News - New RECORD Showcases GC’s Legacy of Academic Excellence

New RECORD Showcases GC’s Legacy of Academic Excellence

New RECORD Showcases GC’s Legacy of Academic Excellence

The honors program at Greenville College has a new look, a new name - the McAllaster Scholars Program - and a new $12,000-a-year scholarship for students who follow the honors path. Just out, the latest RECORD highlights the pursuit of academic excellence at GC and the English professor who inspired renewed commitment to honors study, Elva McAllaster, or "Dr. Mac."

"I knew that she set high standards," recalled one of Dr. Mac's former students, Acting President Randy Bergen, "and I was afraid to ever disappoint her." Throughout Dr. Mac's more than 30-year tenure at GC, many students shared his fear. But, letter upon letter now housed in GC's archives testify that students inevitably emerged from her classroom transformed by the experience. 

Read about Dr. Mac's influence on the evolution of honors study at Greenville College and the blend of scholarship and service the program's current director, Professor Kent Dunnington, envisions for today's McAllaster Scholars.

The article, "Celebrating the Fulbright" calls for cheers from the GC community in recognition of Fulbright awards to two of its recent graduates. Learn why this "flagship" scholarship opportunity for international study is not just good for awardees, but good for GC, too.

Alexandria LaFaye, a recent addition to GC's Language, Literature, and Culture Department, is featured in an article that bears her name. The author of 11 novels and winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction teaches creative writing at Greenville College. The article captures her reflections on creativity, early success as an author, and inspiring students to tell stories.

Some say higher education today is on the brink of crisis, revolution, or tsunami, yet there is good news for Greenville College, writes Acting President Randy Bergen in his article, "Mission in a Time of Change." He describes the work of Greenville College as "truly breathtaking and profound" as the College focuses on transforming lives, and moves with God to see what He does next.

Click here to view the Fall 2012 RECORD.

This story was published on September 21, 2012

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