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Fall 2011 Important Dates to Remember:
New Students, Early Check- In New Students, Check-In Freshman/ Transfer 101 Sessions Parent Welcome Meetings Dinner Chattanooga Experience Welcome Week Activities Returning Students Check-In First Day of Classes!
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WHAT’S INSIDE: What’s New on Campus? TTU Gives Back Discover Program Celebrates Second Anniversary TN Temple Boasts the Success of its Leadership Ph.D. Program Developing Students is our Mission! TTU announces launch of eCampus Online Bookstore Alumni Memorial Tribute TTU Celebrates Largest Graduating Class in 6 Years
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Passing the Baton
Developing Students is our Mission!
The college experience is for many one of the most memorable times in their lives. Student Development plays a major role in creating those memories. This fall there are many new faces in our Student Development Team; Each, committed to making the Temple experience the best it can be. The team has been working hard all summer both planning activities for new and returning students and also actively being involved in dorm renovations and campus beautification projects. In order to better serve the student body, they have even relocated the Student Development Offices where they will have plenty of room to meet with students and provide services such as career planning, counseling and ministry opportunities. This year promises to be an exciting one for the students of Tennessee Temple University. The best days are ahead!
John Richardson, Lead Campus Pastor
We are excited to introduce John Richardson as our new Lead Campus Pastor. New to Chattanooga, John and his wife Michelle come to us by way of central North Carolina. John is a graduate of UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He came to faith in Christ at the age of 14, at a campus crusade on a high school football field. Since then, his personal desire has been to help people reach their fullest potential in their personal walk with Christ. John has spoken at camps and directed student ministries across North Carolina and enjoys preaching and leading in small group Bible studies. In his spare time you can find him playing disc golf, attending sporting events, and reading. Michelle is a speech pathologist and will be working locally. She will join John in ministry to the students of Tennessee Temple University and is excited to begin ministry to the female students along with the Student Development Team.
Paul Laso, Dean of Men, Campus Pastor
Paul Laso, a graduate of Tennessee Temple University and Temple Baptist Seminary, will be serving as our new Dean of Men. Compelled by his heart for college students, Paul’s desire is to see them have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and to see them become everything God envisions them to be! He has surrendered to full time ministry and we are excited to see what God will do in his ministry as he serves the body of Tennessee Temple University. Paul is from Miami Florida, so naturally he is a die-hard Miami Heat fan! In his spare time he enjoys working out, baseball and cycling. When he is not on campus you can often find him at Starbucks! You can follow him on twitter at: @Paul_Laso
Meet the Team
Student Development / Meet the Team
Joe Frejosky, Dean of Students
Taking the lead from Dr. Jeff Elliott, Joe Frejosky joined the staff of Tennessee Temple University in March and has hit the ground running as our new Dean of Students. As Dean of Students, Joe will lead the Student Development Team, Campus Pastors, Campus Ministries and Student Government. With over 15 years of ministry experience, Joe brings a wealth of wisdom to this position. He has led college students for many years and has mentored many who are now serving in ministry across the country. Joe has a strong desire to see each Temple student grow spiritually, emotionally and physically during their time at Tennessee Temple University. He is committed to ensuring students have an environment on campus that is conducive to their individual growth and success. As a Temple Baptist Seminary graduate and pastor, Joe’s passion for the student body and the local community is evident in all he does. Joe’s wife Pam also joins the Temple family as the new Executive Director of Student Services and his son Joseph will be an incoming freshman. We are thrilled to have the Frejosky family and Joe as our new Dean of Students. We are excited about his vision for the future and can’t wait to see how God will move on the campus this year!
Jenny Laing, Dean of Women
As the new Dean of Women, Jenny Laing is delighted to pour spiritually into the lives of the young ladies that God brings to our campus. She counts herself blessed to have been raised in a family of believers who pointed her towards a relationship with Christ and a desire to minister at a young age. Jenny comes to us from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Along with her passion for ministry, Jenny also has a deep love for the arts. She has worked as a professional artist and muralist and one of her greatest joys is leading worship through singing. Jenny is thrilled to be a part of the Student Development Team and knows God has great plans for the students here. Be on the lookout for one of Jenny’s murals around campus!
Student Development / Meet the Team
Whitney L. Olsen, Campus Worship & Ministries Coordinator
A recent TTU graduate, Whitney Olsen joins the Student Development team as our new Campus Worship and Ministries Coordinator. Whitney is a native of Winston-Salem and was saved when she was five years old. She has dedicated her life to education at 23 already having completed two Bachelors degrees in English and Music. During her time at Tennessee Temple University, she was able to put her Godgiven gifts and talents into practice by ministering with our lead travel team Union Avenue. Whitney will serve as the administrator for our campus ministry teams in addition to working with Project 1045. We are excited to have her and look forward to seeing God work in her life. She looks forward to seeing great things on the campus of TTU and loves working with her Student Development Team!
