Parents Weekend | February 15-17
It is hard to believe it is 2013 and another semester of classes has officially begun. I trust you all had a blessed Christmas with family and friends and that your new year is off to a good start. While we enjoyed the break, we are excited to have students back on campus. We had the privilege of welcoming seventeen new students for the spring semester, and they are busy discovering all Covenant has to offer.
I truly enjoy ministry to students, yet I am also thankful for the opportunity to work closely with Covenant's Parents Council. We have been planning and preparing for Parents Weekend, February 15-17, and look forward to seeing many of you on campus. Hopefully you received your invitation in the mail; we have already received numerous online registrations. While you are more than welcome to come visit your students at any time, we did want to specify a weekend for you to come to campus to spend quality time with them, while still having a chance to connect with other parents, hear from faculty and staff, and participate in campus events.
There is no cost involved for the weekend, unless of course your students ask you to take them on a shopping or eating spree. While nothing is mandatory, we do ask you to register online
so that we can prepare welcome packets for each of you, as well as have accurate counts for the Friday afternoon Q&A, the fireside chat, and the Saturday morning brunch. Please also note there will be a brunch for siblings on Saturday morning with several members of our admissions staff. Our prayer is that families will be encouraged and refreshed by their time together and the resources we will have available. For more information or to register by February 8, please visit the Parents Weekend webpage.
Thank you for the privilege of partnering with you as we seek to serve you and your children. Please continue to let us know how we can assist you, and remember to check out the resources we have available for parents.
Associate Dean of Students, Student Life
Covenant Among Washington Monthly’s Top 50 Baccalaureate Colleges
Washington Monthly has ranked Covenant the 48th best baccalaureate college in the country. This list, unlike most others of its kind, seeks to measure the good each college does. The three categories are social mobility, research production, and commitment to service.
“The more expensive college becomes, the more students are encouraged to see higher education as a mere return on investment,” write the Washington Monthly editors. “The students in our best colleges are taught by example and design to look beyond themselves and give back.”
“While we don’t put a lot of emphasis on external rankings, which tend to be focused more on inputs rather than educational outputs, we’re particularly flattered by our Washington Monthly ranking because the methodology of this ranking places significant weight on service by an institution’s graduates,” says President Derek Halvorson. “Christ-like service is one of the three tenets of Covenant’s Statement of Purpose, and we’re pleased that an external reviewer would recognize the degree to which Covenant is successful in accomplishing this part of its mission. We seek to shape men and women who will serve faithfully in church and world, family and community, business and professions. This ranking is a nice affirmation that we’re enjoying some success in that effort.”
Click here for Washington Monthly’s list.
EDGE Business Magazine Features Covenant Alumni
In its January issue, EDGE Business Magazine explored the profound impact that so many Covenant alumni are having in Chattanooga.
"Covenant College is graduating some of the most innovative small business thinkers in the region. Together they are helping the Scenic City get outside the box," the article states. "If you study the places now considered city hot spots, places where storefronts and restaurants are serving and tourists are flocking, you are likely to find a Covenant grad."
The article, entitled "Where Ideas Are Made," begins on page 52.
Praise and Prayer Requests
Praise for the safety experienced over the break
Praise for the new students we welcomed to campus, and prayer as they adjust and transition to the Covenant community
Prayer for faculty, staff, and students as we begin a new semester
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