Student Perspective – Kaileigh McCann’s Story

Here at the Alumni House, we have been blessed to have some amazing student workers. They work behind the scenes to help us put on events, such as homecoming, and to keep the office running day-to-day. Over the next few weeks, we will be featuring the stories of each of our student workers. To start, Junior Kaileigh McCann will share her experiences at IWU and in the Alumni House.

Over 800 miles traveled, and 7 college visits in 3 days, I was finally ready to make one of the most important decisions about my future.

I could say that it was the beauty of the campus, or how impactful the chapel service was on my personal faith that made me choose to come to Indiana Wesleyan University. Those things probably added to my experience at IWU that led to my ultimate decision, but there was no way that IWU could have marketed itself to me any better that would have affected my decision. I chose to attend IWU because I had an overwhelming sense of peace and belonging as soon as I arrived on campus. (Later, I found out that my parents were also experiencing the same feeling.) It could seem cheesy to say, but I believe that God led me to come to IWU. Many of the other schools I visited seemed to be only Christian in name rather than practice. At IWU, the authentic spirit of Christian community can be felt by everyone on campus. This authentic feeling and God’s presence helped me both feel at home and at peace about my decision to come to IWU.

Fast-forward three years and one major change later, my name is Kaileigh and I am a junior Business Administration and Marketing double major at IWU. I love being a part of the Business division. There is a fantastic group of professors that genuinely care about their students and their future at IWU and in the job field.

I have worked in the Alumni/Church Relations office since freshman year. It was daunting as a freshman to be over 6 hours from home with no friends or contacts already at IWU. Thankfully, I applied for a job and met the wonderful people who work in the Church Relations and Alumni Office. Not just because I have made a lot of friends, I enjoy being a part of the Alumni Office because it is so important to connect IWU’s present to its past in order to have future success.

At the beginning of October, I had the pleasure of being able to participate in Homecoming as both a part of the Alumni Office and the Student Alumni Association (SAA). Each alumna has a unique and important story to tell not only about their time at IWU, but how IWU continues to affect them. Through the Alumni Office and SAA, I have the ability hear those stories and share them with other current students. Being able to interact with alumni and learn how they have shaped the school’s legacy inspires me to continue to pursue excellence in the hope that one day I could also affect the school and the surrounding world like they have.

 

A story from Joel and Kim Delp

The Santiago Partnership

I first stepped foot on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University in the fall of 1994. If someone would have told me that twenty years later that I would be helping to start a brand new ministry serving at risk children and the medically underprivileged in Ecuador, South America, I never would have believed you. But that’s how God works!

Now, being a missionary who recently finished a long period of Home Assignment in the States, it’s easy for me to reflect on what my time at IWU meant to me since I just told many churches across the county that very thing. My story begins before IWU when I was sixteen and had accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. At that point, my life started to go in a completely different trajectory than where I had been headed, beginning with the decision to attend a Christian college where I could deepen my faith. I chose IWU partly because of the success of the soccer program (I was a member of the team from ’94 – ‘99 and captain in ’98 and ’99) but mainly for their commitment to Christian principles within the soccer team and throughout the university.

I started out studying the sciences at IWU but sensed while there that God was calling me to ministry. It was during the chapel services, which I loved and gained so much from, that I was sensing that God wanted to do more with my life than have a typical nine to five job; that he wanted to use me fully in my career. Specifically during one service led by Unfundisi Jim Lo I sensed that I needed to do something different with what I was studying. I decided to drop one of my science majors and picked up a Psychology major with a minor in Christian Ministries to go along with my Computer Science major. I was thinking that I would possibly be a Christian Counselor.

During my senior year at IWU, a good friend of mine and eventual Nursing Graduate, Jeremy Hawk, invited me to go on a mission trip to Honduras over Spring Break. I thought like it sounded like a good idea but then he told me it would cost $1,200. As you could imagine, I was a poor college kid and $1,200 was a lot more than I even had at that point and the concept of asking for money for a mission trip was completely “foreign” to me, so I told him I do it. God had other plans in store for me. Jeremy came back to me one week before he was set to leave and told me that he just found out that he had raised exactly double what he needed to go on the trip and that he wanted me to use that second half of what he had raised so that I could go. I knew God was working, and I realized that even more when I actually got my ticket and passport in less than a week so that I could go along. Once I arrived in Honduras, I knew I was where God wanted me to be, on the Mission Field, and that started a journey with no looking back.

