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Fond Greenville College Memories – Part One

Posted Tuesday, December 6th, 2011 Tagged:

It’s nearly December of my Senior year of college, which has made me hearken back to memories of old. The first one I’m going to post is a fairly recent memory of the first concert my friends and I were able to put on last year with some great musicians Andy Shauf, Lauris Vidal and a former Greenville College student Zach Strout.

To make a long story short, our budget for this concert fell through at the last minute and I had to email these guys and let them know that the funding wouldn’t be there and we would have to cancel the show. They told me that they had planned on coming regardless of whether they were paid and they were going to put on a killer show. This just inspired us even more and we came up with the idea of doing a bake sale with coffee where all of the funds would go towards Andy and Lauris. Doing this we raised over $100 for them. It was really cool to see a crowd of 70+ people come to the Blackroom to see two artists they have never heard of before and see them walk out smiling ear to ear. Here is a video from Zach, Andy and Lauris performing a song from that night.

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Top 10 Classes I’ve taken at Greenville College

The other day in my Fencing class, a fellow student was telling me how that class was in his top 25 classes of all time. I let out a little laugh, thinking to myself, “Who makes a list of their top 25 classes?”, and then realized I should totally make a list. While I have most definitely enjoyed my time at Greenville, I think it would be a stretch for me to pick 25 courses. Instead, I will choose a top 10.

10. CIS 105: Computer Fundamentals
I have always loved computers. In high school, I took as many computer classes as I could. So when I had to this course for my (then) major, I was pumped. I had the choice of taking it with some old dude, or with some young guy from IT. I chose the IT guy. Good choice. Instead of writing summaries from some outdated book, we learned about Google Reader and ManBabies.

9. PHL 201: Major Issues Philosophy
I’m currently enrolled in this course with Dr. Christina Smerick. Now many people will tell you that you HAVE to take this with Dr. Kent Dunnington. And trust me, Dr. Dunnington is a phenomenal teacher. But if you are clueless about the ideas behind philosophy and need someone to spell it out like alphabet soup for you, then Dr. Smerick is your professor. Dr. Smerick has been really great at helping to decipher these difficult concepts and has made Philosophy a class that I have very much enjoyed.

8. HPRA 256: Fencing
Ok, let’s just think about this. Fencing just looks insanely awesome. (Video) This class has just been a barrel of laughs. Love it.

7. MGT 321: Management of Organizations
This was my first class with Dr. Ivan Filby. If you are not familiar with Dr. Filby, he is the head of the Management Department at Greenville College as well as the faculty adviser for AgapeFest. Dr. Filby is one of those teachers who can just relate to students on any level, and does a great job of showing leadership. In a class that has potential to be slightly boring like an upper division Management class, he provides ample opportunities to spice up the class and even make a final project based on the movie The Devil Wears Prada.

6. PHY 105: Planets and Stars
I needed a lab science to graduate. I thought, “Hey, Planets and Stars sounds fun.” And it was. Our professor was actually a science teacher at the Bond County High School, so it gave the class a much more laid back feel. He had a great sense of humor, and the class was just really enjoyable.

5. MUEN 165: Rock Ensemble
Once upon a time, I was a CCM major. And in my first semester here, I was enrolled in the Rock Ensemble class. In this class, you are put in a band with 2-4 other people who play different instruments, and you perform a new cover song every week. While the song was often assigned to you, there were weeks occasionally that you were able to pick your cover song. We had the most rag-tag band out of them all; out of the 6 members, none of us were really singers. I  kind of took over the role as singer out of necessity, so when it came time for us to pick our song, I chose a Tom Petty song that I knew very well. This class definitely made me a better musician and made me appreciate playing 6 different instruments over the semester. Our Tom Petty cover: YouTube

Sidenote – Two members of my Rock Ensemble band dropped out of college that year to go play as musicians in touring bands. I felt pretty legit.

4. MKT 201: Marketing
This was a cool class. My favorite part of the class was that we had to take a real life event and market it. This was very easy for me, because I was working on putting on a concert on-campus. It was just a very useful class for me and I really enjoyed my professor and getting to do real life work in a class.

3. MGT 327: Entrepreneurship
This was a very interesting class for me. Essentially the idea behind this class was to create a new product, business, or service, write a business plan, and then present your idea to the class. It was very challenging because we were pretty much on our own for all the information, but it was great because we had to be very resourceful. My service was called “Streamlined Events” and the premise for my service was to create a professional grade online streaming service for showing events. The pitch went very well, and I ended up with a pretty good grade in the class. It not only made me a better student, but it really encouraged me to pursue a career in entrepreneurship.

2. COR 302: Science & Christianity
This was such a cool class.  It was a great learning experience for me, because our professor, Dr. Darrell Iler, simply laid out the facts and left it up to the students to decide what they thought of all the different ideas. Dr. Iler made it a point to not influence our opinions by giving his, which I thought was both very difficult and very wise of him. One of my favorite/least favorite  parts of the trip was our trip to the Creation Museum. At the end of the course, we were required to write a paper on a subject related to the class, and I wrote mine about my feelings about the Creation Museum. If you have the opportunity to take this class during Interterm, do so. (Creation Museum paper link.)

1. COR 101: Jesus of the Media
My first course I ever took at Greenville College still stands as my favorite. This was by far the best class I ever took. I loved how much it challenged me, and it was exactly what I needed coming into college. In this course, we watched mainstream films that talked about religion, dieties,  love, relationships, and everything in between. We watched films like Saved!, Dogma, Lars and the Real Girl, Unbreakable, Magnolia, Jesus Camp, and my personal favorite Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This class made me a very critical thinker and definitely set the tone for the rest of my collegiate career.

So there you have it folks, my top 10. I have to say, I do have a pretty awesome schedule for next semester, so stay tuned in to see if any of those classes make the new and improved top 10!



World Series Champs!

Posted Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 Tagged:

This Friday night, I had over 15 people in my living room in the Blankenship “Tower” Apartments for an evening of family dinner, caramel apple smoothies, Ro-tel dip, and a great World Series Game 7!

You hear the word “community” thrown around so frequently, but it is evenings like this one when you realize how important the concept of community really is. Thanks to all who came and hung out and congratulations Cardinals!


(Photo Credit – Photo 1 & 3: Carli Marlowe via Instagram. Photo 2: Matthew Moore via Instagram)


Successful Film Screening for Broke*!

Posted Friday, October 28th, 2011 Tagged:

For the last 10 days, I have been working fervently to market and promote the screening for the film Broke*. It was a tiresome and exhausting several days, but it was very rewarding to see 3 theaters filled with Greenville College students anxious to see the film.  With more than 50 students helping and around 20 GC Faculty/Staff/Alumni involved in creating Broke*, this screening was a great opportunity to showcase Greenville College.

I think my favorite part of the evening was the After-Party. We opened up the old City Hall building, decorated it, put in a Cereal Bar, and had well over 40 people at the event, including Director Will Gray and Tyler Pittman, VP Sales & Marketing Sony Music Entertainment.

What were your thoughts on the film? Did you attend the after-party? Give me your feedback!


Crowd-sourced Topics: “Wheelchair Greg”

Posted Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Today I started a somewhat accidental piece to the blog here: crowd-sourced topics. Out of a sheer inability to decide on a specific topic to write about today, I simply posted on my Twitter and Facebook that I needed a topic for the blog and I received a lot of responses. However, the one people thought I should talk the most about today is about a fan favorite GC personality: “Wheelchair Greg.”

