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Science Matters

God’s Creation Revealed In the Lab and In the Field







Science Matters


iscovery and joy often go hand in hand. History tells us when astronomer Johannes Kepler learned that moons revolve around Jupiter, an overwhelming joy left him speechless. Biologist Francois Jacob described a sense of strength and intense joy that “invaded” him as he formulated hypotheses. Physicist Richard Feynman said the “kick” of discovery motivated him more than the prizes and recognition. I believe those of us who love the Lord are blessed with an added thrill in scientific discovery when we respond in joyful worship to the Creator whose world we explore. As Greenville College Professor Emeritus of Physics, Hugh Siefken, frames this phenomenon, “The universe is full of grandeur, wonder and inspiration for worship. To be human and have the ability to recognize from whence one has come is unique. Rocks, trees and animals do not possess this attribute of being able to say ‘thank you’ to their maker.” Certainly God delights when we, His beloved children, not only discover Him through His creation, but also express our gratitude with each discovery. With this issue of The Record, I invite you to join us in celebrating the joy of discovery through the sciences at Greenville College. We begin with a visit to the Republic of Malawi, where Eugene Dunkley, Fulbright Scholar, guided medical students to discoveries that would help them serve their country, which has suffered from the HIV/ AIDS epidemic. His story is as much about joy in ministry as it is about lab technologies and building a university’s medical program. We also visit with Professor Darrell Iler, whose Caveman Chemistry class attracts scores of non-science majors and routinely fills to capacity on the first day of registration. His engaging labs help our students experience the same thrill of discovery that their ancient ancestors knew when they created fire from friction or turned minerals into metal. Along the way, he helps students catch a glimpse of God’s creative and resourceful image reflected in humankind. Popular literature in recent years attests to an explosion of interest in the tensions and synergies between science and faith, a topic that all Greenville College students explore through the class, Science and Christianity. In an article of the same name, Assistant Professor Kent Dunnington exposes common myths about the science versus religion conflict and recommends resources that will help us to understand how Christianity and science have shaped each other. I think you will particularly enjoy our snapshot of Greenville College graduates who put their scientific expertise to work on the job every day. From radiation oncology to packaging and renewable energy to patents, our graduates integrate their scientific know-how with proficiencies in business, law, public health, and other areas as they solve problems throughout various industries. The psalmist reminds us, “The heavens are telling the glory of God, and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:1-2). Ever faithful, our heavenly Father provides abundant opportunities in the lab and field, in the classroom and workplace, for us to examine His divine handiwork. He wants to be discovered. He waits to receive our worship and joy.

Larry Linamen, President



ON THE COVER: Fulbright Scholar and Associate Professor of Biology Eugene Dunkley THE RECORD (USPS 2292-2000) is published quarterly for alumni and friends of Greenville College by the Office of College Advancement, Greenville College, 315 E. College Ave., Greenville IL 62246. Phone: (618) 664-6500. Non-profit class postage paid at Greenville, IL 62246. Vol. 102, No. 1. EDITOR: Walter Fenton ’84 MANAGING EDITOR: Carla Morris ’77 CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Annie Zeller CONTRIBUTING EDITOR: Kaity Teer ’10 GRAPHIC DESIGNER: Pancho Eppard ’00 PHOTOGRAPHY: Pancho Eppard ’00, Lucas Harger ’11, Beky Smith ’12, Eugene Dunkley DISTRIBUTION MANAGER: Brianne Cook ’05 WRITERS: Kaity Teer ’10, Annie Zeller, Carla Morris ’77 For information about advertising in THE RECORD, call Annie Zeller at (618) 664-6512 or email Views and opinions expressed by individuals in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of Greenville College.



CAVEMAN CHEMISTRY Temperatures reach up to 2500 degrees Fahrenheit in this primitive looking blast furnace that students use to make glass, fire ceramics and make bronze from natural ores.


With a servant’s heart, Fulbright Scholar Eugene Dunkley traveled to Malawi where he instructed medical students, led community service projects, and laid plans for ongoing work to educate orphaned street children.


From protein crystallization to hematology, and nuclear fusion to patient care, Greenville College graduates put their science expertise to work every day solving problems, delivering services, and contributing to research.


Several pervasive myths put science and religion in irremediable conflict with one another. By debunking these myths we gain a clearer understanding of the relationship between Christianity and science.



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Long Distance Lab


Holding a green 5-gallon bucket with both hands, a woman bends to draw water for the first time from a newly drilled borehole on the property of Thyolo Free Methodist Church in Malawi. Her friends and family surround the steel pump with singing and dancing. Children grin and clap their hands, enjoying the celebration. This deep water well will provide the entire community with access to safe, clean water for decades to come. Biology Department Chair and Associate Professor Eugene Dunkley stands at the outer edge of the circle observing the dedication ceremony for the borehole.


unkley was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to serve at the University of Malawi College of Medicine during the 20092010 academic year. He taught biochemistry, microbiology, and medical lab technology to first-year medical students and first-year and fourth-year medical laboratory technicians. He also acted as a consultant to the committees responsible for developing the university’s pre-medical and prephysical therapy programs. This summer, Dunkley will begin follow-up work on a research project that compares strains of salmonella collected in the United States with those from Malawi. Mutations have made the strains in sub-Saharan Africa more infective. He believes advanced health care systems, food safety standards, and stronger immune systems may mask similar mutations in North America. Greenville College students participating in the Summer Research Institute will play active roles in this project. When he wasn’t in the lab, Dunkley dedicated his time in Malawi to serving with local organizations



and churches. The deep water well was just one of the many service projects Dunkley organized during his yearlong sabbatical. Whether he was lecturing in a classroom or volunteering at an orphanage, Dunkley viewed his work in Malawi as ministry.

