Everyone who comes to SEU brings their own unique gifts, passions and knowledge. Thanks to each of our students, alumni, faculty and staff, our community is bursting with stories. Some are quiet successes told only in the confidence of a discussion with a mentor. Some are sung through original songs and music. Still others are shared publicly with the goal of inspiring all those who hear them. This is SEU. And these are our stories.
Direction for the Future
Communications major Amia Watson, ’18, found ways to grow her faith, experience community, and develop her love of filmmaking through practical experiences and campus events.
A Musical Journey
Bela Pierce brought her musical gifts to SEU. In her classes and as a member of SEU Worship, she learned everything she needed to know in order to be successful.
Committed to Service
Now a member of the Florida state legislature, Melony Bell, ’08, was the first sitting mayor to earn a degree at SEU.
SEU Students Speak at UN
Now students at SEU, Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu were among the 276 female students kidnapped by the Boko Haram from a government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, in April of 2014. They were invited by the Human Rights Watch to speak at the United Nations to address how governments can protect education during times of armed conflict.
Thanks to influence from her SEU mentors, alumna Kendall Phillips, ’15, launched The Penny Story, a movement dedicated to raising awareness of and serving victims of human trafficking.
As a result of her practical ministry classes at SEU and her four years as a member of SEU Worship, Tiffany Hammer, ’17, gained confidence in her calling to ministry.
Learning For Life
SEU gave Tori Rasmussen, ’11, the theological knowledge and practical skills to be able to share the Gospel as part of his mission work in Tanzania.
Hope in Harlem
Taylor Wilkerson, ’12, used what he learned throughout his SEU faith journey to plant a church that serves people in the heart of Harlem, New York City.
Investigating Fragile X Syndrome
The investigative research done by Dr. Aimee Franklin, ’07, is one of the most cited sources of information about of fragile X syndrome, the most commonly inherited form of autism. Dr. Franklin also serves SEU as a faculty member, student mentor and chairs the SEU Institutional Review Board.
Dove Award Nomination
Joivan Jimenez, ’15 was nominated for a 2017 Dove Award for Spanish Language Recorded Song of the Year, for his song Generación de Fuego.
Called to Teach
Shortly after Jacquelyn Ricardo began her classes at SEU, God reminded her of her childhood desire to be a teacher.
How did a girl from Haiti, who was adopted from an orphanage, end up working for the U.S. Embassy in Paris? Barbara Perttula, ’15, shares the story of her internship abroad.
Determined to Worship
Despite being born without hands, SEU ministry student Carlos Lara learned to play musical instruments in order to share his heart for worship.
A Year in Oxford
When Elisha Colby, ‘17, studied in Oxford, England, she learned through the tutorial teaching method, which showed her how to engage with the topics she was learning and apply them to her life.
Read even more SEU stories on our blog.
Stories Through Song
The inspiration of each original song written and produced by SEU Worship comes from the experiences and stories of members of the group.