As I am sure many of you have noticed, work crews and earth moving equipment are churning the dirt at the location of the old Skipper Cafeteria near the center of campus. This work is in preparation for laying a foundation on our new 60,000-square-foot student center.
Preparations are also well under way for our big, university-wide campaign announcement and ground breaking celebration on Monday, Sept. 17.
In chapel that morning beginning at 10:50, our worship arts professor Dr. Mark Jonah will speak on the topic of celebration. It is one of the messages based on the chapel theme of spiritual disciplines for ordinary people from the John Ortberg book, The Life You've Always Wanted. It is an especially fitting topic for that day.
Just before the end of chapel, we will make some exciting announcements that will have a positive impact on the university for years to come. The university community will then join together at the construction site, and with shovels in hand, we will hold a short groundbreaking ceremony and photo op, giving our students an opportunity to celebrate with an outdoor lunch and activities.
It will be a day for celebration, a day of joy and gratitude, a day to come together as a university family. I hope you will all mark your calendars and plan to be a part of this special celebration.