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The idea of God’s calling means a great deal to us at Spring Arbor University. In our campuses across Michigan and in the virtual spaces that unite our online students from around the globe, students, staff and faculty alike have a unique opportunity to consider God’s personal calling for their lives. As an institution, one of our primary goals is to facilitate this process. Yet, there is no call without a plan — a plan drafted, finalized and carried out by God, and he’s promised us he’ll see it through. God’s foresight is evident in scripture, like our verse of the year, John 1:1-2, which reads, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (ESV). In these verses, we observe God’s intention, from the beginning of time and creation, to not only create all that exists, but to redeem all that exists. Christ the Word and his atoning sacrifice were in God’s plans from the beginning, as was our invitation to help bring redemption and reconciliation into the world as his children and ambassadors.


W. Michael Beachy ‘14 Katlyne Heath ‘16 DESIGN/PHOTOGRAPHY

Shihrayia Akamu ‘19 Calla Bilhorn Courtney Rykse ‘18 WRITERS

Chris Bauman W. Michael Beachy ‘14 Stephen Castle ‘05, ‘12 Katlyne Heath ‘16 Bekah (Barr ‘13) Zraik MARKETING & C O M M U N I C AT I O N S

Jon Bahr Vice President Beth Landis ’10 Executive Director

In this issue of the Journal, you’ll find examples of SAU students and alumni who are living out God’s plan, responding to his personal calling on their lives with a posture of service.


Over 70 years ago, Donald A. “Mac” McDonald responded to God’s call when he took up the roles of coach and teacher at our institution and began transforming the lives of students through mentorship and teamwork, both on and off the court. His leadership set the pace for generations of coaches and student athletes at SAU.

Matt Gin Assistant Vice President for Advancement

Our feature article, “A Kingdom Without Borders,” and our alumni spotlight on Becca Mason ‘15 contain stories of just a few of the countless SAU alumni who have been led out of their home countries and comfort zones to follow God’s calling. These alumni are using what they’ve learned at our institution to bring life, joy and peace to communities around the globe. I hope you trace God’s calling in these stories and others in the following pages — and I’m grateful that you and I are called by the one true God, whose plans exceed our greatest expectations.

Dr. Doug Wilcoxson Executive Vice President

The Journal (volume 42, issue 1) is published for the alumni and friends of Spring Arbor University. SAU is a private, Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Free Methodist Church of North America. For information on alumni, the Arbor Fund, major gifts, planned giving, Corporate Partners program, external relations, church relations or to change contact information, please call or email Sherry Keeler in the Office of University Advancement at 877.SAU.1873 or

Dr. Brent Ellis PRESIDENT

877.ALUM.ARBOR University Admissions


Spring Arbor University reserves all editorial rights regarding this publication and may edit prior to publication or decline to publish any material submitted for publication, in its sole discretion. THE CONCEPT

Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.



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HONORING MAC Renovations are nearing completion on the SAU Fieldhouse, and soon it will be rechristened as the “MAC.” Read the story behind this historic undertaking.

A KINGDOM WITHOUT BORDERS SAU graduates are doing some incredible things around the world. Discover how they’re expanding the Kingdom of God and how their education helps them serve.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Becca Mason ’15 believes that achieving peace is possible, one person at a time. Her experiences living and working in Jerusalem all revolve around forging relationships.

H O M E C O M I N G 2018 Homecoming 2018 is approaching fast! View the schedule, save the date(s) and register for your favorite events.





A KINGDOM WITHOUT BORDERS SAU has a history of graduating globally-minded students who are ready, willing and able to meet the needs of diverse communities around the world, while simultaneously witnessing to them and doing necessary and difficult “kingdom work.”

C O V E R D E S I G N E D B Y: Calla Bilhorn

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n Friday, March 30, SAU received the final report from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), renewing the university’s institutional accreditation for another 10 years. This accreditation allows the university to continue awarding associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees on its Spring Arbor campus, online and at various sites in Michigan and Ohio. SAU has been accredited by the HLC for the last 50 years.

The HLC is one of six accrediting agencies providing institutional accreditation on a regional basis. The commission accredits over 1,000 institutions of higher education in a 19-state region and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A team representing the HLC visited SAU from Dec. 4 to 5, 2017, to perform a comprehensive

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institutional evaluation. The team assessed SAU’s compliance with and execution of five criteria: 1) Mission; 2) Integrity: Ethical and Responsible Conduct; 3) Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources and Support; 4) Teaching and Learning: Evaluation and Improvement; and 5) Resources, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness. SAU met every criterion. The evaluation also included a written assurance argument submitted by SAU to the HLC, meetings between HLC committee members and key leaders on campus and forums open to all SAU community members, allowing them to speak on behalf of SAU to the HLC committee. “Spring Arbor University is committed to providing a transformational education to all of our students,” said SAU President

Dr. Brent Ellis. “Our accreditation holds us accountable to truly living by our mission that we refer to as ‘The Concept.’ Most importantly, receiving a renewal of our accreditation reminds us of the excellence we seek to obtain in providing a Christcentered education.” During the evaluation’s closing meeting in December, the visiting HLC team remarked on the uniqueness of SAU and the incorporation of SAU’s mission statement, The Concept, as a measure for all university activity. The HLC team chair cited the university’s love for all of its students as a great strength. Thank you to the students, faculty and staff who participated in HLC visit events in December!




n January, SAU announced Rev. Dr. Brian Kono, who has served as Associate Professor of Youth Ministries at SAU for 14 years, as the new University Chaplain.

With many years of experience in youth ministry, Kono has developed the skills needed to further cultivate a spiritually formative climate throughout the university. SAU’s former chaplain, Rev. Ronald Kopicko ‘77, now serves part time as the new Campus Pastor at SAU. As students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to grow and develop their faith in Christ, both Kono and

Kopicko will continue to provide spiritual guidance and wisdom to the community. “As I shift gears to fill the shoes of Chaplain Ron Kopicko, I am confronted with the incredible influence and legacy he has left. I am honored and humbled to continue the spirit of his leadership for a new season in my life. I am also excited to help bring a renewed vision for the Spring Arbor community,” says Kono.

“After 38 years of full-time ministry experience at SAU, I am honored to have the opportunity to step back from the administrative/ leadership responsibilities as chaplain, especially knowing that they are going into the great care of Brian Kono. I am blessed by President Ellis and his desire that I still maintain a ministry role within the university as Campus Pastor,” says Kopicko.



his fall, the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) will debut a major in sports management, designed to prepare students to work in a variety of roles within the sports industry at all levels, ranging from professional to recreational. This 39-credit major, offered to traditional undergraduate students on our Spring Arbor campus, includes a six-credit practicum through which students will gain practical experience at sports organizations.

and the sport/fitness marketing industry, in addition to sports management. In order to increase the marketability and enhance the expertise of sports management majors, HHPR recommends pairing the sports management major with a second major; minor; or endorsement, such as finance or entrepreneurship through the Gainey School of Business, or video production, digital influence or advertising and public relations

through the Department of Communication and Media. The goals of the sports management program align with the mission of HHPR — to promote the belief that God is the creator and sustainer of our bodies and encourage responsible stewardship by educating toward whole-body wellness. To find out more about sports management at SAU, visit

The professional field of sports management has tremendous opportunity for students interested in marketing, sports information, web management and professional writing. Sports management majors will be equipped to pursue careers in athletics, fitness management, higher education


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Last year, Associate Professor of Business Dr. Inna Molitoris was elected president of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters (MASAL), a regional, multidisciplinary professional organization of scholars. MASAL has operated in its present incarnation since 1921, holds an annual conference and publishes a peerreviewed journal, “The Michigan Academician.” Dr. Molitoris has participated in MASAL activities and functions since 2006 when she first presented her graduate research at the annual conference’s business section. Soon, she was co-chair of the business section, then chair, then a member-at-large and part of MASAL’s informal board. During that time, Dr. Molitoris completed her doctorate in educational leadership and was given a full-time position at SAU. Now, she looks forward to her tenure as president of MASAL. “It’s a great opportunity,” she says. “We cannot stay isolated in our disciplines. We need to see all of the connections. It’s amazing how many doors can be opened when you communicate with other people in other disciplines. It’s informative and just fun. I love it.”


It’s been a busy summer for Associate Professor of History Dr. Mark Correll. Not only is he chair of the department of history, political economy, geography and social studies, he’s also the newly appointed chair of SAU’s Faculty Senate, positions he’s had to prepare for while also co-planning and -leading an alumni trip to Germany (see page 24). With Dr. Kim Bowen, and Steve Castle ’05, ’12 and Bekah (Barr ’13) Zraik from the alumni office, Dr. Correll led a diverse group of alumni (Classes ’66 to ’17) across Germany and through historic sites relevant to the Reformation. It was the first excursion of its kind and wonderful a opportunity for Dr. Correll to visit a country he loves. Meanwhile, as Senate Chair, he’ll help guide faculty promotion and sabbatical procedures, curriculum development and faculty handbook bylaws. “My hope is the Senate becomes an even more constructive voice within the university,” says Dr. Correll, “responding to SAU’s traditional place as an entrepreneurial institution. We ought to move decisively to do what’s best for the school.” Faculty, students and alumni alike are assuredly in good hands with Dr. Correll. 6 FALL 2018





For three years, SAU pole vaulters Bethany Kuenzer ’18 (Pittsford, Michigan) and senior Katrina Tovar (Sandusky, Michigan) pushed each other to unimaginable heights — because of their close friendship and love for each other.

Building a team from the ground up is no easy task, let alone being successful in the first few years of existence. Bringing in athletes that fit the mission and values of the university can take multiple seasons, and creating the right culture to build a highly competitive team does not happen overnight.

Kuenzer and Tovar capped their 2018 indoor season with All-American performances at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas. Both cleared a school-record 12’ 1.5” (3.70m), but by virtue of a jump-off, Kuenzer finished in sixth place followed by Tovar in seventh.

But Head Coach of Men’s and Women’s Bowling Michael Hall and the SAU bowling programs have made remarkable progress in just two years.

It was the second straight year Tovar earned All-American status at the indoor meet, while after three years of near misses, Kuenzer grabbed the honor for the first time in her career.

The momentum began last fall when the men’s team captured its first-ever tournament championship at the Adrian College Open. A freshman, Dylan Bentley (Belleville, Michigan), led the way for the team, finishing in first place — also a first for the program — out of 77 bowlers. The women’s team would finish in second place at the same tournament. The following weekend, SAU hosted its inaugural event — the WHAC Jamboree #2. Hundreds of parents and fans packed Airport Lanes in Jackson to see both teams post their highest finishes to date in a conference tournament. The men’s program claimed its second tournament win in January, finishing first out of 17 teams at Muskingum University’s Muskie Mash. Meanwhile, the women closed out the season earning a third place finish at the WHAC Championship with freshman Kaylee Collier (Jackson, Michigan) earning All-Conference honors, becoming the first Cougar to receive an all-conference award. “I am elated with the growth of our program,” says Hall. “Aside from the bowling, the development of faith and character in our student athletes has been significant. Through our team’s extracurricular activities and community involvement over the last two years, I have watched these young adults grow in their faith and closer to God. I’m humbled that my passion for bowling has been an instrument for God to use, and I am amazed with what he has done with our program!”


Three months later, at the outdoor national championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the two were standing on the All-American podium together, side by side, again. Tovar secured All-American status for the fourth time overall in her career, by finishing in fifth place with a mark of 12’ 1.5” (3.70m) — just two inches off her own school record. And, in the final performance of her spectacular career, Kuenzer finished seventh by clearing 11’ 11.75” (3.65m). “Both of these girls model the values of Spring Arbor University,” said Head Women’s Track and Field Coach Bryan Burk ‘13. “They compete for God and give him the glory at the end of every day. They also love to have fun and enjoy life in the process. I know they are both going to be very successful at everything they put their mind to in the future!”

HONORING Donald A. McDonald


SAU renovates fieldhouse into McDonald Athletic Center B Y K AT LY N E H E AT H

“Mac” is an important name in SAU Athletics — and lately it’s been a popular name among community members on our Spring Arbor campus. Everyone is waiting for the finalization of renovations to the SAU Fieldhouse, the completed facility to be known as the “MAC,” short for “McDonald Athletic Center.” A beloved and respected athletics coach and mathematics teacher, Donald A. “Mac” McDonald served at Spring Arbor for 26 years (1945-71) during the institution’s high school, junior college and four-year college years. His high school coaching career included 13 years with basketball, 12 years with track, seven years with baseball, five years with cross country and nine years with intramural football. When Spring Arbor became a four-year college, he also assumed the coaching responsibilities for golf. Mac was a multi-talented coach, but his true passion was for the game of basketball. As a Spring Arbor basketball coach, Mac led the now-Cougar basketball team into interscholastic competition for the first time in 1948. He returned from his 1958 retirement to coach the final Spring Arbor High School basketball team in 1961, before the high school was discontinued. His 1955 team had a 20-1 record, and his 1952 team, which is in the SAU Athletics Hall of Fame, went to the state Class D quarterfinals. For his dedication to Spring Arbor Athletics and his commitment to excellence as a coach, Mac was inducted into the Spring Arbor Athletic Hall of Fame in its inaugural 1996 class. The freshly painted McDonald Athletic Center awaits the installation of new bleachers.

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[1] Painting in progress [2] An architectural rendering shows how the McDonald Athletic Center will look once renovations are complete. [3] Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Cottingham

“Mac basically was the founder of athletics here at Spring Arbor,” says Director of Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Ryan Cottingham ‘94. “The stories we’ve heard about Mac have been phenomenal — like he coached baseball and basketball and track, and he would use his own money to build hurdles or to provide equipment. He would transport kids. He was just really, really impactful.” Mac himself was an alumnus of Spring Arbor, graduating from both the high school and the junior college. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University, earned his master’s degree from the University of Michigan and completed advanced study at the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. During World War II, before coming to Spring Arbor as a teacher and coach, he taught airplane mechanics and mathematics at the Henry Ford Naval Training School in Dearborn, Michigan. Mac was also a dedicated member of the Spring Arbor community and an active member of the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church. This year, to celebrate Mac’s legacy, the SAU Fieldhouse, home to SAU’s basketball and volleyball teams, is receiving a $1.9 million complete facility renovation and becoming the McDonald Athletic Center. Construction on the MAC began at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, and completion is scheduled for this fall. This state-of-the-art facility will ensure the stability and growth of SAU Athletics for decades to come and allow for the greater Spring Arbor, Michigan, community to continue to enjoy collegiate level athletics at SAU. 10 FALL 2018

The idea for the MAC began with a question posed by Larry Starr HS ‘51, a supporter of SAU Athletics and admirer of Mac: “How can we honor Coach Mac?” Charlie and Beth (McDonald HS ’61, JC ’63, ‘65) Kuntzleman, son-in-law and daughter to Mac, were enthusiastic to join the effort to memorialize Mac’s impact on SAU Athletics. “As we move forward — and we always want to be forwardthinking — we never want to forget the past and those who have made tremendous sacrifices and impact,” says Cottingham. “To be able to be in a facility that’s named after Mac, and to continue to try to carry on a tradition that he started — I think it’s pretty cool for all of our coaches and athletes.” “I’m excited to have an updated version of the Fieldhouse,” says Mackay Heasley ’18, a Cougar volleyball player entering her fourth year and beginning study on her master of social work. “I’m really excited that we’re going to be calling it the MAC.” The project entails a complete transformation of the 42-year-old fieldhouse, focused on improving safety and functionality and enhancing the overall aesthetics of the facility. The current bleacher systems, original to the building, will be removed and replaced with new, safer bleachers that will surround all four sides of Bockwitz Court, creating an arena-style environment. Additionally, the facility will receive an upgraded sound system, scoreboard and LED video display to help improve the fan experience. The hardwood floor will be updated with the new Athletics logo, which the department unveiled ARBOR.EDU/JOURNAL

“We never want to forget the past and those who have made tremendous sacrifices and impact.” — RYA N C O T T I N G H A M — 3

last spring. Other improvements to the facility will include converting the current press box into a suite, improving the training room and team laundry equipment and updating the public restrooms. “The newly renovated McDonald Athletic Center will offer the best possible experience for Spring Arbor University athletes,” said SAU President Dr. Brent Ellis. “We are extremely thankful for the generosity of Charlie and Beth Kuntzleman, who provided the lead gift for this project. To honor Coach McDonald in this way is a long-lasting tribute to the mission he undertook almost 75 years ago — guiding Spring Arbor University to pioneer a vibrant athletic program, one that thrives to this day.” “The improved facility will undoubtedly increase visibility and impact the ability to recruit top-flight student athletes,” says Cottingham. “One thing will remain constant, and that is the coaches’ relentless discipline borne of passion to offer the best possible experience to Spring Arbor University athletes. As they have done for decades, the department’s coaches will offer the best of themselves to the students they lead and work tirelessly to fulfill their mission of developing within our student athletes a depth of faith, strength of character and skills of leadership essential for a lifetime of service to Jesus Christ.”


The SAU Fieldhouse project is the fourth major athletics facility project undertaken by the university in the last seven years. Other facilities recently updated include the Cougar Soccer Complex (2011), the Ronald L. and Marvel C. Jones Tennis Complex (2016) and the Ralph G. Walker Memorial Track & Field Complex (2017). For more information about the MAC, contact Matt Gin at or visit

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H ONO R ROLL OF DON ORS All gifts to Spring Arbor University are greatly appreciated! Your philanthropic generosity is critical to the life of the university. Giving levels reported in this publication are in accordance with the university’s fiscal year, which began June 1, 2017, and ended May 31, 2018. This year’s Honor Roll of Donors includes those whose giving meets the criteria listed below. While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy in the report, we recognize that errors are possible. Please forgive any omissions and call 517.750.6396 or 877.SAU.1873 to make corrections. Thank you.

