Kooistra’s Corner: Looking back in thanks and forward with hope

Posted on July 1, 2015

When I arrived at Erskine last August, the 2014-15 fiscal year was just a few weeks old. To say we started the year together with difficult challenges is certainly an understatement. Erskine was faced with making significant financial course corrections. Ensuring our continued accreditation and clearing the way for long-term financial stability required swift action […]

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Kooistra’s Corner: Happiness or holiness?

Posted on February 2, 2015

You have probably heard it said, “God is more concerned with your holiness that He is with your happiness.” My experience is that when this statement is made everyone nods their heads. No one challenges the validity of this “truism.” It just sounds like it comes from the Bible. But does it? The Scriptures are […]

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Student Spotlight: Sarah Baroody

Posted on January 6, 2015

Junior Sarah Baroody of Lugoff , S.C., says her Erskine experience is about making a difference in the lives of the people around her. It was Erskine’s intimate, small-town atmosphere that attracted her when she visited the Due West campus. Baroody first heard about Erskine from a friend at her high school. Drawn by the […]

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Kooistra’s Corner: God works through setbacks

Posted on November 25, 2014

  …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

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

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

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

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

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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