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This is a pretty biased statement since I am an alum of Taylor (2003), but it is supported by fact as well.

I recently received a letter seeking a donation, which is another topic.  Taylor has pretty good alumni giving rates and a pretty good advancement department.  But I digress.

The letter has some facts (also found in this news release) that prove that Taylor is

  • the best university, and
  • worth the $$$ of tuition (which is now probably over $100,000 for 4 years).

These stats won’t convince my wife to give Taylor any praise (she went to a local rival school) but I’m happy to spread the good word about my alma mater.

  • Taylor was ranked #1 by US News & World Report in the Midwest category of Baccalaureate Colleges. Highlighted areas include:
        • Ability to attract and retain some of the brightest students,
        • High graduation rate, and
        • High rates of Alumni loyalty (based on Alumni giving).
  • Taylor was ranked #2 for best value in the Midwest Baccalaureate Colleges.
  • Taylor was mentioned in the Top 24 of a national grouping based on strong study-abroad programs.  Other colleges included Georgetown, NYU, and Dartmouth (last year Taylor had almost 400 students in 31 countries).

My wife and I have been talking a lot lately about the cost of our education and the debt-burden that we now face.  Was it worth it for us to attend private schools? Was it worth the loans and “bondage” we are now in?? I would say, Yes and No.

Education is a priceless piece of your life and directly impacts your career and basically your whole future.  We are both frustrated at the many people (mostly women) who were able to go to these schools just to get their “Mrs. Degree.” Would tuition be more or less expensive without them? Who knows!

I don’t regret my decision and neither does she.  At a private Christian school you get so much more than book-learning.  You get the deep fellowship of living within a community of believers.  There is a bubble that gets created around any college, even more so at a small school in the middle of a corn field! But the bubble can be burst by being active in community activities.  I had lots of discussions with my family about the virtue of attending a private school versus a public school.

Ultimately, I wanted to have an education that was rooted in faith.  God provided the opportunity to attend Taylor and it was and is a sacrifice worth making!

Learn more about the great educational opportunities at Taylor.  This was not a paid advertisement!

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I worked with Connie and Monica while I was at Taylor. This is a sad day for the TU community.

Students, Staff Involved in Fatal Crash

April 26, 2006

Updated: 5:25 p.m., Thursday, April 27
Taylor University officials report that a van carrying professional staff and students was involved in a collision with a semitrailer on Interstate 69 near Highway 18.

Four students and one employee were killed in the accident, including:

Whitney E. Cerak, Gaylord, MI (photo)
Freshman, Undeclared major
Selected to be an Orientation Group Leader
Older sister Carlie is a Taylor student

Laurel E. Erb, St. Charles, IL (photo)
Junior, Art major

Bradley J. Larson, Elm Grove, WI (photo)
Senior, History major; Philosophy minor
Intended to go to law school

Elizabeth A. Smith, Mt. Zion, IL (photo)
Senior, Exercise Science major; Psych minor
Active in student leadership
Served as TWO ministry director
Active in promoting diversity awareness

Monica Felver, Creative Dining Services

Large Photo (.jpg)
Indiana State Police Release (.pdf)

One student and three employees were injured in the accident, including:

  • Laura J. VanRyn, senior
  • Vickie Rhodes, Creative Dining Services employee
  • Connie Magers, Creative Dining Services employee
  • Michelle Miller, Creative Dining Services employee

Laura VanRyn and Michelle Miller suffered serious injuries and are currently recovering at Parkview Hospital. Vicki Rhodes and Connie Magers are recovering at Marion General Hospital.

Updated: 2:20 p.m., Thursday, April 27

Funeral Arrangements, Memorial Services and Prayer
No information is yet known regarding funeral arrangements. Details regarding memorials and funeral arrangements will be shared as they become available.

Prayers and condolences for the Taylor community can be posted in our prayer forum.

A Vespers service, continuing Wednesday night’s time of corporate sharing, singing and grieving, will be held Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. in Rediger Auditorium.

A memorial service will be held on May 7 in Rediger Auditorium

Inauguration Information
After prayerful consideration and discussion, Taylor University officials have decided to proceed with the inauguration of Dr. Eugene B. Habecker tomorrow as scheduled at 10:00 a.m. in the Odle Arena.

Our decision was based upon our desire at this time especially to renew our commitment to one another as a Christ-centered faith community and to honor the memories of the students and staff members involved in Wednesday’s tragic accident. We desire to bring our students, faculty, staff and honored guests together, perhaps not with the original sense of celebration and anticipation we had planned, but rather as a demonstration of an intentional commitment to one another and to those things to which Christ has called us.

Campus Visitation Day
Campus Visitation Day will proceed as scheduled, although the format may change. If you would like to reschedule your visit for another time, please call the admissions office at 800.882.3456 (after 5pm: 765.730.1999).


  • Friday: Classes canceled
  • Saturday: Taylathon canceled; Rescheduling will be considered next week
  • Thursday: Classes canceled
  • Thursday: Athletic events postponed
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