SAU SAUGIVING GIVINGCLUBS CLUBS Heritage Circle (lifetime giving) $1,000,000+

$500,000-$999,999 $100,000-$499,999 $25,000-$99,999

President’s Circle (fiscal-year giving) $100,000+

$50,000-$99,999 $25,000-$49,999 $10,000-$24,999 $5,000-$9,999 $1,000-$4,999

HERITAGE CIRCLE - $1,000,000+ Leslie & Estelle Dietzman Lloyd & Judith Ganton Ronald & Marvel Jones Ruth Merillat Marian Poling Donald & Coleen Walker Martin & Mary Walker Glenn White

Chartwells Dining Services Dawlen Corporation Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers Herrick Foundation Orville D. & Ruth A. Merillat Foundation Michigan Colleges Alliance Faith F. Small Foundation Trust Martin D. & Mary J. Walker Charitable Foundation Weatherwax Foundation White Foundation

HERITAGE CIRCLE - $500,000 TO $999,999 Shelby Combs E. Malcolm & Lois Field Tony Hurst Charlie & Beth Kuntzleman David & Janet McKenna C. Ella Munn David & Nancy White Anonymous

East Michigan Conference, Free Methodist Church Hurst Foundation

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Founders Club Annual commitment to support the Arbor Fund Arbor Parents Current parents

Arbor Seniors Class of 2018 campus students

Gold Grads $100 times the number of years since graduation up to 10 years out The 1873 Society 10 years of consecutive gifts from 2007-08 to 2016-17 Legacy Society Estate or planned gift

Jackson Community Foundation Kresge Foundation Munn Foundation Southern Michigan Conference, Free Methodist Church

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Ruth Anibal Richard & Tamara Bailey John & Sarah Bates Gregory & Karen Bontrager James & Betty Buick Sidney Chapman & Patricia Short-Chapman Thomas Cobb & Bonnie Palizzi-Cobb Chad & Kristi Cole Betty Dobson Darrell & Kay Dunckel Marston & Sharlotte Fortress Harvey & Annie Gainey Robert Gould & Sherry Roe-Gould Ronald & Donna Granger Garnet & John Hauger David & Carol Hockenbrocht Gordon & Sharon Holton LeRoy & Joann Holton Harry & Jauneta Hosmer J.C. & Tammy Huizenga Edward & Linda Lamoreaux Robert & Karen Lloyd Esther Maddox Douglas & Lynne May Douglas & Kimberly McKenna Herb & Mary Ann McLachlan Lee & Grace Ormston Tim & Shann Patton

Damon Seacott Michael & Sue Shirkey Harold & Ellen Snyder Larry & Joanne Starr Marvin & Virgilene Swanson Richard & Maryann Townley Charles & Philippa Webb Anonymous John C. Bates Foundation Chrysler Corporate Fund Comerica Charitable Foundation Consumers Energy Foundation CP Federal Credit Union DiSanto Endowment Ernst & Young Foundation ExxonMobil Foundation Ford Motor Company Fund Free Methodist Annual Conference of Ohio Free Methodist Church USA John George Jr. Foundation Doris J. Giddey Trust Foundation Henry Ford Allegiance Health Heritage Mark Foundation Holton Investment Company IBM Matching Grants Program George Juhl Trust Robert S. Marx Testamentary Trust May’s Furniture Store Roy G. Michell Charitable Foundation & Trust Munn-Reese Inc. O’Harrow Construction Co. RHB Fred & Lizzie Sears Scholarship Bill & Vi Sigmund Foundation Somerset Beach Campground Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church E.C. & H.L. Stephenson Foundation Textron Incorporated Visser and Associates, PLLC Samuel L. Westerman Foundation W.K. Kellogg Foundation

HERITAGE CIRCLE - $25,000 TO $99,000

James & Myron Arnold Robert & Rachel Bailey Joyce Ballard James & Kristin Beardslee John & Wendy Beckett Gayle & Pamela Beebe Eric & Donna Bergman Stuart & Nancy Bergsma Ryan & Dawn Berkaw William & Mary Bippes Edward Blews & Debra McKenna Blews Gary & Lisa Bontrager Leland Boren Dorthy Bortel Daniel & Dawn Boss Dean Boss & Beulah Ecker Boss Marty Briner Luann Brodbeck Harold Brodock Kevin & Carol Brown Patricia Burbridge

Mary Cain Allen & Denice Carden Charles & Janet Carey John & Gerry Chandler Mary Chapman Allen Cleveland Kenneth & Beth Coffman James & Kathleen Cole Ted & Joanna Comden Daniel & Becky Cooke Frederica Cornell Ryan & Christy Cottingham Ron & Jan Cowles Randy & Deirdre Cox David & Sandra Craft Richard & Deborah Craft Robert & Deborah Craft Lois Crandell Malachi & Sarah Crane William & Sharon Cryderman Beverly Cunningham Phil & Kim Curtis Rosemary Darling Terry Darling & Mary Albert Darling Edward & Shirley Davenport Glyn & Lilly Davies Ed & Jan Davis William & Jacqueline Davis Naomi Day Dick & Betsy DeVos Robert & Barbro Delamarter Warren & Myrt Dexter Charles & Marie Dillman John & Joan Dobben Todd & Meghan Dobben Myrtle Eldred Russell & Mara Eldred Brent & Christy Ellis Chuck & Joanne Ellis Ronald & Linda Emptage Jack Esterline Ruth Farnsworth Frank Field Richard & Jan Folk James & Christina Gallogly Charles Gawron Dorthy Gibbs Allan Gilmour Jeffrey & Emily Gingrich David & Edie Glei Roger & Susan Goble Merlin & Elaine Goldsmith Elaine Goulden Doug Greiner & Irene Price-Greiner Wayne & Marilyn Greve Ron & Sharon Griffith David & Nancy Gyertson Craig & Mary Hayward Herbert & Jean Hendricks Clinton & Florence Hepler Steven & Carol Hogwood Lyle & Janis Holly David & Paula Hopper Todd & Heather Hunt Matthew & Joleen Hurt Homer Jackson David & Janice Johnson John & Tracee Johnson

Ronald & Becky Kopicko Joseph & Carole Kulaga Rick and Lisa Lofgren Jerald & Esther Lounsbury Robert Lowell Ernest Lutz Ross & Terri Luurtsema Jay & Penny Mansur Clarence & Lois Martz Mitchell May Ann McDanel Mark & Victoria McFerran Dorothy McGirr Diane McKenna Larry & Darlene Mefford Richard & Lynette Merillat Daryl & Elsie Miller Norman & Eva Miller Thomas & Jill Miller Gordon & Charlotte Milnes Royl & Rebecca Moore Robert & Kimberly Moore-Jumonville Monica Moser Paul & Beverly Nemecek Vianne Nichols Marilyn Nicholson Walter & Marjorie Olsson Betty Overton-Adkins Rod & Jolene Pearl Marvin & Gloria Penwell Bradley Phipps Everett & Marcia Piper Randall & Mary Pittman Sharon Post Mary Taylor Previte David & Charlotte Probst David & Carol Redfield Melvin & Suzanne Rice William & Lori Roberts John & Violet Rohrer Frank & Florence Rose Kimberly Rupert Leland & Jo Sayers Greg & Ellie Schupra Doris Scofield James & Patricia Seraydarian Joan Sheldon Wesley & Charlotte Skinner James W. Smith Margaret Stahlbusch Gary & Lurinda Stephens Dale & Carol Stephenson W.F. Stephenson Rodney & Margaret Stewart Patricia Sullivan Richard & Marjorie Tallman John & Elizabeth Taylor Deb Thompson Jean Thompson Sharon Thompson Stanley & Janet Thompson Janet Tjepkema Michel & Heidi Tucker William & Lura Turck Robert & Julianne Turner Bruce & Kandi Ulrich James & Marvelle Vannest Audrey Varland

Neil & Sharrol Veydt Donald & Julie Visser Linda Wahr Richard & Wendy Wallace Ric Walton Ruth Weiman Edgar Westrum Jr. Fred & Annette Whims Jerry & Polly White Stephen White Scott & Tonya Wieland Anonymous George I. Alden Trust Alro Steel Corporation ALTL Inc. American 1 Credit Union Ameritech of Michigan Arbor Manor Care Center Arbor Oaks Living Center Bank of America Bay Shore Camp & Family Ministries Blackie Foundation The Frederick D. Bornman Trust Butterfield Memorial Foundation The Chatlos Foundation Inc. Christian Evangelical Trust Coldwater Cablevision Lola M. Coleson Memorial Scholarship Endowment Collins Endowment Fund Comerica Bank Commonwealth Associates Inc. Community Choice Credit Union County National Bank The Craft Agency Inc. CrossRoads Community Church The Crowell Trust Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation The Dow Chemical Company Dowley Manufacturing Inc. Eaton Gift Matching Program Ferndale Free Methodist Church FirstMerit Bank Folk Oil Company Inc. Free Methodist Foundation The Gerber Foundation General Motors Matching Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation Gilmour Fund Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Great Lakes Water Blasting Inc. Health Education Activities Ltd. Samuel Higby Camp Foundation Hillsdale Free Methodist Church The Iacocca Foundation Jackson County Rose Festival Jackson Free Methodist Church Jamieson-Allen Agency Inc. Norman & Louise Jones Foundation Kellogg Company Knight Family Charitable & Educational Foundation Kopp Family Foundation Lenawee County Education Foundation Lexmark International Inc. LI-COR Inc. LifeWays

