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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Friday, June 14, 2024
The Echo



Tammy Nunley: A mother to many


Tammy Nunley always wanted more than one child. Now, she feels as if God gave her 3,000 more. As students pick their food and swipe their cards at the Student Center or in Euler, there is a good chance they will step into a line where warm words will be waiting for them at the end.


Creating room for authentic worship


There’s always room to worship the Lord, no matter the current posture of our hearts. Knowing this, student chapel band leaders Josiah Gonzales and Tristina Tucker, have grown to see chapel leadership as a way of honoring whatever season the student body finds themselves in.

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Neel steps into hall director position


Samuel Morris Hall — a hall whose third iteration was established in 1998 and that is home to an estimated quantity of 280 students — welcomed David Neel (’15) as its new hall director this fall.

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Nieshalla, Eicher share campaign goals


“If we are not practicing that now, why would we think that we’re going to start once we graduate?” Student Body President Elisabeth Nieshalla said.Since before Nieshalla began her role as student body president, she has been thinking about her responsibility as a follower of Christ while studying here at Taylor University. She envisions a year where students are putting into practice the love, truth and grace of Christ to serve both Taylor’s community and the surrounding community of Upland.

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Gregory Dyson expands on vision for chapel services


Though students have only been back on campus for a month, Reverend Greg Dyson, Taylor’s newly appointed campus pastor, has been working hard through the summer to make sure this year’s chapel services are “Greater than” ever.

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Meeting God in the Tetons


This summer, sophomores — and best friends — Anna Runion and Lauren Dykes found themselves drawn to a three-month adventure serving the Lord in the Tetons.

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Senior graphic design major builds on Taylor experience, growth


Looking through pictures of the graphic design majors’ senior show, it’s hard to guess that just a few years ago, not all of these artists were confident in their abilities. Yet for Kaelen Rodgers, a senior majoring in graphic design, it wasn’t just a lack of confidence that weighed on her heart coming to Taylor.


Claire Nieshalla: road to commencement


Various experiences, positions, internships, challenges and successes have led senior Claire Nieshalla to her approaching graduation. Chosen as this year’s student commencement speaker, Nieshalla — a public relations major and soccer player — has found joy and honor in the speech preparation process and is looking forward to sharing with her fellow seniors.


Mainstage entertains campus with music-oriented events


What’s not to love about music and dance? The sounds that fly across the audience to give you a taste of life’s nightly flavors, and our expression of the passion for life is the dance of the moment.  Fortunately, our university has the opportunity to relish these special events, and who does it have to thank? Taylor’s Mainstage!


Jim Garringer: The man behind the lens


Commencement, precedents, colorations, sporting events and chapels — all photographed by one man. Jim Garringer has spent the past 37 years documenting every event and change on Taylor's campus. 


Freshman Aspen Postma explores self-expression through art


The saying goes that a picture is worth a thousand words — but how many pictures does it take to communicate your true identity?  For Aspen Postma, a freshman artist transitioning from a major in art education to pre-art therapy, the answer was 12. One dozen art pieces. One dozen attempts at learning the meaning of self-expression.


Austin Layton: journey to med school


Senior Austin Layton will wrap up his time at Taylor this May as a pre-med biology major with a minor in Spanish.   Layton hopes to work in pediatrics and ideally partner with his twin brother, senior Brayden Layton. His fascination with anatomy began when his parents told him about the miraculous event of his birth. 


Bekah Hynson: planting the seeds of sustainable development


Growing up in PeachTree City, Georgia, senior Bekah Hynson and her six siblings often visited their grandma’s house to help out with yard work and gardening. Through these visits, she learned a lot about the process of caring for nature. It was in these moments that her initial love for the outdoors sprouted.


Grabowski promotes love for the Earth


Committing his life to the pursuit of sustainability, Phil Grabowski is an assistant professor of sustainable development at Taylor University.  From a young age, Grabowski was drawn to the outdoors and grew to love all aspects of nature. 


Jeff Cramer: reflections and renewal


“The older you get, the more you start to realize that your life only makes sense looking backwards,” Jeff Cramer said. Yet as the man of many hats prepares to take on a new role in life, he’s found there’s also a sense of anticipation and renewal that comes from this season of transition.

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Women in STEM: Seniors share math, science experience


Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is an area of learning that is known for its difficulty and rigor — making those pursuing a degree in such fields examples of true dedication.  In the throes of Women's History Month, two senior women share their experiences as STEM-related majors at Taylor University.