Friday Evening in the Men’s Dorm

Last Friday evening after Vespers, I spent some time relaxing and enjoying a typical Sabbath evening with the men in the men's dorm. One group of guys gathered around the fireplace to play and sing praise together. Song after song filled the lobby and drifted down the halls - "My hope is built on [...]

A Different Kind of Christmas Party

Last Sunday afternoon, the young ladies of the women's dorm hosted a Christmas party for their "adopted grandparents" in our local church. While only about half of those invited were able to come, this party, entirely organized by our young ladies and was a joy to attend. After opening prayer and hot drinks, the [...]

Dorm Gift Exchanges

'Tis the season for Christmas parties! In the dorms, students celebrated with gift exchanges. In the women's dorm, the gift exchange came as the culmination of a semester-long "secret sisters" program. At the beginning of the year, girls drew names and surreptitiously slipped notes of encouragement a small gifts to the person chosen. At [...]

Women’s Dorm Open House

After vespers last Friday evening, we were treated to an evening of cookies, hot drinks, and friendship in the women's dorm. Each Christmas season, the women's dorm invite male students and the staff an open house. Many of the rooms were decorated for Christmas, and we were invited to vote for the best decorated [...]

Women’s Dorm Hosts Open House

There's a happy feeling nothing in the world can buy, when you pass around hot chocolate and cupcakes, oh my! That happy feeling was in the air at the women's dorm open house Friday evening after vespers. The men enjoyed  goodies, fellowship, and to checked out the Christmas decorations in the women's dorm rooms. [...]

Men’s Dorm Builds Trust

This past Sunday, men's dean Kevin Wilkinson led the students  in a series of activities designed to build trust and community. Students had to work together and rely on one another to accomplish many of the challenges. The final activity involved a $20 bill, a rat trap, and a promise. Wilkinson closed the evening [...]

Women’s Dorm Holds Bake Sale

Last Saturday night, the girls built community while baking cookies, pies, and cupcakes for a bake sale. Nearly half the girls in the dorm participated and had a lot of fun doing all the calculations to see how much they could make. On Sunday, they sold their baked goods to students and staff, making [...]