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Welcome to the Hyles-Anderson Connection. This monthly e-newsletter is designed to keep you informed about what is happening at Hyles-Anderson College. Please take a few moments and join us as we share some of the recent and upcoming events on our campus. This month we are featuring a special section about our end-of-the-year events, including graduation. We hope the Connection provides a way to keep you connected to us and us to you. Enjoy!

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Recent Events

It is hard to believe it is May already! April flew by so quickly. It was a very busy month for us here at Hyles-Anderson College. We started out the month with our bi-annual College Days. We welcomed high school students from sixteen states to our campus for three days of classes, chapel, and activities.

During College Days, the delegates and the entire student body got enjoyed the annual Hylander Basketball Championship Game. This year’s championship game featured the Suns (Tim Dail, Captain) against the reigning, undefeated champions, the Pistons (Jon Beil, Captain). It was a very hard fought game with John Woosely hitting a long three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime. In the end, the Suns defeated the Pistons by a score of 82-81.

The annual Ladies’ Conference at First Baptist Church was held on April 17-18. Our ladies got to hear Mrs. Joleen Sloan from Santa Clara, California and Mrs. Sharon Rabon from Raleigh, North Carolina. Many of our college ladies were refreshed and encouraged after two days of “girl time” with Mrs. Wilkerson and the special speakers.

Senior Day is the highlight of the year for those graduating in May. On April 23, the Activities Department, along with the seniors and their dates, loaded buses and headed out for a full day of fun and activities in Chicago. The morning began at Golden Corral for an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet. From there, they drove to Millennium Park in downtown Chicago to enjoy the beautiful, sunny weather. Chicago’s Magnificent Mile was the next stop for two hours of world-class shopping and sightseeing. Then they all met at Foodlife, a gourmet food court, in the Water Tower Mall. After two hours of feasting, the group stopped at U.S. Cellular Field to watch a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals. It was a great day of fun and memories that will last a lifetime.

We were honored to host a number of guest speakers and lecturers on our campus in April. In addition to our staff, faculty, and administrators, the students of Hyles-Anderson College had the opportunity to hear and interact with the following men of God this month:

  • Bro. Steve Cox – Mocksville, North Carolina
  • Pastor Tom Bish – Wallingford, Connecticut
  • Pastor John Wrightson – Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Pastor Joseph Brown – Washington, Iowa
  • Pastor Ron Talley – Chesterfield, Virginia
  • Pastor Mark Wilkerson – Rantoul, Illinois
  • Pastor Eric Tastet – Reno, Nevada
  • Pastor B.G. Buchanan – Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Pastor Ted Speer – Ghana, West Africa
  • Dr. Lou Baldwin – Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia
There is no place in the world like chapel at Hyles-Anderson College. It truly was an amazing month of preaching and teaching.

Dr. Stuart Mason with Pastor and Mrs. Kevin Gerber at one of our recent Alumni and Friends Fellowships

Alumni News

We have enjoyed a great month visiting with our alumni and friends in West Virginia and also in Michigan. On April 14, we had an Alumni and Friends Fellowship at Shenandoah Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Corey Bane in Martinsburg, West Virginia. We had a delicious fried chicken dinner with all the trimmings and great tasting, assorted cakes. There were a total of 120 in attendance, including 53 alumni and many friends. Eight of these alumni are pastors, and one is a missionary. We surely appreciated the sweet spirit that permeated the room.

Pastor John Vaprezsan hosted our next Alumni and Friends Fellowship at Metro Baptist Church in Belleville, Michigan, on April 21. We enjoyed a grilled chicken dinner with an incredible salad bar and desserts. Mrs. Vaprezsan and some ladies of the church provided the decorations using our college colors of blue and yellow. We had a total of 95 in attendance with 42 alumni, including nine pastors and one missionary. We are truly blessed to spend time with our precious alumni and friends at these fellowships.

We are looking forward to our next Alumni and Friends Fellowship with Pastor Mike Mutchler at Grand View Baptist Church, 14855 S. Leland Road, Beavercreek, Oregon, on May 4, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. (PST). Pastor John Wilkerson, Dr. Stuart Mason, Dr. Ray Young, and Bro. Steve Froelke will be attending this fellowship. If you live near this area, please join us for this very uplifting time.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in any of our Alumni and Friends events, please contact the Alumni Department at (219) 365-4031 extension 1165 or email Bro. Steve Froelke at froelkes@hylesanderson.edu. You can also stay connected to the Alumni Department by visiting our Alumni and Friends Facebook group.

Upcoming Events

It is a race to the finish between now and graduation day. Final exams have begun and will continue through May 6. The annual Senior Music Recital will be held on Tuesday night, May 5. This year’s recital will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Evans Auditorium. The program includes musical selections by many music students but features the musical accomplishments of Miss Laura Towne.

On Thursday, May 7, the Spring Music Concert will be a grand display of the Music Department of Hyles-Anderson College. It will include musical selections by the Concert Choir, Hylander Orchestra, tour groups, ensembles, as well as individual musical performances. The concert is held in the Evans Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

The 43rd Commencement Exercises of Hyles-Anderson College will be held on Friday, May 8, at 10:00 a.m. in the main auditorium of the First Baptist Church of Hammond. This year we will see the 8,200th graduate of Hyles-Anderson College walk across the platform to receive his diploma. General Dwight D Eisenhower said at D-Day on June 6, 1944, “You are about to embark on a great crusade toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you . . . I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle.” We are extremely proud of the ninety-seven graduates who will march this May. We cannot wait to see what God uses them to do for the cause of Christ.

Our four tour groups hit the road on Saturday, May 9, for ten weeks of singing, soul winning, and serving. You can follow their journeys by liking their Facebook pages.

Seven weeks of summer school begin on Monday, May 11, with a brand-new class entitled “Biblical Character Traits” taught by Pastor John Wilkerson and Bro. Keith Cowling. You can check out the full summer school schedule at http://hylesanderson.edu/summer-school/.

You can see a full calendar of upcoming events by visiting our Public Events Calendar on our website.

Important events to add to your calendar:

  • Commencement: Friday, May 8, 2015, 10:00 a.m.
  • Youth Conference: July 14-16, 2015
  • Opening Day: September 1, 2015

It is not too late for you to consider joining us at Hyles-Anderson College for the Fall 2015 semester. Check out the Admissions Page of our website to apply. Hyles-Anderson College is prepared to take you from where you are to where you want to be, doing what God wants you to do.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with us today. Next month’s edition of the Hyles-Anderson Connection will include information about the 2015 Youth Conference being held in July. If there is anything we can do for you, please email us at HAConnection@hylesanderson.edu.

See you next month!

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