A woman draws water from the newly drilled borehole at Thyolo Free Methodist Church.

“Faith is central to my work,” he says, “I see teaching as a way of serving the Lord. When I teach, I am equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they will need to fulfill their calling.”

“Faith is central to my work. I see teaching as a way of serving the Lord. When I teach, I am equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they will need to fulfill their calling.� SPRING 2011


at the dedication Children celebrate of the bore hole.

Dunkley an d his famil most of th y made the eir time in Malawi, en in unforget gaging table exper iences like walking an lion d riding elep hants.

Dunkley enjoys the hospitality of the Bangwe Free Methodist Church.

It was a desire to serve in the Republic of Malawi that initially compelled Dunkley to apply to the Fulbright Program. Located in sub-Saharan Africa, Malawi is one of the world’s most densely populated and least developed countries. Over 65% of the population lives below the national poverty line, with more than 80% of Malawians residing in rural areas where health care and educational services are limited. The spread of HIV/AIDs also poses a serious problem for Malawians. An estimated 12% of the adult population is infected with the HIV virus, and, by the end of 2007, more than half a million children had been orphaned by AIDS. Dunkley was motivated to contribute to the training of the country’s health care professionals, but he and his family also desired to find a way to serve the children surviving in orphanages or on the streets of Blantyre, where the university is located. Dunkley’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Camille, class of 2008, joined him during his sabbatical. Camille worked with Project Peanut Butter, a program that distributes high-energy, high-protein ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) to severely malnourished children. Jennifer volunteered with an organization called The Samaritan Trust, which aims to protect and care for children living on the streets. As a result of their experiences working with orphans, the Dunkleys founded a non-profit organization called Agape Scholars. The mission of Agape Scholars is to The first group of stu help homeless, dents to be sponsored by Agape Scho orphaned lars pose in their school uniforms. children in Malawi gain access to a private education that includes courses in information technology and English. Public education in Malawi is available free of cost up to the sixth grade, but it is not required. To receive an advanced education in Malawi, a child must come from a wealthy family. The Dunkleys’ work with homeless children included forming a small choir. Gene taught the children songs in English. On the day the Dunkleys left, the children sang to them in Chichewa and English saying, “Thank you. God bless you, we won’t forget you, don’t forget us.”

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It is not likely that the Dunkleys will ever forget the children they met in Malawi. They plan to return to Malawi to visit the children who are sponsored by Agape Scholars and to raise funds for the ongoing work of their organization.

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Science on the Job For more than 118 years Greenville College has prepared its science graduates for life after college. Some of them pursue professions in academics while others choose industry. Many of them count Greenville College as an important influence on both career and character development. We are proud to highlight just a few of those students who have followed their passions for science into the working world.

Delmar Bergen ’53

DIRECTOR OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS DEVELOPMENT AND DEPUTY DIVISION LEADER FOR THE THEORETICAL DESIGN OF US WEAPONS (RETIRED) Los Alamos National Laboratory in its engineering division. A premier national security research institution, the LANL developed and applied science and technology to reduce global threats and ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent. Bergen’s initial employment coincided with the Cold War, a time when Los Alamos lab scientists worked to reduce the size of nuclear weapons, improve their efficiency, and increase their power. He was involved in the development and field-testing of many of the nuclear weapons that remain in the United States arsenal today.

Dr. Bergen began his work with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 1957 as a staff member

A math major and physics minor at Greenville College, he earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of New Mexico in 1966 and later served as a consultant for nuclear weapons

to the Assistant Secretary of Defense and as the nuclear weapons expert on the negotiating team for the Short and Intermediate Range Missile Treaty with the USSR. Researching nuclear power and tracking the USSR’s development of weapons clearly were not on Bergen’s agenda as a college freshman though. “Sports were the reason I went to Greenville College. An education seemed okay, but I went so I could play baseball,” he explains. “This focus changed when I let Christ take over my life. GC helped me establish a foundation for Christian living. My Greenville College experience taught me how to live, and set me out on a career path.”

David Young ‘87

SENIOR SCIENTIST National Renewable Energy Laboratory Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) study all forms of renewable energy. Dr. Young has been with the lab since 1997 and currently works in the Silicon Materials and Devices

Group. His team develops new ways to use silicon to improve solar cells – solid state devices that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Silicon cells currently comprise about 90% of the solar cell market. The group’s goal is

to reduce the cost of solar energy to make it competitive with coal fired electricity. After graduating with a major in physics from Greenville College, SPRING 2011


he earned a master’s in physics from Indiana University, Bloomington, and entered a fellowship for secondary education. He taught in public and private high schools for six years before he returned to graduate school to study solid state physics and eventually earned his Ph.D. from Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. Young was a third generation GC student. He counts the time he spent studying under Professors Hugh Siefken and Harry Tomaschke as excellent training for work in the laboratory. “Greenville College prepared me well for a career in physics, hands-on work in a laboratory environment, and how to have a holy curiosity for the Lord’s earth,” he says.

