Megan Mahoney

Megan Mahoney is one of the most accomplished and ambitious people you will ever meet. She is graduating in May with not one but two degrees: her bachelor’s in English literature and creative writing and her master’s in Arts in Teaching. A Templeton student, she was able to pursue her master’s degree simultaneously with her four-year track bachelor’s. Being able to read one thousand words per minute certainly helps with that! She has worked as a TA for six semesters, in the English department and in Templeton. She’s leaving Eastern with a full resume and more than prepared to have a life of fulfillment and joy beyond university.

After she graduates, she’s moving back to her beloved home state of Arizona to teach middle schoolers at the liberal arts charter school she herself attended and graduated from. She’s specifically teaching poetry and literature: two subjects she’s studied thoroughly and become expertly familiar with through her educational years. I attended a sister school of the one Megan is going to be teaching at, and I can confidently say that she is easily the most capable and qualified 21-year-old applicant and first-year teacher they have ever had. 

Wickedly smart, Megan is also an author. She writes YA fiction and has queried two of her books and will query a third this summer, hoping to be published soon. (Find her author profile on Twitter: @meganwritesYA). Additionally, she is a founding member and chair of the Poikilia Project, a small organization dedicated to researching and developing methods for bringing historically-excluded voices (women, people of color, etc) to the Western canon that we all study to some degree in our formative years. She writes beautiful poetry occasionally in her spare time that she thinks is not great (it is). Even more: she speaks Mandarin and French, and has studied Latin and ancient Greek. Megan has staffed and written for the Waltonian for her four years here, and has staffed and participated in ETHELS for her four years as well. She never does anything part-way. 

She’s a loyal friend, with an enormous heart and a strong ethic of commitment. Megan deeply cares for the wellbeing of her family, her friends, and everyone around her, and she’s giftedly perceptive about the needs of her loved ones. She’s incredibly passionate and knowledgeable about her occupations and areas of study — able to talk about any of them in detail for hours. She is wonderfully faithful and a treasured friend, and her intuition and wisdom is unparalleled. 

If you ever have the blessing of knowing Megan, or even merely meeting her, you’ll know that she cultivates a safe and encouraging space around herself, and you will be affirmed and inspired to move about your life devotedly and diligently. And, if you want to be endeared to her forever, I recommend giving her some dark chocolate or burrata cheese — both is even better.

 

Cole Patti

My plan after graduation is to get a part time job while I begin to study for two tests that will allow me to manage a client’s assets and be a financial planner. I have a trade broker company that is sponsoring me to take the tests and work under a financial planner, who will mentor me for about a year until I am able to do it on my own. My goal is to eventually start a business that is related to my major, which is Communications Digital/Emerging Media. 

My time at Eastern has been a blessing and I am pleased with what I have learned and accomplished in my time here. Academically, I have really enjoyed being a part of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern. Taking some of the courses through Templeton really helped me to grow as a person and solidify what I believe. I also spent a year on the council for THC and was able to help plan events and other activities for it.

Another thing that I have enjoyed at Eastern is being in SGA. As a sophomore I was the treasurer for the class and I enjoyed being a voice for the community at Eastern. My Junior and Senior year I served as the class president. Throughout my time in SGA, I have been able to work with a wonderful group of people in my Senate and put on a number of events for our class. 

Since my Sophomore year I have been an RA on campus in Gough, KG and Sparrowk. Being an RA has really helped me to grow as an individual and I have learned so many important things such as setting boundaries and time management. 

For a year at Eastern I was also the President of Bridges Club. Bridges was important to me because the club was for International students here at Eastern and I have always had a heart to make them feel welcome and that they belong. We met once a week and had different events to share everyone’s culture through music, food, games, dancing, etc. 

I was also on the men’s tennis team here at Eastern. I started as a Freshman playing number three singles and I moved up to first singles Sophomore year before covid interrupted our season. My Junior year I was not able to play because of injury. This year I was able to return and have been playing second singles. 

