Eastern University (United States)
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|Motto||Faith, Reason and Justice|
|Religious affiliation||American Baptist Churches USA|
|President||Dr. Robert G. Duffett (see http://www.eastern.edu/node/1364 for details)|
|Location||St. Davids, PA, US|
|Former names||Division of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1925-1952) Eastern Baptist College (1952-1972), Eastern College (1972-2001)|
|Colors||Maroon and white|
|Athletics||NCAA DIII, MAC Freedom Conference|
|Sports||Volleyball, Field hockey, Soccer, Cross country running, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse|
|Affiliations||Council for Christian Colleges and Universities|
Eastern University (EU) is a private university in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, United States affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, with an interdenominational student body. Its schools are Palmer Theological Seminary, Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Templeton Honors College, College of Arts and Sciences, and Esperanza College.
Eastern's roots go back to 1925 as a department of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary), which was founded to provide a theologically conservative Seminary alternative within the American Baptist Churches. Eastern was meant to provide an alternative to the nearby and theologically liberal Crozier Seminary. In 1952, Eastern University became a separate institution, moved to its present St. Davids location, and took the name "Eastern Baptist College". In 1972, it was renamed "Eastern College" to encourage enrollment by members of other Christian denominations. In 2001, the Pennsylvania Department of Education granted the institution "university status" and it was renamed Eastern University. In 2004, the institution's Board voted to acquire its previous parent institution, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and EBTS changed its name to Palmer Theological Seminary in honor of a previous president in 2005.
It has four major campuses:
- Main Campus (St. Davids, Pennsylvania)
- Falls Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- Esperanza College (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
- Palmer Theological Seminary (King of Prussia, Pennsylvania)
The main campus was originally a private estate, named Walmarthon, which was owned by the Walton family. The size of the campus has expanded through purchase of surrounding buildings.
Warner Library/Harold Howard Center
The Frank Warner Memorial Library, better known as the Warner Library, was built in 1965. It houses the library collection and classrooms. The current library director is James L. Sauer, who has held the position since the early 1980s. The library collection includes roughly 175,000 volumes, 865,000 pieces of microfiche, and 19,500 audio-visual materials. There is a non-profit collection room which houses books related to non-profit organizations, a special collections room with books dating back 450 years, an archives room, and the Edison room which houses several artifacts which belonged to Thomas Edison, (donated to the library by his son, Charles Edison). After the death of Roland Frye in 2005, his book collection was donated to the library. An African American collections room to house rare books on African American history bequeathed by a local African American centenarian, Mazie Hall, was opened in November 2006. The library also has maintained a world in the Active Worlds Educational Universe since the early 2000s and in 2006 started inviting students to participate in its construction. In November 2008 Active worlds was dropped due to costs and began assisting with a Korean nursing world in Second Life. Citations: The First 50 Years of Eastern University by Dr. Frederick J. Boehlke (2003) ISBN 0-9674912-3-1.
Buildings and landmarks
•Andrews Hall contains classrooms and laboratories for the Chemistry department.
•Eagle Learning Center, the newest building on campus, contains the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Eastern's graduate school, including classrooms and offices.
•Fowler Hall contains the administrative offices of the president and provost of Eastern as well as the admissions department and the offices of the Templeton Honors College.
•Harold C. Howard Center contains classrooms and the Warner Library.
•McInnis Hall (officially, McInnis Learning Center), Eastern's primary academic facility, contains classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, curriculum labs, computer labs, and McInnis Auditorium, the primary performance stage for the campus. Theater, Dance, and Music performances take place here; it also doubles as a lecture hall.
•Walton Hall, the original mansion on the estate, includes administrative offices, the dining commons, a chapel, snack bar, and other student life-based facilities.
•West Campus, the West Campus, was originally the South Campus of neighboring Valley Forge Military Academy and was acquired by Eastern in 2009. It currently has several vacant residence style homes intended for faculty, athletic fields, and a parking lot. It is intended to be the future campus of Palmer Seminary which sold its previous campus in 2012. It is about a quarter mile from the main campus and separated by a small municipal owned park and a private residence. Shuttle service is maintained for commuters who park there.
