Spiritual Deepening Week Starts Today

By Lily Russell

Trevecca’s new chaplain, Erik Gernand, is hosting this year’s spiritual deepening week on Sept. 16-19.

“Spiritual Deepening week is a time to intentionally set some time aside, and in the midst of our busy schedule, turn our attention and hearts to God and give God some extra space in our life to do some things that we may not always have time or attention to lean into,” Gernand said.

The theme for this year is “In the Name of Jesus”. According to Gernand, the theme was inspired by Colossians 3:17 and Philippians 2:5-11.

With professors being encouraged to limit tests and large assignments, spiritual deepening week has become a staple in Trevecca’s schedule.

“We want to create a space for God to do significant work. …Trevecca’s about the holistic development of our students,” Gernand said.

Referring to Spiritual Deepening week as an “old school revival,” Gernand said it is an important time in the school year for all students and community members of Trevecca.

Stephanie Hansen, all student body chaplain, said she is looking forward to Gernand’s first time hosting spiritual deepening week.

“Erik and his wife Ashley have just been so involved with students and their spiritual life,” Stephanie Hansen said. “You can go into the cafeteria and Erik will sit and talk with you.”

Gernand said he hopes the week will be a time for all to empty themselves and let God enter in. He also hopes the week will help students build “a love for Jesus and a desire to have the shape of our life be in harmony with his.”

He is looking forward to sharing his message.

“Every chance I get I like talking about Jesus,” Gernand said.

Spiritual deepening week schedule:

Monday 6 p.m.

Tuesday 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Thursday 9:30 a.m.

More facilities needed for more athletes

By Kallie Sohm

 With the announcement that Trevecca officials want to add up to 150 more athletes comes the question of how the campus will accommodate them with adequate practice and competition facilities.

“The number one obstacle to this [adding one or two junior varsity teams and club sports each year] is our current gymnasium,” said Dan Boone, university president.

Boone said there is a plan for expanding and improving Moore Gymnasium, but there are currently no funds or donors for the approximately $12 million project. Continue reading More facilities needed for more athletes

SAAC president works overtime

By Miriam Kirk

Adi Hale, a senior majoring in social work, came to Trevecca because she had the opportunity to play basketball and be the first in her family to earn a college degree. She didn’t think she would become the president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the first African American president at that.

“I’m honored to be the first African American president of SAAC. With Trevecca making this push to be inclusive of all ethnicities I feel that it’s accurate that we have an African American leading the SAAC committee,” Hale said. Continue reading SAAC president works overtime

New University Chaplain selected

By Brooklyn Dance

Trevecca’s new chaplain will come to campus with 17 years of experience as a church pastor and a desire to minister to college aged students.

Erick Gernand, currently the pastor of Real Life Community Church of the Nazarene in Murfreesboro, will be Trevecca’s new chaplain.

“Ashley and I have spent quite a bit of our ministry working with young adults and college students, so we’ll be with an age group and season of life that we love. I love the kinds of questions and exploration of faith that generally happens in these years,” he said. Continue reading New University Chaplain selected

Trevecca considering new food providers

By Matthew Parris

After 45 years of service, Trevecca is reevaluating its contract with Pioneer College Caterers, and hopes to decide before graduation whether it will continue with them or choose a new provider.

“Pioneer, when they first came in, it was a new opportunity for Trevecca,” said David Caldwell, executive vice president for administration and finance. “I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that over the years, they have provided a lot of benefits to the school. I just think that now, with student tastes and expectations changing, it makes sense to see what options are out there.” Continue reading Trevecca considering new food providers

Retention Rates for African-American students lower than rest of student body

By Kayla Williamson

 Around one-third of African American students who start college at Trevecca end up graduating from the university, compared to 57 percent of white students.

According to an NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) report signed by President Dan Boone, African Americans have the lowest graduation rates compared to other races. Graduation rates are the percentage of students that finish their degree within six years.

The most recent graduation rates for African American undergraduate students are 32 percent. Asian students have a graduation rate of 33 percent, and white students have a graduation rate of 57 percent. Overall, Trevecca has a graduation rate of 54 percent. Continue reading Retention Rates for African-American students lower than rest of student body

Students and faculty prepare to spend summer abroad

By Joshua Michel

It has been 20 years since Kathy Mowry, professor of intercultural studies and Christian education, and her husband Jon were missionaries in Ukraine. This summer, the Mowry’s will return to Kyiv leading a TAG trip, where for two weeks they will work with youth and children’s ministries at a local Nazarene church. Continue reading Students and faculty prepare to spend summer abroad

Baseball and Softball teams off to a good start for 2019 season

By Maddux Reid

The Trevecca softball and baseball teams are hitting the ground running for the 2019 season.

In their first weekends of play, baseball swept the University of Montavello in three games and softball beat Missouri-St. Louis and Delta State.

Baseball was predicted to land in 5th place after the pre-season poll. Ryan Schmalz, head baseball coach, said that’s motivation to the team. Continue reading Baseball and Softball teams off to a good start for 2019 season

What’s your number? Enneagram popularity rising among students

By Naomi Overby

Ellie Schut, a sophomore at Trevecca, has a permanent display of her love for the Enneagram—a tattoo of the three-part figure that sits just below the crook of her arm, and it matches a tattoo on her mother.

“My mom is actually certified to type people,” Schut said. “We were trying to come up with all these ideas for a tattoo, and she pulled out the book that had that symbol on it and I was like ‘We should definitely get that’. The whole family is all kind of nuts about this.” Continue reading What’s your number? Enneagram popularity rising among students

Taste the Nations canceled for this year

By Audrey Yawn

The Namaste club is canceling “Taste the Nations” for the first time in 13 years because of short planning times and lack of participation.

The club, which was started by Roy Philip, associate professor of marketing, is made up of  25-30  members from nearly 20 countries. Their mission is to create a safe haven for international students and to expose Trevecca to international culture.

“We put on events like Bollywood movie night and Taste the Nations to help the students on Trevecca’s campus be more aware of the international students here,” said Philip. Continue reading Taste the Nations canceled for this year