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April 28


Heubach Morning Worship
Heubach Chapel | 7:30 - 7:50 a.m.
It’s been 27 years since the seed of Morning Worship was planted by two ASWWU/C Spiritual Vice Presidents! Join in this worship experience.

Registration and check-in
Administration Building, 4th floor | 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pick up weekend materials (name badge, special ribbons, and weekend schedule) or register for the weekend.

Havstad Alumni Center visiting hours
Havstad Alumni Center | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
A gathering space for alumni, family, and friends, available for you to rest and visit with friends while you are here.

WWU Historical Exhibit
Havstad Alumni Center, Heritage Room | 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Rich in WWU history, available to visit while you are on campus.

50-Year Reunion Breakfast – TICKETED EVENT - $15 (complimentary to members of the Class of 1973)
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room | 8:30 a.m.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and a WWU update with your fellow '73 class members.

Student Development Center
Village Hall Lower Level | 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Visit the Student Development Center to discover how you can support current students in their career path development.

School of Business Panel
Bowers Hall, room 201 | 10–10:50 a.m.
Reminisce with current and prior business deans about the major milestones in the business program over the years, and hear perspectives on the future of the business program and higher education in general

Awards Celebration
University Church, Sanctuary | 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy this special program highlighting the best of WWU student and faculty academic achievements as well as scholarships awarded for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Alumni Luncheon & Business Meeting – TICKETED EVENT - $15
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room | 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious meal, learn about alumni programs, and hear a report of the alumni activities this past year. You may attend this event without purchasing lunch.

Eugene Winter Golf Classic  – TICKETED EVENT - $100-$200pp
REGISTER AT www.wallawalla.edu/golf 
Veterans Memorial Golf Course, 201 E Rees Ave | Event start 1:00 p.m. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of golf while catching up with friends in the beautiful scenery of the Walla Walla Valley. Entry fee options include green fee, golf cart rental, Wolves hat, and raffle tickets. Proceeds benefit Walla Walla University Athletics.

Seminars, 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Several locations on campus

Seminar: "Resilience: Uncovering a Bold New Narrative"
Peterson Memorial Library, Reference Room | Laurellé C. Warner, professor of social work and sociology, MSW program director, Missoula program coordinator | 2:00 p.m.

Black women intersecting identities qualify them to provide germane insights on the meaning, nature, and processes of resilience. Yet, the extant literature is primarily western majorities’ dominant positions. This research was undertaken to increase awareness of culturally determined conceptualizations and offer an ethnologically relevant model that elevates Black women’s viewpoints.

Dr Laurellé C. Warner is an educator, licensed clinical social worker, and researcher. Her academic experiences span the full continuum of degree programs, associate to doctoral. Additionally, her clinical work extends across multiple professional specializations with a commitment to people groups who have intersecting social identities and are marginalized by societal structures. Finally, Dr. Warner’s research and scholarship center/elevate the voices, experiences, & viewpoints of ethno-racial & culturally diverse groups.


Seminar: "Answering the First Question You'll be Asked in Heaven  (Hint:  It has to do with business!)"
Winter Education Complex (WEC), room 209 | 2:00 p.m. | Ann Gibson '68 and Alumna of the Year 2023, business administration

Business is continually in the news due to its unethical actions and decisions. Can a Christian make a difference in such an environment? Is it even possible? This presentation will consider what a Christian can uniquely bring to the business environment beyond the qualities employers desire, such as creativity, integrity, good communicators, good interpersonal skills, team players, as well as meeting the technical qualifications required for the position. This discussion is for those who are in business and want to engage in ethical thinking and action above business expectations, and thus be prepared to respond to the first question they will be asked in heaven.