This past semester I became the editor for the sports section of the Waltonian and I have had a lot of fun with it. Growing my skills as a writer and learning to better communicate with people on deadlines and other issues has helped prepare me for a job. 

My time at Eastern has been great and I am pleased with what I have been able to accomplish. Above everything, I am happy to have met so many great people and made many friendships that will hopefully continue beyond graduation.

Darryl Mackey

I’m Darryl Mackey, the Web Editor for The Waltonian, and I was the Interim Sports Editor for a short time before we found a replacement. I’m a senior Communication Studies major in Digital and Emerging Media with a minor in Marketing. During my time here at Eastern, I didn’t do much outside, having fun with my friends and focusing on classwork. Although, I will say my favorite year here has to be my senior year, due to my time with The Waltonian and my internship for the Athletics Department.

During my senior year, I accomplished a lot and tried new things. While being asked to join The Waltonian multiple times years prior, I decided to join the team. My experience with The Waltonian has been enjoyable, and I have met many brilliant people that I wish nothing but the best for them. While being the Web Editor throughout the year, I wanted to make everyone’s job easier while handling online submissions, social media updates, and even changing the old boring website design to be more modern. When editors struggled, I tried to help them the best way I could to make things easier for all. While I’ve only been with The Waltonian for a year, I wish I had been with them years before.

While lacking time or motivation to write what I cared about, I steered away from sports blogging. However, with The Waltonian, I wrote stories for Marin Dremock and Cole Patti, which made me gain back what I believed I lost. I thank The Waltonian, its members, and Dr. Jung for believing in me to be the web and sports editor and write stories for the other sections. 

I plan to continue writing sports articles after graduation for the Eastern University Athletics Communication Department. I am the intern for Dan Mouw and worked alongside him and Sean Douglas. In addition, I am the sports photographer and volleyball stat keeper for Eastern, and I’m truly blessed by making their jobs easier. I’ve learned so much from them, and I plan to continue working with them after graduation. I’m grateful to both The Waltonian and the Athletic Department for making my senior year and college experience something to remember.

Mary Johnson

When asked whether I am prepared to graduate, I simply explain that I have 300 unopened emails and several assignments that currently amount to blank google documents. As I hope and pray that no more emails flood my inbox and that words will magically fill my google document, I do find that I will miss this phase of life despite also feeling ready to move onward. 

Beyond the endless quantities of emails and assignments, I have an immense gratitude towards the people I have met through clubs and experiences that I’ve been a part of. As I reflect on my time at Eastern, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the Youth Against Complacency and Homelessness Today (YACHT) club, Chamberlain Interfaith Fellowship, A Breeze of Hope ambassadors and the Waltonian. Each club has encompassed a community of people who have invested their time and love into one another, and for that I am thankful. 

In addition to Eastern’s clubs, as a Special Education major, the vast majority of my final semester has been spent student-teaching in a 6th grade intensive mathematics class. Having received special education services for a learning disability in mathematics, I found this experience to be a unique and fascinating parallel between my former experience as a struggling student in math class and my students’ experience in math class. 

Although I am unsure whether I will ever enter the traditional route associated with the education major of becoming a full-time teacher or school personnel, I do hope to work in an area associated with education, specifically prison education. Therefore, following graduation, I will be working for the Prison Education Program here at Eastern (that’s right, I won’t be gone for too long!). Specifically, I will be a Teaching Assistant to several Eastern University professors. 

Before I open the 300 unread emails and fill in my blank google document, I want to conclude with a quote that I hope to live by within my future: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together,” as stated by Lillan Watson.

 

Breezeway

Easy, Breezy, Beautiful: Breezeway.

Breezeway is the underrated underdog of the on campus eateries at Eastern. It’s there when nothing else is, it’s open late and is perfect for satisfying the late night hunger that most college students experience after they accidentally skip dinner due to an overwhelming study session. 

Breezeway is the perfect option for any student living on the Gough side of campus. For commuters and Eagle/Sparrowk students, breezeway might feel like a bit of an unnecessary trek, but for the rest of Eastern’s students, Breezeway is the nearby, convenient location for any late night urges.

