Disciples of Christ Historical Society president to speak at
Eureka College Founders’ Day
February 6 - 4:00 PM - Cerf Center
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 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Cerf Center.
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 historical society of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), located in Nashville, Tenn. It is the primary archives, library and museum for Disciples of Christ congregations worldwide.
Carson formerly was a pastor at churches in Missouri and South Carolina and a religion professor and campus minister at Charleston Southern University. He received a bachelor’s degree in theater arts from Valdosta State College and a master of divinity degree and a doctor of philosophy degree, both 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.
Also, Eureka College first-year and upper-class scholars will be recognized. The students 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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