Memories

From Your Time At Taylor University

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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!

Mark Gove
Class of 1991

We were always welcome in the Keslers home and other professors that had us over to their tables for a meal. Sunday night Vespers at the Keslers. And just being silly w/ Jay too!

Marla (Miller) Folkerts
Class of 1996

I remember the many pranks played on Dr. Schultz in music theory. Sticking an eraser in the piano, moving the clock forward just to name a couple!

Lisa MacDonald
Class of 1983

The opportunity to be a PA in English Hall. I developed life long friendships with my Resident Hall Director Mozie Williams and the girls on my wing. The responsibility taught me life lessons of relationship building, active listening and how to have tough love conversations. We enjoyed baking, studying, growing in faith, sun-bathing and socializing together .

Arlene Thompson
Class of 1968

It was our closet in Swallow Robin that burned in the fall of 1964 (our freshman year) and I lost everything but the clothes I was wearing at the SEA meeting I was attending. I was just getting to know the girls there at Taylor, and didn’t really know them well yet, but several offered me outfits to wear until my folks could get down and take me shopping for more. That kindness to a relative stranger stayed with me my whole life, and I have tried to pass it on whenever I got a chance. There were many more, more pleasant, memories but this is the one that really stands out to me.

Demelza Ramirez
Class of 2014

What can I say about my time at Taylor? There are so many precious and wonderful memories. The first one that comes to mind is my freshmen year, first semester in college EVER! I was able to go to Ireland through the Freshman Irish Studies Program. It was the best decision I made, even if so many people back home thought I was crazy going overseas for my first semester of college. I’ll never forget my time at Taylor or in Ireland!

Elizabeth Magallanes
Class of 2022

I honestly cannot pick a memory because every moment was so special with the family I found at Taylor.

Bonnie Eggers
Class of 1992

During my years studying music at Taylor, Rich Mullin’s song “Awesome God” was a very popular chapel song. Many dorm wings would perform it in Chapel with great enthusiasm. However, my favorite part of chapel was the organ preludes and postludes by Dr. Fred Shulze, who my father had befriended as an undergraduate, studying music at Wheaton College. As a music major, I spent most of my day in the Smith-Hermanson Music Building and enjoyed the friendships of those who “lived” there by day. During an intense J-Term music theory class, my roommate (and music major), Christa Ittzes and I named various campus buildings with music-theory related terms. We nicknamed the chapel the “Land of Parallel Fifths.” All in good fun. For my senior recital, I prepared Aaron Copland’s Passagalia in C minor. This is a set of variations over a repeating bass line. My Dad was intrigued by this form and composed an arrangement of a worship chorus over a repeating bass for me. He choose the tune “Awesome God” my Rich Mullins which I found so ironic. This and so many other experiences at Taylor taught me always to have an open mind and open heart. God works in mysterious ways and there is room in God’s church for multiple expressions of faith, word, liturgy, art and thinking.

I was enriched by chapel speakers and the variety of perspectives they exposed me to. I will never forget Jay Kesler’s chapel talks (“Nothing is going to jump out from under a rock and eat God”). The dedication and encouragement of the music faculty members continue to influence me today. I also was blessed to be employed at the Zondervan Library and the mentorship and friendship of many staff there is what led me to my vocation as a music librarian.

Jessica Wise
Class of 2017

Studying abroad in Ireland (FISP 2013) with Vance and Tammi Maloney was life-changing and was the perfect start to my Taylor career. Even when we came back, the family we had found over there continued on at Taylor with weekly family dinners. Taylor gave me memories and friends that I now are for life. Even today, the 2013 FISPers meet up fairly frequently and spend weekends together playing cards, remembering our time in Ireland and at Taylor, and sharing in (un)intentional community with each other.
My English professors were also extremely impactful on my time at Taylor, guiding me when I was overwhelmed or unsure of what to do with myself after Taylor. I’m still in touch with many of them and their words, advice, and influence on me are still having an impact on my decisions today.

Rick Poland
Class of 1969

So many memories to share, where to begin. The excitement anticipating the basketball game that night sent chills down my spine. Praying in the small chapel brought me as close to God as I had ever been. Being dumped at the girl’s dorm in my pajamas the night that I was elected student body president still makes me shake my head

Anthony Chapman
Class of 2002

I sang with Taylor Sounds during my two years attending TU. One of my life’s most joyous memories is of a particular moment on our choir’s tour through Greece.

Before one of our evening concerts, we met in the hallway of the Poseidon Hotel. We stood in a U-shape and rehearsed our favorite song, Chili con Carne. It was the tightest, most fun, most perfect rendition of the piece we ever sang – by ourselves in a resonant hallway with no audience but each other. A magical moment. I still remember the Sounds as the finest choir I ever had the privilege to join.

Cheers to Dr. Rediger for the lifelong memory!

Dianne Hines

Soooo long ago…Wandering Wheels….projector pictures at Gaston United Methodist Church…two Taylor students, Bob and Bobby, (Youth for Christ?) came weekly and met with teens from the church or Wes-Del, frequently in our home….maybe the latter in early 70’s…what blessings….

Dawn Zetto
Class of 1968

Outstanding memory from 1965/66 was being a hostess at MCW for the inauguration reception for President Milo Rediger!

Karen Heck
Class of 1968

Being a part of the planning of Youth Conference 1966.

Daryle Crawley
Class of 1994

My time at Taylor University Fort Wayne. I was manager for the basketball team from 1992-1994

Bill Ferrell
Class of 1984

Have you ever heard the story about the car that was parked in the DC?
When I received a call from campus security on early morning it sounded crazy. So I hung up on them. I thought that somebody was joking around. However, a prank had indeed been pulled on me. Security was correct, my car was literally parked in the DC. Even after all of these years, I still do not know who stole my keys in order to manage that stunt. The keys magically showed up in my dorm room a few days later.

