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The Fall 1996 edition of Taylor Magazine, published by Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.







Publication Date

Fall 1996


Taylor University




missionaries, births, weddings, deaths, Taylor University, Alumni, sports, athletics, Trojans, Taylor Club, alumni gatherings, Taylor University-Forth Wayne, Taylor history, celebrations, birthdays, women, Parnassus, Jere Truex, polio, alumni stories, alumni testimonies, memorials, Maxine Sanders, suffering, pain, Jan Pletcher, illness, Jennifer Pletcher, disease, Alice Holcombe, librarians, faculty, staff, David Pletcher, car accidents, Gilda Bellman, Gilda Sue Haines, parents’ stories, Marty Songer, motherhood, Grace Olson, Hazel (Butz) Carruth, Colleen Kendrick, Kiersa Nahler, medical missions, practicum, pre-med, student stories, student testimonies, Lighthouse, India, Ethiopia, Susan Talbott Wengatz, John Wengatz, Africa, Columbia, Florence Cavender, Taiwan, Elsie Kesler, Jay Kesler, Mildred Chapman, Penny (James) Stone, careers, publishers, Domestique, creative writing, art, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, Barton Rees Pogue, English Club, Literary Club, Writing Club, Ken Swan, University Archives, Ringenberg Archives, Rick Hill, Clyde W. Meredith, Evan Bergwall, B. Joseph Martin, Venture for Victory, sports Evangelism, Ted Engstrom, Don Odle, basketball, baseball, Wandering Wheels, Bob Davenport, fires, administration building fire, Lester C. Gerig, Milo A. Rediger, residence halls, campus buildings, Robert C. Baptista, Gregg O. Lehman, President’s Association, Wengatz Hall, Atturbury Building, Field House, Olson Hall, Reade Liberal Arts Center, President’s Home, Nussbaum Science Center, Gerig Hall, Hodson Dining Commons, Randall Environmental Studies Center, Arboretum, Zondervan Library, Smith-Hermanson Music Building, Taylor World Outreach, Peter Pascoe, campus pastor, tenure, Richard Stanislaw, Walter Randall, Marshall Welch, Richard Halfast, Fred Stockinger, integration of faith and learning, David Neuhouser, Foundations of Christian Thought, Freshmen Seminar, Mark Cosgrove, Charles Griffin, PROBE, Walt Campbell, Discipleship Coordinators, DCs, William Hill, Paul Lowell Haines, Charles Jaggers, Stan Burden, Hill Cicero, Nancy Cicero, Life Together Covenant, Jay Kesler, Sam Wolgemuth, US News and World Report, Summit Christian College, merger, Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne Bible College, recycling, campus events, WBCL Radio, academic departments, Eicher Chair of Missions, Paul Rothrock, guest speakers, lectures, Dr. Gayirbeg Abdurakhmanov, Edwin Squiers, Stephen Hoffmann, Timon McPhearson, faculty publications, faculty research, diversity, Zenebe Abebe, Spectrum, Youth For Christ, Australia, Beulah Baker, Stephen Messer, Tom Jones, Miss Alabama, chapel speakers, Amie Beth Dickinson, Concert schedule, Kurt Ringley, Paul Patterson, NAIA, Linda Ringley, cancer, Amy (Heindl) Ringley, Chris Rood, honors, awards, job openings, coaches, cheerleading, Joyce Fox, Joe Lund, Mark Varner, James Njoroge, volleyball, Natalie Steele, Heather Pickerell, soccer, football, cross country, tennis, athletic schedule, Joel Sonnenberg, Mike Sonnenberg, Jan (Schneider) Sonnenberg, Barbara (Johansen) VanWicklin, Garrett Crow, Kathy (Luedeke) Mascaro, Linwood Barney, Elsie (McWherter) Barney, Thomas Bailey, Joyve (Wentz) Bailey, Bob Wynkoop, Priscilla (Teneyck) Wynkoop, student stories, student testimonies, Rick Seaman, Sesquicentennial, P. Eric Turner, Dennis Kruse, Taylor University Day. David Ford, Evan Bayh, Taylor merchandise, alumni trips, tracy Kerlin, endowment, Biblical Studies, giving, donations, donors, gifts, funding, trusts, sponsored trips


Higher Education


In this issue:

Prècis by Dr. Jay Kesler, President

Celebrating the Life of Jere Truex with Jim Garringer and Randy Dillinger

Women of Distinction by Jessica Rousselow, Ph. D., Amy Eversole, Dan Beath ’93, Marty (Cleveland) Songer ’78, Kendra Lightfoot, Randy Dillinger, Amy Seefeldt

Parnasus Continues Taylor’s Literary Tradition by Renée Richard ‘96

The Modern Era (1946-1996) by Dr. William C. Ringenberg’s adapted from hi book Taylor University: The First 150 Years

Remembering George Fenstermacher by Dr. Dwight Mikkelson with Dorothy (Fenstermacher) Villwock ‘47

Fort Wayne Campus

President’s Report 1996-97 (Insert)

President - Dr. Jay Kesler ’58

Provost - Dr. Daryl Yost

Fort Wayne Campus - Vice President Dr. Robert W. Nienhuis

Business & Finance - Vice President Allan J. Smith

Academic Affairs - Vice President Dr. Dwight Jessup

Student Affairs - Vice President Wynn A. Lembright

Development - Vice President Gene L. Rupp

Planning & Information Resources - Vice President Robert D. Hodge

Taylor University Broadcasting - General Manager Char Binkley

William Taylor Foundation - Executive Director Ken Smith

Taylor University Board of Trustees 1996-97


Upland Campus

Kurt Ringley’s Fight Against an Unseen Enemy

Chris Rood: A “Sparkplug” for Taylor Baseball


The Joel Sonnenberg Story


William Taylor Foundation

Alumni News and Notes

Looking Up at Life by Jere Truex

Taylor: A Magazine for Taylor University Alumni and Friends (Fall 1996)