Sterling College Professor Dr. Henry Lederle can pinpoint the exact moment his interest in pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit) became intensely personal. That moment, which happened nearly 30 years ago, has most recently resulted in his book “Theology with Spirit: the Future of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements in the 21st Century,” published by Word and Spirit Press earlier this year.
Sterling College welcomes internationally known composer and Dove Award winner Mark Hayes to campus on September 25 and 26. Hayes will spend Saturday, Sept. 25, with Sterling College students, prospective students and community members in rehearsal for Sunday’s concert at 3 p.m. at the Sterling United Methodist Church. This piano and choral concert is free and open to the public and will feature the music of Mark Hayes performed by Hayes, the Sterling College Chorale and the Sterling Community Ensemble.
Sterling College has some students who are on “road trips” and others who are on “pilgrimage.” College Chaplain Anne Smith says there is a difference between the two, and she hopes to minister to both “road trip” and “pilgrimage” students in this fall’s chapel program.
The average regional vice president for KBS Realty Advisors has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, so when Sterling College Alumnus Rigo Medina ’06 was promoted to a regional vice president position in the company, it was highly unusual both because of his age (he is the youngest VP at KBS) and his limited experience. However, his professors and coaches at Sterling College were not surprised.
More than 40 years later, Dr. Dan Fahrenholtz can tell stories about his time at Sterling College. He can list the professors and fellow students who had profound impact on him, and he can name the SC singing group he toured with in the summers.
This past spring Sterling College’s Teacher Education Program Chair Dr. Gladys Ritterhouse travelled to Chicago’s West Side. She toured several neighborhoods there, visited a homeless shelter and had lunch in a restaurant serving soul food. These are not traditional tourist spots in Chicago, but Dr. Ritterhouse was not on vacation. She was attending the first-ever Council of Advisors for the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture, an organization that Sterling College has partnered with for nearly a decade.
It looked like just fun and games on Sunday night as the new Sterling College students passed a ring-shaped candy from one person to the next using only their teeth and a toothpick and then tied their legs together to compete in the “team-legged” race. However, they were actually increasing their chances to have a successful college experience. “Students who are involved and who have friends on campus are more likely to stay in college and earn a degree,” said Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Shawn Reed as he spoke to the students on Saturday. “National statistics say that most of you will not finish college, but that’s not the case at Sterling. We want each and every one of you to succeed.”