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Trustee Mary Rucker runs for her alma mater

Posted on December 17, 2014 by

Trustee Mary Rucker of Lake Placid, Fla., is preparing for the Naples Daily News Half Marathon, set for Jan. 18, and she is seeking sponsors to support Erskine. A 1969 Erskine College graduate, she began thinking about using her running hobby to assist her alma mater when she joined the Board of Trustees in August […]

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Kooistra’s Corner: God works through setbacks

Posted on November 25, 2014 by

  …he who keeps you will not slumber; Behold, he who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore. Psalm 121:3b, 4, 8 Reading good books together has always been one of our great delights as a family. The […]

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Alumni Leadership Spotlight: Steve Southwell ’80

Posted on November 25, 2014 by

Steve Southwell serves as president of the Alumni Association. He came to Erskine in 1976 from Kings Mountain, North Carolina. Having learned about Erskine from a family doctor, he received a baseball scholarship and moved to Due West to study banking as a business major. At Erskine, he met his wife Jane Williams, a member of […]

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Behind the Scenes: ‘Due West of Ordinary’

Posted on November 3, 2014 by

In February 2012 a conversation began about how to commemorate Erskine’s 175th anniversary in a special way. That conversation resulted in a plan to create Erskine’s first full-length documentary film chronicling its past and looking prayerfully toward its future. Will Frampton ’03, an Emmy-winning television news reporter with CBS46 in Atlanta, Georgia, took the lead […]

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Erskine students gain summer mission experience

Posted on November 3, 2014 by

The Student Christian Association led students in an evening of worship and prayer at the Ellenburg Pavilion Oct. 21 to celebrate “A Night for the Nations,” reflecting on summer mission trips. Students shared testimonies from their summer travels. Sophomores Ashley Mull and Raygon Hendrix used the skills and passion they have developed as basketball players […]

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‘Most Traveled Alumnus’ continues his journeys

Posted on November 3, 2014 by

Dr. Russell Benton ’61 claims the title of Erskine’s “Most Traveled Alumnus,” having visited 193 foreign destinations on seven continents. Benton began his travels in the summer of 1964 when Alumni Director Winnie Phillips took a group of students and alumni to Scotland and Scandinavia. His love for travel is “all Winnie’s fault,” he says. […]

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Kooistra’s Corner: Challenges and Blessings

Posted on October 7, 2014 by

As I consider the future of Erskine in relationship to its past 175 years it is quite obvious that we have challenges. If I list them in order of importance they would be: Our greatest problem is spiritual. There has been a theological battle going on that involves the church and the school. What the […]

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Student Services: Focus and Commitment

Posted on October 7, 2014 by

Erskine College is equipping the next generation for lives of service. That kind of mission requires a staff with tireless dedication to students. Over the past year or two, Student Services has welcomed new staff members and modified staff members’ roles as it continues serving Erskine students with renewed passion and focus. Student Services has […]

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Know Your Alumni: Tom Ervin ’74

Posted on October 7, 2014 by

Tom Ervin, a 1974 history graduate, is seeking to make a difference in his home state of South Carolina by running for governor. Ervin recently returned to his alma mater as speaker for the 2014 Constitution Day Convocation. When Tom Ervin came to Erskine his major interest was journalism. His mother, a feature writer and […]

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