The ACU Student Planning Team is already meeting for the 2013 Summit.
This team has been meeting since last year’s Summit to discuss everything from speakers to themes for this year’s Summit. The meetings take place the first Friday of every month with Dr. Brady Bryce, director of ministry events and assistant professor of ministry in the Graduate School of Theology, to come up with ideas on how to make Summit more successful than the year before. These meetings also help with long term planning and cast an overall vision for Summit each year.
Having students involved in generating ideas for Summit means the events that take place during Summit will be more meaningful to the student body. Bryce said students can offer a different kind of thought process to this part of Summit planning.
“I think some of the main things students offer are just great ideas of speakers to bring in, topics to be discussed and maybe slight tweaks to the program,” Bryce said.
The students on the committee find this is an opportunity to be more involved in a major event on campus.
Bryson Shake, communications and Christian ministry major from Abilene said, “This is a great opportunity to be a leader behind the scenes.”
While most of their work goes on before and after Summit each year, some of these students go on to fill jobs during the week of Summit itself. Since Summit attracts more than just students searching for extra chapel credits, these students take on jobs such as shuttle driving, childcare and registration during Summit week to serve the many alumni, scholars and visitors that travel to campus.
This gives Shake and others on the Student Planning Team the chance to give input to an event that affects a large amount of people and helps them prepare for future leadership positions. This year’s Summit has a large variety of speakers lined up partly thanks to this team.
Students interested in joining the ACU Student Planning Team to start brainstorming for next year’s Summit should contact the Ministry Events office at 325-674-3750.