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TrevEchoes | September | 2018


September 2018 | Trevecca Nazarene University’s Official Student Newspaper Since 1944 |


Sexual assault training
Overall enrollent increases, thanks
outlines how to report to record number of new transfers
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Podcast launches
to keep students
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Things new stu-
dents need to know
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Athletes balance
travel with class
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LINK group posing at Field Day. Photo provided by Trevecca Marketing.

BY MARIA MONTEROS record high. creased number of freshman is because col-
Overall undergraduate enrollment at Despite the smaller freshman class, lege enrollments often fluctuate.
Trevecca is the largest in university history, de- Trevecca now has total of 1,463 traditional “We’ve had four years of record-break-
spite fewer freshman than past years, thanks undergraduate students— 36 more than last ing freshman classes, and it’s unrealistic to
to a record number of transfer students. year. A total of 365 freshmen are enrolled this think that you might not have a year where
@TrevEchoes fall. [enrollment] kind of goes [flatter],” she said.
For the first time in four years, Trevec-
ca’s freshman class didn’t break enrollment Holly Whitby, associate provost and “You can’t think that you’re going to break the
records, dropping 50 students from last year’s dean of enrollment management, says the de-
Student Development: new name, new faces, new location BY brooklyn dance opment in the Bud Robinson Building. dorf said. “We don’t want our student
Tom Middendorf, associate provost services just to work together, we want
Last year, when a student needed to and dean of student affairs, said combin- them to live together as a cohesive team,
TNU Events App speak to Rhonda Lilienthal about hous- ing the departments always made sense, thinking about students from a holistic
ing and later speak with Becky Headrick and univeristy officials’ goal was to offer standpoint.”
INSIDE about CLEP tests, it required visiting two better service to students and become With serving students being the top
offices in two different buildings. more efficient. priority, Middendorf said conversations
NEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Over the summer, officials restruc- “In the midst of those conversations, with current personnel led to developing
OPINION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 tured student development, housing it we recognized that there was value in a proposal, which was voted on by the
SPORTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 with all other student services in the both a philosophical and physical com- president’s cabinet.
FEATURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 newly named Center for Student Devel- bination of these initiatives,” Midden-

Service dogs make home on campus Trevecca Athletics celebrate 50 years
miriam kirk
There are two new service dogs on campus It was 50 years ago that the ’68-’69
this fall--Jolette and Nala. Trevecca’s men’s basketball team played their
Though they look friendly and fluffy, it first ever game.
is important to note that they are working and
Though the Trojans lost 36-89 to Olivet
people must be sure not to distract them as they
Nazarene University, the game made history as
serve two visually imparied students enrollend
the start of Trevecca intercollegiate athletics.
this fall.
Today, Trevecca facilitates 13 NCAA
“Here at Trevecca we do the very best that
we can to assist those who need it. We handle Division II teams.
each case one by one, meaning that each This year the Trevecca Athletic
student that comes in and inquiries about our Department will celebrate its 50th birthday
services or wants to receive accommodation by honoring former mens’ basketball players
we offer a solution that fits them specifically,” during the homecoming game on Nov. 3 and
said Michelle Gaertner, coordinator of student hosting a reception after the game for alumni
disability services. athletes.

CONTINUED PAGE 3 Carlisle’s dog, Jolette. Photo provided by Kirk. CONTINUED PAGE 7 Provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications.
2018 | September | TrevEchoes

Diversity Council members to mentor students at risk of dropping out
BY Maria Monteros Inventory… there are indicators on the want to do more. They want to help be- show up to meetings, the productivity
college survey that we look at that helps cause they believe with each student lost, suffered, said Yousef. As a result, some
The Diversity Council will be de- they are losing a significant portion of of the former members weren’t allowed
us determine whether or not a student is
buting its new members with a focus on their own education. And to be honest, I to reapply.
at-risk,” said Swink.
students at risk of leaving Trevecca. could use the help,” said Thomas. “We have always had an attendance
Though there are currently no statis-
The Diversity Council is a group Over the years, the Diversity Council policy, we firmly believe that each mem-
tics to track the retention rate for these
of 11 students chosen to assist Brodrick has been exploring multiple ways for stu- ber has a gift to give and how can you
students, a 2012 article from the Amer-
Thomas, coordinator of student engage- dents to integrate into Trevecca through give that gift if you are not present? So
ican Psychological Association claims
ment and diversity, in understanding events and community building, Thomas we do ask that members attend every
that at-risk students often drop out be-
the needs of Trevecca’s diverse commu- said. meeting they can so that we may all gain
fore they graduate.
nity. This will be the councils’ third year In the last two years, the council has from what they know and have to give,”
Thomas calls the initiative select 100
at Trevecca. produced and sponsored two clubs on said Thomas.
which aims to find 100 at-risk students
“The common perception of the Di- campus— the Orthodox Christian Cam- Yousef is also the president of OCCM.
each a prospective student leader that
versity Council is that we are there for pus Ministries (OCCM) and Walden. And as she starts her second year in the
may have also had a hard time adjusting
the Latinos, we are there for colored “This group is still very young. We council, she plans to work with other
to a college environment.
people, we are there for the Egyptians, just wrapped up the second year and I club leaders to identify at-risk students.
Each council member is in-charge
we are there for the people that are not am still wrestling with its identity. The “They came to Trevecca with a
of 10 students. Council leaders will be
white. And I hate that perception be- thing that I do know is that this group is dream and we will help them finish
responsible for how they handle their
cause diversity is everyone included— needed,” said Thomas. dream,” said Yousef. “When they finish
no one left out,” said Marina Yousef, Together with the CLCS leadership their dream, not only is their dream es-
“Diversity Council students will at-
junior history major and Diversity selection team, Thomas chooses new tablished and great but their children are
tempt to be a resource hub for their 10
Council member. members every year. Council members changed… they have someone to look up
students. The (Diversity Council) leaders
This year, council leaders want to are selected based on their resumes, rec- to and help them.”
will attempt to guide students to criti-
be a learning support system for stu- ommendations and answers to their sup-
cal resources, while also encouraging
dents experiencing difficulties staying plemental questions before being invited
those students to get involved with the
enrolled in college. back for an interview. With attendance
Trevecca community through Diversity
Some of the students that are at issues from some members of last year’s
Council, SGA or (Residence Hall Associ-
risk of dropping out are first-generation council, narrowing the applicants down
ation),” said Thomas.
college students and students with fi- to 11 members is a week-long affair.
Thomas plans to utilize counseling
nancial, social or academic difficulties, Council members are required to at-
services, tutoring, testing for credit to
said Jeff Swink, coordinator of assess- tend 70 percent of the meetings during
make school cheaper, opportunities to
ment and retention. which they discuss budgets and vote on
mentor, career advising and work oppor-
“When every freshman comes in decisions as a group.
they’re given the CSI, College Student But when some members failed to
“The members of Diversity Council

Group for women to address Fall Play: ‘Seussical’ opens
body image Oct. 25 truth and illusion. It also explores and
BY Ashley Williams STAFF WRITER
rebukes the many forms that bullying
A new organization at Trevecca will Theater students at Trevecca are takes.
be starting a body acceptance and eating hoping to connect with the inner child of Sophomore Cooper Ebel is cast as
disorder prevention program on campus. their audience with this year’s fall play, Horton the elephant.
Students Wellness Education and “Seussical.” “Our cast is incredibly talented, and
Engagement at Trevecca otherwise The Trevecca Communication Stud- our director has a really cool vision for
known as SWEET is a group of 11 girls ies Department will present the musical the direction that he wants to take the
with Jennifer Neely, faculty sponsor and Oct. 25-Nov. 3. show. I think our audience will really
coordinator of vocational and counseling The musical is a compilation of enjoy seeing their favorite Seuss stories
engagement, trained to promote body the many characters and stories of Dr. come to life,” Ebel said.
positivity among female students. Seuss. Specifically, it follows Horton The cast of 27 spends up to 20 hours
The girls of SWEET will be the peer Logo of Sweet. Photo provided by Neeley. and Jojo, from “Horton Hears a Who,” a week in rehearsals now and will ramp
leaders of a body acceptance interven- on their journey to better understand up to 40 hours a week rehearsing during
tion called The Peer Body Project— a themselves, to better understand what tech week.
program developed in Stanford Universi- to body ideals, according to handouts love and sacrifice means and to see the Frame estimates that by opening
ty, The University of Texas at Austin and from The Peer Body Project. world differently from how they are used night, the cast and crew will have dedi-
Oregon Research Institute. Jacinda Johnson, junior at Trevecca, to seeing it, said Jeff Frame, professor of cated more than 200 hours to design and
Katherine Pastor, senior at Trevecca, is eager to help other girls on campus. communication studies and director of production.
is one of the girls that received training “I am hoping that a lot of girls come, the show. “Seussical” opens Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.,
this summer for a leadership role. it’s a really good environment just to talk “I think students who come to see running Oct. 26-27 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 1-3
“I became more aware of my tenden- about the struggles that we all face and the show are going to enjoy it because it at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinée at 3 p.m.
cies to look at the superficial and how just know that you are not alone,” said kind of brings out the kid in you,” said Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for
that affected my relationship with oth- Johnson. Frame. “It gets you back in touch with children 10 and under, $10 for senior
ers,” said Pastor. The group wants to be proactive in that childhood, a little bit. It’s playful. It’s adults and $5 for Trevecca students with
The program is open to all female eating disorders and mental health. imaginative. It’s magical.” IDs.
students. The hourlong meetings will “I am all about acceptance and The theater program has a tradition
be hosted every week in the counseling learning to love who you are already,” of alternating between light and fun sto-
center. said Neely. ries and darker, more mature plays every
Most sessions include role-playing If anyone is interested in being a other year. Following last fall’s produc-
and conversations with a mediator. Each peer body project leader or interested in tion of “The Secret Garden,” Frame and
person will have the support and re- being in a group, please contact Jennifer they decided to follow up with “Seussi-
sources they need to achieve their goal. Neely at or 615-248- cal,” a high-energy, feel-good show.
The intervention aims to minimize 1237. Trevecca performed “Seussical” in
negative moods, dieting, body dissatis- 2009, and Frame was intentional about
faction and eating disorders. the repeat.
The activities prepared for the pro- “I thought it might be kind of fun to
gram include exercises “in which partici- reimagine that show again with this new
pants voluntarily critique the thin beauty group,” he said.
ideal promoted for females during four In addition to an infectious
weekly sessions.” The idea behind these soundtrack, the show explores themes
activities is to reduce the “subscription” of friendship, self discovery, and the
distinction between reality and fiction,
TrevEchoes | September | 2018 |
Engineering program preparing for launch next fall
BY Isaac Owens way. Otherwise I would never have come to classes, and eventually have the engineer-
STAFF WRITER Nashville, and I had never been to Nashville ing major become an accredited program at
As Trevecca prepares to debut the new- either,” he said. Trevecca.
est engineering program in fall of 2019, the Wu currently holds 12 U.S. patents and Trevecca’s engineering curriculum is
first step into the program’s completion was was part of a few Stanford University, Texas still being written to meet Accreditation
finding the right person to lead it. A&M and the University of North Carolina Board for Engineering and Technology
Trevecca welcomed this fall David Wu, Charlotte joint research programs. In ad- (ABET) standards. The program is in its ear-
professor of engineering, and with him, the dition, Wu has field experience working in liest stages of development, and it will take
beginnings of a brand-new engineering pro- Compaq Computer to IBM. at least two years to fully establish all of the
gram. Trevecca previously offered what was courses.
Wu is a National Taiwan Normal Univer- called the “3-2 Program”, which allowed In order for the program to be accred-
sity graduate and received his master’s and students who have completed three years ited, there must be one graduating student
doctorate degrees in electrical engineering at of physics classes at Trevecca to take engi- from the major.
New York University Polytechnic College of neering courses at Vanderbilt, and upon “Everything we do will be for the stu-
Engineering. completion, receive a master’s degree in said dent, prepare the student for their career and
Before coming to Trevecca, Wu worked program. when they graduate, get a good job,” Wu said.
as the senior principal engineer and the se- Trevecca’s goal is to dismantle this part- Wu is currently teaching a course on the
nior manager at Intel where he received the nership and develop an engineering program basics of engineering to physics majors. Stu-
Intel Achievement Award, one of the highest that is independent of Vanderbilt, said Wu. Wu posing for his new employee photo. Photo provided by
dents of this course are eligible to switch to
Trevecca Marketing.
honors at the company. It was a rewarding The “3-2 Program” has been an effective the engineering program.
job, but Wu felt that a Christian university school provides.
alternative to a full engineering major, Wu “The reason I’m here is really answer-
was where he needed to be. Wu’s primary objectives this year are to
said, but many students who attend Trevecca ing a call from God,” said Wu.
“I really believe God was leading the advertise the program to incoming Trevecca
value the intimate classroom settings that the
students, develop course material for future

Podcast offers new way to keep students informed
BY Maria Monteros technical side while Moore does the
of communication students and faculty
ONLINE MANAGER research and leads the segments, both
advisor of The TrevEchoes, Trevec-
When Ethan Campbell hits upload, haven’t received formal training and are
ca’s student newspaper. “We want our
Trevecca students will have a new way primarily self-taught.
students to be storytellers who can use
to keep up to date with campus news no With the help of Trevecca PR, the
all mediums and their goal of keeping
matter where they are. two are working on rebranding the show
students informed fits exactly with the
Bell Tower Talks is Trevecca’s new- and making it an official organization to
student newspaper’s role on campus.”
est podcast that covers announcements, be passed on after they graduate.
Campbell and Moore hope the
sports updates and events on campus. “A lot of the stuff I’ve learned about
podcast will make it easier to circulate
Each 30-minute episode will feature a podcasting is that it’s its own form
information and bring more awareness
special guest with Juniors Ethan Camp- of social media. You’re expected as a
to non-residential students, especially
bell, communication studies major, and podcaster to have interaction with your
Bell Tower Talks logo. Photo provided by TrevEchoes those who aren’t involved in clubs and
Joshua Moore, media arts and studies Online. audience,” said Campbell. “Hopefully,
afterschool programs.
major, as the hosts. stories as well, I just think that podcast we’d be able to grow a little community
“We both came to it from the po-
The bi-weekly podcast will be avail- is a different medium to tell that.” around it.”
sition of being commuters and being
able on trevechoesonline in partnership The duo began planning episodes Bell Tower Talks will air eight epi-
communication majors where, until this
with the multimedia journalism pro- this summer initially for SGA announce- sodes this semester, some of which are
year, we had all of our classes on the
gram. ments but developed into a campus seasonal, every other Sunday at 2 p.m.
dark side of campwwus: in the annex,”
“It’s meant to be more conversation- life podcast after collaborating with on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud and
said Campbell. “The idea of a campus
al, and that’s what our main goal is, to Trevecca faculty members, SGA and the Google Podcasts. Changes in the Trev-
life podcast would be that it’s something
kind of break down [what] you call the multimedia journalism program. Echoes website will also allow students
easily consumed . . . You could be doing
formal barrier of Trevecca,” said Moore. “When Ethan contacted me about to listen to Bell Tower Talks at trev-
something else when you’re listening to
“We just want people to talk. We want to making the podcast part of the online Students that want
a podcast.”
get people’s stories kind of like . . . Trev- student newspaper I was so excited to to ask questions to upcoming guests can
The team each have their designat-
Echoes. You’re interviewing people all work with he and Josh,” said Jo Ellen send them on Twitter at @BellTower-
ed roles. Campbell is in charge of the
around campus, you’re getting people’s Werking Weedman, assistant professor Talks.
can’t approach if they don’t see them but that is
Ask before petting service animals not the case,” said Gaertner. “I would love for
CONTINUED FROM COVER our students to ask, ‘Hey is there anything you
and I are a team, so for me I ask that people
Trevecca’s hilly terrain, though it is iconic can help educate me on? I love your dog! When
don’t pet her or talk directly to her while she is
to the school, proves challenging for students can I pet your dog?’ Or, ‘Can I pet your dog?’ But
in her harness, because that can cause her to get
with disabilities, she said. I think that the actual students experiencing
distracted,” said Carlisle.
“There are always going to be places on that should be the educators,” said Gaertner.
Nala, a 4-year-old black lab has been with
campus that are harder to navigate, it’s just the For Keep, he is always open to making new
her owner Jesse Keep for a little more than two
natural terrain,” said Gaertner. “But we have friends.
plenty of sidewalks and those kinds of things, “I feel like sometimes people will assume
and really it’s going to be challenging for any Keep is fully blind.
that because I have a dog that means don’t
student to face probably on any campus. I think “I am completely blind, I went blind from speak to them and that’s not the case. As long
students do a great job of figuring out the routes cancer at age four,” Keep said. as they’re not talking directly to Nala and
they need to take.” Though the pair has been together for two completely distracting her, please feel free to
Carrie Carlisle, junior music business years, the transition to Trevecca was challenging come talk to us, we love making new friends,”
major, is visually impaired and got her service for Nala, who had to go back home for more Keep and Nala pose for a photo. Photo provided by Keep. said Keep.
dog, Jolette, a golden retriever, this year. training. to do that on my own, when I was still very Carlisle was hesitant how Jolette and
“I have a vision of 21,000, which basically “Nala graduated top of her class so unsure, because it is a very weird layout here, is Trevecca would mesh, but is thankful for
means if you were to see something within 100 she’s super smart, but I think moving here what caused her to get so stressed. Trevecca is Gaertner’s assistance.
feet I have to be within 20 feet or less to be able all together at once and me having to learn different from a lot of places that we’ve been. I’d “I had my doubts when I first came to
to see [it].” Carlisle said. the campus and her being under the stress tell her ‘Nala you need to go forward here,’ but Trevecca, but I wanted a small school, and
of knowing that I don’t know the campus, is she’d be like ‘there are four different sidewalks,’” Michelle Gaertner has gone above and beyond
Carlisle said the process to approve her
what caused her to have what would be the said Keep. what I could have asked,” Carlisle said.
service animal was painless.
equivalent of a break down for humans, so I had Keep is unsure when Nala will return from
“Trevecca has been great, I didn’t have to If you want to keep up with Nala and
to send her home, that’s why she hasn’t been training. He hopes to hear something within the
do anything to have Jolette on campus. I just let Jolette, you can follow them on Instagram @
with me lately,” said Keep. week.
the administration know I was going to have nalatheseeingeyedog and @Care_Bare_17.
her,” said Carlisle. Keep felt prepared, but said it was Every student is a little different in their
impossible to fully prepare. comfort sharing about their disability.
For Carlisle, it’s important students know
she and Joelette are a team. “When I first moved here I had a local “My recommendation is to just ask the
specialist come and walk me through the student. I think sometimes people feel like they
“What I want people to know is that Jolette
campus and explain the layout. But, then trying
2018 | September | TrevEchoes

NEWS Training on campus teaches students how to report sexual assault
BY Matthew parris and david hancock
ther calling 911 or going to Nashville General Hospital.
Nashville General is the primary resource for exams
Usually, when people are victim to a crime, they in Nashville. Sexual Assault survivors can present to
know exactly what to do: call the police. But for victims Nashville General within 96 hours of the assault. Addi-
of sexual assault or violence, the next steps may not be tionally, the SAFE Clinic recently opened in Nashville.
as clear. It was created to be a caring and supportive place in
Officials at Trevecca are trying to change that on Nashville that provides free medical legal exam (also
campus. known as a rape kit) for anyone over the age of 16. The
Jamie Cathcart, Title IX compliance and investiga- SAFE Clinic is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is avail-
tor, is working to implement awareness and prevention able on call after hours. The number is 615-258-5888.
through training, focusing on teaching students the 3. A victim does not have to decide whether to
steps to filing a report and the difference between con- press charges while at the hospital. You do not need to
fidential and non-confidential reporting. press charges in order to have evidence collected with a
Nationally on college campuses, women ages 18-24 rape kit.
are three times more likely to be sexually assaulted than 4. If you think you were drugged, talk to the cam-
women in general and 11.2 percent of all graduate and pus resources or the hospital staff.
undergraduate students will experience some kind of 5. Report the sexual assault to the police. If you
sexual assault, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest want to talk to someone first about reporting the as-
National Network (RAINN). sault, contact one of the confidential reports on campus
Trevecca does not have any reported incidents, but or call 1-800-656-HOPE which is the National Sexual
that doesn’t mean they don’t happen, officials said. By Assault Hotline.
offering training and education, Cathcart is hopeful 6. If the person who assaulted you was a stranger,
that the campus community will have a clearer idea of write down as many details as you can remember. This
how to handle any potential incidents. will help you make a clear statement to police and med-
If a student experiences sexual violence, he or she ical providers about the assault.
is then faced with the decision whether or not to report staff and seek assistance, if they are not already doing For more information, contact Jamie Cathcart at
the incident. There are confidential and non-confiden- so,” Dykes said.
tial sources on campus. Dykes says she encourages anyone who is sexually To set up a counseling appointment go to Tnu ->
This can be confusing for students and it is import- assaulted in the future to report it immediately, follow- services -> counseling -> request an appointment.
ant for students to make an informed decision about ing these steps per the University:
whether or not they want to report to the college, which 1. If you are on campus, call security or a mem-
would initiate an investigation, Cathcart said. ber of the Residence Life staff immediately. Additional-
“Speaking with a confidential source first allows ly, if you are in danger or need immediate medical care,
students access to a caring person who can retain in- call 911 right away.
formation confidentially until the student wishes to 2. If you have been raped, get to a safe place, do
report,” Cathcart said. “Confidential resources can also not wash or clean your body and get medical care by ei-
provide students information about the reporting and
investigation process so they have all of the information
prior to making an official report.”
The three confidential sources on campus are the
This year’s freshman and trasnfers, Enrollment update,
counseling center staff, health clinic provider and the
campus chaplain, Shawna Songer Gaines.
at a glance continued.
Called “the three C’s,” these resources provide a record every single year.”
safe place to help students cope with the trauma and Trevecca’s increase in overall enrollment comes from
decide the best way to proceed in terms of reporting. the number of transfers--94 students moved to Trevecca this
“Oftentimes when a student has experienced sexual fall, the biggest batch Trevecca has admitted.
assault or sexual violence, they are wrestling with how “I think we’ve just been able to show really strong cus-
to make a decision, how to proceed forward,” Songer tomer service skills to transfers whether they’re coming from
Gaines said. “If they’re not ready to choose between re- a community college or another school. . . we’ve done the
port or not report, they don’t have to, they can just have work to build the relationship and help that person feel good
somebody to process that with.” about finishing up their degree at Trevecca,” Whitby said.
Resident assistants, resident directors, professors A possible factor for the decline is the increased average
and other campus staff are required by law to report ACT scores for incoming freshman, said Whitby. The aver-
sexual assault or violence to university officials who age ACT score for this year’s freshman class is 23, she said.
would then launch a formal investigation. They cannot Almost all admitted students received some form of fi-
keep information shared with them confidential. nancial aid.
According to Trevecca’s sexual violence policy, “All Even with fewer numbers, Whitby said there is an in-
[other] employees of the Trevecca community have au- crease in diversity within the freshman class because of
thority to redress sexual violence and a duty to report Trevecca’s partnership with the Black Achievers and Latino
incidents of sexual violence or other student miscon-
Achievers program as well as high schools abroad.
duct … If a student reports an incident of sexual mis-
Megan McGhee, coordinator of freshmen experience,
conduct to any “responsible employee,” the “responsi-
says the smaller link group sizes allow first-time freshman
ble employee” is obligated to immediately report the
to interact with their group members and peer mentors to
incident to the Title IX Coordinator or the appropriate
invest on more one-on-one contact.
Cathcart says all employees are trained on how to “I think it’s kind of the old question of quality over
respond to a Title IX complaint. quantity,” she said. “I think that by not necessarily having
“All employees receive online training through Get as large of a freshman class but being able to grow in some
Inclusive related to Title IX issues and how to respond of these other areas allows us to increase the quality of our
to students who report to them. This year, we also of- student population.”
fered in-person training to faculty related to sexual Just last year, the Nashville Business Journal named
harassment prevention and their role in providing re- Trevecca the “fastest growing university in Middle Tennes-
sources to students who have experienced sexual vio- see” based on data from fall 2015 to fall 2016. Whitby says the
lence,” Cathcart said. admissions team want increase enrollment next year with
Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean the help of the new entrepreneurship and engineering pro-
of student development, works alongside Cathcart and grams.
Steve Sexton, director of human resources, during cas- “Even though we didn’t have the largest freshman class,
es of sexual harassment. If an undergraduate student we still went up in traditional undergrad enrollment, and
wishes to file a complaint against another undergradu- most schools can’t say that. We’re bucking the trend right
ate student, they should contact Dykes. now . . . The trend right now is not record-breaking enroll-
“I encourage any student who has experienced ment on the traditional side every year. Some schools are
trauma to contact a professional to assist them in pro- declining in enrollment, and we’re not. We’re seeing the op-
cessing their personal experience. We have an amazing posite,” she said.
counseling center here at Trevecca that is free for stu-
dents. I would encourage students to reach out to our
New Center for Student A Q and A with Jessica Dykes,
NEWS TrevEchoes | September | 2018 |

Devlopment, cont’d. new dean of students
Jessica Dykes, associate vice president
The previous student development of- and dean of student development, was ex- BY brooklyn dance
fice, which included Rhonda Lilienthal, as- cited to be a part of the new system. EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

sociate dean of students for residential life, “Dr. Middendorf did a wonderful job How did you end up at Trevecca for your
Matt Spraker, associate dean of students communicating with me in the midst of the undergraduate degree?
for community life and now Jessica Dykes, restructure,” Dykes said. “I believe in this “ I grew up in the Nazarene church and was
associate vice president and dean of stu- structure and truly feel that this holistic very active on the Alabama South District as a
dent life, joined Campus Chaplain Shaw- model will be beneficial for students.” teenager. I attended TNT for years and Trevecca
na Songer Gaines in the former Center for Middendorf is confident in the future was always at the top of my list for colleges.”
Leadership, Calling and Service. of the restructure. How has Trevecca been a part of your life
“We now have a bigger picture of the “The vision is to establish a center since then?
overall student experience when we com- that focuses on the holistic development of “Trevecca has played an integral part of my
bine our efforts between what was student college students. At Trevecca, we see learn- life since my undergraduate degree. I returned to
development and CLCS,” Middendorf said. ers as more than a mind or an academic the hill two years after I graduated, served in Res-
The Center for Student Development major,” Middendorf said. “The outcome idence Life for many years, obtained my master’s Photo provided by Trevecca.
now houses first year programs, communi- is about developing young people and of- degree and much more. I had ongoing relation- ence and provide excellent care, support and ho-
ty life, residence life, community engage- fering the world something unique in the ships with mentors on campus, visited for events listic development to our student body.”
ment and reconciliation, career services, character development of our students.” and taught workshops after leaving the university How does your faith play out in your ca-
retention, student employment, commu- Dykes is looking forward to practicing in 2014.” reer?
nity accountability, academic support, the center’s vision through her role. What draws you to students? “I feel honored to work at an institution of
disability services, testing services and the “I’m excited about working with the “Since 2009, I have felt called to work with higher education that allows me to integrate my
chaplain’s office. wonderful team of professionals housed college students through my career in student af- faith into my work. I believe that my work is a
“Combining our resources allows us to within the new Center for Student Devel- fairs. I believe that college is a time of transfor- calling from the Lord and I seek to honor Him
take a more global perspective on student opment,” Dykes said. “It is my goal to work mation for students. During this season, students through my vocation. This can be seen by the way
needs,” Middendorf said. “Our Christian alongside our staff to understand the ways are discovering more about themselves, God, the we approach the student experience and overall
perspective directs the way we serve in in which we can enhance the student ex- world around them and their own personal call- philosophy of Student Development at Trevecca.”
each of these areas.” perience.” ings and vocation. I feel honored to walk with
students as they wrestle with identity, beliefs, re- Favorite food? I love a wide variety
Room # Position Room # Position
lationships, learning and the life that happens in of foods. You will often find me at the
the midst of it all. It is my honor to serve and various restaurants in Berry Hill or 12th
111 - Becky Headrick, administration 209 - Rhonda Lilienthal, associate dean of mentor students as they persist to graduation.”
manager students for residential life South! I love Baja Burrito!
What do you feel most prepared for in this Favorite TV show? I love cooking shows
position? and can’t wait to see the new season of
112 - Megan Mcghee, coordinator of the 210 - Jessica Dykes, associate vice presi- “I feel that the Lord has prepared me to
freshman year experience dent and dean of student life Stranger Things!
serve. I believe that to lead is to serve and I look Favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird by
forward to doing both at Trevecca.” Harper Lee
113 - Matt Spraker, associate dean of stu- 211 - Jeff Swink, coordinator of assessment What do you feel least prepared for?
dents for community life and retention Favorite hobby? I love to hike at Percy
“Ask me again in 6 months...”
Warner, Radnor and the waterfalls near
What are some of your goals as Dean?
Nashville! Additionally, I volunteer with
114 - Brodrick Thomas, director of com- 212 - Donna Gray, associate director of aca- “I am excited about working with the won-
munity engagement and reconciliation demic services / associate professor, ac- the Junior League of Nashville and occa-
ademic support derful team of professionals housed within the
sionally the Country Music Hall of Fame!
new Center for Student Development. It is my
Fun fact? I am a twin. My brother, Jeff,
115 - Michelle Gaertner, coordinator of goal to work alongside our staff to understand the
student dissability services also went to TNU.
ways in which we can enhance the student experi-