Ann Gibson is presently Professor of Accounting, Emerita, at Andrews University and retired from full-time employment.  Prior to her second retirement in 2021 she was the Vice-President for Finance for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) (2019-2021), and the Assistant to the Treasurer of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for Treasurer Training (2013-2019).  As Assistant to the Treasurer, she conducted financial seminars around the world and hosted a website for treasurer training materials.  Prior to working directly for the General Conference, she was the Hasso Chair of Business Ethics and Professor Accounting, and the Director of Off-Campus Programs in the School of Business Administration at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan.  She earned a PhD in Accounting from Washington State University in 1992.  Her dissertation was entitled: “An Empirical investigation into Ethical Decision Making in Accounting.”  Ann Gibson holds an MBA from Andrews University and a BA in Business from Walla Walla College (now University).  She is also a CPA, licensed in California.

Dr. Gibson was Dean of the School of Business Administration from 1995-2006, at which time she returned to the classroom, where she served until her retirement from Andrews University in 2013.  Prior to 1995 she was Chair of the Department of Accounting, Economics, and Finance at Andrews University, coming to Andrews from Walla Walla College (now University) in 1992.  Dr. Gibson worked for the General Conference Auditing Service from 1977-1983, initially as a staff auditor, and subsequently as District Director of the Atlantic District.  She also worked overseas in Singapore as accountant for the Far Eastern Division of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and as an assistant professor of business at Atlantic Union College.

Dr. Gibson has published in the Journal of Business EthicsIssues in Accounting Education, the Journal of Adventist Education, the Journal of Applied Christian Leadership, the Andrews University Seminary StudiesWomen of Spirit (where she authored a quarterly column on personal finance issues for four years), DialogueThe Dynamic Steward, and Spectrum.  In 2019 she published Honorable in Business:  Business Ethics from a Christian Perspective with Wipf and Stock Publishers.  She has reviewed papers for The Michigan Academician, the Journal of Business EthicsAndrews University Press, and the Midwest American Accounting Association conferences.  She has done numerous presentations to treasurers, business managers, academic conference attendees, and auditors on issues relating to effective boards and board governance, ethical decision-making and behaviors, money and culture, budgeting, auditing updates for continuing professional education, and personal financial planning.  She was invited to conduct a month-long training session for treasurers in Moscow, Russia, as part of an in-depth training program for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Russia in 1994, at a time when the move to western accounting and banking transactions was in its infancy in that country.

Dr. Gibson is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Society of CPAs, as well as Delta Mu DeltaBeta Gamma Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi.  She has been honored with the receipt of the J.N. Andrews Medallion in 2007, and as Adventist Woman of the Year for Professional Life in 2002; an Outstanding Woman of the Century, 1901-2001, by Andrews University in 2002, and Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996.  She also received the Andrews University Student Association Teacher of the Year Award in 2013, the Excellence in Teaching Award from Andrews University in 2009 and 1995; the Academic Advisor Award in 1994 from Andrews University, the Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award in 1990 from Washington State University; and the Burlington Northern Award and Grant for Faculty Excellence in 1986 from Walla Walla College (now University). 

When reviewing her career, Dr. Gibson is most grateful for the opportunity to influence many of her students to work for Seventh-day Adventist denominational entities in varied leadership capacities, to enhance financial leadership around the world through training seminars, to open the door for women to work in auditing across the denomination by being the first woman auditor to be employed by the Church, and to serve as the first woman dean of a business school within the denomination’s colleges and universities.

Seminar:“Seizing Opportunity - The Currency of Cars”
Administration Building, room 117 | 3:00 p.m. | Ronley Guth '10, automotive management

Ronley will be sharing his experience in the automotive industry and will expound on how the industry has changed and what it takes to be successful in today's automotive industry.

Ronley Guth is a District Manager for Toyota Motor North America. Since graduating from the Automotive Management program in 2010, he has held positions with Ford, FCA, and Toyota. His job titles include Technician, Service Engineer, Instructor, Field Technical Specialist, District Parts and Service Manager, and District Manager. In his current role he coordinates a Field Technical Specialist and District Service and Parts Manager to support dealers in the Northwest. Through relationships and consultative tools he improves profitability, throughput, and the customer experience at Toyota dealerships. He resides in Vancouver, WA with his wife and two boys.


