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

Kendall Beck


Sutherland celebrates 35-year career

Ron Sutherland, special assistant to the president, is officially ending his three-decade career at Taylor. After his retirement last year, the president asked him to stay another year to see through some of the construction projects he was instrumental in starting.


Philip Byers: Preparing citizens of heaven

We don’t often dare to imagine that we’d end up working in the same place where we went to school — or even that our mentors could be our employers. For Philip Byers, this became a reality this year as he stepped into the role of Halbrook Chair of Civic Engagement Elect, positioned under his long-time teacher, mentor and friend, Tom Jones.

Arts & Life

The celebration of an artist’s journey

Each year, seniors in the art department collaborate to consider how they might showcase their portfolios to colleagues, friends and family. Historically, the seniors have been separated between groupings of their different art majors; the illustration, graphic design and photography students’ showcase usually takes place at a different time than that of the studio art, art therapy and art education students. This year, the art seniors chose to come together: one show, one night.


Ilium captures an unprecedented year

A year like Taylor has experienced this 2023-2024 academic year will no doubt make its mark in the history books — but it’s not just historians who care about what’s been happening in the cornfields of Upland, Indiana.

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Pursuing calling and creativity post-grad

Calling, career, creativity — these are not just ideas that senior Olivia Heinen encounters in her job as lead graphic designer for the Calling and Career Office (CCO) on campus, but also as she considers what she might want to pursue following graduation from Taylor this spring.


NYFW: networking meets the runway

In anticipation of life after his final semester at Taylor, senior Deokjun Lee has been working to build his portfolio — and in no ordinary way. This past February, Lee spontaneously decided to book a flight to New York Fashion Week (NYFW), a semi-annual week of events in Manhattan similar to those held in Paris, London and Milan: a collaboration of designers, influencers, models and publicists in the fashion industry across the globe.

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TWO sends team across the world for spring break

In the months leading up to spring break, students across campus prepare to be sent both across the country and the world to serve the Lord on Lighthouse mission trips. The week of March 25, nine teams will serve in various locations with Taylor World Outreach (TWO).


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.

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