As you may have noticed in the last issue of the Parents Press, we at The King’s College were pleased to see 64 students graduate. Our May 8 Commencement ceremony was a great success and helped us once again to pause and remember the vision that brought us all to King’s--to prepare students to influence the world for Christ. But now, we’re back to the grindstone as we prepare for over 200 new students to join us in the fall. This is tremendous growth, and we are excited to see what God has in store as we continue seeking to serve him.
In this issue, you will get a great overview of some of the things that King’s is doing: from sharing our ideas around the world, to maintaining connections to our alumni. We hope you’ll read on and see what King’s is up to, even in these dog days of summer!
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Intern Profile: Martha Stewart Living
Recent grad's natural creativity helps in work with wedding magazine
by Chris Ross
Stephanie Cunningham (pictured left) is a natural event planner. As a student, she was involved in planning many events for the House of Margaret Thatcher, and she also served as the Director of Student Events for The King’s Council. Her events were classy and distinctive—always featuring themes that flowed through everything from the food to the decorations.
So when it was time to look for an internship, working in the world of style and decoration was a natural fit. During her senior year, Stephanie completed an internship with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, the decorating guru’s media and merchandising organization based in New York City. As a Style Intern for "Martha Stewart Weddings" magazine, Stephanie assisted editors and writers with many of the creative aspects for the magazine.
Stephanie said that her day-to-day activities included “prepping products for photo shoots, organizing props, crafting for the shoots, and facilitating product returns.” She was also involved in departmental and magazine-wide meetings, she said.
The best of the part of the job, she said, was that “my desk was right in the middle of the other stylists, and so I was able to be a part of creating the stories. I learned more than I ever imagined.”
Each of the photo shoots required perfect props, and many of them would need to be crafted on-site. Stephanie said, “I loved all the crafting that came with the preparation for shoots—for example, creating a doily chandelier or embroidering.”
In addition to staging the photo shoots, Stephanie also found herself in the midst of them. Once, she said, “I not only assisted the stylists but also had my debut hand modeling!”
Stephanie credits the Business Management program at The King’s College with preparing her to be both professional and a clear communicator at all times. The Business Management major prepares students to enter the world of commerce with the skills necessary for success. Like all the academic programs at The King’s College, it also prepares students to learn how to write clearly; how to present confidently and persuasively; and how to lead with integrity, courage, and discernment.
During Supreme Court Hearings, Professor David Tubbs Advocates for Less Judicial Legislation
Op-ed explores whether Justice Stevens' actvism is worth emulating
Dr. David Tubbs, Assistant Professor of Politics at The King’s College, published an article last month in the "Washington Times," a daily newspaper based in the nation’s capital.
Tubbs’ article, titled “Put Nominee on the Stevens Hot Seat,” exhorts the Senate Committee on the Judiciary to use the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Solicitor General Elena Kagan to explore whether “her judicial views align with [Justice Stevens’], especially on matters of constitutional law.”
Tubbs writes that Stevens believes in the necessity of “broad judicial power.” After looking at a 2003 case regarding criminal punishments, Tubbs states that Stevens’ attitude on the Court is that “humane and morally enlightened judges must offer different kinds of beneficent protection to the American people.”
He warns, however, that this protection already “comes in the form of regular elections and a representative's accountability to his constituents.” Thus, if Kagan would continue Stevens’ “fondness for legislating from the bench,” then the nomination hearings should focus on ensuring that political freedom is not abridged by exorbitant judicial power.
To read the entire article, please click here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/28/put-nominee-on-the-stevens-hot-seat/
REMINDER: Yacht Cruise for Athletics at King's
The King’s College is pleased to announce the launch of an Athletics Program this Fall, including Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, and Cross Country.
To help celebrate this milestone, we would like to invite you to a sunset cruise around Manhattan on July 29, to raise funds for athletic equipment and transportation.
The evening will be hosted by Sean Horan, newly appointed Athletic Director, and John Spier, a 1972 Alumnus of King’s and a member of the Board of Trustees.
A donation of $250 per person will secure a spot on the evening cruise—complete with food and drink, music and beautiful views of New York skyline. There will also be live and silent auctions, as well as a raffle with great prizes.
To register, please click here: http://www.tkc.edu/friends/yacht1.html.
Please contact Sean (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
The Oldest Living Alumnus
Art Nordin shares his life and his wisdom with King's
by Zachary Cochran and Chris Ross
93-year-old Art Nordin (‘44) started at The King’s College the year it opened its doors—in 1938. He heard about King’s when he saw an advertisement in the local paper. “I had no hopes of going to college before that," he said, "but I decided to take a stab at it.”
When Art started at King’s, he was not religious. He credits then-President Percy B. Crawford's powerful evangelism with helping him become a Christian at the first chapel service he attended. “That was the turning point in my life,” he said.
Art, a prolific writer, wrote about this experience in “The Most Influential Person in My Life,” an article focusing on the way Percy’s message transformed him. He said that the evangelist was “a powerful speaker” who realized that young people desired to have a place where they could get a college education and learn how to be an influence for Christ--the mission that King's continues today.
When The King’s College moved from its original campus in Belmar, N.J., to New Castle, Del., Art said, “I took a chance on leaving my job and moved down there.” Financial issues forced him to withdraw for a couple of years, but he finally received his degree in 1944.
He recalls that during his time at The King’s College, “the teachers were the best. All the teachers were wonderful, because they helped to build up your faith.” He also fondly remembers springtime dates on the Jersey Shore, quiet times alone on benches at the old campus, and spontaneous choruses erupting in the cafeteria.
After completing his education, Art worked for 25 years as an elementary school science and math teacher. He always found time for evangelism, as well. As he warmly recalls, “I got some wonderful letters later on, that my students had come to know the Lord.”
Now, having retired from teaching, he is spending more time on his writing and says he feels “pretty good about the way the Lord is working on me.” He wants to encourage current King’s students—and everyone else—to pursue their relationship with Jesus. He said, “It’s either a relationship, or it’s nothing.”
“You have to sow some seeds if you want a harvest. Spend time with the Lord if you want to know Him.”
Wise words from a wise man.
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