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Special Convocation Chapel begins academic year

Convocation Chapel marked the opening of a new year at BBC&S, with the special August 23 program serving as an official welcome back and a time of encouragement for students, faculty, and staff.

Held annually at the beginning of the fall semester, President Jim Jeffery used the hour to challenge those in attendance to "go beyond" in their relationship with Christ, knowledge and application of the Bible, personal growth, and in ministry to others.

The theme drew on the year-long series he will feature in regular weekly chapel messages as well as the new focus of a BBC&S campaign on branded materials.

"It is institutional and it is personal," he said.

"Don't settle. Don't be satisfied with where you are. May it be said of everyone on this campus that we have gone beyond in Christ."Baptist Bible College & Seminary

The Convocation and other messages from President Jeffery, as well as other chapel speakers throughout the year, can be heard at www.bbc.edu/chapel.

A special feature
Convocation also featured the debut of BBC&S' new academic mace, a traditional symbol of authority and integrity carried in formal processions.

The wooden mace is a gift from Dr. Russell Kooy of Jacksonville, OR, a retired surgeon who designed and crafted the mace himself and donated the piece. It was carried by Vice President and Provost Dr. Jim Lytle and will be carried by other individuals in future such processions.

The globe at the top of the mace represents the world and BBC&S' mission to reach the world for Christ. Mounted inside is a basswood cross crafted from the wood of a pipe organ built in 1914. In the center, the cross reminds that Christ is the center of the Christian's world and the centerpiece of education at BBC&S. The mace is designed so that the cross is fully visible on each side. Baptist Bible College & Seminary

Read more about the mace here.

BBC Professor Dr. Don McCall opened the chapel and the school year with an invocation. Dr. David Harris led the assembly in the hymns "O Church Arise" and "Fairest Lord Jesus." BBC Professor Dr. Stephen Shumaker, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, led a Scripture reading in Philippians 3: 7-14.

In his welcoming remarks, Dr. Lytle introduced three new full-time members of the faculty -- Associate Professor Dr. Scott Severance, Assistant Professor Dr. Akinola Fadahunsi, and Assistant Professor Dr. Gerlin Valencia. Joining the faculty as part-time members this year are Jenean Truax and Bonnie McCall.

"This is going to be a fantastic year," he said.

Several great events ahead
The fall semester includes many exciting events on the BBC&S campus.

"Celebration on the Summit," October 4-9, will include the annual Bible Conference, Alumni Day, and Homecoming & Family Day. Events scheduled during the week include a special fireworks display, and a event with master illusionist Harris III and 321 Improv Comedy.

Read more about "Celebration on the Summit" and get ticket information at www.bbc.edu/celebration.

Also taking place this fall is the BBC production of "The Sound of Music" October 21-23. Other events include Day of Prayer, Community Appreciation Day, and the President's Breakfast. .

For more about campus events and dates, go to www.bbc.edu/events.

Work continues on the new Kempton Athletic Center, set to open in 2011. The steel structure for the $4.5 million center is in place. Related masonry, siding, and roofing work is being done. When completed, the building will include a running track, climbing wall, and a range of other facilities.

See more about the Kempton Athletic Center, including stories, videos, and special interviews, at www.bbc.edu/kempton.

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers an outstanding Christian education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to learn and serve with excellence as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to www.bbc.edu or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 8/23/2010 11:07:39 AM