Kevin Kwilinski ‘91 PRESIDENT AND CEO Portola Packaging

Portola Packaging is one of the largest manufacturers of tamper-evident plastic closures and containers for the dairy, juice, and food industries. It also designs and builds equipment that supports the packaging process. At Portola’s helm for nearly two years, Mr. Kwilinski has helped guide the company’s growth to over $200 million in sales and over a dozen locations. Currently it operates in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, and Mexico. The business began in 1952 with the invention of a plastic snap-on cap to replace the cork on 5-gallon glass water bottles. Through a combination of acquisition and focus on product development and research, Portola

extended its reach into new markets. It now sells closures and containers for the cosmetics, fragrance, and toiletries market. Its customers include familiar consumer product companies such as Dean Foods, Saputo, Dairy Crest, Arla Foods, Kroger, Perrier Water/Nestle, Esteé Lauder, Avon, and Coca–Cola. Kwilinski’s math and science

background serve him well in an industry that counts on innovation to meet consumer needs. He majored in math and physics at Greenville College and holds a master’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan. He is also a certified Six Sigma Champion. Good business for Kwilinski means good stewardship. Last year he led Portola’s eight manufacturing facilities to a 10% reduction in energy use. “We believe in using natural resources responsibly to manage energy use and reduce waste wherever possible,” he says. “We encourage all of our team members to generate new, environmentally-sound ideas so that we can continue on this path.”

Laura Dwyer ‘08

POST-BACHELOR FELLOW The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington As a post-bachelor fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Ms. Dwyer



researches health in global populations. Policymakers, organizations, researchers and funders use the

information she helps to uncover to identify priorities for improving health and evaluating the effectiveness of

Where We Work


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CHEMISTRY Southern Nazarene University Oklahoma City, OK She teaches classes in organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and physical chemistry.

health programs. She presently assists with research in the IHME’s Mortality Group. Her most recent work has included analyzing birth histories in surveys to estimate child mortality. Ms. Dwyer is excited about the opportunity to apply her education to an effort that produces results and helps people. “I enjoy the challenge my job presents and that my work matters to others,” she says. “I hope that the information I uncover is useful to decision makers, improves the quality of decisions that result and ultimately improves lives.” A chemistry and biology major at Greenville College, Dwyer’s long-term career goals include earning a Ph.D. in social epidemiology and continued work in an area that combines research with advocacy. She feels privileged for the education she received at Greenville College. “I will be forever grateful to Professors Iler, Lang, and Dunkley. I am full of appreciation for how dedicated to their subjects, and moreover to their students, they each are.”

Christopher Hook, MD ‘80

Lew Whaley, DO ‘75

RADIATION ONCOLOGIST Charleston Radiation Therapy Charleston, WV A cancer specialist, he guides his patients through treatment that maximizes the chances of curing cancer while minimizing the radiation dose to normal organs.

CONSULTANT IN HEMATOLOGY AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE DIRECTOR OF BIOETHICS EDUCATION AT THE MAYO GRADUATE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester, MN His research focuses on non-malignant hematology, myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplastic disorders, coagulation disorders and palliative care. In medical ethics, he is actively involved in scholarship and research in areas that include end-of-life issues, reproduction, genetics, biotechnology, transplantation and new technologies.

Barry Swanson, Ph.D, J.D. ‘77

Cordon Kerns ‘54

PARTNER Swanson & Bratschun LLC (patent law firm) Littleton, CO Specializing in patent law, his firm handles patent issues that involve a wide range of technologies including organic chemistry, molecular biology, pharmaceuticals, computers, computer software, electronics, nanotechnology, photonics, solar energy, telecommunications, medical devices and a host of mechanical devices.

Cory Gerdts, Ph.D ‘02

SENIOR APPLICATION SCIENTIST Emerald BioStructures and Emerald BioSystems Greater Chicago Area He develops microfluidic technology for setting up protein crystallization experiments in microfluidic channels and other instrumentation for the crystallization marketplace.

Kristi Moody ‘09

HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY INSTRUCTOR Rock Island High School Rock Island, IL She teaches five sections of high school chemistry and assists with Chem Club and Science Club. Her students are culturally and economically diverse sophomores and juniors, most of whom are college-bound.

ELECTRONICS ENGINEER (RETIRED) Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Batavia, IL He initially supported the work of physicists by providing the electronics they needed for experiments. He later worked directly with the accelerator, helping to rebuild it.  

Robert Cranston, MD ‘77

NEUROLOGIST AND ETHICIST DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL SUBSPECIALTIES Carle Clinic Association Champaign, IL As director for all the department heads of the medical subspecialties, he focuses on recruitment, retention, and quality and safety issues for approximately 75 psychologists and physicians.

Justin Galbraith ‘10

PRECISION MECHANICAL ENGINEER Laser Systems Engineering and Operations National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Livermore, CA He is responsible for the design and analysis of optomechanical systems within the National Ignition Facility (NIF). His work is part of the NIF’s effort to achieve fusion ignition for the first time ever in a laboratory setting, while paving the way for potentially limitless clean energy in the form of nuclear fusion.

James Kerns, MD ‘78

OBSTETRICIAN-GYNECOLOGIST University of Missouri Columbia, MO He provides patient care for women and teaches and supervises resident physicians and medical students. He also performs administrative duties for hospital and university committees and research in medical student education. SPRING 2011


Caveman Chemistry Flint tools, a spear thrower, cave paintings these artifacts on display in Darrell Iler’s office on the second floor of Snyder Hall might give the impression that he has just returned from an archaeological excavation. But Iler, class of 1977, is not an archaeologist, he is a professor and chair of the chemistry department; and these treasures are not remnants of ancient history extracted from a dig site, they were created by 21st century Greenville College students.