Seminar: "Live longer, better!"
Administration Building, Room 116 | David Lopez '04, executive director for the Center for Humanitarian Engagement | 3:00 p.m.

You'll learn what BZP stands, what it is, and how WWU is partnering with the local community to make a choice to live a longer, better life. You'll hear practical tips to take with you to  your corner of the world.

David Lopez ‘04 is the executive director for the Center for Humanitarian Engagement at WWU. He has traveled the world leading thousands of volunteers with Maranatha, he now leads students to a deeper relationship with Christ through service starting right here at our alma mater.

Family Swim
Winter Educational Complex, Pool | 2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Specifically planned for families and children – free swim at the WEC Pool. Lifeguard on duty; parent must accompany children.

29th Annual Randy Yaw Pi Contest
Kretschmar Hall, Physics Lecture Hall, Room 107 | 3:14 p.m.
Enjoy a slice of pie and watch students recite digits of Pi. The record for this contest is 1,773 digits! First place winner receives a $314.15 scholarship.

Climbing Wall
Winter Educational Complex, Gymnastics Gym | 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
The new 25 ft. climbing wall at Walla Walla University is now open! It offers top-rope sport routes and a bouldering area with routes ranging in difficulty from 5.4—5.11. Ropes, harnesses, and shoes are available. Climbing wall staff are available to provide assistance. All abilities are welcome! Reserve a climbing spot at connect.wallawalla.edu/register/FridayWall

Art and Monument Campus Tour
Peterson Memorial Library, begin in front of the library end behind Fine Arts Center | 4:30 p.m.
Join Dan Lamberton '71, professor emeritus of English, on a walking tour of the university's art and monuments. The tour will begin in front of the Peterson Memorial Library and will end at back of the Melvin K West Fine Arts Center.

Registration and check-in
Kellogg Hall, front of cafeteria | 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Pick up weekend materials (name badge, special ribbons, and weekend schedule) or register for the weekend.

Alumni Dinner in Kellogg Hall - TICKETED EVENT - $15
Kellogg Hall, Alaska Room| 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy visiting and reconnecting with former classmates and friends, and make new friends, in Kellogg Hall, decorated in 50s-style fashion and menu options reminiscent from a 50s-style diner. Menu options will include gluten-free and vegan. Come and go event.

Clyde and Mary Harris Art Gallery Reception
Melvin K West Fine Arts Center, foyer| 5:30 p.m.
Clyde and Mary Harris Art Gallery presents: 30 Year Survey of Nature’s Quiet Places, by Wanda Thompson '65 and '93.

Piano Vespers 
Melvin K West Fine Arts Center, auditorium| 6:00 p.m.
Relax with a concert of solo piano music performed by students of Jinhyang Park, WWU assistant professor of music.

PRISM Vespers
University Church, Sanctuary | 8:00 p.m.
Welcome the Sabbath with a program of sacred music, designed as a PRISM concert by the Walla Walla University Department of Music. Doors close promptly at 8 p.m. No late entry.

April 29


Bird Walk
Rigby Hall Parking Lot | 6:30 a.m.
Early risers are invited to join Joe Galusha ’68 and professor emeritus of biology, David Cowles ’78 and biology faculty, for a nature walk. This iconic and cherished event was introduced in 1976.

Registration and check-in
WWU Church, outside front entrance | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Pick up weekend materials (name badge, special ribbons, and weekend schedule) or register for the weekend.

Sabbath Schools
Various Locations | Various Times (see WWU Church Bulletin at www.wwuchurch.org)

50-Year Reunion Sabbath School
Heubach Chapel | 10:00 a.m.
Members of the Class of '73 present a special reunion Sabbath School for classmates and friends.

Sabbath Seminar: “Spiritual Awakenings—Then and Now: Patterns, Pitfalls, Promise”
Winter Educational Complex, room 209 | 10:00 A.M.
Discussion led by Class of 1968 members: Paul Johnson, Joe Galusha, and Paul Jensen.