Chapter of national women’s ministry started on campus
BY Hannah Butler & Naomi Overby
STAFF WRITERS “One of the big things that Delight
Delight, a women’s student ministry, stands for is vulnerability. It’s so easy to
is starting its inaugural year on campus. fake a smile. We want the girls on campus
to feel welcome, and to feel like they are
The nation-wide ministry focuses on
able to talk about their struggles, which
“Christ-centered community that fosters
to then have someone point them back to
vulnerability and transforms stories.”
Jesus,” said Lopez.
Delight’s website says.
Delight formed in 2012 at Belmont
Senior Aubrey Daugherty was a
University when three girls started a
member of the chapter at the University
bible study that grew to almost 100
of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and when
members. After naming the group, it has
she transferred to Trevecca felt led to
spread to more than 100 colleges.
start a chapter here.
Katherine Bell, Johnson Hall RD
“Our mission statement is that we’re
and Trevecca alum, attempted to start the
seeking to establish a community that
group during her time as a student. It was
learns together, serves together, and
unsuccessful, but she now gets to serve as
grows together, all while chasing the
the group’s faculty advisor.
heart of God,” said Aubrey Daugherty,
team director of Delight. Emma Schmahl, leader of community
events for Delight, attended a two-day
Junior Cassie Lopez, social media
leadership conference in Nashville along
coordinator, also transferred in and
with Lopez and Daugherty.
reflected on how it can be hard to get
connected in a network of established The event brought together around
friend groups. She says Delight is the 200 girls from across the country to listen
perfect way to plug into something to speakers and co-founders, and had Delight’s group leaders posing for their official picture. Photo provided by Lopez.
them work together to brainstorm ideas it was to get Delight to become an official was what we were supposed to do,” Lopez
special and meaningful.
for what each chapter of Delight should club at UTC. Finalizing it at Trevecca was added.
“It’s all about community, and look like at their individual schools. much easier, as SGA just voted to confirm Delight meets on Mondays at 7:30
establishing relationships with other them as an official club on campus.
Schmahl said that it was great to p.m. in The Porch in 1901.
women on campus,” said Daugherty.
learn from women who had already lead The vote was unanimous in favor of For more information or
The leaders want the content of the Delight chapters on their campuses and the proposal. questions email Aubrey Daugherty at
gathering to be flexible and change week hear their success stories. “It felt like every door was being
to week depending on the people that
Daugherty mentioned how difficult opened for us and we just knew that this
2018 | September | TrevEchoes your bubble. Better yet, enter someone have a set schedule. Wanting to be a part of As a commuter, sometimes I have felt left
EDITORIAL & OPINION else’s bubble. Sit next to someone you everything is great but remember that you out of events on campus. I also felt pressure
don’t know or someone from a different still have three years left, and do not want to be available to help my parents at home.
to get burned out within the first month. Go to all the welcome week events. Those
Advice for background, not just in class, but also in
chapel, in the caf or in the library. Widen
your horizon.
Plan out how you want to get involved and
stick to it!
events are super awkward for me, but it al-
lowed me to meet key people on campus,

new students So, the next time you enter a public space
on campus, pause and think. Do you really
I will say that having a role on this cam-
pus made me excited to be a part of a great
so that classes didn’t feel like rooms full of
community that Trevecca has. Each group Set a specific time for everything—class,
from editoral want to spend the next five months alone?
-Maria Monteros
Find a routine. Know what works best
on campus gives you a new perspective
on Trevecca. There are tons of choices to
work, homework, dinner with your family
and hanging out with friends.

board for you and stick with it. Write everything
down for the week ahead of time, so noth-
choose from: student government associ-
ation, resident assistant, commuter coun-
cil, become a peer mentor or even join the
Be okay with missing out. It’s okay to
have other obligations, don’t over extend
BY TrevEchoes Editorial staff ing surprises you. The first few weeks of
college can feel never ending, with one TrevEchoes! Join a club. I met my closest friends at
The editorial staff each contributed as- thing after the next. But I promise once you -Ashley Williams Trevecca through the All Aboard Game
pects of advice for new students. We’ve get organized it slowly becomes a routine The counseling center has excellent staff Club. It allows me to have a set time when I
been in your shoes, and feel these are that you are (usually) prepared for. that are willing to help you. Don’t ever hes- knew I would see my friends and have fun
things you should know. -Brooklyn Dance itate to go over and just talk! College is new -Ethan Campbell
In a room full of students, the first in- Check your email. Even though Black- and exciting, but it also can be hard and Advice for transfers:
stinct of a shy freshman is to find a spot board notifications can be annoying, intimidating at times, so reach out if you Talk to your neighbor in class. If you
one or two seats apart from the next per- checking your email regularly is so import- need them. (Plus the first 6 sessions are free work full-time, it can be hard to partici-
son. Soon thereafter, placing her backpack ant. Avoid being the only one who shows for you!) pate in activities. Conflicting schedules can
on the chair next to her— effectively de- up to class because you didn’t check your If you can, go to chapel at the beginning be frustrating, but it’s part of college life.
fending her private space off any potential email that morning. of the semester as much as you can in case Some of your classmates may share com-
threats. Campus security: They do more than times get busy and you have to miss a few mon interests with you, or just need some-
At one point, this freshman was me. just give parking tickets. They can help you later on. I know it’s early and you have stuff one to study with.
When I started my first year in college, I with your car troubles or escort you to your to do, but there’s so much importance with Get to know your roommate. If you’re a
had two goals in mind: get a degree and get dorm at night, and they are the ones who slowing down and getting to sit with God transfer, your roommate could be a return-
out. I know now that this is a formula for a send out emergency alerts regarding stu- surrounded by a community that is here to ing student. They can likely introduce you
miserable college experience, and I would dent safety. support you. (You may find out it’s not as to friends and give you helpful tips on nav-
advise any freshman to avoid this mindset -Maddux Reid awful as you think!) igating campus.
at all cost. Get involved - this will help you out in -Morgan Woolum -Kayla Williamson
Instead, get your backpack off the chair the long run. As a freshman, you might feel Advice for commuters:
and let someone sit; let someone enter overwhelmed and want to do everything.
My advice is to get involved in order to
tion “are you thinking about suicide”