Donovan Johnson, Resident Director
Donovan Johnson, a recent graduate of Tennessee Temple, is no stranger on this campus. He has been here for five years both as a student and as an employee. In the past five years he has strived to stay true to the values of hard work and perseverance that were instilled in him as a kid. While his initial plans were to be in and out of the University within four years, God had a different plan. After becoming unhappy with his initial major, he changed majors, causing his four year in and out program to become five! His junior year, he took an RA position, and returned for similar roles the following two years. Those years were the most fruitful of his Tennessee Temple Career. He learned and grew in ways that he could not have imagined. This positive experience prompted him to consider and ultimately accept the challenge of becoming a Resident Director. He has high hopes for the coming school year and cannot wait to work with the students. He plans to become a lawyer, but has currently put the furtherance of his education on hold, as he feels called to serve our students and to be actively involved in the rebuilding of Tennessee Temple University.
Liz Furches, Resident Director
Liz Furches surrendered her life to Christ at the age of 13. Through many domestic mission trips, she fell in love with the inner-cities of the United States and answered the call to inner-city ministry. In pursuing, this calling, Liz attended Tennessee Temple University, graduating in 2009. While studying at Temple, she was involved in ministries and activities which allowed her to grow and pursue ministry right here in Chattanooga. Upon graduation, she left to serve in her home church, as well as a church plant, in Atlanta, Georgia. God used these opportunities to prepare Liz for coming back to Temple as the Women’s Resident Director. Liz’s heart is to see the lives of students, especially Temple students, radically changed for the sake of the Gospel. She wants to be a part of developing the women here in such a way that they leave Temple and help rock this world for Jesus! When Liz is not on campus, she can be found playing ultimate Frisbee and basketball or catching a Tarheel’s game!
What’s New on Campus?
Since students returned home for the summer, the campus has been buzzing with the sound of change! Work on Highland Park Commons (the new community soccer complex) has continued and a futsal court is soon to be started. The Gene Lennon Dorm has undergone renovations led by the Student Development Team and Admissions Staff, giving the dorm a fresh new look! Ground has been broken for the new sand volleyball courts and the University weight room has been re-located and upgraded. The University Post Office has been given a fresh look and Student Development moved into new offices above the Post Office. Many more changes are planned during the remainder of the summer in preparation for our new and returning students. Campus renovations will continue into the fall including mural art and a courtyard makeover! We know you will love the changes and can’t wait for your return!
PASSING THE BATON
Tennessee Temple University has been historically known for challenging students academically and encouraging them to grow in their faith. Originally conceived as a two-year college and Bible school, the ministry soon expanded to incorporate a four-year college, and gained university status in 1979. Now almost sixty five years later amid movements of progressive reform, the school will install university Executive Vice President, Dr. Jim O’Neill as its sixth President in interim capacity, following the resignation of Dr. Danny Lovett in late June. Dr. O’Neill brings several years of Christian
Dr. Jim O’Neill
leadership to the table, including his eight year stint as President of CrossWorld mission agency and
Tennessee Temple University announces launch of eCampus Online Bookstore
We are proud to partner with eCampus Online Bookstores this fall semester. eCampus partners with universities to help provide our students with the best selection and prices for their books. Through this partnership, students will be able to purchase books directly from the University’s website in addition to a full line of University merchandise. Students will have the ability to rent or purchase books, take advantage of book buy backs using their Financial Aid or one of many flexible payment options. In addition to the virtual bookstore on our website, students will be able to preview and order books at our new Book Nook Café in the Library. We plan to go live for the fall semester so stay tuned to the University website!
his current role as President at the Center for Global Mission. Dr. Lovett will continue to serve as the pastor at Highland Park Baptist Church; however his legacy during his tenure as president at Tennessee Temple University will not be forgotten. The baton has been passed and the work will continue. Under Lovett’s Leadership, the university reached several milestones which included enrollment increases both online and residentially, the launch of major campus and community development projects including the expansion and relocation of the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy and Mt. Canaan Baptist to the TTU campus and the accomplishment of the HOPE scholarship being available to students wishing to attend Tennessee Temple University. Also under his leadership, the university boasts the success of the school’s fourth Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership cohort. A small appreciation reception will be held in Dr. Lovett’s honor where Chattanooga City Mayor Ron Littlefield will present Dr. Lovett an official proclamation commemorating his service to the University.
Dr. Danny Lovett
TTU Gives Back!