Lifestream Free Methodist Church Light & Life Free Methodist Church Lilly Endowment Inc. Eli Lilly & Company Foundation R.C. Mahon Foundation Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance McKenna Family Foundation North Michigan Conference, Free Methodist Church Ohio Free Methodist Foundation Orthopaedic Rehab Specialists PC Patrick Exploration Pricewaterhouse Coopers Foundation Reflections Memory Care Community Inc. Republic Bank Rockwell International Corp. Rose City Soccer Tournament Sage Foundation SBC Foundation Snyder Christian Environmental 
 Preservation Foundation Snyder Foundation Inc. Springcrest Dental Associates Thomas F. Staley Foundation State Farm Companies Foundation C. Thorrez Industries Inc. Towsley Foundation Triangle Associates Inc. Walton Insurance Group Westwater Group Anonymous

Hurst Foundation McKenna Family Foundation Southern Michigan Conference, Free Methodist Church White Foundation


PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE - $5,000 TO $9,999

Shelby Combs Harvey & Annie Gainey Ronald & Donna Granger Charlie & Beth Kuntzleman Donald & Coleen Walker Martin & Mary Walker Faith F. Small Foundation Martin D. & Mary J. Walker Charitable Foundation The Truly Thankful Fund

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE - $50,000 TO $99,999

Thomas Cobb & Bonnie Palizzi-Cobb Robert Gould & Sherry Roe-Gould Ronald & Marvel Jones David & Janet McKenna Herb & Mary Ann McLachlan

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE - $25,000 TO $49,999 Mary Chapman Sidney Chapman & Patricia Short-Chapman Tony Hurst C. Ella Munn Larry & Joanne Starr W.F. Stephenson Charles & Philippa Webb David & Nancy White Glenn White

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE - $10,000 TO $24,999 John & Jan Crist Leslie & Estelle Dietzman Darrell & Kay Dunckel Brent & Christy Ellis Lloyd & Judith Ganton John & Tracee Johnson Edward & Linda Lamoreaux Robert & Karen Lloyd Anthony & Jan Luttrell Kimberly Rupert Michel & Heidi Tucker Michael & Kristin Watson Stephen White Scott & Karen Wiard

American 1 Credit Union Chartwells Dining Services DiSanto Endowment Ernst & Young Foundation Lloyd Ganton Retirement Centers Doris J. Giddey Trust Foundation Eli Lilly & Company Foundation Microsoft Matching Gifts Fred & Lizzie Sears Scholarship

Gregory & Karen Bontrager Daniel & Dawn Boss Kevin & Carol Brown Phil & Kim Curtis Ed & Jan Davis John & Joan Dobben Robert Flack Marston & Sharlotte Fortress Aaron & Nancy Hazzard Howard & Valerie Housen Michael Levi Peter & Wendy McCown Martha Muir Bob & Jane Reutter John & Linda Rose Greg & Ellie Schupra Damon Seacott Dan & Nancy Smith Dale & Carol Stephenson John & Elizabeth Taylor Robert & Julianne Turner Donald & Julie Visser Melinda Vokal Ric Walton Scott & Tonya Wieland

Alro Steel Corporation Butterfield Memorial Foundation CP Federal Credit Union Flagstar Bank Jackson Free Methodist Church Liberty Mutual Group Inc. Pasttime Tournaments, LLC

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H ONO R ROLL OF DON OR S Walton Insurance Group Samuel L. Westerman Foundation

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE - $1,000 TO $4,999 Larry & Lorna Angus James & Myron Arnold Gordon & Shirley Aurand Jon & Megan Bahr Paul & Linnea Bahr Richard & Tamara Bailey Joyce Ballard Gerald & Marlene Bates Larry & Rebecca Baum Jim Beckett Eric & Donna Bergman Neoma Berry Richard & Sandra Boileau Dorthy Bortel Clifford & Lorie Briggs Marty Briner Dan & Amy Brook Roger & Karyl Brubaker James & Betty Buick Lawrence & Valerie Bullen Patricia Burbridge Bryan & Chelsae Burk Bradley & Ann Buss Charles Cabana Allen & Denice Carden Ed & Ruth Carey Caleb & Koch Chan Connie Clanton Allen Cleveland Kenneth & Beth Coffman James & Kathleen Cole Ira & Kimberly Combs Charles & Joyce Conrad Ryan & Christy Cottingham Daryl & Penny Couch Burton Cox Brian & Angela Crosby William & Sharon Cryderman Ileen Decker Steve Delamarter David & Sharon Dexter Warren & Myrt Dexter Charles & Marie Dillman Walt & Tamara Dindoffer Raymond & Linda Ditmar Todd & Meghan Dobben Betty Dobson Deborah Eisenmann Chuck & Joanne Ellis Jack Esterline Colleen Fischer Richard & Jan Folk Ron & Marilyn Frederick Louis & Sandra Gabriele Stanley & Janet Garn Dorthy Gibbs Kevin & Jennifer Gienapp Glen & Gayle Gillett Jeffrey & Emily Gingrich Wayne & Marilyn Greve Ron & Sharon Griffith James & Mary Jo Hall

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H ONO R ROLL OF DON OR S Tim & Patti Johnston Lee & Sharon Joplin Anil & Kristen Joseph James & Sherilyn Karazim Wilma Kasten Bruce & Sherry Keeler Joyce Keillor Walter Kendall Gerald & Kathryn Kibler Willis & Marilyn Kilbourn Burton & Carlene Kingsley Robert & Diane Kintigh Richard & Betty Jo Knapp Carol L. Koerner Thomas & Amy Korman Evelyn Kosmet Charlie & Beth Kuntzleman Edward & Linda Lamoreaux Ted Lee Randall & Helga Lewis Dale & Carol Linton Frank & Vicky List Robert & Karen Lloyd John & Annabelle Loe Rick & Lisa Lofgren Janet Long Jerald & Esther Lounsbury Robert Lowell Hugh & Grace Lusher Esther Maddox Robert Mansur Christopher & Lynne Markiewicz Don & Carolyn Martin Mitchell May David & Wendy McCallum David & Terry McClintic Beth McDonald Yvonne McDowell Mark & Victoria McFerran Bob & Carol McHolme Herb & Mary Ann McLachlan Larry & Darlene Mefford Donald & Bertha Mercer Wallis & Katie Metts Jesse & Linda Moore Robert & Kimberly Moore-Jumonville Marvin & Karen Moran C. Ella Munn Janet Murphy Susan Neelon Sylvia Nemecek Chris & Cathey Newhouse Vianne Nichols Wendell Ohs Mark & Lisa Olson Lee & Grace Ormston Arthur & Judith Osborne Nancy O’Shea Betty Overton-Adkins Patricia Pastor Rod & Jolene Pearl Larry Perry Lela Pifer James & Jill Piper Bob & Penny Pletcher Mary Taylor Previte Roland & Shirley Ream

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n 2017, SAU announced the implementation of a three-year Strategic Plan. The plan outlined how the university would honor and serve its commitment to students, preparing them to lead lives guided by virtue and wisdom and thereby ensure they embody truth in the multiple aspects of their respective lives. The SAU Concept, first articulated in 1963 when Spring Arbor transitioned from a junior college to one granting four-year degrees, sat as foundation for the plan. Built upon this foundation were the intended roles in which graduates were to serve their communities and the world: Master Learners, Vibrant Christians and Global Participants. All three roles are vital to the mission of SAU. Of the three, the role of Global Participant might be the most far-reaching in its purpose and effect.

The plan defines the role of Global Participant as one built upon the University’s commitment to cross-cultural education, which exposes students to a diversity of cultures and worldviews, in turn granting them confidence in their abilities to pursue their ambitions on new and broader stages. These Cross Cultural Studies (CCS) experiences help lead students to a greater understanding of the Christian faith and its influence over all aspects of life, and they are guided by the Concept’s tenet of critical participation in the contemporary world. Students have their understanding of God’s creation broadened and are emboldened to represent and serve God in multiple cultural contexts. For Emilia Martinez ’15, her SAU and CCS experiences were a spring board for understanding and living with people from other nations, specifically Uganda. “Maybe 18 FALL 2018



We have a responsibility to simply be mindful of how our very presence in other places can affect them.

