Top Events of 2013 for Spring Arbor University

Inauguration ceremony welcomes President Ellis

inaugurationDr. Brent Ellis was appointed as Spring Arbor University’s 30th president on October 4, 2013. During the inauguration, he spoke of “pursuing wisdom through the liberal arts” and reflected that combining knowledge and Christian faith serve as a tool in reaching the world through Jesus Christ.

Dedication held for newly remodeled Student Life Center

studentcenterOnce built to service 700 students, SAU’s Student Life Center needed an expansion to serve the now 1200 residential students and 650 commuters. A few of the areas that were significantly redesigned and improved were the Dorrice Ogle Dining Commons, Cougar Den, SAU bookstore, and recreational areas. Students and faculty alike are very pleased with the reimagining of these frequently-used community spaces.

SAU and University of Michigan collaborate on biomedical research


Students and faculty of both schools are teaming up to conduct research regarding a disabling condition called Neonatal Brachial Plexus Palsy (NBPP). Largely underexplored, NBPP is a paralyzing, chronic condition and the people involved in this research project are seeking to improve the lives of afflicted patients.

Coach Cottingham surpasses men’s basketball all-time win record

basketballCoach Ryan Cottingham has led SAU’s men’s basketball team to 263 wins beating the previous record set by Coach Bill Bockwitz. Head coach since 1999, Cottingham says the record is special simply because of the respect he holds for former Coach Bockwitz. The team remains focused on the season ahead.

Men’s soccer defeats Lindsey Wilson 2-1

soccer1Lindsey Wilson College was a #3 ranked team and has won 10 national championships in the past. The Cougar victory ended Lindsey Wilson’s 20-game home-winning streak. Many consider this the biggest win in SAU history.

Women’s soccer wins fourth straight Crossroads League tournament title

soccer3Spring Arbor won its fourth consecutive Crossroads League tournament title and earned the Crossroad League’s automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament for the fourth year in a row with a 1-0 victory over Taylor University. After a 10-0 season in the conference, the team fell to Robert Morris in the NAIA opener.

Men’s soccer team competes in NCCAA semi-finals

soccer2The men’s soccer 2013 season concluded on a high note as they advanced all the way to the NCCAA semi-finals held in Kissimmee, Fla. They made it to the final four before falling to the eventual champion.

SAU hosts first conference on human trafficking

traffickingA subject close to the hearts of many students and members of the SAU community, this event was a way to raise awareness about human trafficking. Keynote speakers Dr. Celia Williamson, Leslie King, and Jane White conducted workshops on topics related to human trafficking issues, accompanied by a dramatic skit and art display. “We want to keep the momentum going and continue to dialogue with other partners regarding how to formulate sustainable solutions to human trafficking in our communities and throughout the state of Michigan,” said Jeremy Norwood, a professor deeply invested in the movement blooming on SAU’s campus.

Annual Arbor Games features “Everyday Heroes”

arborgamesA Spring Arbor University tradition, Arbor Games is legendary due to its hysterical skits, elaborate costumes, and the silly team challenges such as the egg toss or sack race. In 2013, the theme for Arbor Games was Superheroes. All on-campus residences and commuters were divided into teams to create a skit or dance revolving around a certain superhero of their choice. The competition-wide victory was claimed by the residences representing “Everyday Heroes.”

Movie on the Lawn and Slip n’ Slide highlight the students’ return to campus

slipnslideBlankets were spread throughout the plaza on Spring Arbor’s main campus as students and staff claimed spots for the outdoor screening of “Monsters University.” The prequel to a beloved childhood classic of many SAU students was projected on a screen in front of the Hugh and Edna White Library. After the movie, many students celebrated the beginning of the school year on Mt. Beebe, flying down a giant, homemade Slip n’ Slide.

Relient K performs spring concert

relientkSAU welcomed sought-after band Relient K to perform in the fieldhouse in April. A Lion Named Roar opened the act and energized the crowd in preparation for the headlining band. Relient K originally found their fame in the Christian rock and punk music scene but they have since branched out into mainstream media. They maintain a Biblically-based perspective in their music, keeping them popular among young Christians today.

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