EMAP in Israel

On January 1, 2012 senior linebacker Kiso Faletufuga (San Diego, CA) joined a group of 16 other students and professors on a three week trip to Israel. This trip was an interterm class focused on teaching the geography and history of Israel. The class visited every important historical location in Israel. Many of these sites have Biblical significance.

The group visited cities around the country that had been reconstructed to give the visitors vision to what life was like 2,000 years ago. Kiso was very impressed with these reconstructions, “It was amazing.” 

“Just to see how it was 2,000 years ago. How they got food, how they got water it was amazing.” 

When asked what was most memorable Kiso touched on seeing the wilderness in Israel, 

“It gives you a different perspective. You see how it (Israel) actually looks so you get a better understanding. Like the wilderness. You have a picture of what it looks like (in your mind) but when you see it you can see how big it was. It was unbelievable how Jesus went through the wilderness for 40 days.”

The most powerful spiritual moment for Kiso came at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This church commemorates the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Christ's burial. The group was able to visit the popular church early in the morning when there were few visitors. It was a place that touched Kiso,“You feel something when you are at the Holy Sepulchre. You feel vulnerable, spiritually.”

The group spent time at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem which was an “eye-opening” experience.

Kiso provided advice to other students who are contemplating a trip like this,

“Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. I was the only football player there and it was the first time I had been outside of the country. I had to make new friends and now I am really close to them. You’ll never forget the trip or the people you go with. It was a great time of fellowship and friendship.”


Panther Award Winner

This past weekend senior John Smith (Aurora, IL) was recognized by The American Advertizing Federation (AAF) with a Silver ADDY Award. As described on their website,"The AAF Student ADDY Awards Competition is a unique national awards program designed specially for college students."

The video "bump" Smith created was created for AgapeFest, which is a student run  music festival in Greenville, IL.

There were six total winners from Greenville College. The Digital Media department wrote more about the other winners here. 

Smith is a senior Digital Media student at Greenville College. He was a three year starter for the Panthers. During his career the Panthers won 27 games, played in two NCCAA Victory Bowls and won two conference championships. Smith was also received All-UMAC honors in 2010 and in his final regular season game earned UMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors.


Leadership Talk: The Iceberg


Cole Bailey: Front Page Panther

Senior offensive lineman Cole Bailey (Xenia, IL) was recently profiled in the Clay County Republican. The paper focused on Bailey's unique journey that led him the the Greenville College starting lineup.  In the story Bailey talked about his journey,  

"As far as college football, it was more like a dream but when I transferred to Greenville it be came a pretty real opportunity. "My first year there I decided to focus on school but ended up making friends with some guys on the team and decided to go for it."

Bailey also touched on his first conversation with Head Coach Ordell Walker,  

"At our first conversation, I was pretty intimidated. Coach Walker’s main goal was to make sure that if I joined that I would be dedicated to the program and not walk away half way through."

Bailey ended the article with his message to anyone interested in playing football at the next level,

"I would most definitely recommend all sports to anyone that is interested. I believe that sports have a quality that connects people in a way that no other organizations or activities could ever do. A bond is built that is unlike any other and it provides a unique way to connect to the school and to the community there."

You can download the PDF and read the entire article here.


Greenville's Diverse Roster

At the start of the 2011 season the Greenville College Panther football team had the largest roster in the history of the program.  The roster was a unique mixture of players from all over the country and all walks of life.

21 states were represented by players this season. From Florida to Hawaii, California to New York, the best players in the country came to Greenville to compete at the highest level.

This is not a new trend as Greenville has always been a haven for talented players who wanted a unique football experience. In the past four years alone Greenville has toted 1st Team All-Conference winners from Illinois, Washington, California, Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, Oregon, Nebraska, and Florida.

The Panthers are searching the country looking for great players and great fits for the program. If you are interested in being a part of EMAP Football or know someone who would email our recruiting coordinator Coach Robbie Schomaker at robbie.schomaker@greenville.edu


Fitness Center Open 24/7

Starting on Monday Febuary 7th the Greenville College Fitness Center (also known as The Annex) will be available for use 24 hours a day 7 days a week for all members. Untill this change the Fitness Center was only open to 9PM on the weekdays, noon on Saturdays and closed on Sundays.

The Fitness Center has also upgraded the check-in proccess. Out are the old sign-in sheets, in are the proxy card scanners.

Now when a student enters the Fitness Center they can simply swipe their student ID. This information is stored and will be valuable in determining the use of the Fitness Center.

After 9PM they will also use their card to gain access to the Fitness Center. 

This is only the latest in a string of positive upgrades for the Fitness Center. New racks, new weights, fresh paint, new signs, security cameras, new doors and now the change in hours have all happened within the last year.

Tom Broomfield has been the driving force for all of the positive changes at the Fitness Center. Coach Broomfield is the Fitness Training Center Director and Assistant Track & Field Coach (Head Throws Coach) for Greenville College.

His hard work and dedication has provided a first class facility that no longer has time restrictions for any Greenville College student.


National Signing Day

“National Signing Day” has become quite an event for high school seniors and college football programs. February 1st is the first day high school seniors can sign their National Letter of Intent (NLI) for the NCAA Division I and II University they plan on attending.

Just like many schools Greenville College is in the midst of their recruiting season. Since there is plenty of confusion surrounding signing day and the NLI we thought we would talk with Coach Robbie Schomaker, the Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator for the Greenville College Panthers.

Can Greenville College participate in “National Signing Day”?

“No. Just like all NCAA Division III schools Greenville College does not participate in the “National Signing Day”.

How does a recruit commit to Greenville College?

"When a student athlete decides to attend Greenville College and become a member of the football team they commit in the same way a regular student would. There is a housing form every student must fill out and turn in along with a $200 housing deposit that will go towards the fall tuition."

Can you publicize a commitment?

"Absolutely! We know that this is one of the most important decision any one can make. We want to celebrate the decision just like Mizzou and Ohio State do. Players who commit can come to Greenville for a commitment celebration. They will then be profiled on our website."

Hopefully Coach Schomaker has answered any questions about signing day. If you would like more information please contact Coach Schomaker at 618-664-6727 or robbie.schomaker@greenville.edu

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