I was so interested in international development work because God put the desire into my heart,” she says. During her undergraduate studies, Martinez (a social work major) took courses that focused on cultural analysis and international human rights — studies, she admits, that were borne out of both her own personal interest and God’s desires for her heart. Martinez’s CCS experience in India further solidified her resolve to work abroad, and her time working in the CCS office highlighted all the students, people and places that benefited from this exchange. So she decided to take her final semester at SAU to Uganda. In Uganda, Martinez worked to complete her social work practicum, a semester-long internship where she applied everything she had learned, offering support and aid to the community in which she was living. She also hoped to learn about the nation, its culture and its people. Unfortunately, her semester was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances, and Martinez returned to the States to complete the semester at SAU in time for graduation. “I was so disappointed that I didn’t have more time in Uganda to really dig into the concepts I learned while a student. So I began looking into other options as a way to get back to Uganda, and that’s when I discovered the Peace Corps.” Soon after applying, Martinez was accepted into the Peace Corps as a community health volunteer in Uganda, from June 2016 to July 2018. “A typical day in Uganda is whatever I want it to look like,” says Martinez, “because all volunteers are given the freedom to organize their service in any way that



matches the health project framework.” During her time in Uganda, Martinez found numerous ways to integrate herself into the local community, giving her time, talents and witness. “I could start a girls club at a secondary school to discuss issues related to reproductive health and HIV,” she says, “or I could organize households in the community to build handwashing stations next to their latrines.” The opportunities for community development are nearly endless, in part because volunteers can begin projects which overlap with other volunteer sectors — as when Martinez started a chicken farm with a community group, an activity that technically fell within the agribusiness sector. In other words, every day brings a new set of challenges, opportunities, risks and rewards. And in these last two years, Martinez has entered into the ebb and flow of Ugandan urban life, receiving invitations to baptism parties, working on feminine hygiene with E MIL IA MARTINE Z ’15


young girls, making friends and encountering people just living their day-to-day lives. When interviewed, she had merely a few weeks left in the country before returning to her family in the States for a brief time, then jetting off to Bolivia to work as an au pair for a family of European expats. Looking back on her time in the Peace Corps, Martinez sees her SAU experience as instrumental to her success abroad. “I found myself in classes that began the process of and built the foundation for how I understand the world, myself and my faith. My time at SAU was truly a key piece in the development that lead me to where I am today.” It was an experience that taught her to think about the kind of effect Americans have on local peoples and cultures when traveling abroad. “We have a responsibility,” she says, “to simply be mindful of how our very presence in other places can affect them.” In other words, we need to be ambassadors of Christ. Being an ambassador for Christ is something Troy Tabor ’13 felt called to do shortly after accepting Christ in eighth grade, in 1982. In answer to that call, both he and his wife, Lisa, have been serving God over the last 25 years through mission work in Cambodia (their two sons, Dmetri and Alex, both currently attend university stateside). But like too many before him, Tabor initially ignored the call. “I pushed back against it for many years and pursued my plans instead,” he says. After high school, Tabor attended Southern Illinois University, studying radio/TV production and cinema production. But he was unhappy there. “During my second year I hit rock bottom and came to a point of crisis,” says Tabor, “finally surrendering to God’s will.” The following semester, he transferred to Trinity Bible College and studied Bible and missions. There, he pursued

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the growing call to serve in missions. He also met his future wife, and the two became involved in short-term mission work — he went to Hong Kong, China and Thailand, while she went to the Bahamas. In 1990, shortly after graduating, they married. The Tabors moved to Elizabeth, New Jersey, where they served as inner-city youth pastors and as teachers at their church’s school for two years. In the summer of 1992, after applying to serve full-time in missions, Troy and Lisa were appointed as Assemblies of God missionaries to Cambodia. In January of 1994, after months of preparation, orientation and reposition of their lives, they arrived in the field — and right into the middle of the Cambodian Civil War being waged by the government and several resistance factions, including the Khmer Rouge. “We came in as humanitarian and aid workers to run an orphanage of about 120 kids. At the same time, we were doing church planting in a small village and starting to do media projects for outreach, and to help train local pastors.” In 1999 the civil war had ended, the Church in Cambodia had gained a great deal of freedom and the Tabors had switched their primary missions responsibility to media ministry. Today, Troy and Lisa Tabor serve as Media Ministries Directors for the Assemblies of God church presence in Cambodia. In this capacity, Troy balances a number of short-term projects designed to help other missionaries and Cambodian churches in their ministries. From training videos for new pastors to audio recording of Bible stories for the illiterate, and even full-length evangelistic films, the projects Troy is involved with and produces are far-reaching and meet the numerous needs felt by the Cambodian


Church and its congregations. However, there are three major projects that the couple currently oversees: the Strengthening Families project, which seeks to alleviate the suffering and broken family dynamics left in the wake of the Cambodian Civil War; the Cambodia Community Bible Institute, which provides training in scripture and Bible knowledge to lay leaders so they might better serve their communities; and the Nara and Grandpa Choy children’s radio program, which provides children with moral and social training through the relationship shared by the fictional boy Nara and his grandpa, the equally fictional Choy. (Visit to learn more.) Though Tabor credits the outcomes of these projects and missions to God, he recognizes the role his education at SAU has played in executing God’s plan. In 2013, Tabor graduated from SAU with his Master of Arts in Communication, taking classes remotely via the internet. In fact, his master’s program was so flexible that it allowed him to tailor many of his assignments to meet the needs he saw around him every day in Cambodia. “An orientation and communication course I wrote as a class assignment for SAU is still being used to train new missionaries to Cambodia that come from five different sending nations,” he says. As one of the longest-serving missionaries in Cambodia, Tabor admits that he’s in a unique position to both mentor and disciple new missionaries and Cambodian Church leaders alike. “SAU helped to give me the skills I needed to function effectively in those roles,” he says. It’s also opened up new doors for him. Tabor leveraged his experience, expertise and education to help redesign the intercultural communications program at one of the Assemblies of God universities in the states. He’s also completing work for a new course on Buddhism for Global University and will be guest-lecturing on the subject at a Bible school in Romania next year. The opportunities afforded the Tabors and their Cambodian community are testament to the blessings bestowed when we answer God’s call. While some people may ignore the call for a time before heeding, others may not even be in a position to hear it yet. Jacob Atem ’08 was once one of those people. He arrived in America in 2002 as one of the approximately 3,700 Lost Boys, adolescent refugees fleeing the atrocities committed during the second Sudanese civil war. A foster family in Weberville, Michigan, took in Atem at the age of 16. He quickly learned English and graduated high school two years later. By his own best guess, Atem was six when his parents were murdered by the Northern Sudanese Arab militia. He was looking after a calf with his cousin when his village


We Christians are to position ourselves into any sort of leadership that will make an impact. Just saying ‘I am Christian’ is not enough, not enough to get you through the world. JACOB ATEM ’08 was attacked, and the boys fled to the woods where they hid with other escapees for a week before beginning a treacherous months-long walk to neighboring Ethiopia. Along the way, Atem’s group endured bombings, starvation, dehydration and lion attacks. After five months, they made it across the border. There, Atem was baptized as a Christian and changed his name from Thon to Jacob. But he couldn’t stay. One night in 1991, shortly after the Ethiopian government was overthrown, thousands of refugee boys were forced to leave at gunpoint. Over 2,000 boys would lose their lives in what would later be known as the Gilo River Massacre. Atem and his fellow lost boys endured another eight months in the Sudanese bush before finally stumbling upon the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya. Atem lived there for almost a decade before arriving in America and into the care of his foster family.

SAU students on a ccs trip to cambodia

Jacob Atem

Atem found himself enrolled as a freshman at SAU in 2004, in part thanks to an alumni effort. The journey of Sudan’s lost boys had made national headlines, and many charities and organizations were eager to help this disparate population of dispossessed youths succeed in their new lives in America. They wanted to give them a chance. Atem was approached by SAU alumni who knew the difference an SAU undergraduate experience could make. He received aid as an international student and chose to major in premed biology. “Spring Arbor gave me a chance,” says Atem, “chance and education, chance to know who I am in Christ. I wouldn’t be here without SAU, and I am grateful. I am grounded in faith and have a true and genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.” At SAU, Atem experienced the antithesis of his childhood: a welcoming community of faith, full of mentors and friends ready to invest in his life. “They were the best years of my life,” he says. “I tried to soak in Christ, have relationships, build a vision. I had great teachers who poured themselves into my life, who encouraged me to do my best and do it for Christ. I came to truly know who I was.” And with that knowledge came the call. Atem knew he had survived the horrors of the previous decade for a reason: Make sure nobody else has to experience that. Just as people at SAU had paid forward their expertise and good fortune, so would he. Before graduating, Atem began planning what exactly that looked like. He envisioned a health clinic in the region of Sudan he was once forced to flee, bringing health and hope where it was once lost. He wanted to redeem the place that had been his home. With the receipt of a $20 donation to his cause, the seed had been planted. Soon that seed sprouted and grew when Atem co-founded the South Sudan Healthcare Organization (SSHCO) with Lual Deng, another lost boy he had met. After graduating in 2008, Atem enrolled at Michigan State University and was awarded his Master of Public Health the following year. In 2011, he began working on a doctorate in public health at

