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Garrett-Evangelical to Welcome 110 New Students To Campus

August 20, 2012

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will welcome 110 new students to campus during New Student Orientation beginning on Wednesday, August 29.  This three-day orientation, four-day for international students, will provide a wealth of information for new students including an introduction to theological education led by members of the faculty. In addition, a number of activities have been planned such as worship services, a dinner at the president’s home, and a tour of 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, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. “These students will join a community that is over a century and a half old and includes thousands of living alumni/ae that are engaged in ministry across the country and throughout the world.” 

In preparation for orientation, new students were asked to read Living the Hospitality of God by Lucien Richard (Paulist Press, 2000), a book of poetry, Astonishments, by Anna Kamienska (Paraclete Press, 2007) and two short stories, The Second Tree from the Corner by E.B. White and The Lame Shall Enter First by Flannery O’Connor. Dr. Philip Amerson, president of Garrett-Evangelical, will offer reflections and foster discussion on these readings at the opening session of orientation.  Riding the momentum of 2011, President Amerson will continue the seminary community’s theme of hospitality for the 2012-2013 academic year. This focus comes in part from the seminary’s mission statement: “Our teaching and learning settings will be places of hospitality where we pursue respect and reconciliation in all encounters.”

Using a variety of social media platforms, new students have expressed their excitement and anxieties about moving to Evanston, Illinois, and beginning their seminary education.  Via Twitter, new M.Div. student Paige Boyer recently tweeted, “Goodbye Cleveland! I'll miss you! New adventures await! On the road for @GarrettSeminary.” New students have posted pictures of their arrival to campus on Facebook, including posing next to Garrett-Evangelical’s sign on Sheridan Road.  “In this age of digital communications, community happens well beyond the physical boundaries of the seminary,” said Shane Nichols, Manager of Communications and Events. “More then any previous year we have been able to connect with our new students before their arrival to campus. We are looking forward to continuing these relationships in the classroom, throughout the community, and online.” Twitter hashtags for this year’s orientation include #GETSNSO (GETS New Student Orientation), #G2GETS (Going to GETS), and #BoldLeaders. The Going to Garrett Facebook page, maintained by the office of admissions, can be found at

Orientation for international students begins on Tuesday, August 28, with orientation for all students August 29-31.  For additional information, including the schedule of events, go to,