I cherish my time at IWU for how I was formed through the classes, chapel services and community life of the university. Umfundisi Jim Lo made an impact on me that I will never forget so much so that he officiated at my wedding to Kim. Kim (Carter) Delp, originally from Upland, IN, also took classes at IWU from ’99-’01). Her time at IWU opened her eyes to a whole different part of herself as a leader. Her time confirmed her call to full time missionary service as well and opened her eyes to the needs of others at home and around the world through mission classes with Umfundisi.

Our non-profit is the Santiago Partnership. The name “Santiago” means “James” in Spanish and comes from the book of James and our desire to not have a faith that is dead but one that is alive, active and lived out through action that is real and demonstrable. Our specific actions are that we are starting homes for at risk children and medical clinics in Ecuador, South America, serving in partnership and under the guidance of the Covenant Church of Ecuador. Everything we do is in partnership and led by Ecuadorians. My wife who is a Nurse Practitioner and I (I now have a MBA and a MDIV) feel as though we are a small part of the amazing things that God is doing here in Ecuador! Please check out the video on our website to have a more complete understanding of who we are and what we are doing.
My connections with IWU continue as a good friend and college soccer teammate of mine, Jeremy Bustos, has been one of the primary players in helping us launch our non-profit and go from a fledgling start-up to a successful foundation. He and his company, We Create Media, which also employs other IWU graduates, have been amazing in what they have done in creating our videos, website and marketing materials.

Joel Delp with children who benefit from his ministry.
Joel Delp with children who benefit from his ministry.

Homecoming 2014 – Sights and Sounds

Welcome Alumni and Friends
Welcome Home!

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.” 1 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)

If you missed Homecoming 2014, here are some highlights.

This year, we combining homecoming with the annual Society of World Changers Convocation, so our special guest for homecoming chapel was senator Elizabeth Dole. We enjoyed the traditional Homecoming Banquet, reunions with the McConn staff, young alumni and class reunions. Also the Hodson Science Colloquium as well as athletic events and tours of the campus at their finest. There was a concert by Shawn McDonald joined with alumni, Josh Lavender ’12 and Jordan Brown ’12. The events ended with a rousing conclusion with our own IWU Chorale opening the concert with Michael W. Smith!

Dedication
Ott Hall of Science and Nursing

The Homecoming events kicked off on Thursday with the Ott Hall of Science and Nursing – IWU Chorale. See the Ott Hall of Sciences and Nursing Building.

This year the Society of World Changers was part of Homecoming Chapel. The induction of Mrs. Elizabeth Dole was a special tribute. View the induction of Mrs. Elizabeth Dole.

Class reunions began on Friday with members of the classes of 1964, 1959, 1954 as well as others from 1948). Sharing stories and singing Marion College anthem – “Cheer, Cheer for Marion College”. Also joined by several members of the classes who formed a quartet reunion of 1964-1966. View their songs here:
Quartet song one.
Quartet song two.

Service by IWU Chorale Students
Homecoming Banquet

The Homecoming Banquet was filled with many wonderful surprises. Welcoming back many former Chorale members and current students we enjoyed a the combined choir. Homecoming Banquet with Chorale and Alumni

Students and Young Alumni were able to attend a concert on Friday night by Shawn McDonald joined with alumni, Josh Lavender ’12 and Jordan Brown ’12.

Saturday was filled with many other class and affinity reunions like our decade classes and McConn reunion with Young Alumni events. Of course our sports teams were also carrying on our school spirit. Here are some highlights;

Men’s Soccer Recap
Women’s Soccer Recap
Women’s Volleyball – Friday Recap
Women’s Volleyball Saturday Recap
Even though our cross country was on the road – Cross Country Recap

The weekend concluded with a concert by Michael W Smith – Joining Michael W. Smith, IWU Chorale and former member (alumni) sang together.

Be sure to check your schedules and plan to attend Homecoming 2015 – Oct. 2 and 3. We will celebrate the following reunions and affinity groups –
1955, 1960, 1965 as a cluster as well as the decades of 1975, 1985, 1995 and a cluster reunion of the classes of 1989, 1990, 1991. We will enjoy the gathering of the former staff and young alumni reception events. We welcome alumni and friends back to campus for yet again another induction of the Society of World Changers chapel, concerts, homecoming banquet, and much more.

Watch for more details in the upcoming Triangle magazine.