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Patients at Atem’s Clinic

the University of Florida, driven by his passion to help others. During that time, he married and began a family, conducted research as a graduate student and continued to operate and grow SSHCO as its president. In 2017, Atem successfully defended his dissertation and was awarded his Doctor of Philosophy. By that time, he had also raised $800,000 toward building a clinic in the village of Maar, his hometown. Over the years, he had stumped at churches, universities and other forums, sharing his story and entreating those in attendance to aid SSHCO in its public health and education endeavors. Since its creation, the clinic has provided unprecedented levels of healthcare to the people of Maar and the surrounding area. Up to 3,000 patients a month are treated, everyone for less than five dollars a person. Moving into the future, Atem hopes SSHCO will provide resources and funding to South Sudanese individuals who wish to pursue careers in the medical field and ensure wider access to healthcare across the country. “We Christians are to position ourselves into any sort of leadership that will make an impact,” says Atem. “Just saying ‘I am Christian’ is not enough, not enough to get you through the world. Be diligent in your work, be a steward of the earth. Be grateful where you are. I was grateful when I was at SAU, a small Christian school. But my education there mattered. It gave me a foundation that will last forever.” Like Tabor and Martinez, Atem embodies the generosity of spirit Christ modeled when he gave of himself to the poor, the sick, the destitute, the untouchable. In Christ’s teachings, we see a Kingdom without borders. These SAU alumni, like their professors and mentors, are actively working to realize that Kingdom, God’s Kingdom, on earth, as it is in heaven.




Junior marketing major Carlee Keim truly does it all — as a member of the Student Alumni Council, catcher on the Cougar softball team, student worker in the Office of Marketing & Communications and Student Body Vice President at SAU, Carlee doesn’t have much trouble keeping the pages of her planner full.

Since graduating from SAU, Becca Mason ’15 has been building bridges — first as an intern and now as an employee — at Bridges for Peace in Jerusalem.


Yet, Carlee’s extracurricular interests haven’t always been so diverse. In high school, outside of academics, she gave all her energy to making a name for herself on the field. “I used to define myself in softball and softball only,” says Carlee. It was softball that led Carlee to SAU, as she was recruited to play as a catcher on the Cougar softball team. At the start of her freshman year, Carlee didn’t expect her experience in college to be all that different from her experience in high school. She would go to class, play softball and repeat. It wasn’t long before living, studying and practicing softball within the SAU community began to change Carlee’s perspective. She found community among her teammates as well as her other peers and professors. Eventually, within community, Carlee began to “do it all.” “It’s a really awesome community where everyone actually cares about you,” says Carlee. “SAU has provided me a chance to grow and learn more about who God truly designed me to be: a good teammate on and off the field, a leader among my peers and a dream-chaser in my career. I feel challenged to impact the world around me through Christ.”


BECCA M AS ON Bridges for Peace is an international organization of “Christians supporting Israel and building relationships between Christians and Jews in Israel and around the world.” Becca’s journey with Bridges for Peace began in 2015, when she toured Israel as part of the organization’s Call to Zion Tour. “I just fell in love with the country and the mission of Bridges for Peace,” says Becca. Since then, Becca has been working for Bridges for Peace while living in Jerusalem. She currently serves as the Website Coordinator, as well as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the organization’s president and CEO, Rebecca Brimmer. Her work includes completing administrative tasks, coordinating international events, managing marketing projects and overseeing website administration. In these roles, Becca frequently employs the critical thinking and public speaking skills that she developed during her studies in SAU’s Gainey School of Business. “My favorite part of the work that I do is the people,” says Becca. “I love the people that I get to work with, and I love the people that we get to serve.” Keep up with Becca’s adventures in Israel at

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Saturday, Oct. 27 HI Chicago Hostel


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Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 Light & Life Park, Hood Hall, Lakeland, Florida RSVP required

PRESIDENTIAL HOLY LAND TOUR 2019 Aug. 28 — Sept. 6, 2019

Join Presidential Couple Brent and Christy Ellis, SAU alumni and friends as they explore the Holy Land. Reservations and travel will be supported by Colette Travel.

Visit for more details on all SAU alumni excursions and events.



This past summer, professors Mark Correll and Kim Bowen, alongside Steve Castle ’05, ’12 and Bekah (Barr ’13) Zraik, led a group of 22 alumni on a Reformation Tour of Germany and Switzerland. The group visited castles, churches and other important sites of Martin Luther’s Reformation movement. Cities visited include Berlin, Erfurt, Wittenberg, Nuremberg, Konstanz and Geneva. Modeling the excursion after the Cross Cultural Studies program, Correll and Bowen designed it as a combination of academic instruction and international travel. A highlight of the trip was touring Wartburg Castle and seeing the room where Luther translated the New Testament into the local vernacular. The group also loved visiting the site where Luther nailed the 95 Theses and enjoyed taking a boat tour of Lake Geneva on their final day of the trip. The alumni office is currently planning for more alumni trips! To stay up to date on upcoming travel opportunities, visit



ALUMNI RELATIONS I’m excited that the major theme of this Journal is “a kingdom without borders.” One of the most foundational and life-changing pieces during my journey at SAU was global awareness. I still remember wrestling with paradigmshifting perspectives during the Core 200 trip to Chicago with professor Paul Nemecek ‘81. My cross-cultural course to Kenya, with professors Deb Varland and Diane (Harris ’74) Kurtz, was crucial to my decision to serve two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Zambia, Africa. And since I began working at SAU, it has been my joy to play a small part in shaping today’s students through teaching Core 200, leading cross-cultural trips to Uganda and Zambia and, following the example set by professors Dave and Carolee Hamilton, inviting students from Malaysia and England to live in our home. We can have an impact on communities and economies, near or far, locally or globally. As your alumni director, I love to see the ways so many of you are living out our Concept’s call to be “critical participants in the contemporary world.” As we partner together to share our insight and resources, our individual efforts are exponentially increased. Thank you for providing students with a model of what making a global impact can look like and for partnering with SAU to ensure the same experiences that have shaped us can continue for generations to come. STEVE CASTLE ‘05,‘12 Director of Alumni Relations

FAITHFUL GIVING I generally write about standard giving options like charitable gift annuities, bequests, trusts, scholarships and insurance policies. I do so because I realize our alumni and friends desire to make the largest gift possible to SAU and have often come to believe the best time to give the gift is when they no longer have daily needs. As a result, I rejoice in the opportunity to assist with planned gifts. However, I’d like to focus on another giving option — giving consistently, year after year. During my decade at SAU, I have been privileged to have visited a totally remarkable man, a man who always strove to do the right thing. He recently passed away, which prompted me to reflect on the difference he made to our students over the past three decades. As we would talk, I learned that in the early years of the school’s existence, his mother cooked for the residents in Muffitt Hall. One of his children graduated from Spring Arbor College. A grandchild also attended. This amazing man chose to make a significant yearly donation to the school for the past 32 years! His annual giving added to the Arbor Fund, the school’s general fund that helps provide tuition assistance for students in need. Hundreds, if not thousands, of students have benefited from his generous support. Your support of SAU has a meaningful impact. Whether you give annually, are waiting to do it through an estate-planned gift or both, I hope you sense our gratefulness. Throughout the history of this Christ-centered institution, families have faithfully sacrificed to encourage and assist us in reaching our financial goals. We are blessed, and I am honored to work with you.

2011 Cross Cultural trip to Uganda


Director of Planned Giving 877.SAU.Legacy

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Homer Jackson JC ’46 and Lloyd Ganton HS ’54, JC ’56 [1], took part in a WWII B17 presentation and flight out of Jackson, Michigan, on April 27. Homer served in the U.S. Air Force as a B-29 pilot from 1943 to 1983.


David and Gloria (Seberry ’68) Figg have both retired and are living near family in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their son, Ryan Figg ’96, is chief of colorectal surgery at Spectrum Health Medical Group, and their daughter, Sharla (Figg ’98) Ulstad, is an OB-GYN specialist. They have seven grandchildren.


Charlotte (Lyons ’75) Milnes [2] earned her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University in the spring. Her dissertation is titled, “A Qualitative Study of Medical Learning Specialists Perceptions of their Role and Guidance of Struggling Medical Learners.” Charlotte is an Assistant Professor and Learning Skills Specialist at Western Michigan University and resides in Vicksburg, Michigan, with her husband, Gordon ’75. Charlotte and Gordon have two grown children: Daniel Milnes ’01, ’02, married to Janelle (Wiederhold ’01); and Lisa (Milnes ’03) Kopek, married to Ben ’02. They enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren.


