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Offense, Defense, Character, Class

Carla Morris

“Education for character will be our motto,” declared President Wilson T. Hogue. “The Bible will have a place in all our courses of study.”

It was the summer of 1892, and Hogue had just announced the fall term for Greenville College, the school’s first term under new ownership and a new name. He said the school would operate as a “well regulated Christian home” with faculty bringing the gospel to bear on all hearts “who are in any way connected with the institution.”

Nearly 125 years later, the ripples of Hogue’s declaration reached John Elliott, vice president and trust officer of 1st Source Bank, Warsaw, Indiana . . .

You Never Know Who's Watching

Lady Panthers Basketball LeadersElliott served as host coach to the Lady Panthers at the 2017 NCCAA Women’s National Basketball Championship. All eyes were on the Lady Panthers as they claimed the title.

Afterward, Elliott noted the “character and class” the players displayed and called them “wonderful ambassadors” for the team, the institution and the Lord.

Two restaurant patrons watched Elliott converse with the players over lunch. They caught up with him later and asked about the young women. Elliott explained why they were in town, to which one of the patrons exclaimed, “Sure wish all college students displayed the class they exhibited.”

The Champ Book

Shaping athletic skills and shaping character go hand-in-hand at Greenville University. Take Lady Panther volleyball, for instance. Prior to the start of each season, Head Coach Tom Ackerman ’99 leads his team through The Champ Book, essentials he has compiled to help his players relate to Jesus Christ and their teammates.

Three-time team captain Janisha Pealer ’17 recalls a sentence that appears on page one: “You will gain more from serving this team than you will ever give.” She then recounts memorable character lessons Panther volleyball taught her—responding to unexpected adversity with grace and patience, learning from fellow players and modeling a great work ethic.

She doesn’t name humility and gratitude, but they are hard to miss as she credits the persons who have poured themselves into her.

Now that’s class.

(Pictured above: Lady Panthers Kelly Lenz '18, Laura Goodnight '18 and Maria Reinhard '18 hold club pennants that belonged to Professor Wilson R. King, Class of 1916, courtesy of the Greenville University Archives, Ruby E. Dare Library).

This story originally appeared in the Summer 2017 RECORD.

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This story was published on July 31, 2017

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