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Category: Calling

Eliza Babarczy — Woodworking for Missions

In the heart of the Peten jungle, the second largest remaining tropical forest in Central America, Eliza Babarczy, ’08, is using handcrafted exotic wood to make a difference within a local community in Guatemala. Named after the lake they are located next to and the last Mayan group to live in the area, Itza ... More


November 16, 2020

Bob Griffith — Restoring Hope

What started with Dr. Bob Griffith’s, ’19, doctoral dissertation has now surmounted into a nonprofit organization that is transforming his community through foster care ministry.  Bob is the founder and acting president of 1HOPE, a non-profit organization that uses neighborhood, professional, and faith-based energy ... More


SEU Celebrates First Generation College Students

In honor of the annual National First-Generation College Celebration on November 8, we’re giving a shout-out to all of the members of the Fire Family — current students and alumni — who were the first in their families to go to college. “Being a first generation college student has meant so much to me,” said Chris Bryant, ... More


Abe Rosenthall — Southeastern University’s First Dental Student

Abe Rosenthall has wanted to be a dentist ever since he was in high school. During his senior year of high school, Abe observed a patient’s treatment from start to finish at his father’s orthodontic practice. As his father treated the patient, Abe vividly remembers watching her transform from being embarrassed to smile because of her crooked teeth to beaming with ... More


SEU Chancellor Tommy Barnett Releases Autobiography

“Whatever you invest in others, it will come back to you in abundance.” — Tommy Barnett This quote, one of many memorable excerpts in Tommy Barnett’s new autobiography, “What If,” ... More


Kathryn Bishop — Nursing on the Road

From taking in the scenery at Tunnel View in Yosemite Valley, hiking trails surrounding Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe, and ascending Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Kathryn (Davis) Bishop (’11) admits that life as a travel nurse has its perks. Eight years since graduating from Southeastern, Kathryn and her husband, Stephen, are now ... More


October 18, 2019

Brandon Hurst — Trekking Through Life

Brandon Hurst (’08) has an adventurer’s spirit; one that’s led him to hike on both U.S. coasts, mountain climb around the world and, most recently, run ultra marathons. But it wasn’t always that way. A Lakeland native, Brandon decided to go to Southeastern University because he felt a call to ministry. However, he felt stifled attending college in his hometown. ... More


Melony Bell — Committed to Service

Melony Bell (’08) almost dropped out of Southeastern University before ever setting foot in her first class.  But she didn’t, and when she entered the next day, her new classmates prayed for her. At that moment, she knew that’s exactly where she should be. “On the first night I was supposed ... More


September 6, 2019

SEU Biology Students Intern at Mayo Clinic

As a biology student at Southeastern, you have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the professional medical field before you even graduate. SEU students Noah Richmond and David Orlando are getting practical experience working on the cutting edge of medical research and gaining close mentoring relationships with practicing physicians. They have been conducting research this summer at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, through ... More


The Penny Story — #GivingTuesday

Part of our #GivingTuesday story series.  Thanks to influence from her SEU mentors, alumna Kendall (Altmyer) Phillips, ’13 + ’15,  launched The Penny Story, a movement-turned-nationwide nonprofit, which is dedicated to raising awareness of and serving victims of human trafficking. After interning with Christine Caine’s A21 Campaign, Kendall developed a strong passion for bringing awareness and ... More