Ron Kopicko ’77 [3] recently retired from his position as chaplain at SAU. After 38 years serving in this position, he will be maintaining a ministry role as campus pastor. Brian Kono has transitioned from his role as Associate Professor of Youth Ministries to that of University Chaplain. As students, faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to grow and develop their faith in Christ, both Brian and Ron will continue to provide spiritual guidance and wisdom to the community.



Kim Chenoweth ’87 recently wrote a book called “Your Sacred Vow.” The book

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is heavily influenced by her time as a spiritual advisor at Hospice of Helping Hands in West Branch, Michigan, and the profound truth of God she experienced while in that position. Kim resides in Rose City, Michigan.


Nicole (Smith ’94) Amsler [4] wrote “Can You Hear Me Now?,” a short play that was performed on May 21, 2018, off-Broadway in New York, New York. It was produced by Fish in Water Productions, presenting “The #metoo Plays,” an Off-Broadway Showcase production. This was Nicole’s first play to be produced in New York City. Nicole is also a published author, professional speaker and the director of marketing for DIGIOP, a tech firm in Indianapolis, Indiana. She resides in Noblesville, Indiana.


William Carrington ’97 [5] was awarded the Clarence E. Phillips Ascend Foundation Community award. He was celebrated as the Political Figure of the Year for his community service. William currently works as the data and quality manager for Wayne State University’s School of Medicine and also serves as Vice President of the Pontiac School Board. He resides in Pontiac, Michigan.


Rachel Kent ’03 [6] is in the process of publishing her first book, “Senator Thomas Henderson: Lost in Historical Amnesia.” Thomas Henderson is Rachel’s sixth great-grandfather and was an integral part of Tennessee’s early history. Rachel currently resides in Powder Springs, Georgia, with her two children.


Emily and Adam Dawson ’04 [7] welcomed a son, Isaac William, on May 31. He joins big sister Ruth and big brother Max. The Dawson family recently relocated from California to Michigan, and Adam has started a new position at Dynatrace in Detroit, Michigan. They reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.






Tracy Deering ’05 [8] was named the 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Rotary Club in Petoskey. Her commitment to education made her an obvious candidate for this award. Tracy currently works as a language arts teacher at Petoskey Middle School. She resides in Boyne City, Michigan, with her husband, Mike, and their four boys.


Shaun Page ’06 [9] recently opened a Chickfil-A franchise in Holland, Michigan. Through this highly anticipated opening, he was able to provide over 100 jobs for Holland-area residents and is hopeful that this will become a multi-generational business for his family. Shaun and his wife, Meg (Peters ’05), reside in Holland with their three boys. Howard ’06 and Robyn (Lockett ’06) Robinson [10] have cohosted “The Gospel Saturday Morning” radio program since 2000 on WNWN-AM. They recently received the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2017 Broadcast Excellence Award for “Best Regularly Scheduled Weekend Broadcast Personality or Team Commercial Radio Market.” Howard and Robyn reside in Kalamazoo and have two adult children and three grandchildren.


Hannah (Baker ’13) and Ethan Lampe ’13 [11] welcomed a daughter, Olivia Rose, on Feb. 28. They both work as staff at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan. Hannah serves as the worship leader and Ethan as the elementary pastor. Ethan also directs a nonprofit organization called The Holland Playland. They reside in Zeeland, Michigan.


Wendell Harrison ’14, ’17 [12] was recently named the 2018 Kresge Eminent Artist award winner. Wendell plays the tenor sax and clarinet and is a composer, bandleader and educator. He co-founded Tribe in 1972, whose mission was to promote and record local black musicians who were usually ignored by big record labels. His next project is to write a book on how musicians can promote themselves in the digital age. Wendell resides in Detroit, Michigan.

Margaret (Barley ’14) and Thomas Hess ’14 [13] have been building two businesses since graduation. Thomas launched Fortress Coffee, a local coffee roaster that focuses on providing individuals and businesses with the freshest beans possible. After years in the wedding industry, Margaret has recently started Edgewood Place Occasions, an event design and styling company, which will also offer specialty event rentals. Margaret and Thomas reside in Jackson, Michigan, where they live with their Great Pyrenees puppy, Penny. Joel Musambi ’14 [14] is the co-founder of Growth Media, a marketing agency that specializes in technical and growth marketing. He also works as the digital marketing manager for Solink in Ottawa, Ontario. Joel loves to travel and was recently able to return to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where his family lived before moving prior to the Second Congo War. He has started an initiative to help build roads, homes and make health care more affordable. He is also committed to covering the cost of sending three students to university. Joel currently resides in Ottawa.


Bekah (Mallette ’15) and Jacob Fletcher ’15 [15] celebrated their daughter’s first birthday this year. Zora Ann was born March 22, 2017. Bekah is a stay-at-home mom, and Jacob is a web developer at Keen Studios in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They reside in Greenville, Michigan. Jordan and Amanda (Fron ’15) Kelly [16] welcomed a daughter, Lilah Faith, on March 18. They recently moved from Wisconsin, where Jordan and Amanda both served on staff at Concordia University. They now reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Amanda works as a hall director for the University of Michigan. Jordan works as the web developer at SAU.








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Spring Arbor University

SEPTEMBER 28-29 It’s always great having family back together! Whether you’re a professional studies, online or Spring Arbor campus graduate, a parent of a student or a partner in the community, Homecoming is for you! We have another great lineup of events for all ages at Homecoming 2018. Join us Sept. 28 and 29!

Friday, September 28 SAU Campus Store Student Life Center: Main Level | 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Enjoy a 10% alumni discount on all retail items. Homecoming Chapel Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church | 10:05 – 11 a.m. Shelby (Sheridan ’96) Raines will be speaking, and an alumni and student Chapel Band will be led by Courtney (Schippers ’14) Sanders and Ferdinand Sanders ’14. Alumni Awards Banquet Commonwealth Commerce Center: Jackson, Michigan | 6 p.m. $18 per person. Reservations required. RSVP by Sept. 19. Cougar Madness Fieldhouse | 10 p.m. Introductions of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, skills competition, three-point shootout, slam dunk competition, crowd games, prizes and free popcorn and cotton candy. 28 FALL 2018

Saturday, September 29 Registration, Spirit Tent and Cougar Kids’ Carnival University Plaza | 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Come see us when you first arrive! Pick up a campus map, schedule of the day’s events and lunch passes for your family (lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Kids’ activities include inflatables, face painting and balloon art. Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop White Library | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy a 10% discount on drinks. SAU Campus Store Student Life Center: Main Level | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a 10% alumni discount on all retail items. 5K Run, 2-Mile Walk and Kids’ Fun Run McKenna Carillon Tower | 9 a.m. $12 per person — includes a 5K T-shirt. Kids’ Fun Run is free. Day of registration welcome — RSVP by Sept. 15 to guarantee a shirt. Craft & Vendor Fair University Plaza | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Take home something unique and support fellow alumni and community members in their businesses. Ganton Art Gallery 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. This year’s exhibition will be “Darkness and Light: Etchings by Reynold Weidenaar.” ARBOR.EDU/ALUMNI

Pallet Painting Workshop Ogle Art Gallery 3D Room | 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a pallet painting workshop taught by a current senior art student. $25 per person — includes pallet and all necessary supplies. Space is limited — RSVP by Sept. 19 to guarantee your spot!

Cross Cultural Reunion Student Life Center: Aspen Room | 2 – 4 p.m. All who have been part of SAU’s Cross Cultural Studies programs are invited to this come-and-go reception. Enjoy cuisine from Africa and the Middle East. Diane (Harris ’74) Kurtz, director of CCS, other staff and faculty will join the celebration.

Class of 1978 40-Year Reunion Student Life Center: Ralph Carey Forum | 10:30 a.m. Free of charge — includes a light brunch. Reservations required by Sept. 19. The Class of 1978 is also invited to the Friday night Alumni Awards Banquet where Karen Parsons ‘78 will receive the Lowell M. LeRoy award (separate RSVP required).

The Afternooner Podcast – Live Recording White Library, Lower Level | 3 – 4 p.m. A librarian, a professor and a resident director talk sports … sort of. Featuring Brent Cline, Robbie Bolton ’99, and Billy Stone ’11.

Science Super Powers Whiteman-Gibbs Science Center | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hands-on science demonstrations for the whole family. Lunch Provided in the Spirit Tent University Plaza | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Pick up your tickets for $2 each at the registration tent. Faculty Forum: Climate Change Presentation Whiteman-Gibbs Room 110 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Dr. Tom Kuntzleman, Dr. Randy Lewis, Dr. Lori McVay and Dr. Ken Brewer ‘80 will present a multi-discipline perspective on climate change. Gainey School of Business Reunion Luncheon Poling Center Lobby | 12 – 2 p.m. $12 per person. Included in the event is a recognition of business alumni. Reservations required. RSVP by Sept. 19. Theatrical Production White Auditorium | 12:30 p.m. Dr. Paul Patton ’74 will present “Off the Page,” a one-man show reciting a text from every book of the Bible. Young Alumni Reunion Student Life Center: Cougar Den | 1 – 3 p.m. Classes of 2008 through 2018 are invited back to campus for a free reunion. Reconnect with friends, share memories and visit with former staff and faculty. ARBOR.EDU/ALUMNI

Babbie Mason ’78’s Search for SAU’s Top Songwriter White Auditorium | 6:30 p.m. A live band will kick off the event and help judge the competition. The band will include Greg Buick ’77, Terry Burkett ’76, John Finley ’79, Babbie Mason ‘78, Ken Mills ’78 and Duane Skene ’78. $15 per person. All proceeds benefit student scholarships.