tudents who enroll in Iler’s general education course, Caveman Chemistry, routinely unearth the chemical technologies of ancient civilizations. Beginning with fire, Iler introduces technologies in the chronological order it is believed they were discovered and applied. Most young people do not know how to start a fire using friction, let alone write an equation to describe the chemical reaction that is taking



place - his students learn how to do both. Along with the fundamental concepts of chemistry, they come to understand the relevance of scientific discovery to human history and culture. Caveman Chemistry students experience firsthand the thrill of scientific discovery. Iler designed the laboratory exercises to “recreate the first encounter.” Students are required to use the principles of chemistry to successfully produce fire, pigments, glass, gunpowder, soap,

string, and nylon. They form stone tools for cutting by employing flintknapping techniques. They smelt bronze from tin and copper ore using corn kernels as a reducing agent in a ceramic crucible of their own handiwork. Clearly these are not the products of a typical chemistry class, which for Iler, means he has achieved his goals for the course. When Iler returned to Greenville College in 2003 to teach chemistry, he faced dismally low student enrollment in the

“I was so glad Greenville College was there for me when I needed it. If I had gone to a big state school, I probably wouldn’t have made it in the sciences.” existing general education chemistry course. Non-chemistry majors were either intimidated by the study of chemistry or perceived it to be irrelevant to their education. The small number of students who registered for the course did so because they had done well in high school chemistry and expected the elective to be a repeat of material and lab work. Chemistry departments at many other colleges and universities have faced these same problems. In fact, the Journal of Chemical Education has published numerous articles in recent years to address the challenges of teaching chemistry for general education students. “It’s not good for the institution,” Iler says, “when students purposely avoid certain general education courses.” After writing handouts and labs, Iler launched Caveman Chemistry as an experimental course during Interterm 2005. The course was offered again in Interterm 2006. That summer Iler was awarded a Reinhard Grant to develop a full-length version of the course. Since then, student enrollment in general education chemistry has more than doubled. Caveman Chemistry is now so popular among students that the class regularly reaches maximum capacity during the first day of registration. The course’s success can be attributed to its unique contextual format. Iler explains, “Students engage chemistry in the context of human history. We study the primitive forms of technologies and trace their development through time in a way that students really appreciate. The relevance of the course has changed, not its difficulty.” When it comes to Caveman Chemistry, it is evident that educational standards have not been lowered. Iler is not one to make things easy for students. The course pushes students towards educational excellence as they engage chemical

concepts in new and often challenging ways. Just as it may have taken their ancestors several attempts of trial and error to spark a fire or make glass, it may take students several times to master their lab work. But Iler is there to offer guidance and encouragement to his students as they “rediscover” chemical technologies in the lab. Iler remembers well how his own experience at Greenville College shaped his career. A learning disability in mathematics could have prevented him from graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the sciences. But his professors made the difference. “I was so glad Greenville College was there for me when I needed it. If I had gone to a big state school, I probably wouldn’t have made it in the sciences. I would have given up. The professors at Greenville College helped me not by lowering standards, but by offering encouragement.” It took Iler three times to successfully complete college algebra, but he was willing to devote hours of work to his studies. His perseverance proved to be worthwhile when he overcame his struggle with mathematics to master the advanced mathematical theories that are integral to success in his chosen field of physical chemistry. When asked how this experience has affected him as a professor, he responds by saying, “I am empathetic towards struggling students - if they’re determined. Lowering standards doesn’t do students any favors. Students have to be willing to work and to keep trying.” Iler hopes students leave Caveman Chemistry with an appreciation for our ancestors. “They were clever, resourceful, inventive. It’s incredible what they were able to do with natural materials. They discovered chemical technologies through trial and error, observation, and deduction, and in that way, altered human history.”

Top, a student in the Caveman Chemistry lab brings a spark to flame. Bottom, a glass paperweight cools and takes shape before heading back to the furnace.

To celebrate the end of the course Iler plans a special in-class activity for his students. He flash freezes cream using liquid nitrogen and serves “homemade” ice cream. Admittedly, there are more primitive ways of making ice cream, but the chemistry-inspired theatrics of the flash freeze method offer no comparison. And like all good chemistry professors, Iler likes to end his class with a bang. SPRING 2011



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Greenville College students involved in summer research programs during the summer of 2010 at Greenville College, Texas A&M, Washington University, and government and private labs in St. Louis and Chicago Biology majors

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Percent acceptance to medical school for those who are endorsed by the GC pre-med faculty committee

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO USE THESE TOOLS? GC science majors do. GC-MS (Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer) FT-IR (Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer) NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer) AA (Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer) UV-Vis (Ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer) FS (Fluorescence Spectrophotometer) DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimeter) Gene Sequencer 10



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In medical school In Ph.D. chemistry programs including those at St. Louis University, Washington University and University of Washington Employed in industry

DID YOU KNOW? Biology is the largest single major on campus. The Science Department developed the new Greenville College Summer Research Experience (GC-SRE). Part of the Math and Science Division’s mission is to provide assistance to area science teachers and students through science shows and workshops. GC offers unique general education courses to pique student interest, such as Forensics, Caveman Chemistry, and Environmental Science and Stewardship. Thanks to these courses, enrollment in general education science classes has more than doubled since 2004! GC also offers special science programs such as Pre-professional Health, 3-2 Engineering, Forensics, and Environmental Science.

