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Ministry for Life: The Campbells

What would a pre-med student from Converse, Indiana and a Canadian business major possibly have in common?

Ministry. At least, that’s what Darren and Nancy Campbell have found true in their lives. The two didn’t set out to do ministry, when Nancy started at Indiana Wesleyan she thought she needed to become a doctor. Darren planned to pursue a career in law. Never would they have imagined themselves in a bi-vocational life, working as pastor of a multi-site church, and owning the leading Christian bookstore franchise in Indiana. Also, they never imaged that God’s call on their lives would give them so much joy. As Nancy said, “If we had lined up the pros and cons of going into ministry, we wouldn’t have done it. It took steps of faith.”12207844_963516477027671_1789822677_n

Dedicating their lives to full-time ministry, Darren and Nancy Campbell have learned the value of prioritizing God’s will over their personal plans. Although ministry was not their original plan, God has reshaped their vision and directed them to a life of service that gives them joy.

When Nancy started college, she assumed that her strength as a student meant she should pursue a career in medicine. For the first few years of school, Nancy was a pre-med major because her high test scores suggested she had an aptitude for becoming a doctor. While she enjoyed her studies, Nancy admitted that her reason for being a pre-med major was out of a need she felt to pursue the “hardest thing” at which she could be successful.

“God impressed on me, however, that he gave me passions and desires for a reason,” Nancy recalls. “He wanted me to do something that would give me life.”

During the fall of her sophomore year of college, Darren, a friend from one of her classes, introduced Nancy to the idea of pursuing ministry. Although he was not a ministry major, Darren had volunteered to undertake the job of running IWU’s annual youth conference. Previously, the conference had been run by ministry majors; also it was typically organized by a team of men. When Nancy agreed to help in the fall of ’93, the two piloted the first youth conference sponsored at IWU by non-ministry majors. It was a huge success, and the two found they loved doing ministry together. Additionally, Nancy found that she was very passionate about event planning and being with people.

“I just couldn’t imagine spending the next several years in a lab doing research,” Nancy remembers, “I loved being with people too much. Changing my major to business administration gave me the chance to work with people.”

Nancy and Darren also continued working the youth camps together, becoming best friends. After two years working together closely, the friends started dating and got married a year later.

What did the Campbells passion for ministry look like following marriage? At first, the two decided to help with youth ministry. They had enjoyed it before, and it appeared a way to integrate serving others in a part-time capacity.

However, God had other plans.

Shortly after marriage, Darren and Nancy were at church, listening to a visiting missionary talk about his experiences serving in Zambia. There, Darren sensed God calling him to pursue ministry full-time. Nancy was shocked, the two were business people, not pastors. Perhaps more concerning for Nancy was that she did not personally share this calling for ministry. A young bride, Nancy found herself confused,

“I remember thinking, ‘I didn’t sign up for this!’” Campbell recalls, reacting to her husband’s decision. However, the subsequent week three separate churches contacted the Campbells about serving as a youth pastor; the two decided to take a position at College Church, where they worked for seven years with the youth. When the two felt the Lord calling them to step down from this position, they relocated to a church in Muncie. There they partnered with the church’s planting project, and Darren became the lead pastor for Exit 59 church.

Throughout their lives, Nancy mentions many times that they sense God calling them to deviate from their original plans. Acting as the lead pastor for Exit 59 was an example of their need for flexibility and trust.

Concurrently, the couple decided to take a risk and merge their faith, entrepreneurship skills, and social passions for a great business endeavor.

12064469_963515547027764_751553802_n“I love coffee, and there was no coffee shop anywhere close. Also, there was no Christian bookstore within the Marion community,” mentioned Nancy. For years, the couple had talked about starting their own business, and one day Nancy mentioned it would make sense to start a bookstore which combined their love for youth, coffee, and ministry. This was the birth of Tree of Life Bookstores, which first opened in 1997 in a little building next to Wal-Mart in Marion, Indiana.

“We took out the loan and I remember signing the paperwork and thinking, ‘if this doesn’t work, I’m going to lose my house,’” recalls Nancy. Anyone familiar with Tree of Life Bookstore knows that was not an issue, the bookstore exploded into a major business corporation, serving as the primary text supplier for Indiana Wesleyan as well as several other private colleges.

