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Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Welcomed over 90 Students for New Student Orientation

August 30, 2014

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary welcomed over 90 new students to campus during New Student Orientation, beginning with worship and community meal on Tuesday evening, August 26. This year’s orientation provided a wealth of information for new students including an introduction to theological education led by members of the faculty. A number of activities were also planned during the three-day orientation including a tour of the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) and First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple located in Chicago’s Loop.

Key administrators and faculty have been planning this year’s orientation for months in anticipation of the new students’ arrival. “We are excited to welcome our new students to Garrett-Evangelical, the cities of Evanston and Chicago, the shores of Lake Michigan, and the campus of Northwestern University,” said Rev. Becky Eberhart, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “These students will join a community that is over a century and a half old and includes thousands of alumni/ae that are engaged in ministry across the country and throughout the world.” 

In preparation for orientation, new students were asked to read Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (W. W. Norton & Company, 2011). Authored by acclaimed social psychologist Claude M. Steele, Whistling Vivaldi is a summary of Steele’s groundbreaking research on group identity and the ways in which stereotypes can undermine the performance of the people they target. It takes its unusual name from a story told to the author by Brent Staples, an African-American journalist who writes for The New York Times. Key faculty members will offer reflections, foster discussion, and draw from themes found within this book throughout orientation.

Using a variety of social media platforms, new students expressed their excitement and interacted with other incoming students about moving to Evanston and beginning their seminary education. Garrett-Evangelical (@garrettseminary) used the Twitter hashtag #GETStarted14 for this year’s orientation. You can also stay connected with all that is happening regarding orientation at the Office of Admissions Facebook page ( and all seminary events at the seminary’s official Facebook page ( Lastly, the seminary will be posting pictures of orientation on Instagram (