Oakwood's faculty, staff, and retirees assembled in the Business and Technology Complex August 7-9, 2002, for Colloquium. The annual Colloquium is a retreat designed to allow Oakwood College faculty and staff to fellowship and be challenged at the outset of the school year. The theme for this year was "Professional Relations and Service: Formula for Success."
Wednesday, August 7, kicked off with a dynamic devotional by Elder Dedrick Blue, followed by introduction and welcome of new faculty and staff. Then we gave our attention to Dr. Stacy Nelson, this year's featured presenter, who led us into an absorbing discussion entitled "Crucial Conversations/Emotional Intelligence and Healthful Relationships."
On day 2, Dr. Anthony Paul, chair of the Departrment of Biological Sciences and director of NAPS, showed us what dedicated young people have been doing in this country and around the world for the alleviation of human suffering. The videos he showed touched each heart with the realization of how wonderful our young people are and how they have been used to inspire even celebrities to experience the compassionate Spirit of Christ.
Dr. Baker made a media report on the state of the college. Many terrific things are happening to improve the infrastructure of our campus for the young people and their parents who sacrifice in their pursuit of a Christian education. But Dr. Baker also encouraged an increased personal commitment toward making this a college that goes beyond the world's expectations to reach God's high standards for this institution.
Friday started with a heart-felt devotional from Ruth Gunn that was well-received. Dr. Richard Ekland, president of the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), an organization of some 500 institutions of higher learning, of which Oakwood College is a member, addressed the Colloquium. Huntsville mayor Loretta Spencer, a valued supporter of the college, also attended and answered questions about the working of the local city government.
Special thanks to all the participants, and to our genial host, Dr. Mervyn Warren, OC provost, who from time to time injected a bit of fun into the proceedings. Everyone left ready for a stellar 2002-2003 school year.
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