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Mark, Adam, and Cheryl Schell Professor of Church Music and Organ; Men’s Glee Club DirectorWILMORE, Ky. – Atmosphere – a word repeated many times over among students and parents as New Student Orientation (NSO) kicked off this week at Asbury University. The normally quiet setting of Kinlaw Library was transformed into a buzzing registration venue, humming with the sounds of eager freshman, and proud parents. But this atmosphere wasn’t the main topic of conversation. This week, NSO will allow students to meld with Asbury’s one-of-a-kind environment, and for many parents, the climate of academic excellence and spiritual vitality made the difference during their college search.

“I like the morals being put forth here, and the classes we sat in on were fabulous,” said Tim Shepard of Cynthiana, Ky. His daughter, Lauren Shepard, will be studying media communications at Asbury.

Scheduled activities like daily devotions, corporate worship and the First Serve community service experience, will give students a glimpse into the rich social and spiritual community Asbury offers, while academic advising, a career-and-calling session, and classroom tours will deepen students’ understanding of the liberal arts education.

Asbury’s combination of robust community and quality academics has an appeal that frequently crosses generations. Many Asbury alumni get to experience a child becoming an Asburian this year. Among them are Dr. Mark Schell ’87, music professor and men’s glee club director at Asbury. Schell expressed a key difference between Asbury and other universities.

“At Asbury, the norm is a much more relaxed environment which allows you to thrive,” said Schell.

Schell and his wife Cheryl (also an ’87 graduate of Asbury), hope their son, Adam Schell, takes full advantage of the deep reservoir of life-long friendships and lessons Asbury has to offer.

“Asbury is not just a place to grow academically, but spiritually, relationally, and in community. He’s going to be mentored by a lot of people- students, professors, staff members- the whole campus. Wherever his need is going to be, there is going to be somebody to help him. “

And for parents of incoming freshmen, that is a breath of fresh air.

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