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It is a brand new year at Hyles-Anderson College and a brand new year at the Hyles-Anderson Connection. We are so excited about what the Lord is going to do this year. The Connection is a way for us to share with you the blessings that we get to experience every single day on the campus of Hyles-Anderson College.

Please take a few moments and join us as we talk about some of the recent and upcoming events on our campus. This month we are featuring a segment on some of our campus upgrades and a recap of Opening Week 2015. We hope the Connection provides a way to keep you connected to us and us to you. Enjoy!

Check out our Hyles-Anderson College promotional video for a small sample of what Hyles-Anderson College has to offer.

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Campus Upgrades

We are so excited about some of the things the Lord has allowed us to do in preparation for this school year. Through the contributions of alumni and friends of Hyles-Anderson College, we have been able to upgrade and renovate several areas on campus.

The Campus Bookstore and Coffee Shop has received many upgrades this year. With complete renovations to the coffee shop area, as well as new additions to the books, music, and college merchandise, the Campus Bookstore and Coffee Shop is a destination for our students, staff, and many visitors who stop by our campus.

The Central Lobby is the hub of daily activity on the Hyles-Anderson College campus. This lobby connects all major thoroughfares on campus. As it has been said that “all roads lead to Rome,” all hallways lead to the Central Lobby. A complete remodel of this lobby has made it much more inviting and professional with new seating, lighting, decorations, and digital signage.

This fall we opened a newly-remodeled men’s residence hall. Tom Malone One houses thirty-five young men in furnished rooms with completely updated amenities.

The 340-classroom hallway is home to the sewing room, education classrooms, and offices for the Department of Education. This hallway received a new roof, windows, and infrastructure renovations that will allow it to last for many more years.

​We have upgraded and replaced all of the outdoor campus lighting. Security is a big priority at Hyles-Anderson College. To assist our professionally trained security department, the addition of thousands of watts of outdoor lighting in the parking lots, around the walkways and the residence halls, and at the DeCoster Gymnasium makes it much easier to keep our students and property safe and secure. A fully-functional security camera system is monitored 24 hours a day, and there are armed security guards on campus at all times. ​

There have been new heating and air-conditioning units installed, roofs repaired, doors and windows replaced, and classrooms updated. Perhaps the most recognized upgrades this year came to the Student Recreation Center. This 7,200 square foot facility is home to the “living room” of our college students. It is here they can relax, play games, study, hang out with friends, or watch a televised sporting event. The Student Recreation Center houses foosball tables, air hockey, pool, ping pong, a large selection of board games, and many scheduled events and activities. It is a hot-spot for the campus-wide wireless Internet that is available at no charge to all students and staff.

The Rec Center received a complete renovation. We installed a brand-new ceiling complete with energy-efficient LED lighting. All the carpet has been replaced, walls have been painted, and brand new furnishings have been added. We also added new games, a new pool table, and an entertainment system with a 75inch and two 42 inch LED televisions so everyone can be part of the fun.

While we continue to renovate, upgrade, and remodel the living areas, public areas, and classrooms for our students, you can be a part of what is happening. Any donations made to Hyles-Anderson College are fully tax-deductible and can be designated for specific use on our campus. It is through the generous contributions of our alumni and friends that we are able to do extensive campus upgrades without raising tuition. Hyles-Anderson College remains one of the lowest priced Bible colleges in America while maintaining high academic standards and regularly updated facilities. If you would like to be a part of the future of Hyles-Anderson College, you can contribute here.

What’s Happening Now

Opening Week kicked off on September 1 with our 44th Opening Day. Hundreds of students from all over the world converged on the campus of Hyles-Anderson College. It was a great day with an outdoor cookout for lunch and a big family dinner in the DeCoster Dining Hall that evening. It was so great to see so many graduates, pastors, and friends on campus dropping off their students.

Each year on Opening Day, the Student Employment Resource Center hosts a job fair on our campus. There were nearly 20 different employers available to apply, interview, and hire our students on the spot. The job market in the Chicagoland area is one of the best in the nation. Our students who are willing to work have no trouble finding jobs with adequate compensation to pay their school bills each month.

The ball got rolling on Wednesday morning with Student Orientation and the year’s first chapel service. Pastor Wilkerson preached a great message entitled “Lessons from Elijah.” You can listen to that sermon here.

Full classes began on Friday. This semester we are offering 187 different classes in fifteen different undergraduate majors and fourteen minors. We also offer three different associate degree programs and three graduate programs. The heartbeat of every day at Hyles-Anderson College is chapel. Soul-stirring music and red-hot preaching keep the chapel pulpit hot and the altars full. The spirit in our chapel services is unmatched anywhere else. There is no place like chapel at Hyles-Anderson College.

Opening Week closed out with our annual Ice Cream Social held in the Student Recreation Center. Pastor Wilkerson and his family, along with many administrators, were on hand to spend time with the many new and returning students at Hyles-Anderson College this semester.

You can join in on the fun by watching our video recap of Opening Day.

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

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A photo from a recent Alumni & Friends Fellowship in Oregon

Alumni Department

The Alumni Department is excited about starting a new year of Alumni and Friends Fellowships all across America. The first one of the year will be held at First Baptist Church of Rosemount, Minnesota. The fellowship will be held on Monday, September 21, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. (CST). A complimentary dinner will be provided. Pastor John Wilkerson, Dr. Stuart Mason, and Alumni Director Steven Froelke will be attending. This will be a great opportunity to rekindle relationships with former students and friends.  Anyone who has ever attended Hyles-Anderson College, any pastor, or others in full-time Christian service are invited to attend.

We will have two Alumni and Friends Fellowships in October. The first and largest one of the year is held in conjunction with our Homecoming Bible Conference right here on the campus of Hyles-Anderson College. This fellowship will take place on Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. in the DeCoster Dining Hall. Make plans to attend the conference and join us for the special time with friends and alumni of Hyles-Anderson College.

We will be in Dothan, Alabama, on October 20, at the Crossroads Baptist Church. Pastor Doug MacCormack is hosting this event. If you live in the panhandle of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, or surrounding areas, please join us for this time of fellowship in Dothan.

We also have an Alumni and Friends Fellowship scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2015, at South Haven Baptist Church in Springfield, Tennessee. Pastor Frank Gagliano will be hosting this event. More information will be included in the October edition of the Connection.

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.

Thanks for spending a few minutes with us today. If there is anything we can do for you, please email us at HAConnection@hylesanderson.edu. We are here to serve you.

See you next month!

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