At Breezeway, its not about the quality of the food, but it’s about the environment, the people, and the prime late night study snacks. 

While the menu options may be limited, they are not exactly intended to be eaten as a full meal on their own, and honestly, there are about as many menu  items available at Breezeway as there are at Zime. 

It really all comes down to personal preference and which foods you like more, and which foods you are craving. I am writing this article while chowing down on a turkey melt from Breezeway, and I had a chicken caesar flatbread from zime earlier. I would not have been able to have both of these options available to me at all time throughout the day. 

I am a night eater, so being able to get warm food later in the day, after the dining commons closes and while Zime is starting to wrap up for the night, is very convenient, and I don’t have to walk all the way across campus to do so. 

I used to either drive to Wawa or Doordash something when I found myself with a craving for food late at night, but I have recently started switching my routine to Breezeway instead. The luxury of being able to use my meal swipes for some of the best mozzarella sticks, well, triangles, is an absolute steal, and helps me make the most out of my required student meal plan.

There is no denying the distinct change in atmosphere that comes in entering any of the dining options on Eastern’s campus. Breezeway is no exception. 

Breezeway has two different atmospheres depending on the time of day, if you go early enough, its nice and quiet and you get your food rather quickly. If you go later in the evening you’re welcomed into a lively atmosphere of conversations galore and maybe even some healthy competitions using the pool table.

The Dining Commons

While there are multiple places on campus that students choose from, the best, in my opinion, is the Dining Commons. Of course, you might select morning coffee with an easy riser or get a late-night meal, but the Dining Commons provides more, and here’s why.

The Dining Commons gives more variety. Every day of the week you can choose what you want to eat. Might have pizza one day, a wrap another, something from the grill, or determine what is in the mainline. The dining commons have that and even a vegan section. Other spots on campus stick to the same menu, and it is always good to try new things. What makes the Dining Commons shine are three days of something special for students to enjoy.

The Dining Commons have ice cream sundaes Thursdays. Every Thursday, students can choose whether or not they want to have dessert after their meal. This is a nice touch to the end of a week. These sweets are better because the sundaes will have warm brownies, water ice, and multiple flavor options at times. But what completes the sundaes are the endless options for toppings. Choose from chocolate sprinkles, oreo, cherries, whipped cream, caramel, or chocolate syrup. No other place on campus can provide that unless you want to spend flex dollars on ice cream.

Another day that gets a lot of traction is chicken nugget Fridays. Every lunch at the Dining Commons is crowded on Fridays because who doesn’t love chicken nuggets? Students will wait in long lines to choose from vegan, regular, or buffalo nuggets with broccoli and potato wedges as a side. Friday is the best day the Dining Commons has regarding food quality. While all the options on the mainline are all fried items, that says a lot for some of the food made throughout the week. However, it’s a nice change of taste away from other eating locations’ popular items.

Finally, a nice meal to end the week at the Dining Commons is brunch Sundays. This might not be special to anyone, but when it comes down to hanging out with friends, brunch is a great way to spend time with them. Talking to anyone over food is very memorable for college students. Brunch is an excellent way to end a week, whether to get to know someone once you meet them, experience new friend groups, or tell stories and jokes. The Dining Commons is the best place to eat on campus, in my opinion.

Zime

Zime is one of the best places on campus to eat. They offer a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options for students. They have sandwiches, salads, fruit and yogurt parfaits students can grab and go. They offer their own versions of Starbucks drinks for students who are not able to go get it. While it is closed on weekends, they are open all day during the week unlike the Dining Commons who close at certain times. 

Their breakfast sandwiches are a huge hit for students on campus. They are eggs, bacon, and cheese on a bagel, English muffin or croissant. Students are able to pick what they want and on Fridays they offer sausage in case students would rather have that over bacon. It has a nice sitting area for students to relax and do work while talking with friends. It is the spot on campus where all your friends are. In the Dining Commons, you are scrambling for a booth to sit at. In Zime, you have tables inside the cafe part and out in the lobby to sit at. If you do not want a table, there are couches with small tables in front that you can sit at. 

