((Dr. Steven Bonner provided the following update on the development of the Vocati Institute since its establishment last fall. The Vocati Institute is made possible by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and will work to inform, prepare, and encourage high school students for theological exploration, spiritual discernment, and engagement in their churches and communities.))
Much has happened with Vocati since the initial announcement of the grant award. Our first task was to hire an Administrative Coordinator and a Research Assistant. After much prayer and a careful process we hired Logan Tekell and Ngozi Anyanwu to serve in these roles respectively. We are very grateful for the good work both have already brought to the work of Vocati. As one might imagine, the last couple of months have been pretty busy. In January, we began to develop our website and social media presence. Developing the content for each of these entities took time and patience. We created all the nomination, mentor, and application forms and tweaked the process whereby an interested student would apply to the Institute. We are very grateful for the patient support of the MarCom department. It has truly been a team effort.
With the website up and initial ads published, we turned to creating a video that we could use on the website and in promotional electronic media. Current LCU students, LCS high school students, and LCU faculty gave of their time to make this video a success.
We learned in early March that Vocati would be featured in the upcoming issue of LCU’s Celebration of Scholarship. With our first team picture taken for the article, we turned to final tweaks with our teaser card and video and began cultivating emails and addresses for our upcoming promotional communication. In March, we also came together to begin conversation of the theme and direction for the year.
Everything is coming together nicely. An important aspect that is exciting to share and important to understand is that participating in Vocati is completely free. There is no cost to attend as the cost of the yearlong program has been underwritten by the grant. This means that spaces are limited and necessitates that we utilize a nomination process. All forms and applications process can be found on the website. The deadline to get in your nomination and mentor forms is May1, 2016. The application deadline is May 15, 2016.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.