“I thought about reading to schoolchildren for my senior seminar project, or working with athletic camps or serving at the food bank, but my heart just wasn’t in any of those things.” Lazerrick Young, senior psychology major, shared this with his fellow students during Sterling College’s chapel on December 3, 2008. “Instead I had this desire to help a family in Sterling, a family in need, by providing them with food, clothes, and toys.”
Despite full class loads and “loads” of other responsibilities, the faculty of Sterling College manage to publish articles, speak at conventions, display art, and be involved in their communities. While these endeavors take time and energy, they greatly enhance professors’ professional connections, academic growth, and, ultimately, their teaching.
The words “field trip” make most people think of elementary or perhaps high school students, but Sterling College professors have taken students on several field trips this fall—or have brought the “field trip” to Sterling.
Sterling College was selected by the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a 2007-2008 NAIA Champions of Character Institution because of its commitment to the use of sports as a character-building tool. In the past year Sterling College football and basketball players read to students in Sterling Grade School; the soccer teams visited with residents in the local nursing home; softball players worked with the mentoring network YouthFriends; and the men’s basketball team held free clinics for children in Sterling, Hutchinson, and Ellsworth.
On December 15, 2008, while fellow classmates are setting out for family Christmas celebrations, nine Sterling College students will travel to the Middle East, not only missing Christmas Day with families but also their entire inter-term break. The team will return on January 6, 2009, after spending three weeks on a medical missions trip.