWU experienced dynamic worship and powerful transformation at this year’s Summit Week. Twice a year IWU expands the opportunity to worship as a student body during a week of spiritual emphasis.  Alumni Jim and Jerolyn Bogear led the students on a journey in story that challenged the students to be part of God’s story. Many students were impacted by their teaching.

 Jim & Jerolyn Bogear ‏(@jjbogear) comments over Twitter,  “Thanks @IndWes @IWUChapel 4 a great Summit. In awe of all God is doing in & thru IWU students & leadership. #IWUsummit.”

Over Twitter the students were asked to reflect and comment on the chapel experiences. #IWUsummit hashtag on Twitter.

The following are a few of the comments and commitments students posted over Twitter.

Old things have passed away Your love has stayed the same Jesus we love you Oh how we love you You are the one our hearts adore

My purpose is to let go of control and let His purpose drive me.

My purpose is to give myself completely to God and to be oozing with Christ’s love each and every day.

“…healed spiritual blindness…Jesus wants to do so much more!”

#IWUsummit hashtag on Twitter

It is incredibly inspiring to witness the passion with which our student body worships Jesus together.

Thank you for praying for our students. To join a e-newsletter to continue to receive prayer requests, send us an email to Rick Carder and ask to join IWU Prayer email.



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Equip. Serve. Send. Multigenerational Missions in Cambodia

Gallant ImageEquip. Serve. Send. This pattern is reflective of how God has called the Los, Gallants, and
Baileys to minister in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Since 1974, God has systematically moved in the hearts of three Indiana Wesleyan-affiliated couples to pursue full-time missions in this country. Each couple has brought a new passion and focus to this ministry, yet through their multigenerational presence in this country, God has demonstrated His concern for the people of Cambodia.

First impressions aren’t everything. When Tiffany Neuenschwander (Gallant) stepped off the plane into Cambodia for the first time, she was overwhelmed by the overwhelming heat and a pervasive sense of fear. Several days later, she found herself very sick, tended by a doctor who barely spoke English. During this short-term missions trip to Cambodia led up by Dr. Jim Lo, Tiffany first received the call to full-time missions.

As she lay in the hospital, Tiffany clearly sensed God asking if she was seriously willing to give everything to follow him. She said yes. During the remainder of the trip, the Lord laid the people of Cambodia on her heart. When she returned home, Tiffany began explaining to her fiancée, Tim Gallant, her call for them to pursue missions together.

In 2001, Tim and Tiffany married. Following their marriage, both sensed a desire to take a trip to Cambodia with IWU the upcoming summer. However, since they lacked the funds for such an undertaking, they disregarded this opportunity. Several weeks later, Dr. Lo called, asking if they were still praying about this trip.

“The news floored us,” they commented, recalling that they had not told Pastor Lo about their desire to attend this trip. But God’s blessing on this trip was clear; the Gallants were the first to raise their funding and during this trip, Tim received the call to Cambodia as well.

Following Tiffani’s graduation from IWU with a degree in Intercultural Studies in December of 2003, Global Partners officially appointed the two as missionaries to Cambodia. Since that time, the two have been fully involved in ministry and serving.

In the past 11 years, the Gallants have completed three stints as residential missionaries. During their initial placement, the couple focused on language and culture assimilation. Concurrently, they taught English at Wesleyan Bible Institute and worked to build community through various fellowship opportunities. Their second term, which was from 2009-2011, the Gallants became house parents for the school and spent the majority of their time teaching Bible classes. Additionally, they were blessed to live with the other five Khmer staff families. Now in their third term, the Gallant’s have shifted the focus of their ministry; they now focus less on formal education and emphasize stronger outreach within the province. The couple works with local churches helping to equip indigenous ministries to realize their ministry goals.

During their time as missionaries, the Gallants spent two years in the United States reassigned to the IWU Marion campus where they served as Missionaries in Residence under the direction of Dr. Lo. From 2011 to 2013, Tim received his Master of Divinity from the school: the two also spent time mentoring future missionaries and receiving encouragement from Dr. Lo and other IWU staff and faculty. During this time, that the Gallants met Jacklyn and Chad Bailey, students at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Now in their third term in Cambodia, the Gallants serve as field directors for missions in Cambodia through Global Partners International. As part of their ministry assignment, they work to help missionaries acclimate to their new position on the field. The Gallants along with their two children, Katherine and Jonathan, eagerly await welcoming the Baileys to the field; when they arrive, they will partner with them to help them acquire the language, culture, and ministry goals necessary for their assignment.

The needs in Cambodia are great. While there are many pressing concerns in this country, the Gallants stressed the primary need is for people to care for each other. Although the people refer to each other in endearing terms, the Gallants mentioned many people in this country are apathetic towards each other.

