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Historical Society President to Speak at Founders’ Day

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The president of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society will be the keynote speaker at Eureka College’s 154th Founders’ Day convocation. The Rev. Glenn Thomas Carson will speak on "Finding the Founders" at 4:00 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Cerf Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Carson’s presentation will explore the connection between the founders of the Stone-Campbell religious movement and the founders of Eureka College, with an emphasis on the ideals and vision that still are held today

Carson directs the Disciples of Christ Historical Society, located in Nashville, Tenn. The Historical Society serves as the primary archive, library and museum for congregations of the Stone-Campbell Restoration Movement worldwide.

Carson formerly served as a pastor to churches in Missouri and South Carolina. He has also held higher education positions as a religion professor and campus minister at Charleston Southern University. He received a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Valdosta State College. He earned the Master of Divinity degree and the Ph.D from Southwestern Seminary.

As part of the convocation, recipients of grants from the Eureka College Fund for the Advancement of Excellence in Learning, Service and Leadership will be announced. Faculty and staff were invited last fall to submit grant proposals for projects that improve programs and services for Eureka College students. The fund was established by Eureka College President J. David Arnold in 2007.

Eureka College first-year and upper-class scholars will also be recognized. The students in this group all have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.75 after completing at least 15 semester hours of coursework for first-year scholars and at least 30 semester hours of coursework for upper-class scholars.

Eureka College was founded by members of the Christian Church, and it is among 17 colleges and universities that are affiliated with the church. The college was incorporated on Feb. 6, 1855, by an act of the Illinois Legislature. The founding date coincides with the birth date of the college’s most famous alumnus, Ronald Reagan, who graduated in 1932. In recognition of both the founding date and Reagan’s birth date, the college traditionally serves birthday cake at the reception following the convocation.

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Written by ccindiananews

February 4, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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