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The Online Bridge: FALL 2005
Issue 12, September 2005

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Lounge Renovations

The 2005-06 school year is now in full swing. Students began arriving the weekend of September 4th and started their classes on the 7th. For those who hadn’t dropped by over the summer they were met with a newly renovated student lounge in the Student Union building. This renovation happened, in part, thanks to a financial gift made by the Taylor University College Student Council (STUCO). This gift was one that has been saved up over the past number of years. Previous council executives made the decision to put aside a designated amount for use at a future date. Last year’s council, led by Matt Willard as president, made the decision to use that money in trust to fund a significant portion of this renovation project. Our gratitude goes out to Matt and to the other members of last year’s executive for their generous decision, and to the past council executives who participated in the development of that gift. It is also important to thank the Adult Friendship group at Trinity Baptist in Kelowna, BC, for their contribution to this project. The funds that they were able to provide were enough to purchase all of the new lounge furniture.

 

On Thursday, September 8 th the whole student body and Taylor community enjoyed the first chapel service which also served as the Convocation Chapel for the year. Dr. Troy Janzen (Psychology Department chair) gave the convocation address in which he used Ephesians 4:17-32 to challenge this year’s student body to be open to Spirit-led change from within that will affect their whole being. You can read Dr. Janzen’s entire address here.

Convocation 2005

Our Renovated Lounge

This year is an exciting one for Taylor. As you probably already know, we will be receiving provincial funding for the first time in the school’s history. However, being financially recognized for our contribution to higher learning in this province will not change the way we accomplish our mission to develop Christ-minded leaders who make a difference in the world. Between this funding, a record year for donor support, and a 10% increase in enrolment there is a buzz on campus as everyone looks forward to the next 12 months.

The Student Development department has instituted a theme of Personal Wellness for this academic year. Using Alfred Adler’s wellness wheel as a guide, the department will take a holistic approach to student programming, and Taylor students will be encouraged to develop their entire person—mental, spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and societal—through the different events and programmes on campus. The Seminary will be using the theme of “Living Sacrifice” based on Romans 12:1 for their programming. Through chapels and other events Seminary students will be encouraged to explore what it means to be a living sacrifice in the context of seminary education and community life.

 


Students Already Hard at Work

For those of you who live within driving distance of Taylor, we encourage you to come out to the Public Lecture Series on Religion & Culture being presented by the Religion and Theology Department. This fall we have an exciting line-up of speakers and topics scheduled for the evenings of September 29, October 13 and 27, and November 10. The department is very pleased to announce that Dr. Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University in New York, will be presenting on the relationship between faith and postmodernism. Dr. Westphal has written numerous books and articles and is one of the leading philosophers of religion North America.

In addition, we have lectures scheduled on Dan Brown’s best-selling and controversial book The Da Vinci Code, as well as C.S. Lewis’s classic children’s book (and soon to be released film), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The series begins at the end of September with Jim Van Yperen’s lecture on the importance of character and community for leaders. Jim Van Yperen, a nationally known leadership consultant, is founder and president of Metanoia Ministries.

Each lecture will include time for discussion and interaction. Consistent with the aims of our institution, we will explore these topics from a distinctively Christian perspective. In support of this event, we would greatly appreciate if you could promote these lectures. Please click here for a lecture series schedule and description of topics. Also check the Taylor website regularly for further information on this and other topics.

Even if you can’t make it out to a lecture, there will be sporting events, concerts, presentations, dinners, and other opportunities for you to visit the Taylor campus. We also encourage you to pray for the Taylor community throughout this year.