Fellow IWU Alumni,
A small group of us who happened to be at Homecoming 2016 received a welcome surprise. In addition to some feelings of nostalgia, we were spiritually refreshed.
I've long had the idea of a "Summit" or "Spiritual Emphasis Week" for IWU Alumni. The experience I shared at the 2016 Homecoming has spurred myself and a few others to take this idea to the next level. We're planning a retreat to take place in tandem with Homecoming 2017 the dates of October 5-8, 2017. Think of it as an Alumni Summit.
Asbury College’s Seedbed is already running a similar program which they call “New Room.” A close friend who is an alumna of both IWU and Asbury described the program to me as as a “this is your life” reunion where she is able to reconnect with friends from college, seminary, post-seminary jobs as well as old professors and bosses.
We've booked the entire College Inn Bed and Breakfast for the weekend. If you are not familiar with the College Inn, it's a lovely and quaint Bed and Breakfast with ten guest rooms located on Washington Street, roughtly across the street from the Noggle Christian Ministries Building.
The College Inn will serve as our basecamp for the week. It's where we'll share breakfast daily, meet for morning devotions and times of worship and hear from a few special guest speakers.
We'll also participate in some official Homecoming activities taking place on campus. Our Events team is also working to coordinate times for Summit attendees to share meals and coffee with former and current faculty and connect with students for mentoring opporunitues.
College friends are different. When those friendships were forged we were awkward and vulnerable and coming back to those relationships now, I am able to again be awkward and vulnerable again. When I am home in Santa Barbara or on a business trip to Washington, DC and people ask me, “What are you up to?”, I tell them about my work and my clients and my books. On campus, with old college friends and profs and mentors, I feel comfortable saying the truth, which is, “I’m trying to figure out what to do with my life.”
I was personally challenged over the course of Homecoming 2016 to really, truly make God first in my life again. Honestly, that had nothing to do with "official activities" taking place on campus. It was the fellow alumni I "happened" to connect with over the weekend.
What can you expect at Alumni Summit 2017?
1. Peer to peer time with fellow alumni. People who know you and can help guide you, ask you good questions. People you can be real with.
2. Time with “old” profs and mentors.
3. Time with students. Investing in their lives and trying to help them along and share whatever wisdom you may have gained to help them along in their journeys. A chance to be a mentor.
You are welcome to attend all or part of the weekend. We'll begin with a Welcome Reception at the College Inn at Thursday evening. We'll end on Sunday by attending College Church together and then an optional lunch afterwards.
Rooms at College Inn are being held only for those who are attending the full weekend (checking in Thursday and checking out on Sunday). We also have deadlines for a payment schedule with College Inn so early payment is encouraged, and appreciated.
If you only want to attend part of the weekend, want to stay elsewhere, or live locally, that's okay! You can still participate in all activities throughout the Summit, including those taking place at the Inn!
All IWU Alumni, as well as spouses, are welcome to attend.
Costs for the weekend are based on single or double occupancy of a room at the College Inn as well as a "non-resident" rate for those who are not staying at the Inn. Any funds we collect above the costs of the weekend will be donated to a student or student group at IWU.
All tickets, Double Occupancy, Single Occupancy, and Non-Resident tickets,include:
-Breakast Friday, Saturday, Sunday at College Inn
-Lunch on Friday and Saturday at Baldwin in the Barnes Student Center
-Other activities and refreshments
If you have any quetsions, please ask, and one of the Alumni Summit Committee members will get back to you as soon as we can. Feel free to PM us or write questions direclty on our wall so others can see them and see the responses.
I hope you'll commit to joining us, and that you'll commit to praying for how God might use this time. This is about more than nostalgia. I pray that those of us who take part in this Summit will leave with a renewed commitment to God, to each other, and to being redeeming and reforming influences wherever God has placed each of us.
I have high expectations for our Summit. Imagine what could happen if a few dozen people showed up committed to one another and committed to hearing from God.
(subject to change)
Thursday, October 5
5:00 PM Welcome Reception at College Inn followed by dinner off-site
9:00 PM Worship at College Inn
Friday, October 6
8:30 AM Morning Devotions at College Inn. Breakfast Included.
11:00 AM Chapel at IWU
12:00 PM Lunch at Baldwin with divisional faculty (i.e. Poliftical Science alumni with Poltiical Science Faculity. Chrisitian Ministries alumni with CM Faculty). Lunch included.
Afternoon: Mentor Coffees with sudents
Evening: Dinner off-site with program. Location TBD. Additional Cost.
Saturday, October 7
8:30 AM Morning Devotions. Breakfast included.
Morning: Homecoming Activities at IWU
Lunch: Baldwin (Included).
Afternoon: Homecoming Activities at IWU
Evening: Fun Activity. TBD but we promise this will be good. :) Late night run to Ivanhoe's optional. ;)
Sunday, October 8
Morning:Services at College Wesleyan Church
Lunch: Farewell Lunch, Bon Voyage at location to be determined. Additional cost.