Feb 12, 2016 - NEGA Night to Shine
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 16 and older.
On February 12, 2016, more than 200 host churches in 48 states and 7 countries hosted Night to Shine. More than 70,000 volunteers and 32,000 honored guests shared the same amazing prom experience on the same night around the world.
This year, Emmanuel sent students to volunteer and love on these precious children of God. The local organizer said, "These kids go their whole life feeling that they aren't good enough and our judged for their disability, but that night they had the opportunity to go to prom and be kings and queens. That night I saw so many kids just smile as we all shouted when they stepped out of the limo. From the moment they got out to the moment the night ended there was never a bad moment.
"People were all over the place playing games, eating, getting pictures taken, and dancing. I would definitely open this to the campus if given the opportunity to do this event again. So many lives were changed that night and this will be a night that not only they will remember but everyone who volunteered will remember as well."
Kethan is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and came to the USA because when he earned a scholarship to play college tennis in 2004. He graduated from the University of Memphis at Lambuth with a B.S in Sports Management and Health & Human Performance. After graduating in 2008, he started working at UML as the assistant tennis coach, before earning accepting the Head Coach position.
Owen is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BS in Physical Geography. He retired as a full Colonel from the U. S. Air Force after 36 years of service. During that time, he served in over 20 countries. While on active duty he wrote a course on Airborne Drug Interdiction and taught that course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to State and Federal law enforcement officers for three years. He is married to Jacqueline and they have three grown children. They reside in Carnesville and are members of the Royston United Methodist Church.
Andrea Reganato, adjunct psychology professor, teaches courses in general psychology, personality theory, marriage and family, and human growth and development. She received her B.A. in psychology from Emmanuel College and her M.S. in marriage and family therapy from Lee University.
While in her master's program, Andrea gained a specialization in play therapy while working with children and parents. Besides teaching, Andrea is involved at her local church and enjoys connecting and spending time with students.
Elise Thrift is a 2012 graduate of Emmanuel College who majored in Psychology. She went on to receive her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015 and her license as an LAPC in the state of Georgia. Currently, Elise serves as the Clinical Director at Bethel Haven Inc., which is a non-profit Christian counseling agency in Watkinsville, Georgia. There, Elise has the opportunity to work with children, teens and adults in the counseling setting.
Jake holds a B.S. in Humans with Exceptionalities and a M.S. in Counseling from Carson-Newman College. After graduating he coached at WVU Tech and Brewton-Parker College. Jake is married to Kristi Brumbelow who practices as a CRNA at Athens Regional Medical Center.
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Nathan earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Wilkes University in 2013 and just recently completed his Master's degree in Kinesiology from Augusta State. While finishing up graduate school, he worked in special education at Grovetown High School. Nathan has since become the newest admissions counselor at Emmanuel College where he also helps with the wrestling program. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, particularly hunting and fishing.
Tucker is from the small town of Abbeville, SC. He graduated from Emmanuel in 2015 with a degree in Sports Management. While a student, Tucker ran cross country and track & field, and in 2014, won the cross-country National Christian College National Championships in Houghton, New York. Tucker an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys running, hiking, and road trips.
Serving is an important part of our campus culture.
At Emmanuel College, we call this EC Serve.
"Service to others is an natural outgrowth of our Christian walk, regardless of career paths,” EC President Ron White says. “May we never tire of doing good."
EC Serve is all that and more:
- Doing humanitarian work in the name of Jesus
- Linking with people and organizations already serving
- Serving with specialty ministries
- Serving to become a crucial and critical part of our witness
- Incorporating Emmanuel’s mission statement into EC Serve
- Touching and changing lives for eternity
Recent examples include mission trips to Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, New Orleans and Nashville; the MLK Day of Service at Royston Elementary; volunteers with organizations like SafeHouse, Crisis Pregnancy Center, The Ark Family Preservation Center, and many more. (Click here to see what we've done and will be doing!).
Emmanuel College has been honored many years to be named to the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Our students, faculty and staff invest countless hours in serving others in our local communities, in other states and other countries.
EC Serve is the heart of who we are and what we do at Emmanuel College. Ephesians 2:10 explains it well: "For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."
Coordinator, EC Serve