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Dr. Smith addresses BPC family at Fall Convocation


Dr. Hal Ostrander
Dr. Hal Ostrander, chair of the Division of Religion and Philosophy, serves as the Faculty Marshall. (Photos by Kelly Vickers/News and Public Information)


Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President
Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President, addresses the BPC Family during the 2009 Fall Convocation, Sept. 1.

MOUNT VERNON—Dr. David R. Smith, president of Brewton-Parker College, addressed students, faculty and staff during the 2009 Fall Convocation chapel, held Tuesday, Sept. 1 on the Mount Vernon campus.


Convocation is an academic tradition at Brewton-Parker and signals the beginning of the 2009-2010 academic year. The fall semester began August 24 on all BPC campuses and centers.


Dr. Smith encouraged the BPC family to remember that “God controls everything,” illustrating two points, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” and “God maps the path of lightning”. In God’s infinite wisdom, He can bring BPC students – and all individuals – to wisdom, he added.


The program began with Dr. Pierce Dickens, Quinelle McRae Sikes Professor of Piano, performing the prelude, “In Thee Is Gladness, BWV 615” by Johann Sebastian Bach, and then the processional, “Marche Romane” by Charles Gounod.


Faculty processed into Saliba Chapel in full academic regalia, led by student representatives of each division and department carrying the respective unit’s flag, and Faculty Marshall, Dr. Hal Ostrander, chair of the Division of Religion and Philosophy.


Students included the following: Brewton-Parker, Sarah Carr; Arts & Letters, Courtney Parker; Business, Justin Collins; Education, Gramm Wilson; External Programs,  Elizabeth Poythress; Library, E’Quain Rhodes; Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Josh Grant; Music, Cynthia Rollins; Religion and Philosophy, Stephen Moye; and, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Stephanie Huff.


Dr. Ron Melton, BPC provost, presided over the ceremony, as Dr. Ben Caston, assistant professor of music, led the audience in a congressional hymn. Dr. Kandie Smith, associate professor of music, sang a solo: “When You Believe” by Stephen Swartz, accompanied by Dr. Dickens. Joshua McPhatter, Student Government Association President, gave the invocation.


Dr. Glenn Eernisse
Dr. Glenn Eernisse, chair of the Division of Music, leads the congregation in the BPC Alma Mater.

Dr. Glenn Eernisse, chair of the Division of Music, led the audience in the singing of the BPC Alma Mater, followed by Sheila Simmons, BPC Athletic Director and assistant professor in the Division of Education, giving the benediction to close the ceremony.


Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia. With its main campus located in Mount Vernon, the college also offers bachelor’s and associate’s degrees at its three external sites in Newnan, Norman Park and Liberty County.









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Sarah Carr
BPC student Sarah Carr carries the Brewton-Parker College flag during the processional.
Convocation Processional
BPC administrators lead the Fall Convocation processional, from left: Ken Wuerzburger, Acting Enrollment Services Officer; Dr. Lee Cheek, Vice President for College Advancement; and, Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President.
Dr. Ben Caston, Dr. Kandie Smith

Dr. Ben Caston, assistant professor of music, and Dr. Kandie Smith, associate professor of music, perform during the Fall 2009 Convocation.


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The mission of Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist college, is to develop the whole student through the application of Biblically-centered truth to a liberal arts curriculum in a community of shared Christian values.
Brewton-Parker College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Brewton-Parker College.
Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM