Several hundred new students at Evangel University will start their life in Springfield by volunteering in the Midtown and Grant Beach neighborhoods, on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 12-noon to 5 p.m.
According to Christy Rowden, Evangel’s student activities director, it will be a “block party” type of event based at Pipkin Middle School. Teams of students will be assigned work from there.
Known as “Freshman Service Learning Experience,” Evangel has partnered with Springfield-based Convoy of Hope and several area churches for the day.
More than 500 freshman and transfer students arrived on Friday, Aug. 23. Classes begin next Wednesday.
New students arrived in Springfield from 45 states and numerous foreign countries, including Bolivia, Spain, Hungary, Congo, Kenya, Indonesia, Singapore, Philippines, China and Sri Lanka, as well as our neighbors Mexico, Canada and Bahamas.
University officials anticipate an enrollment of more than 2,700 students from all 50 states and abroad.
This summer, Central Bible College and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary consolidated with Evangel. Among the new students, approximately 140 CBC students have transitioned to the Evangel campus.
Evangel is a private, Christian university of arts, sciences and professions offering more than 100 undergraduate academic programs and twelve master’s programs.
The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary is now also officially a part of Evangel University. AGTS offers four master’s and four doctoral degrees, and it enrolls more than 400 students globally.