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Pictured in his uniform, Harbin stands along the Suez Canal in Egypt where he was a part of the mine-clearance operation after the 1973 “October War.” The ship in the background was scuttled by the Egyptians to block the canal during the war. (Photograph provided by Michael Harbin)

Study, serve and stand firm like a sailor

A look into Michael Harbin’s time in the NavyBy Jed Barber | Contributor Faith, family and learning: one man balanced it all in the midst of military service. The chair of Taylor University’s Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries and Philosophy department and Professor of Biblical Studies has the bearing of a […]

by · April 6, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Josh Craton, Wengatz Hall director, has been watching Airband performances every year since 8th grade. (Photograph provided by Josh Craton)

Show-stopping staff steal stage

Faculty and staff participation in AirbandBy Becca Eis and Kassidy Hall | Echo For over 30 years, Airband, originally held biannually, transitioned from solo acts on risers in the Hodson Dining Commons to choreographed group acts complete with a theme, lighting effects and song mash-ups. Now faculty and staff at […]

by · March 16, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Bob Aronson, director and associate professor of the public health program, enjoys mentoring both college and high school students, which is at the heart of this research project. (Provided by Bob Aronson)

Creating change through community research

Bob Aronson leads public health projectBy Kassidy Hall | Echo Bob Aronson, director and associate professor of the public health program, moved to Marion, Indiana, because everybody told him not to. Despite the objections, he quickly immersed himself into his community. Initially, Aronson was not drawn to a job in […]

by · March 9, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
LaRita’s Lodge seeks to provide a safe haven for Grant County residents and their visitors. (Photograph by Tim Hudson)

Hospitable home turned bed and breakfast

A look into LaRita’s Lodge By Becca Eis | Echo While driving from Taylor to Muncie, Indiana, one might notice a white farmhouse surrounded by pink barns, but few venture inside to discover a home full of history, character and hospitality. LaRita’s Lodge, located just three miles from campus, is more […]

by · March 9, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Retired professor Alan Winquist attended many crusade services at Madison Square Garden, and even sang in the choir. (Promotion piece provided by Alan Winquist)

Creating connections through crusades

How two professors formed close ties with Billy GrahamBy Katie O’Connor | Echo News of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death sparked emotional responses worldwide last week, but husband and wife Alan Winquist and Jessica Rousselow-Winquist, retired professors of history and communication respectively, hold personal connections to him. Widely regarded as […]

by · March 2, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
(L to R) Sophomore Doménica Farfán, junior Gabriela Serrano, sophomore Daniel Delgado, senior Cristina Alvarado, sophomore Carla Sarmiento, senior María José Correa and junior Cristina Lalama have all experienced U.S. culture through the lens of Taylor students the past three weeks. (Photograph by Ellie Bookmyer)

Campus community spans cultural borders

Ecuadorian students spend a month at TaylorBy Becca Eis | Echo Each January, Taylor students travel around the world to experience different cultures. But what does it look like when students study abroad in Upland? Taylor University’s Discover program invites a select group of students from Universidad del Azuay in […]

by · March 2, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Jenny Schamber, owner and trainer of Rope this Ranch and a counselor at Taylor’s Counseling Center, combines her love of horses with her passion for mental and emotional healing. (Photograph by Kassie Joviak)

The equine therapist

Equestrian center offers a different type of therapyBy Brianna Kudisch | Contributor Plopped onto a horse at only a few months old, Jenny Norton Schamber, the owner and trainer of Rope This Ranch, cannot picture a life without them. With over 30 years of experience with horses, and with the […]

by · February 23, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Senior Joe Ingersoll has been a constant supporter of Taylor men’s basketball, whether on the sidelines, bench or court. (Photograph by Brad Timmerman)

Going from clipboard to contributor

Senior Joe Ingersoll rises through the ranksBy Erica Morman | Contributor “It’s not just you who gets places,” said senior Joe Ingersoll, a member of the Taylor men’s basketball team. “It’s a lot of other people joining in and helping you fulfill your dreams and mission.” Ingersoll has walked the […]

by · February 23, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Hope House changes lives through healthy relationships that point to the love of Christ. 
(Photograph provided by Brian Blevins)

Bringing hope and freedom to Blackford County

The story behind Hope HouseBy Becca Eis | Echo Hope — it’s something we all need, and Brian Blevins, general manager of Joe on the Go, brings it to the Blackford County community through his ministry called Hope House. Every Sunday at 6 p.m., around 50–75 people come together at […]

by · February 16, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features
“I really couldn’t think about anything else. I was pretty smitten with her,” said Lowell, Referring to how he knew he wanted to marry Sherry. (Photograph provided by Sherry Haines)

Leaders in love

The love story of our President and First LadyBy Becca Eis | Echo We all know the typical Taylor love story — the awkward first date, the DTR, the eventual proposal, the early marriage — but what we might not know is the love story of our President, P. Lowell […]

by · February 9, 2018 · Comments are Disabled · Features