AFTER THE BACHELOR’S GC science majors have gone on to become … • Analytical chemists in the adhesives, food additives, and chemical manufacturing industries

• Nurses

• High school chemistry teachers

• College professors

• Speech pathologists

• Chemical patent lawyers

• Chemical engineers

• Podiatrists

• Research chemists

• Dentists

• Doctors

• Researchers for government energy labs SPRING 2011


Science and Christianity New Perspectives on an Old Controversy By Kent Dunnington


he academic field of “Christianity and Science” is booming. Hardly a month goes by without the appearance of yet another book addressing one of the many fascinating questions in the field. For the past ten years at Greenville College, we have taught a class specifically devoted to these pressing questions. Ahead of the curve in this respect, we remain fairly unique in requiring that all our students take Science and Christianity. In the latter part of the 19th century, two books appeared whose influences have long outlasted



their merits: John William Draper’s History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science (1874) and Andrew Dickson White’s History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896). Because the stories told by these books made for good theatre, and because there were few alternatives, Draper and White established a widely accepted perspective. They told a story of science’s longstanding and valiant struggle in the face of the church’s war on reason. And ever since, the dominant image most persons have of the relationship between science and religion is one of irremediable conflict. We know now that Draper

and White fabricated their claims with innumerable errors, exaggerations, and myths. Most people think that when the Catholic Church silenced Galileo, a dogmatic and power-hungry institution knowingly stifled the proven claims of rational science. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, at the time of Galileo’s confrontation with Pope Urban VIII, Galileo lacked sufficient evidence to support the Copernican theory. Moreover, his model of the Copernican system was more mathematically cumbersome than the Ptolemaic model it was supposed to supplant and accounted less adequately for the data. This was hardly a case of fanatical religion suppressing the claims of disinterested science. Another myth that pervades contemporary discussions of the relationship between religion and science is that scientific theory competes with the Bible to provide an authoritative account of human origins. This rivalry misunderstands the scope and aims of both scientific theory and the biblical narrative. Whatever you think about the viability of evolutionary theory, one thing is certain: the Bible does not offer—as Darwin put it—“a history of the earth.” The creation texts of Genesis 1 and 2 are theological texts proclaiming the utter dependence of the created order upon God. They never intended to provide a scientific account of just how

God brings our world about. Conversely, scientific theory attempts to provide causal accounts of the relationship between various components of the material order, but cannot address fundamental questions about existence without overstepping its bounds, for example, “Why is there something rather than nothing?” or “Why does the world persist in existence?” A third myth that persists is the incompatibility of God with the laws of nature. David Hume’s attack on miracles in the Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion (1779) has accustomed people to think that for God to be active in the world, He would need to “intervene” and “break” the laws of nature. We try to help our students see the theological problem of such a relationship, and we challenge them to think in philosophically rigorous ways about the nature of “laws” that supposedly inhibit God’s involvement in our lives. As Ludwig Wittgenstein says, “Not how the world is, but that it is, is the mystery.”  Science explores the how questions, but it cannot penetrate the mystery of the world’s sheer “thatness” without becoming incoherent.  Dispelling the myths that plague discussions of the relationship between religion and science helps us see that there is no conflict between religion and science.

Kent Dunnington has served as an Assistant Professor

of Philosophy and Religion at Greenville College since 2007. He is a member of the Wesleyan Philosophical Society and Wesleyan Theological Society and has

Kent’s Picks For the most thorough treatment of the incredibly complicated relationship between science and the church during the Scientific Revolution, see John Hedley Brooke’s magisterial book, Science and Religion: Some Historical Perspectives (Cambridge, 1991). The best book I can recommend on the critical question of how to responsibly read Genesis is Conrad Hyer’s The Meaning of Creation: Genesis and Modern Science (John Knox, 1984).

On the relationship between Christianity and evolutionary theory, I have been helped a great deal by Darrell Falk’s approachable book, Coming to Peace with Science: Bridging the Worlds Between Faith and Biology (IVP Academic, 2004).

Finally, the C.S. Lewis classic, Miracles (1947) addresses the relationship between God and laws of nature with wisdom and wit (HarperCollins Edition, 2001).

contributed to the book Christians in the Public Square: Addiction and Virtue. SPRING 2011


Mix with old friends for some good combustible fun!


Homecoming 2011 Join us October 14 & 15 for a weekend full of Greenville College festivities! Save the date on your calendar and stay tuned for more details.


• Homecoming Kick-Off Front Lawn • Panther 5K Road Race

October 14-15, 2011

• Class Reunions • Tailgate Lunch • Home Volleyball, Soccer, and Football games • Choir Concert And so much more!





The Fund For Educational Excellence. The oldest of five children, Lili Castillo (’13) is a first generation college student from Elgin, IL majoring in biology and chemistry. She was named GC’s Outstanding Freshman Biology Student. Last summer, Lili joined nine other students selected from across the country to conduct molecular biology research at Texas A&M as part of the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate Students EXCITE program. This summer, she will serve as an intern in the SMART Program at Baylor College of Medicine conducting biomedical research.

- Lili



“You make it possible for me to reach my career goals and I hope to one day follow your example of generosity.”

Lili is one of many students who benefit from The Fund For Educational Excellence. She knows that her education wouldn’t be possible without generous contributions from others. To give, just call (618) 664-6500 or go online to SPRING 2011




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Land Donation Connects Greenville College to New Opportunities Greenville College nearly doubled the size of its main campus thanks to two generous alumni who donated 44 acres of undeveloped contiguous property. “I believe this is a gift for generations. The property will not only benefit current students, but

will also impact the college for the next century,” said President Larry Linamen. The property is located directly north of campus between Beaumont Avenue and Highway 140 and borders the Hoiles Gardens.

Greenville College Acquires Former Bond County Health Department Building Thanks to an anonymous donor, Greenville College will take possession of the property formerly used as the Bond County Health Department. Located just four blocks south of campus, the property offers ready to use office space and will require minimal

renovation for the college to begin use. The donation not only benefits Greenville College, but assists the health department and the community by bringing purpose back to a vacant building in town.

Greenville College Announces Renovation and Addition to Joy Residence Hall Greenville College is pleased to announce the renovation and addition to Joy Residence Hall scheduled to begin on May 24, 2011. Upon completion of the renovation, the lower level of Joy Hall will offer improved accessibility due to the addition of five rooms that comply to ADA Standards for Accessible Design. Low flow toilets, new windows, and updated airflow units will also make Joy Hall a more energy efficient building.