Preventing ask more questions to determine their risk.
You may need to ask “Do you have a plan?”

suicide is
“Do you have access to what you would use
to kill yourself?” “Do you know when you are
going to do this?” These questions are im-

everyone’s portant and help you determine their risk. If
you feel they are in immediate risk, call 911.
If you’re not sure, it’s o.k. to ask for help! You

job can always call the National Suicide Hotline
and they can walk you through the process or
even speak to the person, 1-800-273-8255. This
By Sarah Hopkins
Columnist lifeline is open 24/7 and has trained staff there
to help.
“I don’t want to live anymore”
3. Be There. This means physically be-
I’ve been a counselor for over a decade
ing present with someone or committing to
and those words still send a shock through
talking to them by phone when appropri-
my system every time I hear them. When
ate. We know that connectedness is a buf-
those we care for are considering suicide it’s
fer against emotional pain, your presence is
a frightening experience. Despite this, we
important. Be a safe person for them during
know that suicide rates are on the rise. It’ the
this time BUT don’t commit to anything you
2nd leading cause of death between ages 15-35
don’t have the emotional or physical capacity
and there has been a 30p percent increase in Editor-In-Chief
to provide! You will need to know your limit!
deaths by suicide since 1999.
4. Help Them Connect. You can’t be the Brooklyn Dance
These numbers suggest that most of us
only support they have. Help them find other
know someone that has or is contemplating
people to lend a hand during this time. The
suicide and it’s important that we know the Sports Editor social life Editor
National Suicide hotline is a great support,
common behavioral signs. The CDC men- Maddux Reid AShley williams
also encouraging them to use online support
tions 12 common warning signs to be aware
such as texting 741-741. This is a national crisis
text service that can be useful to some. En-
1) feeling like a burden Assistant Editor & online manager design & photo editor
courage them to seek mental health support
2) being isolated
or counseling as well. Maria monteros morgan woolum
3) increased anxiety
5. Follow Up. Continue to reach out to
4) feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
this person and provide support. Call them,
5) increased substance use
text to check in, let them know you care and
6) looking for a way to access lethal
will continue to care for them during this
means to hurt oneself or others 7) increased Photographer Online media Manager
hard time. This is so important and lets them
anger or rage
know they aren’t alone and that you are there Uy Nguyen Ethan campbell
8) extreme mood swings
in the hard with them.
9) expressing hopelessness 10) sleeping
Lastly, care for yourself as well! It’s hard
too little or two much
11) talking or posting on social media the
when those we care about are in pain and we STAFF WRITERS
often forget to ask ourselves “What do I need
desire to die Hannah butler Naomi Overby
to care for ME when I’m caring for the oth-
12) making plans for suicidal behavior
er?” It’s o.k. that it makes you feel worn down,
So what do we do if someone we know Alexis Garcia Matthew Parris
that you might need extra rest, nurture, com-
is considering suicide? The National Suicide
passion. Give it to yourself! It is possible to
Prevention Hotline campaign, #BeThe1To david Hancock Kallie Sohm
care for ourselves deeply while we care for
recommends 5 action steps:
others deeply. September is Suicide aware-
1. Ask. Ask the person if they are think-
ness month, take advantage of some of the miriam kirk Audrey Yawn
ing about suicide. This is a HARD question
trainings and online resources in your area so
and one many of us struggle to ask, but ask-
you will be better prepared to help someone
ing someone if they are suicidal doesn’t in-
you care about during crisis.
crease their risk of considering suicide and TrevEchoes is published by and for the students of Trevecca Nazarene University. The views expressed in Trev-
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TrevEchoes | September | 2018 |
Athletes work to balance travel with class attendance
SPORTS EDITOR back on whether or not we want to play on
For student athletes like Teagan Perry, a Sundays, and how much weight that top pri-
junior on the golf team, attending her classes ority has.”
sometimes seems like a luxury. Athletes said they feel like they are travel-
“We miss a lot during both semesters, so we ing more than ever.
have to make up the extra work, get notes, and Caleb Wharton, senior soccer player, says
read extra to make up for what we missed in the travel strain of his freshman season com-
class. Making up labs and tests are especially pared to his senior year has been harder, due
difficult,“ said Perry. to additions of new teams in the conference
Perry is one of around 200 student athletes and longer trips.
this year that will work to find ways to balance “Usually, a lot of our travel trips are week-
a heavy travel schedule with being in class. ends, but this year we have a lot of midweek
The conflict between athletics and class at- trips. We used to only have a few weeks out
tendance is not a new one in college athletics, of the year that we’d be gone, but now it’s
but with the expansion of the Great Midwest changed to where we have mid-week games
Athletic Conference, Trevecca athletes have and leave again that weekend,” said Wharton.
further to go to get to away games.  Wharton says he has come close to the
Athletic Director Mark Elliot said decreas- nine absence limit many times in his college
ing the number of missed classes for athletes career.
is the top priority for this scheduling year. Trevecca’s official excused absence policy
But, in addition to the geographic distance of states that if a student misses more than nine-
some of the other conference schools, Trev- Monday, Wednesday, Friday course classes
ecca and a few other conference schools have or more than six Tuesday, Thursday course
a policy that teams don’t schedule to play on classes, the student will be disenrolled in the
Sundays which limits how much weekend course.
play they get and pushes more trips to begin However, students such as Adi Hale, senior
during the week. basketball player, said the policy is not clear
Trevecca Athletes that play in the fall aver- enough in terms of what an excused absence
David Brookes studying on the bus. Photo provided by Caleb Wharton.
age missing .13 to .53 days of class a week, not is and when she can or cannot be penalized in
including weekends. Spring athletes average the gradebook. athletes to make up work for days they were said. “We have the flexibility to work with ath-
missing between .44 and .81 school days per According to Stephen Pusey, university pro- out competing. letes if the intent is good and the student is
week. In a 16-week semester, this means ath- vost, an excused absence means that the stu-  “We have some professors in my major doing what they can to be proactive with their
letes can miss anywhere from two to 13 days of dent has been approved by the university to that assign papers for every day class we miss professors regarding the missed classes.”
school, according to numbers provided by the be absent from class. The student must have in order to get participation points. Sitting Missing classes can be stressful, some ath-
Trevecca Athletic Department. the opportunity to make up the work that was in lectures would be way more convenient letes said.
“We have always wanted to lessen missed missed and cannot be downgraded because and beneficial than having to write two  ex- Hale said finding time for homework on
classes, but it’s good to have a priority list that of an excused absence. tra papers a week while on the road,” said away trips is possible, including time some
reinforces that goal.” Elliot said. “If we want Hale spoke of one of her social work class- Hale. “We have all the demands of being an coaches set aside for school work, but it’s still
to lessen missed class time, the burden is es where her professor gave an incentive for athlete, plus missing so many classes. We are not always ideal; this means studying in the
expected to exceed expectations on the court hotel after a long day of competing or
and in the classroom. It’s hard to be a scholar studying on the bus trip back to Nashville.
first and then an athlete because of the sched- “We have a women’s and men’s basketball
ules we have.”  team on one bus for nine hours. You aren’t
Athletes can typically not afford to miss always
any classes for illness or other reasons when thinking about trying to do homework,”
they’re not traveling.  Hale said. “We don’t get to be in a library. It’s
“We have to tell our athletes if you have not a
nine excused absences in a class during your good work environment for some people.”
season, you don’t have another absence. You Although the balance between athletics
can’t be sick. You can’t accidentally sleep and education can be difficult, Hale says be-
in. It’s on the athlete to be on top of things ing an
and know when they will be missing class upperclassman has given her the time to
ahead of time,” said Elliot. adjust and know how to handle missing class-
According to Pusey, the policy in the hand- es.
book is more lenient than students may think.  “It’s really easy to get behind when you ar-
“We had to put a ballpark number in the en’t in class. It comes down to how good of a
handbook for absences in order to get ap- student
proved by the Federal government,” Pusey you want to be. You determine that,” Whar-
ton said.
Numbers based on the 2017-2018 school year. Provided by
Trevecca Athletic Department.