How does running a bookstore relate to ministry? Many might see the Campbell’s bi-vocational life as two separate endeavors, however, Nancy mentions that their role at the church and in the bookstore are based in serving others. For them, the two jobs are interrelated.

“We see everything as sacred. Everything that we do is for the Lord,” Nancy comments.

The two are still very closely affiliated with the school, Nancy is a member of the alumni board, and in October, the couple received an alumni award for their partnership with IWU. Nancy mentions that the two of them are deeply grateful for IWU’s influence in their life in so many areas.

“We wouldn’t be married if it wasn’t for IWU,” Nancy laughs.

Reflecting on her roles in ministry thus far, Nancy urges others to realize that, “God’s going to do what he wants to do, sometimes he asks you to sit in the stands watch him work.”

When this business major from Canada and a pre-med girl from Indiana met, they didn’t seem to have much in common. Originally, neither Nancy nor Darren saw themselves in ministry. God clearly had other plans. Through their work at Exit 59 and through Tree of Life Bookstores, the two have been able to merge their passions and skills to pursue something to which they feel called, they have been given a mission that gives them life.

 

In October 2015, Darren and Nancy were recognized as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year recipients. Lance Percy, Associate Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations reflected on this couple’s continued involvement with the school when he said,

“I have appreciated the passion that Darren and Nancy have for the students at IWU and their contribution and support for individual students through their employment opportunities at the Tree of Life.” Mr. Percy helped present the award to the Campbells and mentioned that,

“It was a pleasure to recognize Darren and Nancy with the Distinguished Alumni Award. Darren’s message to the students at Chapel was a great encouragement. He reminded students to recognize that God has a plan for each person, even if we do not know what it is.”

 

Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Senior 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 unique divine potential in written form. Katherine also operates a website called “Join the Ranch” at jointheranch.weebly.com. It is about pursuing God’s purpose for her life and vocation.

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Homecoming E-Z-Go Get-You-There Golf Cart Transportation

2013-10-05 09.53.03This past Homecoming, Joe and Phyllis Russell led an enthusiastic staff of drivers shuttled alumni, staff, and students to homecoming events through the IWU golf cart shuttling service. For over thirty years, the Russell’s have been an intricate part of volunteering at IWU projects and events, striving to create a pleasant visit experience for all guests at Indiana Wesleyan University events. “The vision of adding a golf cart shuttle service was theirs (Joe and Phyllis),” says Rick Carder, Director of Alumni and Church Engagement. “As we were having lunch they mentioned how large the campus has grown since they were students in the 1950’s” offers Carder.

Annually, IWU alumni had been travelling to the school for the Scholarship Luncheon honoring the donors of private academic scholarships. Many of the donors honored at this luncheon were between seventy and ninety years old, however, and walking from the limited parking to the student center proved a challenge for them. Noticing this need, Russell proposed the golf cart taxi service, a free means of transportation for elderly and disabled visitors to IWU.

Shuttle 1In the past few years, the golf carts have ferried people for homecoming, grandparents’ day, and many IWU athletic events. This program is entirely staffed by volunteers; however Russell mentioned that finding drivers is never a problem. “We’ve been blessed, really, in having the volunteers we need,” Russell commented. “Once they start driving for us, they’re hooked on it.”

Due to rain, the shuttle service was a little less in demand this past weekend for homecoming, but the staff worked hard to service anyone who might need a ride, even taking trips from the town houses to the student center ferrying students.                    “Everyone really seemed to enjoy the experience, and although our numbers were less, the experience was still high quality,” stated Russell.

The alumni office helps with some of the administrative support for the golf cart ministry. Carder says that, “I have the joy of working with our volunteer leadership. Each year we make small adjustments to the schedule but mostly I just coordinate their needs.” The golf cart shuttle service stared in 2007. That year the team assembled for Homecoming as well as Grandparents Day and the Track and Field NAIA Nationals. “It was several big events with long hours, generally starting before 6 AM and finishing sometime after 9 PM” says Carder. This year the team expanded to include Brent Miller, an alum and local pastor of Southside Wesleyan Church. Brent took over much of the recruitment and managing of the team. “Brent has been a real asset to our team” Carder adds. Brent brought new drivers and coordinated his new role with the Russell’s as he helped lead this ministry.

Gold Cart ShuttlesRussell and his crew will be in service for a second time; Grandparent’s Day is a special day where students invite their grandparents to come to campus for a visit day. We often have over 900 guests register to attend. “This weekend, all our guests are in that sixty to seventy-year-old range,” Russell mentioned, “We will really be popping.”