Students and faculty now have the opportunity to demonstrate God’s love in action by serving in our new community service initiative PROJECT 1045. This fall, new and returning students will participate in service projects on our campus and in our community through local organizations, churches and ministries. Whether it’s serving in a local soup kitchen, mentoring a young person, or building a ramp for an elderly person in our immediate community, the TTU family will be impacting our community for Christ. In exchange for service hours, participating students will receive a generous room and board grant to honor their service. We are excited to give back to the community that we have now been a part of since 1946. Pray for our students, faculty and staff as we seek to share God’s love through acts of service. PROJECT 1045 is sponsored by the Student Development Office. Students or organizations who would like to receive more information can contact Bridgette Purdy at 800-553-4050 ext. 4225.
Largest Graduating Class in 6 Years
Excitement charged the atmosphere of Tennessee Temple University this weekend as Dr. Jerry B. Jenkins encouraged the graduating class of 2011 to lead in humility and obedience to God. This year’s graduation saw the first seven graduates of TTU’s Ph.D. in Leadership receive their diplomas, along with 61 graduates from Temple Baptist Seminary and 70 students receiving graduate and undergraduate degrees from the university – TTU’s largest graduating class in 6 years. Additionally, TTU President Dr. Danny Lovett conferred honorary doctorates to Dr. Brenda Spahn, founder of The Lovelady Center (highlighted by the National Council of Women as “the most innovative women’s center in America”); and Mr. Phillip Smith, president of PTS, Inc., a newspaper management company that manages small daily and weekly newspapers now established in five states, Mr. Smith has also served as a member of Tennessee Temple University Board of Trustees since 2003 and Chairman from 2008 to 2010. We were thrilled to have Dr. Jerry B. Jenkins, known as the co-author of Left Behind series and author of over 175 books as our honored guest. Congratulations, class of 2011, from all of us at Tennessee Temple University! We will miss you!
TN Temple Boasts the Success of its Leadership Ph.D. Program
alumni memorial tribute
On July 4th, Kristin Short, a 2008 Temple graduate went home to be with the Lord following a tragic car accident. Kristen was working on her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling at Liberty University while serving as a counselor to special needs children. Former classmate David Re remembers Kristin as a sweet and loving person who had a heart to change lives. This was evident in the way she lived her life and her commitment to children. Prior to the accident Kristen posted these comments on Facebook “It is time to stop trying to hold onto this life and God at the same time. Living for God is not incorporating my life with God’s, but totally abandoning my life to Christ. It is not about me and God, but about God and Him in me. It is time to step up and stop living for myself and my life and start living for the Giver of life. It is time to stop settling for mediocrity and complacency and begin living a life of purpose and consecration! “Kristin will be missed by the entire Temple family. Our loss is heaven’s gain. Kristin’s Obituary can be found at http://www. tomblynfuneralhome.com/.
Since its inception 3 1/2 years ago, The TN Temple University Ph.D. in Leadership program has graduated the first cohort of seven doctoral candidates. Ten other candidates are on track for a May 2012 graduation. Currently, over fifty students are enrolled for summer alone! The program has a solid leadership base that explores such topics as 21st Century leadership, Organizational Development, Communication, and Change; Conflict Resolution, and Strategic Planning. Students also dive deeply into Contemporary Issues in Leadership where they interview world class leaders and develop solutions for current problems. The students also go through a rigorous research design regimen. All classes are taught by dedicated Christian professors who integrate the knowledge of their respective fields with biblical perspectives. Now in its fourth year, the Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Program attracts students from all over the world and from many career disciplines. Dr. Andrew Alexson, Director of Ph.D. Programs says, “We are one of few accredited schools in the region that offer a Ph.D. in Leadership. We are diverse and cutting edge in our teaching style and curriculum. We Have students this year in our cohort from as far as Africa, Canada and the West Indies. These master level students are pastors, educators, military personnel, a university chancellor, a college president, a lawyer, a vice-president of a Fortune 500 HR department, businessmen & women, an international consultant, a healthcare professional, an elected official, and a medical doctor. We are proud and honored to have these scholars in our program and to help them further their education”. The 4th group Ph.D. residency was July 18th22nd with eighteen new students.
Discover Program Celebrates Second Anniversary
What started out as a program to assist women in furthering their education at the Lovelady Center in Birmingham, Alabama, has developed into a full scale program that now serves men and women in five states. Since the program’s inception, over 300 men and women have been afforded the opportunity to enter the program and begin pursuing their educational goals while rebuilding their lives through the various programs and centers affiliated with the Discover Program. The program has grown through word of mouth and the efforts of individuals like Dr. Byron Edens (Executive Director of Academic Initiatives), who are committed to helping men and women who may be in transitional stages in their lives build pathways to personal success. Tennessee Temple is proud to be a part by ministering to the men and women who take part in the Discover Program. Dr. Edens and his team have moved into offices on campus dedicated specifically to the Discover Program and plans to add as many centers as God allows in the upcoming months.
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