New construction will extend the residence hall to the east creating more common living space for students, which allows for more community and academic activities in the residence. The renovation of Joy Hall will not only update the amenities and improve student living, but enhance the appearance of the building. The 92-student, traditional residence hall will reopen in time to house underclassmen for the Fall 2011 semester.

35 Years of Experiential Learning:

AgapeFest Offers Opportunities to Students of All Majors For 35 years, Greenville College students have planned and hosted the nation’s only student-run Christian music festival each spring. AgapeFest is a Christ-centered ministry of Greenville College. Its primary goals are to exalt Jesus Christ while providing an experiential learning opportunity for students. The 2011 staff is made up of over 70 students studying in over 25 different major



programs. “Some think the College must be mad to entrust our festival to the students. We disagree. This is one way in which we prove the value of a Greenville College education. This will be the 35th year that students have shown us that they have what it takes, and we are proud of them,” said Ivan Filby, faculty advisor to AgapeFest.


GC Students Win Big at 2010 ADDY Awards Greenville College students and Graphic Design Professor Jessa Wilcoxen attended the 2010 American Advertising Association Gala in Peoria, IL on February 25 to accept awards in five different categories. GC students won one Best of Show,

two gold, and five silver awards. Each year the American Advertising Association sponsors the ADDY awards; this is the first year Greenville College students entered the competition.

Accounting Students Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program For the third year, Greenville College Accounting students partnered with the Center for Economic Progress to offer free assistance to low income families to complete tax returns. This year, 15

Greenville students assisted approximately 700 families in Alton and East St. Louis to prepare federal and state income tax returns and obtain refunds totaling about $1.4 million.

Into the End Zone, Out of the Comfort Zone During the football season, the Greenville College Panther Football team is on the prowl and charging toward the end zone. The off-season is a different ball game as coaches and players challenge themselves to get out of the zone – their comfort

zone. For the second year, 22 Greenville College football players and coaches spent spring break serving in Philadelphia, PA. During the week, the team cleaned up a drug riddled park and hosted a football camp for the local children.

Volleyball Wins SLIAC Tournament, Earns Automatic Bid in NCAA Tournament The Panther volleyball team won the 2010 St. Louis NCAA tournament for the first time and became the Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament first women’s team in Greenville College history to championship for the first time in school history play in the NCAA tournament. during the fall season. Greenville advanced to the

Freshman Aubree Schreder Runs at NCAA Championships The first appearance of a Greenville College women’s cross country runner at the NCAA Division III national championship was memorable as freshman Aubree Schreder of Waterloo, IL

placed 82nd in the event, running a time of 22 minutes, 17.8 seconds at the Max Cross Country six-kilometer course in Waverly, Iowa. The field included 279 runners.


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40s Muriel (Secord ’49) married Richard Fattic ’49 on October 16, 2010. Muriel and Richard both returned to campus for the Wilson T. Hogue Reunion in the summer of 2009 for their 60th class reunion and their relationship began to grow. 366 E Arbor View Dr, Spring Arbor, MI 49283.

50s Chrystal (Baker ’56) and Rev. Kenneth Neal celebrated their 50th Anniversary on January 29, 2011. 625 So Alton Wy, #5C, Denver, CO 80247.

60s Dwight Gregory ’68 has been appointed the senior pastor of Midwest City Free Methodist Church in Oklahoma. 621 Crescent Cir, Midwest City, OK 73110. David Figg ’69, MD, FACS was given the Teacher of the Year Award for the third time from the Surgical Residents of the Michigan State University Spectrum Health Surgical Residency Program. 2922 Woodridge Cir NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525. Stan Tucker ’69 retired in November 2010 after 32 years as a delivery driver for UPS. 1397 Coral Wy, Carbondale, IL 62901.

70s Dan ’70 and Catherine Abbott were awarded the Don Carlos Humanitarian Award by the city of Tempe, AZ. It is awarded yearly to a person, or couple, who contribute to the community through volunteer commitment. 508 E. Encanto Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281.



Steven Birky ’71 was elected vice presidentat-large of the Chicago District Golf Association. He is also a member of the Illinois Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. 1104 Sheridan, Danville, IL 61832. Marilyn (Todd) Grove ’73 was honored for excellence in education by the Santa Rosa California Chamber of Commerce. She teaches social studies to grades 7-12 at Rincon Valley Christian School in Santa Rosa. 136 Fulton Pl, Windsor, CA 95492. Sherry (Brannon) Loflin ’73 began a new job as office manager at Light and Life Park in Lakeland, FL. 5425 Zion Ave, Lakeland, FL 33810. Alan Black ’74 led the Wesley Chapel High School boys’ 2010 golf team to the Florida State Finals and finished as the top public school in Class 1-A. PO Box 78, San Antonio, FL 33576. Dr. Mark Hogan ’75 was elected presidentelect for the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education. He will serve as president-elect for 2011 and then become president of AILACTE for two years, followed by one year as pastpresident. Hogan was also re-elected to the Board of Examiners for NCATE, to which he has served since 1996. 200 Oakwood Dr, Bridgewater, VA 22812. Polly (Paulson ’76) Birky is an adjunct professor at South Puget Sound Community College teaching Basic English and Reading Strategies. 1502 Rockcreek Ln SW, Tumwater, WA 98512. Debi Henderson ’77 began a new job at Bayfront Medical Center as manager of medical staff services and medical education. 2646 Fairway Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712.