Breezeway does not offer a wide selection of food. It has different hours than the rest of the food places on campus and sometimes they do not have the food you want. Zime is the backbone of Eastern and it is always packed with students getting food or coffee. It is also on the other side of campus and some students do not feel like walking there to get food. Zime is an easy grab and go spot or dine in location.

Many students enjoy eating off campus but it can be expensive for some students. A popular spot around Eastern’s campus is Chipotle. If you do not have a car, it can be hard to get to. Doordash can be very expensive and some people do not like asking friends for rides to places. While Zime may not have what Chipotle offers, it is a place students do not have to worry about spending money on. We pay for the meal plan, and might as well use it when we can. Each place on campus has their pros and cons but Zime is the better option at Eastern. It has coffee and a lot of different food selections to suit your needs for any time of the day. It is the busiest spot on campus because of this.

Palmer Theological Seminary: The Root of Eastern University

Trips to the Holy Land, academic forums featuring internationally known scholar-practitioners and ministers, bi-weekly Chapel and Chew, reading the Bible in a year, pastoral alumni care, student leadership, amazing faculty who love and follow Jesus, preparing students for holistic ministry, an individualized advising approach to help with vocational plans, paid internship experiences, student pantry, and so much more–this is a snapshot of Palmer Seminary at Eastern.

How does Palmer Seminary fit into the university?

The Whole Gospel, for the Whole World, through Whole Persons

On March 19, 1925, six ministers met to officially found Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now

Palmer Seminary). For over 97 years, we have been equipping students to bring the whole gospel, to the

whole world, through whole persons. In the early 1930’s, an undergraduate division was formed to

prepare people for graduate level theological study. In 1952, this became Eastern Baptist College (now

Eastern University) a separate institution. In 1984 the seminary started Eastern School of Christian Ministries (ESCM) , a certificate and diploma program designed to strengthen lay leadership in congregations. One year after the two schools reunited in 2004, Eastern  Baptist Theological Seminary became Palmer Theological Seminary, the Seminary of Eastern University, offering certificate, graduate, and doctoral programs for people seeking a firm theological grounding from which to engage life and ministry, whether ordained, or lay. Our graduates participate in ministry in all 50 states and more than 30 countries. We have a special focus on holistic ministry, spiritual formation, a commitment to the economically disadvantaged, social justice, and multidimensional diversity. If you ever want to sit in on a class or visit a faculty member, you’ll find us on the second floor of McInnis Hall.

Motivated by our love for God and people and with a desire to see persons prepared to serve the needs of their communities, we provide a variety of educational offerings: Master of Divinity (on ground and online), Master of Theological Studies, Master of Practical Theology (online), MDiv/MBA dual degree, Master of Theological Studies in Latino Ministries (Maestría en Estudios Teológicos en Linea) that’s taught online entirely Spanish, and a range of diplomas and certificates through ESCM–Eastern’s School of Christian Ministry. 

What is Palmer College?

Palmer College was created in 2020 and houses the undergraduate programs–Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, Youth Ministry, and online Youth Ministry Leadership programs. Most students are aware of the Bible and Theological programs because of their essential integration into the general education curriculum, but are less familiar with Youth Min. There are roughly 1.2 billion people around the globe between the ages of 13-20, and Youth Min. equips, guides, and nurtures students who are exploring their calling to serve God among this generation. Youth Ministry is known for its dynamic and creative instructors, and its practical ministry curriculum that balances content and skill development.

So many great things are happening in and through Palmer’s alumni, students, faculty, and staff. We invite you to join us! For more information about Palmer Seminary and College of Eastern University, email palmer@eastern.edu and follow us on social media @palmerseminary.

For more about the history of Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern University check out the book, Praise and Promise: A Pictorial History of Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary by Randall Frame.

Rev. Dr. Kimberlee A. Johnson serves as Interim Dean of Palmer Seminary and College.

