Trevecca Nazarene University

Presidentís Dinner

The new school year “officially” had its kick-off for Trevecca employees at the annual President’s Dinner on Saturday evening, August 22, in the convocation center of the Boone Business Building.

Highlights of the evening included the following: the introduction of new employees, the announcement of the employees of the year, and the president’s presentation.


Employees who were honored were the following:

  • Ed Anthony, Professor of Information Technology and Management—Faculty Member of the Year
  • Ruth Kinnersley, Director of Library Services and Associate Professor of Library and Information Science—Administrator of the Year
  • Rebecca Headrick, Coordinator for Non-traditional Student Support Services—Staff Member of the Year


In his address, “Planting a Future,” President Boone quoted Wendell Berry’s poem “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”:


So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.

Practice resurrection.

Boone asked Trevecca employees to “plant sequoias” during the 2009-2010 school year by the way that they did their work—in classrooms, on athletic fields or courts, in offices, in areas of service, in responsibilities that are great or lowly. “In doing so,” said Boone, “you will make ‘investments in the millennium’ in the lives of those you serve and teach, and you will become participants in God’s effort to reclaim the world.”