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Honoring the Past to Celebrate our Future HOMECOMING 2015


Celebrating 75 years of heritage, William Jessup University hosted Homecoming in February. Filled with multiple activities, the two-day event brought former classmates and alumni from SJBC, SJCC and WJU together to share unforgettable memories and experiences reminiscent of their college years.


Te celebration included two memorable chapel experiences, one that featured a special message from the gifted author and speaker Francis Chan and the other a Founders’ Day Celebration Chapel where guests heard perspectives from President Emeritus Bryce Jessup and President John Jackson regarding our past, present and future. In keeping with tradition and the heart of Doris Arneson established during SJBC days, cinnamon rolls were served after chapel on both occasions.


“Homecoming was a special weekend of connecting with generations from the past and current students enjoying the progression of


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our university,” said alum Ryan DesJardin (’09). “It is an exciting time to say I am part of this community.”


As former students gathered for campus tours of their alma mater’s new facilities, they also shared meals together at Crossroads Café complete with ongoing remarks regarding the amazing cafeteria facilities now available to current students. Many alums especially noted that soft serve ice cream was never available on campus when they went to school!


Despite the much-needed rain that evening, alumni gathered in Bernardoni Lecture Hall for a special catered dinner to celebrate Jessup’s legacy and heritage. Te dinner program reflected upon the university’s historical archives, remembering its humble beginnings sharing a slideshow presentation, memorable photos and stories as Bryce Jessup reminisced upon notable years from the past. President Jackson also discussed his perspectives


and vision for the future of William Jessup University.


After dinner, attendees joined their fellow classmates for an alumni reunion dessert reception in Crawford Commons. Alumni were interviewed to share their thoughts regarding what advice they would give to the graduating class of 2015. Barbara Salter (’68) said to trust God, because He is in control. Her husband Tom (’69) , put it this way, “God is way bigger than we think He is. I would never have dreamed I would be training thousands of pastors in Africa, but I am.” Alumni John Carston (’79) said he made some of the best friends he ever had in his life while at SJBC and advises graduates that, “Jesus matters more than anything.”


Alumni Mike Borgaard (’83) said one of the


greatest things about Homecoming weekend was that it allowed alumni to come back and enjoy it all over again. Mike recalled one of


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