Molly (Taylor) Hill
Class of 2002

Making my very best friends in my sophomore year (1999) in English 3rd north is my absolute favorite memory. We are closer today than in college, even 20+ years later. They know my heart better than anyone and are my spiritual encouragers.

Andy Gammons
Class of 1999

The best thing I took from Taylor University was my wife, Amanda (Nagel). But I also took lifelong relationships with men that have impacted my life. I am forever a better person for knowing Tim Herrmann, Jay Kesler, Ben Arendt, Ken Peer, Jon Cavanagh, The Brotherhood, 2nd Swallow, and many more. It was some of the most fun and most impactful years of my life. Being back since June has been surreal. I look so forward to listening to the Taylor stories of my kids as this place impacts them as whole people.

Rhonda (Sabol) Tompkins
Class of 1987

1. The deep relationships between brothers and sisters in Christ built at Taylor still get us through our individual valleys and help us appreciate the mountaintops.
2. The passion of my History Department professors.
3. Unintentionally sliding back down icy sidewalks near the Library.

Amanda (Schaffer) Wilson
Class of 2002

To summarize my four years as a Taylor student into one favorite memory, just seems like trying to mail an elephant! Just like in the children’s book “Never Mail an Elephant,” every attempt to wrap up my thoughts and feelings about Taylor, just results in something not being contained! Taylor is best experienced in person, on campus, and with others. God moves in a profound way in this ‘postage stamp of a place’ we call Taylor University (thank you Dr. Kesler for the fitting analogy).

I’m grateful for those that went before me, making my time at Taylor possible. And, I’m thankful to those who keep us moving forward, so that I have a place to come back to. During a difficult season of life in my mid-20s, my mom said, you need to go back to Taylor and visit some of the people there…they’re family. My mom was correct.

In “Never Mail an Elephant” the young boy ends up walking his elephant next door (since mailing it didn’t work out so well), so he could give his cousin Dilly the elephant for his birthday. During that hard season, I just needed to walk next door and be at Taylor…and experience it for all she is, was and will continue to be. Wrapping Taylor up isn’t necessary because I can always experience her.  Thanks Taylor for staying true.

Josh Block
Class of 2004

Meeting my wife at the Freshman Square Dance. 21 years, 2 kids, 6 house later, falling in love that night was the best thing that ever happened to me!

Karen Hill Umpleby
Class of 1976

I have so many memories of Taylor and the “fun” that we had to create being out in the middle of a cornfield in the 1970’s. From the Used Car lot that was created one night using white shoe polish to put a sale price on the windshield of most cars parked in the East and Wengatz dorm parking lots. The many Hide and Go Seek games which took place at the Ayres Library was about to close for the evening, in the basement stacks!! The many rides on campus with the bikes that were left from former students in the bike racks, many rides did take place inside the dorms during Open House. The dinners where we “dressed” up for the dining commons after finding all abandoned dresses up in the attic of our dorm. The night we took all flushers off the toilets on the 3rd floor of East Hall, and removed the dividers in the bathrooms. The picture I included showed just part of the squirt gun fight which started at dinner with a few bringing them and squirting people under the table at dinner and continued to involve cars around the “Loop”. Oh, the fun we had which established life long friendship with people ! Taylor people who we have prayed with/supported/cried with/ laughed with and Loved for over 45 years!!! Taylor University was about Relationships, I know, I met my husband there.!!

Addison Johnson

I was blessed to be a part of the CSE/P&E …

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JIll Rainford

I have fond memories of managing the equipment for the …

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Teri Tobey Dunbar

I have several memories of my time at TU. I …

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Mark Gove

We were always welcome in the Keslers home and other …

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Marla (Miller) Folkerts

I remember the many pranks played on Dr. Schultz in …

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Lisa MacDonald

The opportunity to be a PA in English Hall. I …

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Arlene Thompson

It was our closet in Swallow Robin that burned in …

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Demelza Ramirez

What can I say about my time at Taylor? There …

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Elizabeth Magallanes

I honestly cannot pick a memory because every moment was …

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Bonnie Eggers

During my years studying music at Taylor, Rich Mullin’s song …

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Jessica Wise

Studying abroad in Ireland (FISP 2013) with Vance and Tammi …

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Rick Poland

So many memories to share, where to begin. The excitement …

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Anthony Chapman

I sang with Taylor Sounds during my two years attending …

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Dianne Hines

Soooo long ago…Wandering Wheels….projector pictures at Gaston United Methodist Church…two …

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Dawn Zetto

Outstanding memory from 1965/66 was being a hostess at MCW …

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Karen Heck

Being a part of the planning of Youth Conference 1966.

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Daryle Crawley

My time at Taylor University Fort Wayne. I was manager …

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Bill Ferrell

Have you ever heard the story about the car that …

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Molly (Taylor) Hill

Making my very best friends in my sophomore year (1999) …

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Andy Gammons

The best thing I took from Taylor University was my …

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Rhonda (Sabol) Tompkins

1. The deep relationships between brothers and sisters in Christ …

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Amanda (Schaffer) Wilson

To summarize my four years as a Taylor student into …

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Josh Block

Meeting my wife at the Freshman Square Dance. 21 years, …

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Karen Hill Umpleby

I have so many memories of Taylor and the “fun” …

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Mariana Pratas

My favorite TU memory is my J-term Lighthouse trip to …

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Kent Yost

My father, Dr. Daryl Yost, former TU Provost, passed away …

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Greg Hokenson

My time at Taylor was some of the most unique …

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David McGinness

There are so many great memories that I have of …

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Cindy Tyner

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Avery Anderson

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