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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Thursday, May 30, 2024
The Echo


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Dykstra leads marathon class to finish


During the spring season, some people like to plant flowers, some like to hike in nature. Others aspire to run toward the finish line. Brandon Dykstra is the associate professor of kinesiology and the co-chair of the Kinesiology Department at Taylor University. He is also known for leading students in the famous marathon course each spring semester.


Football joins with Mission of Hope


There is power in God’s people joining him where he is. This is something that junior Dakohta Sonnichsen, a receiver on the Taylor football team, felt was impressed upon his heart this past J-term as he traveled alongside 51 fellow players and eight coaches to the Dominican Republic.


Manuel spends fall across Pacific Ocean


Taylor’s study abroad program can take one from the north of Indiana to the south of Korea. Junior global studies major Kenedy Manuel spent the past fall semester studying abroad in Pohang, a city of approximately 500,000 people residing in the southeast corner of South Korea.

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Elizabeth Parker: the theology of story


Whether marveling in the poet Keats’ house in Rome or delighting in Dante’s Divine Comedy in the basement of Metcalf, Elizabeth Parker inhabits the junction of faith and literature.


Jaya Panicker: health, community and faith at TU


Through her major in human physiology and preventative medicine (HPPM), senior Jaya Panicker has grown in her understanding and appreciation of the health sciences and how she can utilize a Christian perspective in her career.


Where storytelling and art intersect


Everyone has a story, and every story deserves to be shared. One freshmen twin duo is using their talents to showcase the diversity of the kingdom of God by telling their stories and the stories of others.


Taylor legacy spotlight: Sisson family


Some students may be the first of their family to come to Taylor, while others may have had many come before them. However, Taylor has witnessed multiple generations of the Sisson family.


Olson 2023 theme draws from John 15


Selk was a discipleship assistant (DA) on her wing during her sophomore year. At that time, she felt that the Lord impressed upon her through prayer the vision she has for the leadership of Olson Hall’s team of DAs this year.

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Semester overseas: Patience in Paris


This semester, senior Patience Sakeuh has traded the cornfields of Indiana for French pastries, museum tours and flea markets. That’s right. Sakeuh, a global studies major, has been studying abroad in Paris, France!


The face behind the business: Goodness Grace Design


The COVID-19 pandemic was a trying time for small businesses across the globe.However, for freshman Grace Gillmar, it proved to be an unexpectedly fruitful season. This was when she experienced the birth and launch of her brand, Goodness Grace Design (GGD).


Otto experiences truth, training, two-week internship


Conrad Otto, a senior majoring in multimedia journalism, found himself in the Great Plains at Sioux Center, Iowa, just a day and a half after his junior year ended. He was here to test his skills in journalism at Dordt University with a two-week internship at the World Journalism Institute.


Freshman Nathan 'Burns' the competition


Nathan Burns is an exciting addition to the Taylor University men’s cross-country team, as he has exploded into stride taking the number one position on the team and breaking course records. As a talented runner who has dominated throughout high school, what led him to Taylor? 


Watts releases fourth full-length album


It is not typical of the average college student to end a long day of classes with long hours in the recording studio, but for junior music composition major Ethan Watts, this is second nature.


ROTC: discipline, friendship, service


When freshman Ezra Holt entered ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) at Taylor University, he expected to find a strict and impersonal program. Instead, he found his expectations to be drastically incorrect.


Weikel points local youth to Christ


Senior Jake Weikel, a Christian ministries major from Westfield, Indiana, is working with Eastbrook High School’s chapter of Decision Point (formerly known as National School Project). This organization focuses on equipping high school students for evangelism.