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New fellow program places grads next to deans

After sifting through hundreds of applications, four fellows were selected as ORU’s first class of Graduate Quest Fellows. The Fellows were chosen based on their own personal quest for wholeness.

Fellows include Carolyn Stubbs, Jonathan Hutchins, Elizabeth McKelvey and Heather Wright. With this opportunity, the fellows are able to fine tune their skills through their experiences with the ORU Provost as well as Deans for the ORU College of Business, College of Education and College of Theology and Ministry.

Carolyn Stubbs,
President’s Fellow
Stubbs is pursuing a Doctor of Education degree. After graduation, she hopes to establish schools and education ministries to assist in developing children’s gifts. Stubbs is currently on sabbatical as principal of the elementary school she co-founded in the Bahamas, The Remnant MiniVerisity & Academy.

She works alongside Provost Dr. Kathleen Reid-Martinez on a Retention Committee that consists of the deans of multiple departments at ORU. The committee focuses on retention, student life and learning projects.

Stubbs hopes “to use the platform of education to develop the social consciousness of children so that they become agents of justice and social change.”

Jonathan Hutchins,
Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Business
In attaining his MBA with the School of Business, Hutchins works alongside Dr. Julie Huntley, dean of Business. He describes working with Huntley as “truly the most exciting part.”

“I have found that I have so much room for growth and the position I have been placed in allows me to learn and glean knowledge that is rare for individuals of my age or experience,” he said.

Hutchins has attained work experience with names such as SemGroup Corporation, Ernst & Young and Workman Forensics.

Elizabeth McKelvey,
Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Education
McKelvey is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Public School Administration. She currently serves as a school psychologist with Jenks Public Schools. McKelvey works with students and families to help identify and address learning or behavior problems that interfere with school success.

McKelvey said that the courses in the grad program “have provided enriching learning experiences as well as practical strategies to utilize in my current educational setting. The professors offer a wealth of knowledge and experience, provide wonderful insight and are incredibly supportive and encouraging.”

Heather Wright,
Dean’s Fellow in the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry

Wright is working on her degree in Biblical Literature with a Judaic-Christian Studies concentration.For Wright, attaining the Graduate Quest Scholarship is the only way she is able to pursue her master’s degree at ORU.

As a missionary, it was during a trip to Spain when the Lord put on her heart to go back to school. Wright has led worship for more than 20 years, allowing her to understand the importance of making sure that worship song lyrics are theologically correct.

“There are many cultures where the Bible is not translated yet, and these songs can create or confirm theology,” Wright said. “My heart is, among other things, that God would use this degree to further theologically correct, culturally relevant worship. I find myself in this place, blessed by this scholarship, and I know that it is the Lord’s will for me to be here.”

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