The Freshmen Are Here!

The Freshmen Are Here!

Parents pray with and for their freshmen on the front lawn of the Hopps Museum.

Southwestern Adventist University’s Class of 2016 was officially welcomed onto the university campus on Wednesday, Aug. 15 when Southwestern held its traditional Mizpah Ceremony. This is the second year this commitment event has been conducted.

The event, which began in the sanctuary of the Keene Seventh-day Adventist Church, started with prayer, and music provided by Rudyard Dennis, Marc Elysee and Ana Scarone of the Music Department. University President Eric Anderson then addressed the students and their parents, asking “How Did They Do That?” He cautioned against people who look for shortcuts in education, calling it “karaoke education.” This was followed by remarks from Amy Rosenthal, the University’s new vice president for academic administration. who introduced students and parents to the CORE concept, the idea that education at Southwestern includes development of Character, capitalization on Opportunity, assumption of Responsibility and preparation for Eternity.

Three speakers–one representing the parents, a second the students, and a third the University–read homilies specifically prepared for the event, calling for each to assume responsibility and accept promises by the others.

After the presentations, everyone exited the sanctuary and walked to the front lawn of the Hopps Museum, where parents were invited to have prayer for and with their students. Students then crossed the street and filed beneath the Mizpah gate and shook hands with faculty and staff, who waited to welcome them to their new school.

A dinner for students and their parents, faculty and staff followed in the Leiske-Pultar Auditorium.


Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

About author

You might also like

News 1Comments

KGSW Makes Switch To Digital Broadcasting

Southwestern Adventist University’s TV station, KGSW, turns digital today, Aug. 24. The station should be up and running by this evening at the earliest and tomorrow at the latest, according

News 0 Comments

“The Way” Meets Wednesdays for Bible Study

Lead, follow, but whatever you do, get in the way. Southwestern students are invited to attend a weekly youth Bible study called “The Way.”  The group meets every Wednesday at

News 0 Comments

Grant Deadline Approaches

The Charley Wootan Grant Program will award grants for the 2013-2014 academic year totaling $2.5 million to students who are Texas residents pursuing a degree at a four-year school. Students


No Comments Yet!

You can be first to comment this post!

Leave a Reply

IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)

What is 9 + 15 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.