“If the people of Cambodia could get past this attitude of self-preservation and benefit and begin to treat one another with care and compassion, then the country would be drastically different,” the Gallants mentioned.

Spiritually and financially impoverished, the nation of Cambodia is desperate for change and hope. In the ministry of the Gallants, the Los, and the Baileys, God is demonstrating that he has not forgotten this place. Through the willing lives of these people, God is using the Gallants, Los and Baileys and has equipped them with the desire to serve, so they can send His love throughout this needy country.

Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Junior English major at Indiana Wesleyan, and a member of the Track and Cross Country teams. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories and celebrating their divine potential in written form.

Equip. Serve. Send. Multigenerational Missions in Cambodia

CambodiaEquip. Serve. Send. This pattern is reflective of how God has called the Los, Gallants, and Baileys to minister in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Since 1974, God has systematically moved in the hearts of three Indiana Wesleyan-affiliated couples to pursue full-time missions in this country. Each couple has brought a new passion and focus to this ministry, yet through their multigenerational presence in this country, God has demonstrated His concern for the people of Cambodia.

In 1974, current IWU Professor of Religion and IWU Campus Pastor, Umfundisi Jim Lo and his wife Roxene moved to Cambodia with the expressed purpose of equipping Christians through full-time ministry. Partnering with Campus Crusade for Christ and Global Partners, the couple entered this country with the expressed purpose of training local pastors to better share the Gospel. From 1974 until 1996 the Los worked full-time for these ministries. When they left to return to the United States, they were quickly succeeded by Tim and Tiffany Gallant a couple Dr. Lo introduced to the ministry that now serve as full-time missionaries. Over thirty years later, recent IWU alumni and former students of Dr. Lo, Chad and Jacklyn Bailey feel God has sent them to join the Gallants in their ministry.

When Dr. Lo and his wife left for Cambodia in 1974, they quickly realized the deep spiritual, physical and emotional needs of this country.

“When we first went to Cambodia, it was like stepping into the first Century church; only about one percent of the population would even claim being a Christian,” Dr. Lo commented of his initial trip to Cambodia. A country adhering exclusively to Buddhism, Cambodia is marked as being distinctly void of any Christian presence. Commenting on his year spent in full-time ministry, Dr. Lo stated that he never had been so aware of spiritual warfare.

“Cambodians believe deeply in spirits,” Dr. Lo explained. “They believe that even thunderstorms are attributed to spirits.”

Because of the mysticism and adherence to Buddhism that characterizes this culture, Dr. Lo mentioned that turning to another faith is very difficult.

Cambodia2“Buddhism is not just a religion for these people, it is a deep part of who they are,” Lo stated. Most young people in this country spend at least a portion of their lives in complete service to their faith; many youths work stints as monks simply out of religious and cultural expectations. The religion of this country asserts its prominence through many physical markers as well. Dr. Lo commented that Buddhist shrines are prolific; marking most streets throughout the cities. Often household shrines are installed into most rooms in a Cambodian home as well, with Buddhist figures prominently displayed. In the home where Dr. Lo stayed, he and his wife needed to ask special permission to remove the figures from all the rooms as they worked to assert themselves as a Christian family.

As the Lo family worked to equip Pastors and meet spiritual needs in Cambodia, they concurrently began finding ways to meet physical needs. During their time in Cambodia they began digging wells, teaching English, and working to help girls who are at-risk for sex trafficking find positive means for earning money. Sex trafficking is one of the predominate industries in this country, a painful fact the Los often observed.

“One night a soldier knocked on our door,” Dr. Lo recalls. “When I answered the door, he asked how many I wanted. At first I was confused. Then I realized he was selling girls for the night.”

Pastor Lo worked extensively in the red-light district of Cambodia, an area of the country known for high prostitution and sex slavery. While there, Dr. Lo brought several short-term missions trips to help with the ministry needs there. On one occasion, Tiffany Neuenschwander, now Tiffany Gallant joined a short-term team. Faced with the deep spiritual and physical needs of this country, Tiffany sensed God leading her back for full-time ministry.

In 1996, Dr. Lo and his wife returned to the United States to begin work at IWU. While Dr. Lo returns annually to teach and minister, the bulk of Global Partner’s ministry’s residential presence in Cambodia is facilitated by the Gallants. God called Dr. Lo and his wife to Cambodia to equip servants to spread his love. Providing a constant stream of missions-minded people prepared to equip, serve, and send others, God has demonstrated his passion for the people of Cambodia through the work of Dr. Lo and his colleagues.


Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Junior English major at Indiana Wesleyan, and a member of the Track and Cross Country teams. She is passionate about sharing people’s stories and celebrating their divine potential in written form.