Taylor University 175th Anniversary

Historic Voices

The voices who shaped our mission

Your Voices

What is your favorite TU Moment?

Join us as we share our photos and stories. 

Connie Kleiman
Class of 1990

Taylor was certainly a time of self-discovery for me. From Freshman Seminar with Dr Cosgrove through Interpersonal Communications with Dr Jackson, Oral Interpretation of Literature with Ollie Hubbard, Writing for Advertising with Marilyn Walked… and everything in between, I learned such nuggets as “Do you hear what you’re thinking?” and “all Truth is God’s Truth” and “it doesn’t matter if you believe it, truth is still truth.”… and of course that ethics and mission and faith are inseparably integrated into every other part of our lives. It was at Taylor that I learned I leaned into perfectionism and that wasn’t healthy. I learned to be “fearfully and wonderfully made” was God’s identity for me no matter what my heart or the world or Satan might try to make me think. Scootering through the galleria and library; late night Muncie runs; using the vax to write late night papers behind Olson desk; pick-a-dates and wing dinners; intramural football, softball, volleyball; swimming the triathlon in Taylor Lake; dish room mornings and dishwasher races; walking and walking and walking the loop at all hours of the night; TOPPIT orders and Ivanhoe vanilla diet cokes. I met life-long “friends of the heart” who would walk along side me in joy and in tragedy, who would point me to Jesus and encourage me in my marriage and parenting – and it is Taylor that my children (so far) are choosing to break out of the nest and begin their own adult journeys. And just like me each has met themselves at Taylor and have leaned into the Lord to set the foundation for their own lives. To say I love Taylor is an understatement. “The mission of Taylor University is to develop servant-leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need. Together we seek to honor Him by integrating biblical faith and learning while our hearts and lives embrace the process of maturing in Christ.” This is my Taylor memory and my current reality! 💜

Kim Ferrell
Class of 2022

During my time as a PA on the fourth floor of Bergwall Hall I took it as a personal challenge to bring back an old tradition. We decided to turn the entire fourth floor into one big slip and slide. We had the best time covering the hallway in tarps, trash bags, and towels before adding soap and water. It was quite the feat of engineering and the most successful ResLife event I had the pleasure of planning. The gals were thrilled and we made memories that’ll last forever amidst dish soap bubbles, tarps from the basement, and wonderful friends.

Addison Johnson
Class of 2023

I was blessed to be a part of the CSE/P&E department. The thing I value most out of my time at Taylor is the relationships I built with my professors. Playing Power Grid with Dr. McClurg and Dr. Geisler at the engineering freshman retreat, breakfast with the McClurgs, summer cookouts with the Brandles, and playing chess and having deep meaningful discussions with Dr. Staritz. There was nothing more impactful than getting to know such genuinely loving, respectful, and caring folks, all of whom made me aspire to share the same love, respect, and care with others. They truly minister Christs redemptive love to a world in need.
Oh also I drew all of the professors all as animals.

JIll Rainford
Class of 2008

I have fond memories of managing the equipment for the football team with Mark Heydlauff, Lauren Glass, Emily Kidder and Erin Lee. Long hours of travel, laundry, and prepping game/practice gear amounted to genuine friendship, camaraderie, and fellowship. Nothing was perfect and yet everything was. I don’t recall a winning season, but the relationships were rich, the time was meaningful, and the Lord’s truth reigned. That’s really heaven on earth, isn’t it?

Teri Tobey Dunbar
Class of 1991

I have several memories of my time at TU. I met my husband, made lifelong friendships, served the university as a PA plus the community with different outreach programs.

My fondest memory was when I was accepted into Taylor. I had gone to Baylor for a year and hated it. Swore I’d never go back to college. But my sister, Tracy Tobey Manning, who now serves as artistic director of the theatre, wanted to visit Taylor. I drove her up for a visit. The moment my wheels touch the brick at the entrance to Taylor, I knew I was meant to go to TU.

While she did her visit, I went over to administration and spoke with a counselor. They accepted me on the spot. It was truly a God thing.

Tracy and I roomed together in English Hall that fall. Truly one of the best years at Taylor. God had a plan for my life before I knew the plan. I just needed to step out in faith. T.

I have never regretted that step of faith that has given me so much joy in life. Thank you Taylor University!

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The Echo has served as Taylor’s student newspaper since 1913. Each edition is available to search here in the Ringenberg Archives.

