New semester begins next week
January 08, 2010

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The Bryan campus has been quiet for the past month—except for the sound of heavy
equipment moving dirt and installing drainage pipe—but that will change as students return for the Spring semester Monday.

The semester will open with "Engage,” a three-day conference with Andy Crouch, senior editor of Christianity Today International and author of Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, as the featured speaker. The theme for the Jan 13-15 event is "On Earth as in Heaven: A Christian View of Culture.”

Work has continued through the Christmas break on the new entrance, and site preparation for new apartments is progressing toward a goal of beginning construction later this month. "Frozen ground this week hasn't helped, but the projects are on schedule to meet our deadline to have them ready for the fall semester,” Vice President for Operations Tim Hostetler said.

On the enrollment front, the Admissions office is expecting some 30 new students to enroll, "about normal for the spring,” according to Vice President for Enrollment Management Michael Sapienza said. "The early information looks like retention Fall to Spring will be very good, and total enrollment for the Spring will be well over our projections.”

New this semester will be two art classes, drawing and introduction to painting, the first art classes since a ceramics course was offered four years ago.