Very few industries have the transformational power that Christ-first higher education has. In this environment, students form unique relationships with professors, peers and university staff that foster the discovery of career and calling. Throughout my career, my calling has been to serve others in private, independent higher education, and in this field I have had opportunities to advocate for Godly truth and love.
Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Favor with God occurs when we listen to His calling. Fully surrendering ourselves to Him, we gain true wisdom and courage to pursue the most fulfilling path for our lives.
At Palm Beach Atlantic University, career and calling are at the forefront of our purpose. A new initiative called Network for Vocational Undergraduate Exploration (NetVUE), funded by the Council of Independent Colleges, is helping students discern career direction. Spearheaded by the office of Career Development, this project includes collaboration with the Rinker School of Business, School of Ministry and Workship office.
Lyndsey Morrell ’15 has benefitted from this program, and in this report, you will see how she solidified her career direction by forming relationships with mentors, leading a Workship project and participating in the NetVUE initiative. Her volunteerism with the Center for Family Services led to an internship and eventually to a full-time job.
You will also read about Eileen Gonzalez ’14, who thought nursing was her career path, but through prayer and fasting learned that she was called to teaching. She said, “when you follow His path and you follow His way, things will just come out of nowhere.” Senior finance major Troy Katterheinrich felt an overwhelming calling to ministry, but had no idea how he might pursue both ministry and finance. He was paired with a mentor through the NetVUE program and learned how he might combine his interests in a bi-vocational career.
Transformations occur at PBA, not only through student discernment, but also through new facilities and projects, like the opening of our Marshall and Vera Lea Rinker Athletic Campus. How blessed we are to have the support of community friends who have given more than $10 million to create an incredible athletic facility for our students. We were grateful to have an outpouring of people join us for opening events and celebrations throughout this past year. An aerial photo included in this report will help you appreciate the wonderful features of this 76-acre athletic campus.
I will close with one of the most exciting, transformational events that is yet to come. During the 2015-2016 academic year, PBA will celebrate the accumulation of 3 million hours of Workship. Serving others through Workship has been a hallmark of the PBA experience since the university’s founding in 1968. We look forward to sharing this milestone achievement with you.
William M. B. Fleming, Jr.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
*From Page 1 of the report