Editor’s Note: It is graduation season now, a time when thousands of young men and women across the country celebrate their new-found knowledge and prepare to embark on a journey to establish their place in the world. We hope they will utilize a healthy dose of discernment along with this knowledge, as well as an eventual wisdom that will be based on foundational truth rather than fleeting opinion. Dr. Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, delivers this charge. — Pat Daugherty Ed.D.

A Commencement Address For The Nation

Dr. Everett Piper is the president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU). He is the author of Why I Am a Liberaland Other Conservative Ideas and the viral op-ed, “This is not a Day Care. It’s a University!” In 2015 he received the Jeanne Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom from the Bradley Foundation and the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) Award.  He has been featured on FOX & Friends, NBC Today! ShowVarney & Co., The O’Reilly FactorThe Glenn Beck Show, and a host of other radio and television venues. Piper also writes routinely for a number of publications. A native of Hillsdale, Michigan, Dr. Piper, his wife, and their two sons have served as OKWU’s First Family since August of 2002. He actively participates on a variety of councils relating to cultural engagement and public policy.

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Paul Judge, William Timmons, Melia McCraw and Whitner Bishop
Paul Judge, William Timmons, Melia McCraw and Whitner Bishop

“God wants everyone to know His Law.” These were the closing lines of my preschool graduation prayer to an audience of over 500 people. This prayer made my mother realize I was going to be a spokesperson. Today, I am on the career path of an attorney. I interviewed five attorneys to find ways to prepare for law school and my first job interview.

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Dr. Allen McWhite named executive director of NGU’s Institute of Global Leadership and Erin Wolfe, a 2008 NGU alumna, named assistant director for NGU’s Institute of Global Leadership.
Dr. Allen McWhite named executive director of NGU’s Institute of Global Leadership and Erin Wolfe, a 2008 NGU alumna, named assistant director for NGU’s Institute of Global Leadership.

Tigerville, SC -- North Greenville University (NGU) has announced the launch of the Institute of Global Leadership (IGL) to facilitate student mobilization for short-term trips and develop academic programs in leadership, global studies, and related disciplines.

The university has named Dr. Allen McWhite as executive director and NGU alumna Erin Wolfe (‘08) as the assistant director for the Institute. McWhite will also serve as an associate professor of global leadership. The initial program to be offered by the IGL will be the recently approved minor in global studies.

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Greenville Mayor Knox White

Washington Center celebrated a successful annual Craft Day Sale with families, students, staff and community friends, including Greenville Mayor Knox White.  Funds raised will be used for classroom projects, activities and trips.  

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Long-time non-proift leader Lamont Sullivan, a 1998 NGU graduate, is returning to his alma mater as director of alumni engagement.
Long-time non-proift leader Lamont Sullivan, a 1998 NGU graduate, is returning to his alma mater as director of alumni engagement.

Tigerville, SC (May 9, 2019) Long-time non-profit leader Lamont Sullivan, a 1998 North Greenville University graduate, is returning to his alma mater as Director of Alumni Engagement, NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant Jr. announced.

Sullivan, a Greenville native, currently is CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of the Upstate. He will join the administrative team at the South Carolina Baptist university on June 1.

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Washington Center Papet

Using the Attainment Science Curriculum as a springboard to grasp state standards-based learning objectives, Mrs. Papet’s Washington Center class collaborated to create the beginning of an indoor garden.

First, the class listened to the read-aloud, entitled, “Grandma’s Garden”, from the Attainment Science book. The students viewed pictures of the sun, soil, roots, stems, and flowers in a second book, entitled, “Plant Plumbing”.  After reading, each student planted sunflower seeds in name labeled colored pots.  The students helped to push the sunflower seeds into the soil and then added water.

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Kyrusso club members from left: Noah Toney (expected '19), John Kesey (expected '19), Faculty Advisor Dr. Frankie Melton, Chris Roberts (expected '19), and Tadd Smaok (expected '19). Club members not pictured: Austin Ehrhardt (expected ’22), Seth Fisher (expected ’19), Jon Ross Fordree (expected ’19), and Seth Parrish (expected ’20).
Kyrusso club members from left: Noah Toney (expected '19), John Kesey (expected '19), Faculty Advisor Dr. Frankie Melton, Chris Roberts (expected '19), and Tadd Smaok (expected '19). Club members not pictured: Austin Ehrhardt (expected ’22), Seth Fisher (expected ’19), Jon Ross Fordree (expected ’19), and Seth Parrish (expected ’20).

Tigerville, SC - Dr. Frankie Melton, assistant professor of Christian Studies at North Greenville University and pastor of Heath Springs Baptist Church, formed a student preaching club called Kyrusso.

“Kyrusso” Melton clarified, is the Greek word for “to preach.”

This club provides Christian studies students with the opportunity to travel and preach the Gospel in churches throughout South Carolina.

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