Class of 2015 Alumnus Hunter Staton has been accepted into the prestigious Virginia Program at Oxford! The Virginia Program at Oxford gives select students the opportunity to spend six weeks studying in one of the oldest summer study programs at Oxford University. Students will live and study in St. Anne’s College at the University of Oxford, England and follow the English system, which combines daily lectures and weekly tutorials.
Students will learn literature, history, and society of late-16th and early-17th century England – the Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Caroline periods. Lecturers include some of the world’s foremost experts on English Renaissance history and literature.
Hunter is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in Business and Economics from Hampden-Sydney College and plans to go into the field of Corporate Law in the future.
Delaney Hampton (GCA class of 2013) was among twenty students selected from Samford University’s Brock School of Business to attend a special Q & A session with Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway’s headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Seven other colleges, including Harvard and Stanford, were also present at the event. The students were able to ask Mr. Buffett questions related to his successful career and any professional advice he had for the aspiring twenty-somethings. The event was followed by a luncheon at one of Mr. Buffett’s favorite steakhouses in Omaha. The Brock School of Business gave Mr. Buffett a personalized Samford football jersey as well as a Samford tie, which he wore to the event.
Delaney is pictured second from Mr. Buffett’s right.
Michaela Velloney, class of 2012 alumna, has spent the last two months in the kingdom of Lesotho, serving an unreached people group there called “The Mountain Basotho.” After graduating from GCA, Mic attended Grove City College, studying Biology and Secondary Education. During a winter break, while accompanying her father to Lesotho as part of her home church’s missions outreach, she felt her heart stirred. She was moved by the Holy Spirit to return after college graduation.
Through her blog, which can be found here, Mic has been detailing the incredible work God is doing. She will remain in Lesotho through December, following the Holy Spirit’s leading, pouring into the people God has brought her to.
Please pray for the good work Michaela is doing and for God’s blessing on the Mountain Basotho.
Josh Nangle, 2009 GCA Graduate, has been selected as the 2016 Pat Robertson Israel Experience College Scholarship Recipient. The Israel Experience College Scholarship Program takes exceptional Christian young people from University campuses across the United States to Israel, bringing them back as educated ambassadors for our Judeo-Christian world view.
Josh is a third-year Master of Divinity student at Regent University and serves as a graduate assistant to the Chair of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry Department at Regent. He plans on pursuing a Master of Theology following his graduation in May, 2016.
Artist Meredith Raiford, founder of Paintings for Change and 2011 GCA Graduate, was featured recently on the Hampton Roads Show. After earning her BFA from the University of Georgia in painting, Meredith felt God’s call during a visit to a children’s hospital in Jamaica. Seeing first-hand the bleak surroundings the children were living in, Meredith set out on a God-led journey to shine a light in the homes and surroundings of the world’s underprivileged. Meredith has lived in and ministered to children in Mozambique, Peru, and Columbia, using her gifts and talents to transform spaces while praying for the transformation of hearts and minds.
Please click here to visit Meredith’s website (meredithraifordart.com) and to see her work first-hand, peek in at the amazing full wall mural that brightens our indoor preschool play area!
Chapel Speaker, Josiah and Rebecca Jones, Abba's Pride
Wednesday, March 9, the Collegiate students heard the testimony of Rebecca (Warren) Jones (GCA Class of 2008) and her husband, Josiah Jones. Josiah and Rebecca serve as missionaries to South Africa for Abba's Pride mission agency. The couple supports several rural churches in South Africa by providing help in developing the churches' youth ministries. In a video testimony, Rebecca shared how God moved in her life to get her from the seats of GCA to the rural land of South Africa wherein she now serves God. Josiah followed Rebecca's testimony with a challenge for the students to cease the pursuit of the things of this world in favor of seeking a heart which delights in Christ. The message served as a great reminder for the students that the hope that is given to us does not come from things of this world but from the One who created the things of this world. As a result, we are given the opportunity to testify to the hope that is within us to the world in which we live.
Key Passages: Galatians 1:10 and Psalms 37:4
After twelve years of being a GCA gator, 2010 graduate Mark Levenstein set his sights on the engineering program at Old Dominion University. A member of the Honors College, majoring in mechanical engineering, Levenstein received the Whitaker International Program’s Undergraduate Award, which he used to study at the University of Leeds in England last summer, conducting biomedical research. While at Leeds, Mark saw the multidisciplinary work being done in the field of biomimicry, the study of applying nature’s approach to the production of synthetic products, and became determined to continue his research and study there. After an intense application process, Mark was selected for a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award for Research and Study at the University of Leeds in England. Mark was selected for the only award at Leeds for the 2014-15 school year and will begin a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering program, conducting research on biomineralization using a microfluidic device he created, this fall. Congratulations to Mark and best wishes on his future endeavors! To read the official press release from ODU, click here.