Ronda (Shives ’77) Stoll exhibited her art in a one woman show titled “Chinese Brush Painting in Four Seasons” at Central Vermont Medical Center in Montpelier, VT OctoberDecember 2010. She is a licensed social worker in private practice in Central Vermont. 12 Tamarack Grove, Morrisville, VT 05661. Tom Brown ’79 is the Assistant Building Deputy for the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. 2524 Whitehall Drive Lafayette, IN 47909. Dr. Paul Stroble ’79 is an instructor at Eden Theological Seminary and has been a freelance writer for Abingdon Press for 15 years. 8970 Moydalgan Rd, St. Louis, MO 63124.

80s Tim Ward ’80 was appointed pastor of the Pennsylvania Avenue Free Methodist Church in Ottumwa, IA on August 1, 2010. 112 Deppe Ln, Ottumwa, IA 52501. Barbara (Schwarz) Wachal ’81 was selected to take part in the second Chancellor’s Leadership Academy, which recognizes and cultivates the leadership skills of members of college faculty, staff, and administration. 601 LaDue Pl, Greenville, IL 62246. Philip Dean ’83 is a surgeon in Saginaw, MI. 1881 Coolidge Ave, Saginaw, MI 48638. Kevin Hopkins ’83 presented “PreCalculus Animations with Geogebra” at the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall Conference on December 3, 2010. He was also honored with the Post-Secondary Outstanding Teacher Award for 2010. 181 Wildwood Pl, Bolivar, MO 65613.

Joe Claussen ’86 was ordained into the ministry October 27, 2010 and will graduate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Christian Education in May 2011. 311 Lake Mariam Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33884. Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks ’88 was named Associate Dean and Accreditation Coordinator for Hamline University School of Education in St. Paul, MN on October 15, 2010. William Reynolds ’88 retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel and accepted a position as the Deputy County Administrator for Washtenaw County, MI. 1449 Tara Ln, Chelsea, MI 48118.


The Crucible at Ozark Actors Theatre, where he was recently hired as the producing artistic director. Cannon will then direct Rabbit Hole for Insight Theatre in September and The Sword and the Stone for the Imaginary Theatre Company next January. He was also just nominated for a Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play for his work in Outlying Islands with Upstream Theatre. This is his third Kevin Kline nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor and sixth overall (twice for directing, once for light design). He won the Kevin Kline Award for Outstanding Lead Actor last year for his work in Doubt: A Parable with Dramatic License Productions. 2640 Pennsylvania Avenue, St Louis, MO 63118. www. Sarah (Cenkar ’98) and Joe Herdade, a daughter, Natalie Quinn, born July 13, 2010. 1003 Cypress Dr, Rolla, MO 65401.

Donald Tanner ’90 is actively involved in Dodge City’s effort to revitalize and restore the downtown through the “Main Street” program. 104 E Vine, Apt 105, Dodge City, KS 67801.

Morgan Nugent ’97 is the principal at M.C. Perry High School, Department of Defense school in Iwakuni, Japan. PSC 561 Box 1372, FPO, AP 96310. Jason Cannon ’98 performed Banquo in Macbeth at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis through March, is now appearing as Moe in Awake and Sing! at the New Jewish Theatre, and will be directing Lend Me a Tenor and

Shawn ’02 and Jill (Sussenbach ’95) Cox, a son, Liam Edward, born September 14, 2010. 715 E Vine St, Greenville, IL 62246. Jennifer (Willms ’02) and Andy Elam, a daughter, Madelyn Nicole, born July 22, 2010. RR 1 Box 178, Brownstown, IL 62418. Jeremy Kempf ’03 is the director of music and worship at Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, AZ. He spent several years as lead guitarist in the Christian rock/worship band Thirstborn. He will lead worship for the third time at the Pittsburgh 2011 Youth Gathering this summer. 1310 S Main St, Goshen, IN 46526.

00s Jared Cole ’00 is an assistant professor and theatre fellow at Bryan College in Dayton, TN. 152 Polk Ave, Apt 2, Dayton, TN 37321. Stephanie (Schmidt ’00) and Ryan Windhorst, a son, Jackson Ryan, born on September 7, 2009. 3730 Redlich Dr, Decatur, IL 62521. Katie Cocker ’01 is serving in the United States Army as a family medicine physician in Mannheim, Germany. CMR 437 Box 2228, APO, AE 09267. Paul Donnell ’01 married Audrey Morgan on October 2, 2010. 1346 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003. B.J. ’01 and Laurie ’10 (MAT) Schneck, a son, William John IV, born June 9, 2010. Laurie accepted a new job as a parent educator for the Litchfield School District.

Karleen (Weitzel ’04) and Paul Hester, a daughter, Lorraine Elizabeth, born May 14, 2009. 3722 Brookside Wy W, University Place, WA 98466. Randy Broadnax ’05 married Kathy Dodsworth on June 20, 2009. A daughter, Kaliyah Sydney, born February 8, 2010. 2525 Tinmouth Vale, Lexington, KY 40509. Lacy Cagle ’05 graduated from Portland State University with a Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy, and a specialization in Leadership for Sustainability Education in June 2010. She is now working as a program assistant at the Sustainability Leadership Center at Portland State University, Portland, OR. 1415 NE 46th Ave, Portland, OR 97213. Leigh Ann Crenshaw-Wells ’05 was promoted to Director of Technology and Operations for Admission at Illinois College in Jacksonville, IL. PO Box 664, Jacksonville, IL 62651. SPRING 2011



Dr. Daniel Hummer ’97 was awarded a two-year, $200,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation. He will serve as the primary investigator on the “Role of sustained GABA in light-induced phase shifts of the circadian pacemaker” project. Hummer teaches and conducts neuroscience research as an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. 788 Brookside Parc Ln, Avondale Estates, GA 30002.

