Top Trevecca news stories of 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, Trevecca Nazarene University is celebrating a strong year.  The University graduated more than 830 students and celebrated the highest total enrollment in Trevecca’s 117-year history. We welcomed ten new faculty and staff members, started a computer and electrical engineering major for traditional undergraduates and introduced four AmeriCorps VISTA members to campus. It’s been a year full of triumphs and announcements, highlights and achievements.

Let’s celebrate 2018 with this journey through Trevecca’s top 10 stories for the year, based on page views.

10. High honors

Trevecca’s McClurkan Scholars represent the “best of the best,” students who have demonstrated proven academic success and outstanding leadership qualities. Each year, the University awards the McClurkan scholarship to two high-performing incoming students. In 2018, that honor went to Samuel Thompson of Germantown, Ohio, and Melissa Wood of Broomfield, Colo. Read more.

9. New horizons

In 2018, Trevecca announced plans to launch face-to-face classes in two Atlanta locations: College Park and Duluth. Classes are set to launch in 2019 and will grow to include associate, bachelor’s, degree-completion and graduate offerings. Check out the story. 

8. Hometown hero

Dr. Trae Weiss is a three-time graduate of Trevecca, holding a bachelor’s degree, master’s in teaching and —conferred in July 2018—a doctorate in leadership and professional practice. This fall, Weiss moved back home to Dickson County, Tenn., to serve as a vice principal. He says Trevecca is where he discovered his passion and prepared him for this new chapter. Read the whole story.

7. Big Four

Lauren Winters and Alex Houser, two members of Trevecca’s Class of 2018, spent much of their time at Trevecca in the same classes. And before graduation, each secured a job at one of the Big Four accounting firms in October: Winters at Ernst & Young and Houser at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Read more.

6. Fond farewells

In 2018, the University honored six faculty and staff members who retired after years of service, including Steve Harris, dean of students; Joyce Snodgrass, Office of Student Development; Dr. Judy Bivens, School of Education; Marilyn Jordan, receptionist and switchboard operator; and Annett Harber, assistant librarian. Learn about the retirees.

5. In transition

Change is a constant on campus, and 2018 was no different. In October, the University announced that University Chaplain Shawna Songer Gaines had been selected as the next pastor of Trevecca Community Church. She transitioned to this role in November, with Dr. Tim Green assuming the role of interim chaplain. Read more.

4. End of an era

Dr. Steve Harris retired in 2018, closing an almost 40-year career at the University, including 39 years as dean of students. Over the years, Harris took on a variety of roles, from women’s volleyball coach to assistant men’s basketball coach. Dr. Dan Boone, Trevecca’s president, described Harris as the “walking brand of Trevecca,” a model employee who embodies the values and mission of the University. Read the whole story.

3. Welcome home

Trevecca alumna Jessica Dykes returned to her alma mater this summer, filling the vacancy left after Dr. Steve Harris’ retirement. Named the new associate vice president and dean of student development, Dykes currently heads the University’s Center for Student Development. Read the story.

2. Honorable mentions

Trevecca’s Dean’s List announcements are always favorites, garnering attention on the University website as well as social media. Check out all the lists: Fall 2017 traditional, Fall 2017 SGCS, Spring 2018 traditional and Spring 2018 SGCS.

1. Historic moment

In November, the University marked a momentous occasion: the largest gift in Trevecca’s 117-year history. Anonymous donors created a private family donation and named Trevecca as a beneficiary. The foundation will distribute an estimated $1 million per year to Trevecca beginning in 2019. This annual distribution, established in perpetuity, will benefit the University for years and is expected to be the equivalent of the yield from a $20 million gift. Read the whole story.

Media contact: Mandy Crow,, 615-248-1695