"Walla Walla  University & The Second Coming of Jesus Christ"
Bowers Hall, room 201 | 10:00 A.M.
Discussion led by Dr. Alex Bryan, chief mission officer for Adventist Health  WWU adjunct faculty

Church Service | 11:15 a.m.
University Church | Holley Bryant '03, Head of Schools for Rogers Adventist School and Walla Walla Valley Academy | "An Apple for the Teacher: a love letter to Adventist Education"

Most people would acknowledge that education is vital to the health and growth of our society. But is Adventist education important? Is there a difference? Does the Bible say anything about it? Does Adventist education really matter?

Holley (Leen) Bryant graduated in 2003 from Walla Walla College with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a double minor in art and music. Passionate about Christian Education, Holley has spent her career in Seventh-day Adventist schools from Idaho to Oregon to Washington. Holley is currently the Head of Schools for Rogers Adventist School and Walla Walla Valley Academy. She and her husband, Matt, have two children – Jackson, 8th grade and Reagan, 6th grade.

Registration and check-in
Winter Educational Complex, Alumni Gymnasium | 12:45 - 2 p.m.
Pick up weekend materials (name badge, special ribbons, and weekend schedule) or register for the weekend.

Sabbath Lunch - TICKETED EVENT $15
Winter Educational Complex, Alumni Gymnasium | 12:45 p.m.
Come fellowship with friends and classmates, and enjoy a catered Sabbath lunch. DOORS OPEN AT 12:45 p.m.

Bookstore Reunion
Winter Education Complex, Alumni Gymnasium then Room 139 | 1:00 p.m.
If you worked for the Bookstore while at WWU, as student or staff, come enjoy sharing a memory or two during this lunch hour. Pre-purchase tickets for Sabbath lunch, then bring your food to Room 139 for this reunion.

Honor Class Reunions and Photos | 2:00 - 5:30 p.m..
Various locations, see schedule below.
Reconnect with your classmates from 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, and 2013.

Vanguards (graduates from 1963 and before)
Photo: WEC Gym | 2:20 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 226 | 3:15 p.m. | Bob Bond, class host

Class of 1963
Photo: WEC Gym | 2:00 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 225 | 2:45 p.m. | Ann Schnibbe and Pat Fackenthall, class hosts

Class of 1968
Photo: WEC Gym | 2:50 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 217 | 3:30 p.m. | Paul Jensen, class host

Class of 1973
Photo: WEC Gym | 3:10 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 209 | 4:00 p.m. | Bill Dassenko, Leroy Patterson, Mike Schwartz, Lonna Milburn, class hosts

Class of 1978
Photo: WEC Gym | 3:40 p.m.
Reunion: WEC, Room 139 | 4:10 p.m. | Beverly Foster, class host

Class of 1983
Photo: WEC Gym | 4:00 p.m.
Reunion: CTC, Room 128 | 2:30 p.m. | Laurens Johansen, class host

Class of 1988
Photo: WEC Gym | 4:20 p.m.
Reunion: Bowers Hall, Room 201 | 2:45 p.m. |Curt Schafer, class host

Class of 1993
Photo: WEC Gym | 4:40 p.m.
Reunion: BWH, Room 204 | 3:00 p.m. | Kellie Bond, class host

Class of 1998
Photo: WEC Gym | 5:00 p.m.
Reunion: BWH, Room 203 | 3:30 p.m. |Jorge Barcelo, class host

Class of 2003
Photo: WEC Gym | 5:15 p.m.
Reunion: CTC, Room 305 | 3:45 p.m. | Chris Santana, class host

Class of 2013
Photo: WEC Gym | 5:30 p.m.
Reunion: BWH, Room 202 | 4:15 p.m. | Sara Mayne, class host

Alleluias and Meditations
University Church Sanctuary | 4:00 p.m.

