From the President
by President Niel Nielson, PhD
One of the enduring characteristics of Covenant College is creativity. Our campus is alive with student ingenuity and inventiveness – in the arts, in student organizations, in academic pursuits. Many of our graduates pursue creative pathways, teasing out the potential inherent in God’s creation for fruitful, gospel-fueled enterprise. In doing so, they bear witness to God’s image and they point forward to the consummated realities of the Kingdom to come.
Our Covenant alumni’s creative entrepreneurship comes in many shapes and sizes, and bears fruit in many contexts: planting a church, starting a school, founding a ministry. One area in which Covenant alumni have been particularly active is economic entrepreneurship, serving their communities and the wider world with business enterprises that meet needs, provide jobs, and generate profits. A couple of years ago, I gave a chapel address – later posted at itunes.covenant.edu – about God’s glorious calling of business, fraught of course with moral and spiritual dangers like every other calling, but capable at its best of producing truly God-honoring and others-serving good:
In my opinion, an efficient, productive, and profitable business is one of the most magnificent demonstrations of the glorious potentialities inherent in God’s creation, every bit as beautiful as a symphony or a novel or heart surgery or a literacy program — or even a college!
One of my great joys is to watch Covenant students catch this biblical vision for business, and then venture out to build something that grows and blesses.
In this issue of The View, we share stories of several alumni whose entrepreneurial pursuits reflect Covenant’s creative ethos and Christ-centered mission. We also share the stories of three local businessmen who, while not Covenant alumni themselves, have given their creative efforts for the sake of the College – in board leadership, in establishing scholarship programs, and in the management of the College’s endowment.
In addition, there’s a report on The Seed Project – a new initiative to further encourage the creative, entrepreneurial impulses of our students – and its first awardees. From Dr. Gwen Macallister, professor of English literature, there’s an essay about storytelling, an apt feature in an issue which recounts and celebrates the unfolding plot lines of alumni enterprises.
And, of course, Homecoming 2011 receives due attention, with photos and accounts of the weekend’s exciting events, and you will enjoy catching up on College news and alumni updates.
So please enjoy reading this issue of The View, and join me in thanks to God for Covenant’s creative community.