Russell and his team of volunteers strives to make visiting IWU a positive and enjoyable experience by serving alumni through attending to transportation needs and building relationships with passengers along the way. Joe has nick named the shuttle cart ministry as “E-Z Go get-you-there!”

 

Written by Katherine Arch, Story Teller for Alumni Relations. Katherine Arch is a Senior 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 unique divine potential in written form.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Living Uncommonly- Changing Lives through Cinematography

During his time at Indiana Wesleyan University, recent alumni Al Pritchard (’15) has been passionately sharing his gifts in cinematography in a concerted effort working towards ending modern-day slavery. As a student, he was heavily involved in IWU Doulos, a campus-wide organization dedicated to fighting injustice; Pritchard partnered with this organization for multiple major projects.

Al PritchardOn January 31st, 2013 Doulos joined the non-profit organization called End-It and launched the premiere showing of the movie Nafarious; Merchant of Souls. This showing was part of a semester-long campaign intended to spread awareness about human trafficking. Pritchard also organized and promoted IWU’s Dance for Freedom- which launched in 2013. The dance raised awareness about human trafficking, and all proceeds from this dance went towards providing relief for survivors of human trafficking. This past spring, Pritchard helped in the University-wide push against modern slavery, providing a visual experience through the documentary Girl Rising: a full-length film that reveals the exploitation and injustice of the Sex Trade Industry.

Prior to the summer before his freshman year of college, Pritchard was unaware of the prominence of the Sex Trade Industry within the United States. He mentions that he stumbled upon statistics regarding the number of girls sold for sex in the United States; he could not remove the horrifying reality from his mind.

“I vowed from that moment on to be a voice for the issue since my world had become so quiet and cold about it,” Pritchard explained. As he started college, he began his journey working towards that goal. Enrolling at IWU as a Psychology Major, Pritchard decided to pursue this call by working to help council formerly-trafficked girls and women.

As Pritchard developed a passion for restoring people trapped in sexual exploitation, his love for filmmaking became increasingly significant. Pritchard gained interest in cinematography after his father passed away. When his father died, he left Pritchard, who was a freshman in high school, his old camera.

“What was my first exposure to filmmaking,” Pritchard stated, “From there, I began shooting on a regular basis. Opportunities would open up for me to explore the world through my lens.” In 2014, God began opening doors for Pritchard to integrate his love for filmmaking with his passion for ending the Sex Trade Industry. Pritchard was healing from an ended relationship and in that process was inspired to begin the Restored Love Project, an organization dedicated to “fighting human trafficking through visual stories.”

A recent graduate, Pritchard is looking forward to further involvement in working to end the Sex-Trade Industry and provide healing for past sex slaves. Inspired by the Wipe Every Tear foundation, this summer Pritchard and the Restored Love Project are beginning the process of creating a feature-length film entitled Wipe Every Tear. This documentary is intended to expose the reality of the Sex Trade Industry and the potential for healing and restoration. This film will be the assimilation of a documentary and a cinematographic fable. Incorporating the fable, Pritchard explains, allows the reader to understand better the process girls must go through in order to escape this dangerous life.

Preparing to begin the filming portion of this journey, Pritchard explains that he feels as though his time at IWU helped ready him for this project.

“I believe God used my past experiences to prepare me,” commented Pritchard. Faced with the daunting, emotionally devastating project of filming these girls, Pritchard realizes that his experiences at IWU have equipped him for this summer and upcoming projects.  “We will be filming in Angeles City, in the Philippians. This city traffics 15,000 girls within a 1.5-mile range. I can’t imagine walking into such pain and darkness,” Pritchard admits. However, he stated that through his personal challenges God has helped prepare him for this experience.

restored love image - Al Pritchard“I don’t believe God wastes anything, and he has brought me through my deserts in order to help prune my faith to be strong,” commented Pritchard. Following his work this summer, Pritchard is moving to California to attend Vanguard University’s Clinical Psychology program where he will begin the three-year process to earning his Master’s degree. Following his graduation, he hopes to build the Restored Love Foundation and incorporate his counseling skills as appropriate.

During his time at Indiana Wesleyan University, Al Pritchard developed a passion for providing hope and healing for people trapped in the sex-trade industry. Through his experiences as a student, he obtained practice working in this field. Now, he is launching into an uncommon life, pursuing the dreams that he feels God has for him as he works to spread love and change, one life at a time.

