Staff and students bid each other goodbye at a series of all-school events on the last day of classes Friday, April 27.
Coming after the rush during “dead week,” Friday was a day of relaxation. Although students were preparing for final exams, they took time to celebrate.
The day’s festivities began with the year’s last chapel service, which was packed with tired but elated students.
“I’ve only slept seven hours in the last few days,” said Elaine West, a junior psychology major. “But this is the last chapel, and I wanted to be here.”
In keeping with tradition, Corban President Reno Hoff preached the last sermon of the year. He urged students to spend their summer listening to the Lord and letting the Holy Spirit lead them.
“Many of you are going home for the summer,” Hoff said. “The question is this: are you going to be a great person or are you going to be a great Christian?”
For her part, West plans to stay in the Salem area, work two jobs and land an internship where she’ll work with troubled teens. Her friend Jessica Woodruff, a sophomore from Coos Bay, will work at a golf course. Jordan Emry, a junior and pitcher on Corban’s baseball team, will spend the summer in Central Oregon, playing for the Bend Elks.
Explaining his choice to make time for one last chapel, Emery said, “I always enjoy coming to chapel. It’s a time to clear your mind and focus on God.”
At the year-end service, Corban’s Alumni Board introduced the five outstanding 2006-07 students who received scholarships for next year. The top award of $6,000 went to junior Tricia Breiter, who works with homeless
youth in Salem. The other recipients were Adam Karnes, David Collett, Shawnee Randolph and Jeremy West.
“Every year, we are amazed at the quality of scholarship candidates,” said Alumni Board treasurer Darrell Knox. “It’s amazing – the consistency of worldview, the consistency of passion.”
The day continued with an all-school barbecue sponsored by the Associated Student Body. Hundreds sunned themselves on the grassy overlook near the Academic Towers and enjoyed hamburgers, sausages and barbecued chicken.
The afternoon’s chief entertainment was an inflatable obstacle course that, at first, attracted the children of faculty members. College students didn’t hesitate to try it for themselves, and, to the delight of onlookers even psychology department chair Rich Myers and Vice President for Student Life Nancy Hedberg raced through the course.
Corban’s final year-end festivities are an awards ceremony for seniors on Friday, May 4 and commencement at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.