•Workman Hall contains classrooms and offices for Eastern's music department.
Landmarks on campus include a historic waterwheel and a sculpture of an eagle, the campus mascot.
Eastern University has five different colleges, and one college preparatory school.
- College of Arts and Sciences
- Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies
- Templeton Honors College
- Palmer Theological Seminary
- Esperanza College
- Eastern University Academy Charter School
All faculty are required to be in agreement with the University's doctrinal statement, which they sign annually at the Academic Convocation.
Eastern offers majors in 31 fields of study in the College of Arts and Sciences.
There are approximately 4,000 students enrolled at Eastern University.
A student tradition since the early 1960s has been to paint messages and sayings on a boulder in the center of campus known as "the rock." Initially discouraged by the institution when it began, some staff and faculty are now participants in the decoration of the rock.
Eastern University is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Eastern University joined the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Corporation (MASCAC or commonly referred to as the MAC) in 2008. At that time, Eastern University aligned with the 15 member institutions of the MASCAC in competition and left the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC), now known as the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). A charter member of the PAC, Eastern University spent 16 successful years competing as a member of the PAC. The move to the MAC Conference came in the midst of several recent improvements to the athletic facilities, as well as growth in the traditional undergraduate population of the school. The move also came with the return of Men’s Lacrosse and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, as well as the construction of state-of-the-art outdoor athletic facilities as evidence of Eastern’s commitment to providing outstanding opportunities for student-athletes as they compete within the Division III model.
The MASCAC is, for most sports, divided into two conferences, and Eastern competes with current MAC Freedom Schools Wilkes, Kings, DeSales, FDU-Florham, and Delaware Valley as well two other schools, Alvernia and Misericordia, moving from the PAC in 2008, and Manhattanville who enters the MAC in 2007 in the Freedom Conference. The MASCAC also includes the Commonwealth Conference. Albright, Arcadia, Elizabethtown, Lebanon Valley, Lycoming, Messiah, and Widener.
Sponsored athletic programs at Eastern are as follows: Eastern University has 7 men’s sports teams, including baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer and tennis. In addition, the University offers 4 men’s club teams, including cheerleading, swimming, volleyball and ultimate frisbee. The University has 8 women’s sports teams including basketball, cross country, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. The University also offers 3 women’s club teams, including cheerleading, swimming and ultimate frisbee. Eastern's school mascot is the eagle, which was chosen by students in the 1960s.
All residence halls are single-sex by floor and there are designated visiting hours. The residence halls on campus are Doane, Eagle, Gallup, Gough, Guffin, Hainer, Kea, and Sparrowk. The Village Apartments are available for graduate students and students over age 23.
- Tony Campolo, alumnus and professor emeritus
- Shane Claiborne, alumnus
- Wilson Goode, professor emeritus and former mayor of Philadelphia
- Carolivia Herron, alumna
- Jamie Moffett, alumnus
- Richard Muenz, alumnus
- Ron Sider, professor
- Bryan Stevenson, alumnus
- Christopher Hall, Chancellor, Professor, Episcopalian theologian, A leading expert on the Church Fathers
- Phillip Cary, Philosopher, professor
- David Bradstreet, Astronomer, Professor
- Peter Enns, Biblical studies professor
Notes and references
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- "Eastern Christian University | Philadelphia Pennsylvania Christian College | Theological Undergraduate and Graduate Courses". Eastern.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- "About us". Euacademycs.org. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
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- "Eastern University - Staff". Eastern.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- "Eastern University - Building". Eastern.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- "Christian University | Undergraduate, Graduate, Theology Studies | Eastern University Doctrinal Statement". Eastern.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
- "Eastern University | Traditional Undergraduate | Academic Departments and Majors". Eastern.edu. 2010-02-16. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
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- "Eastern University | Campus | Residence Services". Eastern.edu. Retrieved 2012-02-20.