The Place I Call Home – EC Alumni Spotlight on Matt Easom and Erica Roquemore

Matt Easom had a plan. With dreams of becoming a doctor, Matt decided to attend Emmanuel College where he received a full-ride academic scholarship to study pre-med. He quickly realized, medicine wasn’t his calling and he stepped away from Emmanuel to reassess his plan.  “At a certain point, I realized that I needed to go where my interests and…

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Go and Serve – The Story Behind Rejoice City Coffee

As Christians, Jesus calls us to go and share the gospel, to minister to the lost.  While serving as an associate pastor in Seneca, S.C., Emmanuel alumnus Rick Turner ’07, heard this message loud and clear. A Greenville, S.C.-based group called Switch visited Rick to share their anti-sex-trafficking mission with him.  “Their presentation showed what sex-trafficking looks like,” he…

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Zeal for Art Untapped After 20 Years – EC Alumni Spotlight on Jonathan Shirey

EC alumnus Jonathan Shirey’s love of art began with watercolor and oil painting in high school art classes. At first, he saw art as a just a hobby he was good at. Then, one of his teachers showed him it could be more. “My high school teachers gave me freedom,” Jonathan (’99) remembers. “They’d give me art projects that…

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Remembering Dr. Vinson Synan: Beloved Alumnus and History Professor

Dr. Vincent Synan

Many of those who were influenced by Dr. Vinson Synan, beloved historian, author and teacher, will gather in Virginia on June 20, 2020 to honor his legacy.   Vinson Synan began his academic career at Emmanuel College where he earned a two-year, liberal arts degree which was the beginning of his long and distinguished career.  After completing degrees at the University…

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Shelton Named 2019-20 Governor’s Teaching Fellow

Anna Shelton, an associate professor at Emmanuel College, was selected as a 2019-2020 Governor’s Teaching Fellow. Shelton has taught graphic design at Emmanuel for 6 years and serves as the college’s creative director and yearbook advisor. As one of only 17 faculty members in this year’s class, Shelton was selected after a competitive application process based on teaching experience,…

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Bloom Where You’re Planted – EC Alumni Spotlight on Jennifer Benton

“Bloom where you’re planted” is advice Jennifer Benton’s boss gives often. Her boss? Clemson University Head Football Coach, Dabo Swinney. For this EC alum, Jennifer says blooming where planted perfectly captures her journey from Emmanuel College to her current position as Clemson’s Director of Football Office Operations. Growing up as a Clemson fan in Surfside Beach, SC, Jennifer was…

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Supplying a Need and Giving Back Through Sustainable Farming – EC Spotlight on Lucas Sasaki

Lukas Sasaki

Three years ago, Lucas Sasaki arrived at Emmanuel College from Brazil to play collegiate tennis and earn a degree in business.  Soon after settling into the small college town of Franklin Springs, Georgia, he accepted a work-study position on Emmanuel’s 40-acre campus farm and his love for farming began to grow. Since changing his major to diversified agriculture, Sasaki…

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