Greg Rowden is a very interesting person that many people on campus are very knowledgeable about. Greg was someone that was never afraid to tell you what he was thinking, and always had a witty comment to come at you with. One of my favorite Greg moments included watching three college students pushing his motorized wheelchair up the inclined sidewalk running between Snyder and the neighboring parking lot. It was very cool that no matter how agreeable (or not agreeable in some cases) you thought Greg was, that there were people who were still willing to help him out when he needed it the most. We appreciate your character and personality Greg, and it is people like you who make Greenville College the way it is today.

Let’s hear your favorite Greg Rowden story!



Greenville College or Greenville University?

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

There has been talk recently about our higher education facility making an edit to their name, changing from Greenville College to Greenville University. A student-wide email was sent out to us, giving us the reasons to be in favor of either choice:

In favor of “University” because…
1) Less confusion with Junior and Community Colleges. Community colleges in particular have been dropping the “community” from their name, making it all that more confusing in trying to differentiate between a “community college” and a “college.” As “Greenville College,” we are often confused with community or junior colleges.
2) Less confusion internationally about what kind of institution we are. A lot of other cultures think of a “college” as a 2-year vocational school, or a community college, or even a high school! The term “college” is used differently abroad, “university” would clear up some of the confusion that international students experience when considering Greenville.
3) Other institutions that offer graduate programs have changed their name to “university” to reinforce the fact that they also offer advanced education. Greenville not only offers graduate programs but its graduate program is expanding—“university” would reinforce that we’re growing as an institution.

In favor of “College” because…
1) Greenville is known for its emphasis on community and close-knit relationships. Some feel that the word “college” conveys that better.
2) There are institutions that have retained the name “college” and continue to excel in the academic world. Example: Wheaton College.
3) We have been a “college” for 120 years, so why should we change now?

My views personally are that we should stay as Greenville College. When I think of a “University,” I think of a large school with lots of really big buildings, arena sized basketball courts, and students sitting around in classes with 300 other students. To me, that’s not what Greenville College is about. GC is about having a professor that lets you sit in their office and share your faith story and struggle with and they pray with you afterwards. GC is about being able to be a part of a worship experience every day. GC is about having an opportunity to excel and stand out. GC, as much as we hate to say it, is about community. And with such a rich history of community, why try and separate ourselves from that?
Also, GU just has a funny ring to it.




The Apostles’ Creed – The Song

Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 Tagged:

Let’s rewind to the Spring of 2009. I was in my second semester of college and was enrolled in the fan favorite course: COR 102. In my class, we went to Chicago for the legendary COR trip where we stayed in a very disturbing hostel (another story for another day…), visited lots of really cool religious facilities, and I had Chipotle for the first time. COR 102 was also my first introduction to The Apostles’ Creed. Growing up in a Baptist background, I was completely unaware of what this creed was, let alone that it existed. For one of our tests with Dr. Dunnington, we had to write the Apostles’ Creed exactly word for word. And being the incredible college students we were, my roommate and I procrastinated on learning until the last night before the test.

We were toast. We had no idea how we were going to learn this huge creed this quickly. And then it hit us: what if we make it into a song? So Mike picked up his guitar, I picked up my harmonica, and we called over our friend Tony from next door to be our percussionist and completely made up music to this creed on the spot.

This is a video of us playing it together for the first time ever. Maybe this will help you memorize the words like it did us!

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Parkour – Another thing to do in Greenville

Posted Monday, September 26th, 2011

Hello blogosphere, hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday morning! Being a senior, I realize that the first question people ask once they arrive on campus is “So… what is there to do in Greenville?” Sure, you have your typical answers: “Go check out the coffee shops!”, “Eat at Subway!”, “Go thrift shopping!”, and “Go take pictures with the creepy murals all over the square!” However, I would like to offer a new suggestion to you all. It’s called Parkour. According to Wikipedia, parkour is “a method of movement focused on moving around obstacles with speed and efficiency.” If you’re looking for a great way to exercise while still enjoying the sights of this beautiful city, give Parkour a try. Be sure to check out this instructional video made by some of my friends.

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