Two Palmer Initiatives Receive Support from the Lilly Endowment

Palmer Theological Seminary recently received a five-year grant totaling $1 million dollars to fund two key efforts supporting clergy leaders in the church and community—the Alumni Care Initiative, and soon-to-be launched Center for Care, Vitality, & Formation. The funds will help expand existing activities and create new opportunities to serve both current and former students.

The Alumni Care Initiative (ACI), launched in 2020, reaches out to Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Palmer Theological Seminary alumni to companion them in their various stages of life and ministry.  “While at seminary, you form sacred—set apart—relationships; they shouldn’t end upon graduation, particularly when you are serving in ministry and need the encouragement and sharpening of trusted peers,” says Rev. Christen Blore, Director of Alumni Care. “The ACI is committed to being an enduring wellspring for alumni offering spiritual care and connecting our alumni to continue in relationship with one another and with the seminary community.  Let us creatively toil together!” 

Spiritual care is also one of the foci of the Center for Care (CCFV), Formation & Vitality at Palmer. The mission of the CCFV is to empower ministry leaders to facilitate health and wholeness in themselves, their ministry contexts, and their adjacent communities. The Center will also provide skill-based organizational/ministry development consulting to assist congregations and ministries in creating a sustainable, thriving capacity to implement adaptive community-focused ministries in the ever-changing social and cultural contexts in which they live. “Palmer Theological Seminary has long been invested in nurturing the spiritual and emotional growth of leaders, as well as equipping them theologically and practically for vocational ministry,” said Rev. Dr. Phaedra D. Blocker, who will oversee the newly established Center. “The CCFV will expand our work in serving and empowering our current students and alumni, as well as other local and regional leaders, helping them to be intentional about their own health and growth as they lead in seeking the shalom of their communities.”

The Positive Impact of Palmer

Faith, reason, and justice are integral values that continue to remain with me as a theologian and pastor. I was introduced to those values as an undergraduate in 2003. I describe my four years at Eastern as an intellectual and spiritual discovery, for I began to understand the connection between thinking well about God and discipleship. I found value in a Christian education, even beyond the pulpit. 

I vividly recall a discussion during my junior year of high school concerning my plan to attend college. While sitting in the counselor’s office, I informed her of the schools I wished to attend. While talking to her, the counselor busied herself reviewing my transcript and as I finished speaking, she politely said, “Maybe you are not college material.” My senior year G.P.A. was a 1.7. I responded saying, “In my house not attending college is not an option.” School was for socialization, and academics was what I had to do to play sports. I realized that I needed to improve academically if I did not want to be embarrassed in the classroom and be there for the long haul during my first semester at Eastern. Though 19 years have passed since that conversation, Eastern and its values still live with me. 

The Christian Studies Department (now Theology Department of Palmer College) at Eastern left an indelible mark. In fact, I still have relationships with several of my former professors. They invited me into their homes and were genuinely interested in what I thought. I will never forget the honest talk I had with Dr. Ray Van Leeuwen. He told me I would have to take my studies more seriously if I wanted to pursue doctoral studies. Drs. Eric Flett and Carl Mosser encouraged me to ask questions, even when I was not sure what I was asking; they took time with me. Dr. Kent Sparks was the professor of firsts. Thinking back, he was the first person who I knew that was a pastor and an academic. He was also the first professor who I saw cry while giving a lecture. He was so impassioned in talking about God’s love for same gender loving believers that it moved him to tears. The men and women in the department did not merely share Karl Barth or C.S. Lewis with us, they shared their lives with their students, and I am grateful to be able to claim that I am a product of their labor. 

Faith, reason, and justice are values that must be oriented towards the world—the place where the Spirit of God works, and a Christian faith rooted in education aids in thinking more deeply about God and God’s activity in the world. My time at Eastern, which also includes earning a Master of Divinity degree at Palmer Seminary, prepared me for the life of the mind and a life of service to others for the glory of God. 

Rev. Andre Price graduated in 2007 with a BA in Theological Studies and a minor in Business Management, and in 2010 with a Master of Divinity. He is a PhD student at Villanova University studying Systematic Theology and Social Ethics, and serves as pastor of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church in Philadelphia.