(An excerpt from the Treveccan's 2013 President's Report, which used the theme “Trevecca-- A Christian university in the heart of Nashville")
The recent national attention that Nashville has received—for its progress, its hospitality, arts and music scenes, and uniquely Southern way of life—has provided the city a significant platform. For several years the city’s forward-thinking mayors, business leaders, and city council members made decisions that changed the city, raised its visibility, and established it as a city on the move.
Only a short distance from the heart of downtown Nashville, sits Trevecca Nazarene University, a part of the city since its founding in 1901. From that hilltop vantage point, Trevecca’s leaders have looked at the city and asked, “What can we do to help and serve Nashville?” And answers came as Trevecca sought to fulfill its mission of service through community partnerships. The following are only a few examples:
- Trevecca’s Physician Assistant Program and its students established and have operated a clinic to provide free, basic healthcare to low-income residents of Mercury Courts, a housing facility operated by Urban Housing of Nashville.
- The University’s Environmental Justice Program have helped neighbors in Chestnut Hill plant and cultivate neighborhood gardens that have made fresh produce available to residents in a part of the city that has no major grocer or provider of fresh foods.
- Three academic departments at Trevecca are partners with Overton High School through the Academies of the Metro Nashville Public Schools: information technology, urban gardening, and musical performance. These departments provide high school students hands-on experience with Trevecca faculty and students.
- Trevecca is Nashville’s only NCAA Division-II school, and it is one of only a few colleges working with the national “I Am Second” movement.
- Trevecca is in a partnership with the Nashville Area Command of The Salvation Army to provide various human relief services and programs to individuals and families in the city, particularly those residing in the communities located in South Nashville.
- In late November, Trevecca served as Operation Christmas Child’s (OCC) relay center for downtown Nashville, the place for individuals and organizations to drop off their shoebox gifts for orphans. Students and employees joined with other downtown organizations to fill 3,122 shoebox gifts, and the effort was so successful that the OCC truck could not hold all of the boxes collected.
- Trevecca’s plans to build Walden Woods, a residential community adjacent to Trevecca’s campus, created much media attention and earned praise from city leaders. Ralph Schulz, president of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, said, “We applaud Trevecca for their commitment to the prosperity of the Nashville community." Walden Woods will bring new residents to an area that previously had been the home to commercial and industrial enterprises.
And more efforts are being planned because Trevecca’s location “near the heart of Nashville” means that the University must also feel the heartbeat of the city’s needs and work to meet them.