The Author Talk
November 6 at 1:30 p.m.
Waggoner Library Rotunda
The Author Talk
For the Stocks family, Homecoming at Trevecca isn’t just a tradition. It’s part of the family legacy.
Morris and Cindy Stocks both attended and graduated from Trevecca, Morris in 1977 and Cindy in 1981. For Morris, Trevecca was an obvious choice; his parents, Joyce and M.H., were Trevecca graduates, as were his three sisters. While Cindy was the first of her family to come to Trevecca, her sister followed a few years later.
The legacy didn’t end there.
Homecoming at Trevecca is one of the most anticipated events of my year. Each year, I look forward to reconnecting with old friends and professors during that nostalgic weekend on Trevecca’s campus.
I especially look forward to the basketball games. They take me back to my days as a Moore Maniac, which is how I’m sure most people would remember me. As a student, it was intoxicating when the excitement and adrenaline would fill the air of the gym and it became my responsibility to stand and be loud in my best efforts to sway the game in the way of our Trojans! I loved those days of cheering on the Trojans. It’s been my honor to introduce my wife to Trevecca—and my memories of my days as a student—over the last few years during the annual Homecoming celebration. I've been able to show her the place and people who had a heavy hand in shaping me into the man I am today.
Over the last 17 years, Jennifer Neely and her friends, who affectionately call themselves the YoYos, for reasons no one can quite remember, have continued to develop their friendship across hundreds of miles. A 1998 Trevecca graduate, Neely, has beaten the odds to stay in touch with her former classmates.
I celebrated a birthday this past week. It was marvelous to celebrate with family and friends and receive so many wonderful comments on that day. The interesting thing was the responses from a wide variety of friends from a wide variety of locations—high school friends and church friends. But the overwhelming responses were from friends from Trevecca Nazarene University.
My daughter and her family are visiting us from Swaziland where they serve with The Luke Commission, a Nazarene Compassionate Ministry partner. This year, TLC began expanding their eye department and started screening adults for cataracts, in addition to the giving of reading glasses, which has already been in place as part of their comprehensive care. In doing so, the organization will offer the hope of sight through cataract surgeries for the people of Swaziland. In training for the screenings, the staff chose to shift from using the word surgery. The words used for surgery in Swazi culture can relate more to how an animal is butchered. TLC has chosen to replace surgery with wash when explaining to the patient how the procedure will be performed. Changing the wording changes how the procedure is perceived.
Do you remember when you enrolled at Trevecca as a freshman? Do you remember all the emotions you went through as you entered a “new beginning” of your life story? It’s happening now to the incoming freshmen and their families. I spoke with an investment client of mine this morning and his statement to me was very revealing. He said, “This has become my second job—getting my son ready for his freshman year.” It is overwhelming but our Trevecca enrollment staff is the best. Great job to them—this is the largest incoming freshmen class.
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.