Automotive Program Open House
Canaday Technology Center | 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Selected as the best automotive program in the Northwest, celebrate 75 years of the program by visiting with faculty and alumni and check out your favorite shop space.

School of Business Open House
Bowers Hall | 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy food and conversation with alumni and with current and past faculty in the newly remodeled "home” of the School of Business, Bowers Hall.

Department Suppers
5:30–7 p.m. Various locations Visit with your favorite teachers and fellow alumni. Suppers begin at 5:30 p.m.

Art, Communications and Languages, English, History and Philosophy
Administration Building, front lawn | Breads and salads

Biology and Chemistry
Rigby Hall, Courtyard | Breads and salads

School of Business
Bowers Hall, Lobby | Light Supper

School of Education and Psychology
Smith Hall, Lobby and Room 202 | Soups and Sandwiches

Edward F. Cross School of Engineering
Walla Walla Valley Academy, Multipurpose Room | Bread and salad potluck

Health and Physical Education
Winter Education Complex, Room 142 | Salad supper

Math, Computer Science, and Physics
University Church, Youth Room | Sandwiches and salads

The Department of Music invites alumni and friends to the 4:00 p.m. Alleluias and Meditations concert and the 7:00 p.m. Piano Vespers, both events take place in the University Church Sanctuary.

School of Nursing
Fellowship Hall, University Church | Light supper

Wilma Hepker School of Social Work and Sociology
Winter Educational Complex, Room 215 | Supper

Canaday Technology Center, Room 129 | Breads and salads

School of Theology
Kellogg Hall, Student Association Center | Breads and salads

WWU Church, Sanctuary | 7:00 p.m.
Close the Sabbath with this sundown services that combines sacred music and the spoken word. We are celebrating 60 years of this special tradition, started by former faculty Mel West and Loren Dickinson in the spring of 1963.

Milestones and Mission Celebration
WWU Church | 8:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Enjoy this special program celebrating 90 years of business majors and minors, 75 years of the automotive program, 65th Anniversary of Kellogg Hall, the 60th Anniversary of Evensong, and Alumni of the Year 2023. There will be special presentations and fabulous music you won't want to miss!

Old Fashion Ice Cream Social
ASWWU Tent | following Milestones and Mission Celebration - 10:00 p.m.
Visit with friends and enjoy an ice cream cone.

Bioengineering Lab, Open House
Chan Shun Pavilion, rooms 318 and 319 | following Milestones and Mission Celebration - 10:00 p.m
Please join us for an Open House to celebrate the completion of our new bioengineering lab with tissue engineering capabilities. With special thanks to WWU engineering alumni and others for their support to make this lab a reality.

Observatory Open
Kretschmar Hall | following Milestones and Mission Celebration - 10:00 p.m
The Physics Department invites you to come look through the telescope on top of Kretschmar Hall. Weather permitting, the observatory will be open right after the Milestones and Mission Celebration till 10:00 pm on Saturday evening. To get to the observatory, take the middle stairwell in Kretschmar Hall (the one next to the CHE office) to the 3rd floor. The door leading up from 3rd floor will be open during this time.

Climbing Wall
Winter Educational Complex, Gymnastics Gym | following Milestones and Mission Celebration - 10:00 p.m
The new 25 ft. climbing wall at Walla Walla University is now open! It offers top-rope sport routes and a bouldering area with routes ranging in difficulty from 5.4—5.11. Ropes, harnesses, and shoes are available. Climbing wall staff are available to provide assistance. All abilities are welcome! Reserve your climbing spot at https://connect.wallawalla.edu/register/SaturdayWall

April 30


Richard J. Kegley Memorial Fun Run/Walk – TICKETED EVENT – $20 REGISTER AT www.wallawalla.edu/homecoming 
Winter Education Complex, North Entrance | 7:30 a.m.

Join us for a healthy 5k run/walk, named for ultramarathon runner Richard J. Kegley ’47. Registration opens 6:45 a.m. Current WWU students receive free entrance. Net proceeds go to the worthy student fund. *Ticketed event

    Havstad Alumni Center visiting hours
    Havstad Alumni Center | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    A gathering space for alumni, family, and friends, available for you to rest and visit with friends while you are here.

