|Motto||'Delivering Real Experience'|
|President||Ivan Filby (Effective July 1st 2013) |
|Location||Greenville, IL, USA|
|Colors||Orange and Black|
Greenville College is a liberal arts four-year school that is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, a church with an evangelical foundation. The college is located in Greenville, Illinois, United States, located 45 miles east of St. Louis, Missouri on Interstate 70.
Greenville College was founded in 1855 as an all-female Baptist school, Almira College, which was begun by the Rev. John Brown White. White named the school after his friend Stephen Morse's wife, Almira Blanchard Morse, who donated the initial $6,000 that allowed the school to open. GC history professor Donald Jordahl has written that Almira College was "one of the earliest extensions westward of an eastern idea favorable toward female education, an early step in the women's suffrage and liberation movement."
The school was acquired by the Central Illinois Conference of the Free Methodist Church in 1892 after Almira College faced financial struggles and was forced to close for a short period of time. It was at this time the school gained the name Greenville College, with one of the main differences being that it became co-educational at this point. Throughout much of the school's history, the main areas for study were in primary and secondary education, with a strong secondary area in preparing students for careers in the fields of medicine and the sciences.
The current student body contains over 1,000 students; most are from various Christian denominations. The college currently offers undergraduate degrees in over 50 different programs of study and graduate degrees in education.
In 1992, Greenville College celebrated its 100th anniversary and was featured on NBC's Today Show. In 2006, the college was again featured prominently in a Today Show story about the rapid growth of Christian colleges and universities. In 2007, GC had a record enrollment of an estimated 1,100 traditional students. Enrollment topped 1,000 students for the first time in the college's history in 2006.
The College's original mascot was the Gremlins but changed in the early 20th century to the Panthers. Greenville's colors are orange and black, a recent decision based upon a student body vote. Previous, the college had used four colors rather than two, with orange and black representing the athletic programs and forest green and gold representing many non-athletic parts of the college. All of its athletics teams compete in the NCAA's Division III St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.
Greenville College was the first campus in America to go completely wireless with its Internet. Greenville's network spans the entire campus, making internet access available from any point on campus.
Code of conduct
Students attending Greenville College are expected to adhere to a lifestyle that is codified and asks that the student agree to certain principles that the school calls "Christ-honoring." Students are not allowed to drink alcohol, use tobacco products or illegal drugs, or engage in sexual activity outside of marriage. These principles are highlighted in a document known as the Lifestyle Statement which all students must sign in order to attend the college.
Students are not required to sign a statement of faith, but are required sign the "Lifestyle Statement" referred to above. Additionally they must fulfill at least 36 chapel credits each semester. Some of those credits can be filled by attending dorm bible studies, providing community service work or attending other activities approved by the chaplain. Certain students who are unable to attend chapel due to work or family life may apply for a chapel exemption.
Nearly 800 students live on campus in a variety of residence halls including Joy Hall, Janssen Hall, Burritt Hall, Holtwick Hall, Blakenship Apartments, Tenney Hall, Kinney Hall, and Ellen J. Mannoia Hall (formerly known as College Avenue Hall). An additional 101-bed dormitory, called West Oak Hall, opened Fall of 2007. Students also live in a number of college-owned houses. In the summer of 2007, Janssen Hall (originally constructed in 1959) was gutted and completely updated and remodeled. Joy Hall was renovated in the summer of 2011 to bring it up to modern safety code.
The college is home to the only museum dedicated to the works of the sculptor Richard Bock, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. The first classes of Almira College in the 1850s were held in John Brown White's home, which is called the Almira College House and houses Bock's sculptures.
Old Main, Almira College
|Location||315 E. College St., Greenville, Illinois|
|Area||1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|NRHP Reference #||75000638|
|Added to NRHP||April 21, 1975|
|In Memory of John Brown White, Teacher, Counsellor, and Friend, First President, Almira College, Founded in 1855. Placed By His Grateful Pupils 1931.|
|— Plaque on Hogue Hall|
The previous oldest building on campus, Wilson T. Hogue Hall, originally housed Almira College. Bricks for the building were made on the front campus in 1855, and the building was erected between 1856 and 1864 and given the name "Old Main." Hogue Hall contained the data processing center and administrative offices of the college on the lower two floors. The upper two floors, originally dormitory rooms, provided offices for the faculty and a few small classrooms. Informal conversation between faculty and students frequently took place in these offices. An open "bridge" at the third floor level led to the third floor of LaDue Auditorium and Marston Hall, which serves as the main classroom building. This building was part of the National Register of Historic Places.
As students returned for fall classes in August 2007, college officials became aware of structural problems within Hogue Hall that led to a remodeling project in the building. In the summer of 2008, remodeling work on the lower floor found significant cracks in the timber holding up the masonry wall. When it became aware of the situation, the college stopped the remodeling and consulted with a structural engineer and architectural experts on old buildings for advice. These experts' initial inspection uncovered major structural concerns in the East Wing of the historic building. Classes were moved from the four classrooms on the third floor of the building, and faculty with offices located in the East Wing were relocated to the classrooms. Hogue Hall was torn down in the summer of 2008, despite objections from Illinois' state preservation agency. The site of Hogue Hall is now a grassy area that has been appreciated by students and faculty; while original plans were to rebuild a new Hogue Hall in the same location, the college board of trustees is deciding whether to rebuild it in another location.
