SNU Hosts CCCU Commission on Technology Conference

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) hosted the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Commission on Technology Conference June 4-6, 2014. Over 100 Technology Professors from the US and Canada heard keynote speakers including Dr. Dennis Williams, Dean of Teaching and Learning, Southern Nazarene University; William G. “Bill” Strausbaugh, Vice President for Information Technology and Associate Provost at Messiah College; and SNU alumnus Bobby Gruenewald, Innovation Leader, LifeChurch.TV and creator of YouVersion, the world’s most popular Bible app with over 144 million installs to date.

Pictured above is speaker Bobby Gruenewald

Each day began with a time of worship led by Harlan Moore, Minister of Worship Arts, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene and Paul Jones, Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling, Southern Nazarene University. A variety of workshops were offered, presented by CCCU colleagues. Among the presenters were SNU’s own Dr. Brint Montgomery, Professor of Theology and Ministry, Jody Bowie, Instructional Designer, Chichi Freelander, Network Coordinator, and Laura Koch, Online Services Developer.

Gwen Rodgers, Conference Vice Chair and Director of Online Learning at Southern Nazarene University, explained that the conference title was “Surviving the Winds of Change…Together” but was revised to “Embracing the Winds of Change” following the session with Bobby Gruenewald. Rodgers reported that attendees commented often on the hospitality of the SNU Community and everyone seemed to enjoy learning from each other and sharing ideas to help one another. During the meetings, Rodgers was elected Chair of Technology with the CCCU.

The Council for Christian College & Universities is an international association of intentionally Christ centered colleges and universities. The Council exists to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth.

Southern Nazarene University’s mission is to transform lives through higher education in a Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.