Gresham Addresses Grads at Historic Commencement
The 114th Commencement ceremony of Southern Nazarene University, which took place on May 13, 2017, marked the final awarding of degrees by President Loren P. Gresham, who will conclude his 28 years as president of the university and his total fifty years of service to SNU on July 31, 2017. In a memorable and historic processional, retiring professors Dr. Lou Dennard and Dr. Hal Cauthron led with the Academic Mace, followed by members of the Faculty, Board of Trustees, Golden Grads of the Class of 1967 and a large contingent of graduating students. This spring, a total of 327 undergraduate and 151 graduate degrees were awarded.
Prior to Dr. Gresham’s Commencement address, Dr. Brad Moore, Chair of the Board of Trustees, read a tribute to the leadership and service of Dr. Loren and Linda Gresham. In addition, Dr. Moore announced that the Trustees had bestowed on Dr. Gresham the title of President Emeritus, symbolizing the university’s desire to continue the strong relationship of Dr. Gresham to the institution, representing her and carrying on her mission. The large crowd responded with a long, standing ovation.
In his address, Gresham posed the question, “How now will you live?” He admonished the graduates to use their foundational experience at SNU to shape their priorities, their integrity, and their work ethic. He urged them to find trusted voices of wisdom rather than rely on the current culture to inform their decisions and lifestyle. Dr. Gresham summarized by sharing that throughout his presidency he always wanted SNU to be a special institution with a spirit of place; a unique culture that graduates could take with them and a place where they could draw close to God. “If so,” he concluded, “we are accomplishing our mission.”
Read more about Commencement here and view our Facebook photo gallery here.
REMEDY Set for Summer of Service
SNU’s student worship team, REMEDY, is slated for a full summer of serving the South Central Region at camps and conferences across the four states that make up the SNU Field. REMEDY team members are chosen from a rigorous series of auditions and interviews. These students are committed to prayerfully prepare to minister to children and teens, and represent SNU to her constituents in Nazarene gatherings throughout their summer break.
This year’s team members are:
- Libby Frees, a PK from Ponca City, Oklahoma
- Autumn Harrison, whose hometown is Lindsay, Oklahoma
- Rebekah Abrego of Bethany, Oklahoma, daughter of SNU’s band director Danny Abrego
- Makayla Shonamon from Fort Worth, Texas and a product of Fort Worth First Nazarene
- Trevor Meads who hails from Arlington, Texas and Arlington First Nazarene
- Immanuel Brooks of Orange, Texas and calls Orange First Nazarene his home church
- Andrew Tycksen whose home is Richland, Washington
- Joseph Stroud from Dodge City, Kansas and a veteran member of the REMEDY team
These students will take part in the following camps and gatherings, and as you think of them or are taking part in one or more of these events, their desire is that you pray for their safety, health and spiritual effectiveness. They want to be Jesus to those that might be seeking Him and be a reflection of the REMEDY for sin brought about by Christ’s death and resurrection to new life.
Oklahoma District Mid High Camp - June 5-9
Oklahoma District Senior High Camp - June 11 -15
Northeast Oklahoma District Youth Camp - June 15- 19
South Texas District Youth Camp - July 4 -8
Louisiana District Youth Camp - July 10-14
South Arkansas District Youth Camp - July 16-20
Southwest Oklahoma District Youth Camp - July 24-28
Dallas District Assembly - July 10
Arlington, Texas First Nazarene Church - July 9
SNU LEAD Retreat - August 13-15
SNU New Student Institute - August 20
NazNite at Six Flags - September 8
Killeen, TX Church of the Nazarene - September 10
SNU Students in Missions (SIMS) Teams Launched
More than half of the twenty teams of SNU students and their faculty/staff/alumni mentors have departed campus for mission service around the globe. A total of 135 SIMS participants will be involved in a variety of ministries in 19 countries over the summer months. Teams have served, or are serving now, in Swaziland, South Africa, Japan, Australia, Mongolia, Romania, England, Germany, Paraguay and Mexico. Teams will be departing soon for countries in Asia, Europe and South America, as well as New Zealand and here in the United States.
With this worldwide variety of cultures, students have the opportunity to engage in unique and challenging ways. Many will participate in medical clinics, some in sports camps, others in a wide spectrum of church ministries, and much more. Regardless of their specific assignment, it will be a transformational experience as God works in and through them to impact the lives of others.
Beyond the fund-raising, each student prepared for their mission through a series of training sessions to bond and learn teamwork, to increase cross-cultural awareness, and to develop practical ministry skills for short-term missions.
The goal of SIMS is not just to complete projects, or experience a different culture. Instead, the goal is for each team to have the opportunity to serve and worship with Christians there and learn from them, growing in their faith and expanding their understanding of God’s Kingdom around the world. Please pray for their safety, health and spiritual wisdom as they seek to serve and share Christ’s love for others.
To follow this global outreach, and support SIMS and the students who are serving, visit snu.edu/sims and follow them on Facebook here.