Faculty getting ready for return of students

Faculty getting ready for return of students

Preparing for the start of the fall semester, BBC&S faculty and staff are set to take time for meetings, training sessions, and prayer ahead of the arrival of students.

"Prep Week" begins Monday, August 18. It includes time to learn new information, discuss changes, and focus on the needs of students.

Time for prayer and fellowship also play an important part of the special time dedicated to making sure students receive the best possible educational experience. The extra time spent in preparation illustrates the dedication and love BBC&S faculty have for students.

"Each faculty member has been studying, planning, and praying about their individual responsibilities and students during the summer," said Dr. Janet Hicks, Professor and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. "This week enables each of us to think globally about the ministry of BBC and the part we each play toward the whole."

New undergraduate on-campus students will be welcomed beginning Friday, August 22. The fall semester on campus begins Monday, August 25. Online classes begin Monday, August 18.

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Students and faculty will see many campus upgrades and improvements as they return, ranging from a new retaining wall by Thomson and Vibbard halls and extensive work on Jackson Hall windows to landscaping between the Recreation Center and the Phelps Student Center and a new front sidewalk by the former flagpole site.

Meetings will include some held by the School of Education. These important gatherings are meant to ensure that faculty members are aware of any changes made by Pennsylvania Department of Education, said Dr. Ritchie Kelley, Professor and Dean of the School of Education.

"We are all lifelong learners," he said. 'There is always more for us to learn which will help us to be more effective within the classroom."

Details about a Community Groups student mentoring program being implemented for the new semester, and "cultural intelligence" training provided by Assistant Professor Darryl Meekins are among other sessions set.

In a longstanding tradition, faculty members will meet in the Jackson Hall Tower for a time of singing and prayer. The early morning "Tower Time" will include songs led by Professor Dr. David Harris and a time of devotion and reflection led by Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Jim Lytle.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers outstanding Christian higher education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to think biblically, grow spiritually, and serve faithfully as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

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Posted on: 8/13/2014 3:01:50 PM

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