Summer Slaymaker ’01 is a music teacher with the Department of Defense Education Activity at Quantico Marine Base in Quantico, VA. 6146 Hobart Cir, King George, VA 22485. summerslaymaker@gmail. com.

Amy (Ellinger ’04) married DJ Washington on May 24, 2009. Amy received her Master’s in Teacher Leadership from University of Illinois - Springfield in May 2010 and teaches second grade. 16469 S Sunset St, Olathe, KS 66062.

Thomas Finley ’92 began a new job as auditor at the Defense Contract Audit Agency in St. Louis, MO. 1819 Duke St, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Paul Imel ’96 moved to Benicia, CA to play bass with a band called Junkyard Academy. 536 West K St, Benicia, CA 94510.

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Jennifer (Darling ’05) and Danny Gehlhausen, a son, Jaxon Cole, born September 14, 2010. 7912 Seven Oaks Ln, Denton, TX 76210. Heidi (Woods ’05) married Jim Tarasuik October 10, 2009. Heidi teaches middle school math and science, serves as the athletic director and was the basketball coach last year and volleyball coach this year at Collinsville Christian Academy in Collinsville, IL. 2521 Poplar St, Highland, IL 62249. Louis Giberson ’07 received an M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Memphis College of Art in May, 2009. In June 2009, Giberson began working as assistant preparator at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, TN and in January 2010 became an art appreciation adjunct professor at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis, TN. He married Auburn Writesman on October 30, 2010. Giberson showcased his Charcoal on Mylar for the exhibit Mark Makers, An Exhibition of Drawing at the Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL. 4507 Janice Ave, Memphis, TN 38122.

Royce North America in Indianapolis, IN. 3351 Buckhorn Dr #614, Indianapolis, IN 46202. Jeff ’08 (GOAL Cohort 102) and Lori Brown, a daughter, Lyla Jo, born January 12, 2011. 10400 Remington Ln, Carlinville, IL 62626. Daniel Denner ’08 married Kristi (McKinley’09) on June 12, 2010. Kristi teaches second grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Morton, IL. Dan recently completed his coursework for a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. He currently serves as the director of contemporary music ministries at the First United Methodist Church in Peoria, IL. 1301 W Jefferson St, Apt. 32C, Morton, IL 61550.

Trina (Simpson ’08) married Ryan Gorsuch July 17, 2010. Trina is the Social Media and Events director at Florida Institute of Technology and is pursuing an MBAMarketing degree at FIT. 1916 Fletcher St, Melbourne, FL 32901. Redginal Aaron ’10 began a new job as a Reconciliation Specialist at Edward Jones. 2901 Waverly Apt 1107, East St. Louis, IL 62204. Audra (Newby ’10) married Noah Clodfelter August 28, 2010. 5203 E Goosepoint Ln, Olney, IL 62450. Angela (Calfior ’10) and Josh Houston ’10, a daughter, Dakota Harmony, born April 27, 2010. 3900 McCain Park Dr, Apt 225, North Little Rock, AR 72116. Benjamin Holmes ’09 married Jenaye (Hayden ’09) September 25, 2010. 709 W. Main St. #31 Emmett, ID 83617.

Ashley (Beard ’07) married Kevin VanDenBerg March 26, 2010. Ashley is a human resources representative for Rolls-

In Memory Dr. Walter H. Johnson ’40 died on August 4, 2010, at age 93. Walter and his wife, Virginia (White ‘40), pastored churches in the Central Illinois Conference, including the Greenville Free Methodist Church, and in Chicago. He was a professor at Greenville College for many years and later at Seattle Pacific University. Walter and Virginia married in 1942 and enjoyed 68 years together. Pearl Marie Frakes ’43 died on September 19, 2010, at age 86. Ruth E. (Snyder) White ’45 died on October 24, 2010, at age 86. Ruth received a master’s from University of Michigan and taught elementary school in Ann Arbor and Royal Oak, MI. She was active in many organizations including the Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit Golf Club, Christian Women’s Club of Bloomfield Hills, and the Foxcraft



Garden Club. For many years she served the Free Methodist Church of Ferndale, MI teaching Sunday school, and later directing the church’s high school and college activities. She and her husband Glenn traveled extensively and visited FM mission fields in Africa and South America. Ruth and Glenn were married for 63 years. Morva (Ramsey) Bergren ’51, died on February 2, 2011, at age 80. Kenneth C. Garnett ’52 died on November 6, 2010, at age 81. Ken was a graduate of Spring Arbor High School, Greenville College, and Eastern Michigan University with a master’s degree. He served in the United States Army in Germany and then taught in Vandercook Lake Public School and Jackson Public School, both in Michigan, where he retired after over 30 years of service. He was

a member of Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church, American Legion Post 225, and volunteer fire fighter for the Spring Arbor Fire Department. Ken enjoyed woodworking, trains, Boy Scouts, and photography. He enjoyed meeting and talking to everyone he met. Darrell Groves ’68 died on August 28, 2010, at age 64. During his years at Greenville College, he was active in both the track and cross country programs, and met his wife Kari (Summers ’66). Darrell pursued business at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and worked for Ernst & Young. He received his CPA certificate and was a member of both the national and state AICPA associations. He continued his work for Ernst & Whinney until 1977, and then became the comptroller for a private corporation. Darrell enjoyed camping, hiking, fishing, and bird watching.

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The RECORD, Spring 2011  

The Greenville College RECORD Science Matters: God's Creation Revealed In the Lab and In the Field

The RECORD, Spring 2011  

The Greenville College RECORD Science Matters: God's Creation Revealed In the Lab and In the Field