Trevecca celebrating 50 years of athletics, cont’d. as a NCAA Division II in July of 2014 and now
compete as members of the G-MAC Athletic
In March of 1969, the Tennessean center were built, both finished in 1969. The This year Trevecca is home to around 200
newspaper ended a two-page spread about following year, men’s golf and baseball were athletes on 13 teams. The school was approved Confernce.
the first Trevecca basketball team with, “Their added to the lineup.
team had been left with an 0-10 record, to be Greg Ruff, sports information director,
sure – but it had at least been left with a record, called Trevecca sports the school’s “front
something the school had never had before.” porch.”
Despite the victory draught, Treveccans “Athletics is one of Trevecca’s greatest
were hopeful for what this first intercollegiate recruiting tools, and a way to introduce people
team meant for the school. About 1,000 to the Nazarene denomination,” Ruff said.
Trevecca students and alumni piled into the
Athletics set high exceptions for the
new Moore Gymnasium, only months old,
community, Ruff said. When the community
to watch the last game of the Trojan’s ‘68-
expects more from the school’s athletes, they
‘69 season against Olivet Nazarene College.
have risen to the challenge.
Despite the loss, students were excited for the
start of the school’s athletics. For example, some were skeptical when
the program moved to NCAA Division II in
With the start of the basketball team, the
2012, but the Trojans proved to be competitive
Moore Gymnasium and physical education Students in the gym supporting the basketball team.
in the G-MAC, he said. Photo by Trevecca Athletic Communications.
2018 | September | TrevEchoes

Spiritual Deepening Week underway on campus
BY MARIA MONTEROS “One of the things that I hope to Songer Gaines hopes students things like that. Well, worship offers . . .
ONLINE EDITOR challenge about the notion of freedom is will find time for silence amidst their a really true and broad sense of freedom.
From Sept. 24-27, Spiritual Deepening that freedom is not merely an absence of busy schedules and find the connection When we find ourselves free to worship,
Week will explore spiritual freedom with external restraints,” said Songer Gaines. between Spiritual Deepening Week and that’s a really important part of liber-
the general superintendent of the Church “Following after God in a really signifi- the education they receive at Trevecca. al arts opportunity that we do here at a
of Nazarene David A. Busic as speaker. cant way sets us free from living for just, “[In a Christian liberal arts uni- Christian university,” she said.
Busic, who has held the highest office you know, today and this moment . . . for versity] you’re free to explore all kinds of
of the Church of the Nazarene since a life that is bigger and fuller.” different disciplines and thoughts and
2013 and was previously the president of Jake Beard, senior religion major
Nazarene Theological Seminary, will be and ASB chaplain, said Spiritual Deep-
preaching during the twice-a-year week ening Week this fall is a “monumental
set aside on campus to focus on spiritual time” for many students that left their
growth. home for Trevecca with “a lot of guilt
Busic expressed his fondness for and shame.” Beard hopes this event’s
the Trevecca community the last time strong emphasis on freedom in Christ
Shawna Songer Gaines, university chap- will allow students to be free from the
lain and assistant professor of Christian chains holding them back.
worship met him. “[This week is for us] to remember
“I know that [Dr. Busic] is an excel- why we come to this place called Trev-
lent preacher and executer of scripture. ecca. It’s really a time at the beginning
And so, whatever he does, I know and of the semester were the entire student
trust he’s going to bring something about body can get on the same page, where
scripture to light in a way that we haven’t we can be vulnerable with each other,
encountered it before,” she said. where we can be set free together,” he
The idea behind the bi-yearly event said.
embodies the theme itself, said Songer Spiritual Deepening Week is held
Gaines. every semester. And while it happens in
Throughout the week, faculty members same time and place as average chapel
are encouraged not to schedule major hours, the expectation around a week of
tests, the athletics department to put service allows students to better engage
games on hold and the student body to in worship, said Songer Gaines.
set this week aside for worship.

Welcome Week 2018: Pictures from the week

Photo provided by Trevecca Marketing.

Welcome Week photos. Photos provided by Trevecca Marketing.