Since this article was written the film project has been able to begin the process of a film production on a smaller scale then they wish. They desire to make people aware of an opportunity to help Wipe Every Tear Movie.

 

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.

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Living Uncommonly – Todd Rhoad ’05

With three graduate degrees and fourteen years of higher education, Business Consultant Todd Rhoad could easily have chosen to climb the corporate ladder. Instead, he decided to live an uncommon life and pursue business with an intentional Christian perspective. Mr. Rhoad, the founder and CEO of BT Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia, articulated that the business world can be a challenging work environment, often tempting people to compromise their ethics in pursuit of their personal advancement. (BT is short of Blitz Team.) While completing his Master’s degree in Business Administration, ’05 IWU alumni Rhoad states that he was challenged to look at business in a different light. He remembers that professors routinely asked him and his peers to consider the question “what would Jesus do?” when looking at a difficult situation. At the time, this expression seemed cliché, but Rhoad expressed that this mindset was fundamental in shaping his professional outlook. Suddenly, he was able to approach work with a brighter perspective; instead of simply pursuing his career advancement, he was able to focus on serving his clients and working to meet their needs.

Todd Rhoad imageA byproduct of this mindset shift, Rhoad established a career consulting firm in 2010 with the expressed goal of “putting compassion back into business.” BT Consulting offers a plethora of career services, intended to meet professionals at every phase of their development. Services are varied and range from career coaching, networking strategies, mobile app development, to business development and startup assistance. In the future, Rhoad states that he hopes to see BT Consulting working closely with IWU graduates, helping them to develop as professionals. Additionally, Mr. Rhoad would like to see his company partner with IWU students and Alumni to provide professional support and services around the globe. In what is stereotypically a competitive and cutthroat workplace, Rhoad is committed to approaching the business world from an uncommon perspective and developing professionals with their best interests in mind.

Todd has provided alumni with training opportunities and offers his services to IWU alumni who wish to expand their network. You may also go to our IWU Alumni Linked-In Group to view his discussions.

Take a look at a related article about Linkedin – 3 Ways to Make the Most of Linkedin.

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.

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Homecoming 2015 Sneak Preview: New Parade Route

Although homecoming is still several months away, Lauren Shaw, Young Alumni and Assistant Director of Student Activities Council, as well as other members of the planning committee, are hard at work to create a homecoming experience that emphasizes the importance of community within IWU as well as in the surrounding community.  Shaw, a ’14 alumni from IWU, recalls fondly her experiences with homecoming as a student.

Dune Buggy HC14“I loved the parade;” she stated, “There were always so many floats, and we would all travel downtown for a huge party that integrated the community of Marion with IWU so well.”  This year, the homecoming planning committee is working to enhance that sense of community by re-routing the parade. Instead of ending the parade downtown, Shaw explained that the committee plans are to conclude the route at the soccer fields where the men’s and women’s teams have games that day. The parade will end at a large cookout as well as the Kid Zone; an area where people can mingle and have a chance to reconnect with friends. Shaw explains that the homecoming committee hopes this will help create a more family-friendly atmosphere and generate more support for that weekend’s athletic events. Additionally, she mentioned that they are working to encourage increased student participation in the parade.

Join the Homecoming 2015 Campus Parade beginning at 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 3! p. 72 Kazoo Band (in color) 1977This year there are over twenty student and community organization entries. You may enjoy a re-creation of the 1977 and 1984 student and alumni KAZOO BAND. (Arrive at the Phillippe Performing Arts parking lot at 12:30 PM to participate!) There will be plenty of candy tossed out to spectators. Check out the parade route.

“We’re thinking about having every dorm create a float for the parade,” she stated, “each dorm has its own flair and unique identity. This way every student will have an outlet to participate in homecoming!”

Millie Troyer and Judy JohnsonHomecoming is October 2 & 3, 2015 – Don’t miss this exciting event as well as FNL Flashback, Class Reunions (1955, 1960, 1965, 1975, 1985, 1990 (’89-’91), 1995), McConn Staff Reunion, Young Alumni – Techniques for Enjoying McConn Coffee at Home, School of Nursing Celebrates 40 years!, and much, much more.

 

Homecoming 2014 album by IWUalumni on Flickr.

 

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.