For events that require registration, visit

AT H L E T I C E V E N T S Saturday, September 29

Baseball Alumni Game | Burbridge Field | 11 a.m. Softball Alumni Game | Softball Field | 11 a.m. Volleyball Alumni Game | Fieldhouse | 11 a.m. Women’s Soccer Alumni Game | Soccer Complex | 1 p.m. Men’s Basketball Alumni Game | Fieldhouse | 1 p.m. Coaches’ Cookout | Fieldhouse | 2 - 4 p.m. Tennis Pro-Am | Jones Tennis Complex | 3 p.m. Women’s Varsity Soccer vs. St. Francis | Soccer Complex | 4 p.m. FALL 2018 29





Program: Psychology, Business Administration Profession: Former COO of American Cancer Society

Program: Business Administration Profession: Owner and Operator of Chick-fil-A in Zeeland, Michigan

G R E G B O N T R A G E R ’8 3

“Greg finds ways to maintain our identity as followers of Christ, preparing new generations to serve with passion and excellence. Along with his responsibility and influence in the American Cancer Society, he established Trager Consulting with the idea that his years of experience and expertise can be beneficial to non-profit organizations.” – Linda Schaub ’00

S H A U N P A G E ‘06

“While a student at SAU, Shaun was diagnosed with bilineal leukemia. His doctor gave Shaun a six percent chance of survival. Shaun’s response was, “God plus odds, and anything is possible!” By the grace of God, he has been cancer free almost 12 years. Shaun continues to live out his faith as a father, husband and restauranteur.” – Dave Page ’99



Program: Communication, International Studies Profession: Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University

Program: Spanish Profession: Reference and Information Literacy Librarian at SAU White Library

H E I D I C A M P B E L L ‘92

“Heidi has distinguished herself as a communication scholar with a focus on religion and technology. She is the author of several books and serves on the faculty at Texas A&M. With close to 80 scholarly publications and over two-dozen grants and fellowships, she may be one of the most prolific scholars to graduate from SAU.” – Dr. Wally Metts


G ARY ‘7 0 AN D JAN N ( COX ‘6 9 ) ALLE N

Program: Chemistry and English Profession: Retired from the mission field after spending 29 years with Free Methodist World Missions

“Gary and Jann have served in Burundi and Congo with effectiveness and grace. Their work in Africa came in the midst of periodic civil strife and genocide. Their emphasis was on developing national leaders, while submitting to those same leaders with great cultural sensitivity.” – Rev. Mark VanValin (1975-77)

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Thank you for the ways you’ve impacted the SAU community and the places where you work. You model what it looks like to live out the SAU Concept, both locally and globally! To register for the alumni awards banquet and learn more about our outstanding recipients, visit Submit your words of congratulations to be compiled and shared with each recipient by emailing

K A R E N P A R S O N S ‘78

“I appreciate how Karen reaches out to young international students at SAU – above and beyond her job requirements. She takes great care in making sure they feel invested in during their time at the university. In addition to working at the SAU library, Karen frequently travels to Hope Africa University to help build and maintain an adequate university library for HAU students and faculty.” – Kathy Cole ’72


A L E C C R O S S ‘18

Program: Youth Ministry Profession: Campus Life Director at Wyoming High School

“Alec has been active in embodying the heart of the Concept through his humble spiritual leadership on campus, his commitment to service at SAU and in the surrounding community and through directly engaging the epidemic of pornography as a spiritual social justice issue. This attentiveness is at the heart of the Concept’s desire to be careful and critical participants in our world.” – Dr. Eric Magnusson ARBOR.EDU/ALUMNI

IN MEMORIAM Lloydine (Shreve ’68) Beisheim of Lansing, Michigan, passed away on Feb. 2. She was 71. Marilyn (Smith HS ’53) Blackie of San Mateo, California, passed away on Dec. 14, 2017. She was 81. Marilyn spent her life as an educator, as both a teacher and a tutor of children with learning disabilities. She was also an active advisor for many charitable foundations. Marilyn is preceded in death by her daughter, Holly, and is survived by her husband, Bruce; daughters, Heidi and Heather; and three grandchildren. Barbara (Marrs JC ’60) Bolt of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Feb. 17. She was 78. Barbara taught elementary school for 34 years, mostly in Arizona. She is survived by her husband, Jerry; daughter, Julie; and son, Bradley. Karyl (Cox ’67) Garn of Woodbridge, Virginia, passed away on May 16. In addition to teaching, Karyl worked most of her career as an elementary school librarian. She loved reading to children and sharing with them her love of books. Karyl is survived by her husband of 50 years, Lynn ’67; daughter, Barbara; sons, David and Stephen; and five grandchildren.

Richard Lashley JC ’60 of Sun City, Arizona, passed away on Feb. 19. He was 81. Richard joined the army reserves in 1961 and served until he went into pastoral ministry. He pastored a total of nine churches. Richard is survived by his wife of 57 years, Janet (Shurlow JC ’60), one daughter, four sons and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Verlin Morningstar ’68 of Clio, Michigan, passed away on Dec. 22, 2017. He was 71. Verlin was a beloved teacher in the Clio school district for many years. He is survived by his wife, Beth. Richard Thrall HS ’51, JC ’54 of Marlette, Michigan, passed away on April 10. He was 84. Richard proudly served in the United States Navy from 1957 to 1959. He taught for more than 30 years in the Marlette school district before retiring. He invested in many lives through his active presence in his church and community. Richard is survived by his wife of 58 years, Margaret; daughters, Kathleen Painter ’83 (Scott ’83) and Annette Mast ’86 (Terry ’84); five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

REMEMBERING A FAITHFUL SERVANT Esther Maddox passed away on May 25 at the age of 88. Esther was a Spring Arbor resident for 61 years and a faculty member at SAU for 36 years. She taught in the area of oral communication, directed plays, wrote and produced readers’ theater and instructed many courses in public speaking. She also served as the chair of the humanities division from 1977 to 1981. A vibrant member of the Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church for 57 years, Esther served on the Board of Ministry, Finance Committee and Board of Stewards and Care Team, and she enjoyed singing in the choir. President Brent Ellis remarked, “We are deeply grateful for Esther’s generous and faithful service to Spring Arbor University. She impacted thousands of lives through her work in and out of the classroom. Anytime we have a reunion or gathering of our alumni, we hear story after story about the rigor she required in the classroom and the care she showed her students. She was such a welcoming and hospitable person, serving and loving people well. I am grateful to have known her, and the University community will miss her dearly.” ARBOR.EDU/ALUMNI

Teens Winter Retreat Jan 25-27, 2019

Michindoh’s Winter Youth Retreats are an exciting time to learn about God’s word through the fun and fellowship of friendship and through the exhilaration of high-energy activities! It’s a great refresher in the midst of a busy school season.

Marriage Enrichment Retreat March 22-24, 2019

We are excited to announce that Rev. Dr. Brian and Angel Kono will be our speakers! These retreats intentionally focus on encouraging and uplifting married couples in their journeys. Biblical teaching and worship, romantic moments and recreational opportunities provide a weekend perfect for every couple. Please register early. $325 per couple/all inclusive.

Your program, Michindoh’s service!

20% discounts available for service between Thanksgiving and Christmas! Take advantage of Michindoh’s campus this fall and winter, at a discount! From five-member church boards to youth groups 700 strong, Michindoh can serve your needs. Facilities and recreation nested in natural beauty is ideal for adult and youth programs. Cozy hotel rooms, spacious cabins and meeting and conference rooms of various size are available year round. Come enjoy the warmth of Michindoh! For more information on events, availability or rates, please contact Travis Favreau at or at 517.523.3616. FALL 2018 31


Meet the Class of


They hail from 13 states, plan to study 44 majors and possess degrees from 151 high schools — and each has a unique story of how God called them to SAU. Some are joining the SAU legacy of their parents or siblings, while others are first-generation college students looking to forge a new path. Some know they have been called to a specific career, while others are looking forward to exploring their options over the next four years. Each has a purpose and place at SAU. During their time here, they will take part in a community of learners that will provide each of them with a unique and transformational experience. Many of these students would not be able to attend SAU were it not for the financial aid they receive. Gifts to the Arbor Fund go directly to students, providing a lasting and eternal impact. Thank you to the thousands of you who faithfully give to support our students!

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