After a solid fall semester and a remarkably strong spring term, Taylor’s final numbers have come in with the strongest seminary enrolment in years. Our final numbers are 25% higher than our goal, which we thought might be optimistic. Taylor Seminary ended the academic year with a total annual FTE (full time equivalent) of 147.89 students; one year ago, that number was 109.
There are several reasons for the increase, including the strong interest in Taylor’s re-designed 77-hour MDiv degree as well as other programs.
Another reason for growth in our courses this year has been the continued emphasis on streamlining our course delivery. More attention has been given to accommodating mature students, who often attend seminary on a part-time basis while continuing to work or serve in ministry. Weekend, modular and intensive courses, as well as online courses, have all made theological education more accessible.
In 2011-12, students did not simply register at the beginning of a semester. Instead, because of the way courses are offered, we enrolled students throughout the year. Enrolment Services was busy in May as new program students were accepted and registered for Spring Session courses(May 2-25).
Another important change in serving students well has been the change to offer regular semester courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and to arrange the course schedule in a way that makes it easy for students to move through their program.
The increased attendance brings with it increased tuition revenue. We thank God for this strong growth and look forward seeing it continue.
New Academic Dean
Taylor Seminary is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Ohlmann will be returning to Taylor as the Academic Dean, effective July 1, 2012. Dr. Ohlmann was the Academic Vice-President at Taylor Seminary for the 2008-2009 academic year, and brings a wealth of experience to the post.
This change will free up Dr. Joost Pikkert who added the dean's role to many other duties, and Taylor president Dr. David Williams publicly thanked Dr. Pikkert for his outstanding work over the past two years.
Originally from the Edmonton area (Leduc), Dr. Ohlmann has invested his entire adult life in theological education. He has earned degrees from U of A, NABS, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Theological Union Seminary. He spent 20 years at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary and 12 years as Vice-President/Academic Dean at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer). He also continues to serve as Special Advisor for Planning and Accreditation for the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.
Taylor Student plays Carnegie Hall in New York City
Taylor Seminary student Aaron Au, who is a highly accomplished violinist, joined the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra on stage at Carnegie Hall for a performance on May 8, 2012. Playing in this storied venue is a great honour for any musician, and we celebrate this special moment with him.
Aaron, who is in our MDiv program, formerly played with the Edmonton Symphony (see The Bridge, Spring 2010). Besides his studies with us, Aaron is also a violin instructor at the Conservatory of Music at Taylor.
The New York concert also involved another Taylor student, Kathy Brown, works for the ESO and was asked to accompany the orchestra to New York to help make this event happen. (The featured trumpet soloist, Jens Lindemann, grew up at Central Baptist in Edmonton, as well, and is known to many friends and alumni of Taylor.)
The Spring Into Music Festival in New York was a big deal for the city of Edmonton, and we are thrilled to enjoy a Taylor connection to this event. You can listen to a recording of the ESO performance at the following link:
Scholarship Recital at Taylor
Celebrate another successful year at the Taylor Conservatory!
Our instructors have chosen a selection of students (based upon factors of improvement and talent) as our scholarship winners for 2011-12, and these students are the featured performers in our year-end recital. Each performer will be recognized with a certificate and a cash award.
There is no fee to attend and everyone is welcome. Join us, and celebrate student achievement!
Friday, June 15, 7:00 PM
Stencel Hall (Taylor) | Free to Attend
ABOUT THE CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC AT TAYLOR
Operating out of Muller Hall on the Taylor Campus, the Conservatory of Music offers outstanding music instruction to students of all ages and skill levels. Nearly all faculty have at least a Masters degree (some have doctorates), and all are very experienced and well-respected as instructors and as performers.
Approximately 150 students are currently enrolled in music lessons through the conservatory. You can learn more at www.TaylorMusic.ca.