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A few of our favorite places

Euler Science Complex
At 137,000 square feet, Taylor University’s Euler Science Complex is the largest single building in Taylor’s history, including the large Atrium and the Nussbaum Science Center. This four-story facility received a LEED Gold certification, the top third-party verification system for green buildings.
Rupp Communication Arts Center
Home to Communication and Film majors, Rupp Communication Arts Center houses The Echo and Ilium student publications as well as the 320-seat Mitchell Theater and the WTUR student radio station. Inside, a state-of-the-art Mac Lab boasts twenty-one 27-inch iMac computers equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud, Avid Media Composer, Davinci Resolve, Pro Tools, Final Draft, Celtx, Storyboard Quick, and EP Movie Magic Budgeting software, as well as laser printers to print out student work.
Smith-Hermanson Music Center
Connected to Rupp and Metcalf, the Music Center houses an electronic music studio, a music technology lab, teaching studios, 18 rehearsal rooms, and practice rooms for all music students’ needs. It also contains the 250-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall, fully equipped for quality music performances.
Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center
The 38,000-square-foot Modelle Metcalf Visual Arts Center provides a variety of specialized classrooms and workspaces for drawing, painting, printmaking, graphic design, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry making. It also contains a state-of-the-art Mac lab and audio-visual classrooms, two different gallery spaces for both professional and student art shows, a photography studio, a lecture hall, and ample space for critiquing works displayed in the hallways.
Randall Environmental Center
Our award-winning, 22,000-square-foot facility incorporates state-of-the-art interior environmental design with exterior views of adjacent natural areas. This facility is used for teaching, research, and service and houses faculty offices, classrooms, labs, and features for educational outreach. The specialized laboratories are equipped for biotic analysis, satellite image retrieval, computer mapping, soil analysis, and plant systematics.
Mitchell Theatre
Taylor Theatre practices and performs in Mitchell Theatre, a space uniquely designed for flexibility in full-length production set design. With a full sound board, lighting, and tiered seating for 320 people, Mitchell Theatre hosts the majority of Taylor’s theatrical productions.
Butz-Carruth Recital Hall
Attached to the Smith-Hermanson Music Center, the 218-seat Butz-Carruth Recital Hall boasts a Bösendorfer grand and a Steinway piano. This hall provides quality acoustics for stage performances and recordings and doubles as a lecture hall for classes and conferences.
Rediger Chapel & Auditorium
With seating for up to 1,641 people, Rediger Chapel hosts campus chapels, dance competitions, talent shows, and much more. Located within LaRita Boren Campus Center, Rediger is equipped with a performing stage with a piano and organ, full sound board and light systems, and three projection screens.
Memorial Prayer Chapel
Built in 2008, the Memorial Prayer Chapel is the first building in Taylor’s history to be created and committed specifically to prayer. The chapel consists of a 75-seat chapel, an atrium allowing for individuals to walk through to the other side, water fountains, prayer alcoves inside, and prayer gardens. Three memorial areas celebrate the life and service of distinguished individuals, including 4 students and one staff member who passed away after a tragic van accident on April 26, 2006.
Kesler Student Activities Center (KSAC)
The KSAC is one of the finest recreational centers in the area, providing an outstanding venue for the physical side of whole-person development. Its four main features—The Well, Fieldhouse, Eichling Aquatics Wing, and the Aerobics Room—offer Taylor University and the surrounding community an excellent outlet for physical activity and leisurely recreation.
TU Cross Country Course
The Taylor University cross country course opened in the fall of 2014 with the first-ever Ray Bullock Invitational. The scenic and dynamic course winds through the fields and wooded areas of the Taylor Wilderness and is located at the intersection of E. 600 S. and S. 800 E., just 1.5 miles West of campus. This challenging course is 100% grass with a mixture of rolling hills and spectator-friendly as all mile and kilometer breaks are clearly marked.
Sickler Hall
Constructed as a dormitory in 1902 from bricks made of local clay, Sickler Hall is the oldest standing building on campus, and was named in memory of the widow of Christopher Sickler, an early Taylor trustee. It was the desire of the Sicklers that their gift help young ministerial candidates and children of ministers and missionaries by providing free or very inexpensive dormitory housing. The building currently houses the Meredith Prayer Chapel and serves as home to multiple departments, including Human Resources and the Office of Intercultural Leadership and Church Relations.
H. Maria Wright Hall
The old administrative building was named in honor of the wife of a long-time president of the Board of Trustees. Built in 1893 with clay mined onsite, it was the first building on the new Upland campus and was funded by President Reade’s lecture fees and book sales. It housed classrooms, the library, the chapel, switchboard, faculty offices, administrative offices, museum, university press, mail room, and the chemistry lab. It was destroyed by a fire on January 16, 1960.
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