An Adventure in Faith

Posted by Paula Paine on March 18, 2014 in Karl-Slaikeu.jpgAt the beginning of the 2013-14 school year, new and returning students were given an early opportunity to engage spiritually during the annual Adventures in Faith event on September 25 - 27. The three-day programming focused on the rigors of making a lasting difference in the world through five individual exploration tracks: education, business, arts and sciences, athletics, and faith. Dr. Karl Slaikeu and Eboni Fondren were the featured presenters for the event.

Slaikeu gave a lecture on September 26 in the FredrikEboni-Fondren.jpgson Chapel titled “Beyond Civility: Justice and Peacemaking at Work.” He also spoke with students on “Social Science in War Zones” during a session in the Mowbray Union. As an internationally recognized psychologist, mediator and author of five books, Slaikeu’s model for psychological first aid has been translated into 32 languages for use by the American Red Cross to help earthquake and tsunami survivors in Central America and Asia.

Noted jazz and blues vocalist Eboni Fondren ’00 hosted “A Night of Joy and Jazz” the evening of September 25 in the Fredrikson Chapel. Fondren has performed in and AIF-Tea.jpgaround the Kansas City region on stage, in the studio and in national advertising campaigns. Her broad repertoire have led to success in productions such as Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, Bud, Not Buddy, A Christmas Carol, and an honored guest appearance with the Salina Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent ensemble project, “Eboni and Ivories,” now tours the area’s jazz hotspots.

Throughout the event, Slaikeu and Fondren were joined by educator Miriam Lemp ’72, Dean of OU’s School of Arts and Sciences Dr. Beverly Rodgers, and Executive Minister of American Baptist Churches of Nebraska Robin Stoops, who engaged students through a variety of presentations. Attendees also had the opportunity to attend a Larry Peters Cast Party, enjoy a Kappa Delta Pi Tea Party, Mobilize Against Bullying through Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and learn how they can assist in national and international relief efforts.