Asbury ImpactU Camps Draw Record Attendance – Asbury University
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June 17, 2016

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A record number high school students enjoyed a college-type experience in Film, Equine, Brass Music, Leadership and more

WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University’s ImpactU summer camps enjoyed record-breaking attendance the past two weeks, with 221 high school students visiting campus to explore Film, Equine, Brass Music, Environmental Science & Biotechnology, Theatre & Film Acting and much more.

A residential, college-type experience, ImpactU allows high school students to interact with college faculty members, share ideas across disciplines and explore new academic areas, all within the context of Asbury’s Christian community. 

As a brand-new addition to ImpactU, Asbury offered Youth Becoming Leaders (YBL), a two-week camp in theology and leadership (June 6-17). Funded by a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, YBL encouraged students to interact with scripture and theological texts, participate in service projects and think through global issues.

Seth Canoy, a recent high school graduate who will attend Asbury this fall, enjoyed exploring social issues with a like-minded community. 

“It was amazing to be in a group that has a passion for people and a passion for the Word like I do,” Canoy said. “It’s just amazing. I rarely meet people who have as much joy and love as the students and faculty at Asbury.”

Brass Music Camp was another new opportunity this year. Designed for excellent young brass performers who are interested in majoring in music or preparing for all-state auditions, Brass Music Camp connected each student with master classes, private lessons and participation in a brass choir. Faculty included alumnus Mark Ridenour ’81, assistant principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Euphonium player, Staff Sergeant Hiram Diaz, of “The President’s Own” Marine Band; And alumnus Prof. Nathan Miller ‘05, director of the orchestra and professor of horn at Asbury University.

“The master classes reinforced the idea that you can always be more musical,” said Nick Adkins, a high school senior who plays euphonium in the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra. “I found things I could work on that I hadn’t even realized.”

Student in waders holding a fish in his hands

All of Asbury’s ImpactU camps offer hands-on experience — none more so than Environmental Science and Biotechnology.

“I took AP Biology this past year, so a lot of the work I did in the lab with DNA was directly related to what we learned in ImpactU,” said Kathi Munoz-Hofmann, a senior from Wilmore, Ky. “It was really neat to connect the concepts with what we learned in the field.”

While Munoz-Hofmann was ready for an in-depth academic experience, other areas of ImpactU surprised her.

“We did some things I’ve never done before in my life, like going out on the river and using shocking equipment and nets to catch huge gar and other fish,” she said. “It was really neat to talk about what the fish were and where they fit in the ecosystem. I had no idea this camp was going to be so fun!”

Dr. Mark Troyer, vice president for Enrollment Management at Asbury, says ImpactU challenges students to explore not only academic areas, but also their own callings.

“ImpactU prepares students to think critically about how these academic areas integrate into real life,” Troyer said. “We want to encourage them to think about their futures — how they can apply their gifts to impact the world.”


ImpactU isn’t the only opportunity Asbury offers high school students — high school seniors can take classes for academic credit in Asbury University’s dual-enrollment program. To learn more, visit: