I vividly remember my parents loading me up in the family car and taking me from Belle, W.Va. to Trevecca in Nashville, Tenn. I was excited, scared and frankly, overwhelmed with the idea of being on my own. I remember thinking to myself, I’m not sure I want to stay. I knew about Trevecca from other people who had gone there, but that’s not the same as experiencing it for myself. All fears, concerns and second guesses were put aside when, just a few days later, I was elected President of the Freshman Class; and to tell you the truth, I never looked back.
I’ve had the privilege of representing the Alumni Association at the banquet for the College of Lifelong Learning and at the Commencement ceremony recently. Our graduates have compelling stories to tell: some right out of high school and some out of jobs and careers and then on into earning their degrees. Much credit is owed to the people who’ve surrounded these graduates—family, friends, colleagues, and professors. We all have a story and the common thread of those stories is Trevecca. Whether you went to class on The Hill or took classes online, Trevecca has left its mark on you. Our graduates are well equipped to enter into the world to make a difference for God and for His Kingdom.
I like to play golf—operative word—play. Since I have the attention span of a gnat I have trouble watching golf tournaments on television; but, I did tune in to watch Jordan Spieth run the table to win the latest Masters Tournament. Very impressive! What’s more impressive is his calm and mature demeanor given the fact that he’s 21-years-old. His dad taught him at an early age to set a goal and pursue it, and I think that’s great fatherly advice.
Trevecca junior Zach Farnum kicked off a web-series on Trevecca’s campus showcasing good ole Nashville.“Music City Live!” the first talk show for Hart Street Entertainment Production debuted online last Thursday. A team of more than 20 young adults—mostly Trevecca students—developed the web-based talk show.
Creator Farnum compared it to a night show.
“I saw the need with Nashville expanding. When you go to New York or L.A. you can go see Jimmy Fallon or Jimmy Kimmel,” Farnum said. “There’s nothing in Nashville, and it’s Music City.”
Recently the Lord gave our family an incredible gift in the form of a little person. His name is Emmett Lee Hastings. Emmett has a bigger story than what I’ll delve into here, but ask me about it someday—I’d love to share it with you.
The title of this blog is a question Emmett’s doctors posed to us as his adoptive family—“How’d you get involved in this tragedy?” In other words, why in the world would anyone who already has four children choose to take on another, especially one with medical challenges?
I was talking to an investment client of mine recently who works with inmates. I said to him that he has an opportunity to mentor these guys and maybe influence them to do right and never come back to where they are presently living. His response? I just do the right thing, act the right way and expect them to do the same. So I said, "Dude, that’s mentoring."
So, this is Christmas! It’s an enchanting time of the year, full of reflection and time with family. I’m grateful for a wonderful life. I’m grateful for Trevecca Nazarene University which has played such an important part in my family’s life. It was at Trevecca that I began the journey of being rather than seeming… and the journey continues.
My family and I received a Christmas card years ago that still rings true today. It reads:
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The Trevecca Family traveled home to the Hill this month to enjoy the community who call themselves alumni and friends of Trevecca Nazarene University. As president of the Alumni Association, I attended many reunions throughout the weekend, and it was interesting to see all the “catching up” that was going on at these gatherings. One alumnus I spoke with graduated many years ago, and this was the first time he had been back on campus – the excitement he felt was infectious. With all the activities going on, it was definitely a non-stop weekend. Looking back, I’m so glad my parents gently nudged me to attend Trevecca – not only for the eternal friendships I have made here, but also for the quality education I received.
This coming year, the Alumni Association will be putting forth a concerted effort to plan gatherings in our region, mini-Homecomings of sorts. Since our board members are located in many areas around the country, they will be planning and coordinating these events alongside the Office of Alumni Relations. That being said, look for an event in your area, and even offer to help plan it if you’d like to get involved. Trevecca is in its greatest days, and the future is as bright as the Promises of God.
Today marks a special day as we dedicate this bell tower and remember Dr. Millard Reed. We, the student body of Trevecca, are grateful for this beautiful addition to our campus. While I never had the privilege to meet Dr. Reed, my father recalls his deep faith in God, his sensitive heart to the needs of those around him, and the ability to sing joyfully even as the years progressed. Song was such an important part of Dr. Reed's life. Music would bring him to tears and to a worshipful laughter as he recalled how great God's love was for this world. Many of you to this day can still hear him sing the hymn, Love Of God. So in the same spirit, this tower sings. It offers with each chime a reminder that life is precious and that each moment should be lived for the glory of God.