Greenville College teams participate as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Panthers are a member of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.
|Augustana||rock-n-roll band; formed on campus in 2002-2003; members attended but did not graduate|
|Jars of Clay||Christian rock band; formed on campus in the early 1990s, granted honorary degrees in 2001 after dropping out in 1994|
|Paper Route||Indie/Rock Band; members met at Greenville College|
|Ernest L. Boyer||former Chancellor of the State University of New York system|
|Bob Briner||once a leading figure in professional sports management, an Emmy Award-winning television producer, and president of ProServ Television. The Greenville College Robert A. Briner Salt and Light Award is named after him.|
|Leila Fletcher||1916||piano pedagog; Greenville College was Leila Fletcher's sixth form college for girls and young women.||http://www.leilafletcher.com/|
|John Hammond||General Manager of the Milwaukee Bucks|
|Alfred Harrison Joy||Bruce Medal-winning astronomer|
|Winnie Ruth Judd||enrolled 1919||Notorious "Trunk Murderess"|||
|Mary Previte||author of Hungry Ghosts, served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1998 to 2006|
|Stephanie Smith||2006||Christian singer/songwriter; discovered, signed at Greenville College|
|Howard Zahniser||B.A., English, 1928||environmental activist, "Father of the Wilderness Act"|
|Matthias Zahniser||B.A., 1960||Author of The Mission and Death of Jesus in Islam and Christianity,Ph. D. Johns Hopkins University, member of American Academy of Religion Wesleyan Theological Society Tyndale House||http://www.greenville.edu/academics/faculty_staff/bio_detail.dot?id=140529|
|Coleman Griffith||considered the Father of American Sport Psychology, continued education and taught at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he wrote the predecessors to many modern sport psychology and physical fitness text books; worked with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team and the Chicago Cubs as a consultant|
1956 Prohibition Party candidate for President, Enoch A. Holtwick, was a professor of history and government at Greenville College and is honored at GC through the Enoch A. Holtwick Literary Award and Enoch A. Holtwick Hall, a residence building.
GC professor Dr. Richard Huston became a Fulbright scholar for the third time in July 2007. He spent a year lecturing at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua in Leon, Nicaragua, beginning in February 2008.
Professor Larry Sayler earned the top score of the Global Certified Managerial Accounting test in 2009, beating over 4000 contestants worldwide.
Greenville College depends heavily on full-time faculty as the foundation for its educational program, particularly in the four-year traditional undergraduate programs. In the spring of 2009, 69 full-time faculty were employed at the school. According to Dr. Randy Bergen, the Vice President for Academic Affairs from 2005–2012, in the fall of 2009, nearly 75% of the undergraduate courseload was taught by full-time faculty. The faculty whom the college hires are committed to teaching and mentoring students. The typical teaching load for faculty is four courses in the fall and four in the spring.
One of the hallmarks of the faculty is their faith. They are hired only if they have a strong commitment to the Christian faith. All faculty members are expected to be able to explain how to approach their disciplines from a Christian perspective. This faith/learning integration is an essential part of education at the College and is consonant with the school's mission to, "Transform students for a life of character and service through a Christ-centered education in the liberating arts and sciences."
Because of faculty commitment to teaching and because of their faith, they are typically very involved in advising and mentoring students. All full-time faculty serve as academic advisers after their first year of employment. They also serve as sponsors for the various classes (freshmen, sophomore, etc.), club sponsors, and coaches of athletic teams.
According to the Faculty Handbook, full-time faculty are reviewed regularly. They are reviewed in their second, fourth, and sixth years of employment. For those faculty on the tenure track, the sixth year review is usually a tenure review. Post-tenure reviews occur every seven years. In each review, teaching and professional growth are evaluated. Faculty are also evaluated in at least one other area: scholarship, service, and/or governance. Greenville College says the review process is based on its published standards and what it calls its commitment to excellence in teaching.
- Allan H. Keith, Historical Stories: About Greenville and Bond County, IL. Consulted on August 15, 2007.
- "G.C. Enrollment Once Again at Record Level". Greenville Advocate. August 30, 2007.
- "Greenville College Is Already Wireless". Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved 2009-05-02.
- "Lifestyle Statement - Greenville College". Greenville College. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
- "College Work to Be Done for New Term". Greenville Advocate. July 19, 2007.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
- "Major Repairs Needed for G.C.'s Historic Hogue Hall". Greenville Advocate. August 28, 2007.
- "G.C. Board Wants More Options for New Building". Greenville Advocate. November 20, 2008.
- Marian Lane, Mine doctor's wife in Mexico during the 1920s : oral history transcript / 1996. Consulted on December 11, 2009.
- "GC PROGESSOR TO TEACH IN CENTRAL AMERICA". WGEL. July 3, 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-14.
- Still Abides the Memory by Mary A. Tenney. Student and faculty member writes about the history and her experience of Greenville College
- Man Proposes, But God Disposes: A Biography of John Brown White, Lawyer, Minister, Educator, and Founding President of Almira College by Dr. Donald Jordahl, Emeritus Professor of History at Greenville College
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