    WWU Historical Exhibit
    Havstad Alumni Center, Heritage Room | 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    Rich in WWU history, available to visit while you are on campus.

    23rd Annual Car Show  –  $5 to enter vehicle (free to attend)
    Havstad Alumni Center Parking Lot | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Free admission to attend and vote for your favorite car from over 100 entries. Enjoy lunch on the lawn, proceeds go to WWU Auto Club. All are welcome!

    To register your vehicle, visit wallawalla.edu/car-show or call Alumni and Advancement Services at 1-(800) 377-2586. Goodie bag to first 100 vehicle entries. All car entries must be in the lot by 9:00 a.m.


    The Atlas-extended hours
    Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Complimentary WiFi
    Complimentary wireless Internet is available. Search for the "WWU-Guest" network within 20 feet of any WWU building.

    Homecoming 2024
    Mark your calendars for Homecoming Weekend 2023, April 25-28

    Thank You
    A special thank you to current WWU students. From graphic design to assisting with the Fun Run/Walk, weekend staffing, musical talent, and hours of detailed preparation, their contributions have added a special touch to this homecoming weekend. Also, a special thank you to alumnus Cody Sutton '18, for providing trophies for the Car Show.

    University Bookstore
    The University Bookstore is offering a 10 percent discount on one WWU-branded item during weekend hours.

    Clyde and Mary Harris Art Gallery | Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center
    Works by alumni on display.

    • Thursday 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
    • Friday 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
    • Sabbath 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    Havstad Alumni Center Visiting Hours

    Thursday, April 27                              8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Friday, April 28                                    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Sunday, April 30                                  8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


    Ann M. Gibson ’68

    Ann Gibson is the first to say that her life has been full of surprising twists and turns. After graduating from Walla Walla University with a degree  in accounting, working her first accounting job, and earning her Master’s in Business Administration from Andrews University, her first surprise was the opportunity to work in Singapore for the Far Eastern Division. There, she made life-long friends and discovered a love for teaching to which she would return many times. “I’m most grateful  for the opportunity to teach so many talented students,” she says. Gibson taught at the collegiate level, hosted a variety of international seminars, and wrote a textbook on Christian business ethics. She earned a doctorate in accounting in 1992. Between teaching  stints, Gibson’s business acumen also made her an excellent accountant and administrator. Gibson is the first female auditor for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and was named Andrews University’s Outstanding Woman of the Century. Now in retirement, she and her husband, Larry, enjoy spending time with Gordon, Heidi, and their three kids. From her varied experiences, she can tell others that letting God lead will bring possibilities beyond anything imaginable.


    Doug Taylor ’78

    Doug Taylor graduated in 1978 only to start work at Walla Walla University the day after commencement, the start of 44 years of service to the university. His degree in business and concentration in information science uniquely prepared him to work as the university’s first systems  analyst, assist in designing the first networked computer system for administrators on campus, and long career in Student Accounts. He formed strong friendships both in school and at work that brought much joy to his career. In 1997, Taylor fulfilled a dream to start his own business and shared his bill collection expertise with healthcare offices across the country. This unique opportunity allowed him to visit all 50 states and log over 1 million air miles. Taylor can now honestly say that for him there’s no place better than Walla Walla Valley. He’s given back to his community in many ways, earning the WWU Award for Community Service in 2021. Now retired, Taylor has also found a passion for train travel
    and enjoys seeing new corners of the country. However, his exceptional dedication remains as he teaches a query training class for university staff.


    Marci (Paddock) Knauft ’93 and '04

    Marci Knauft says, “I came to Walla Walla College with a plan for my life, but God used my time here to prepare me for His plan.” She was set on becoming an elementary school teacher in an Adventist school, but after graduation, it became clear that God was calling her to a special education classroom in the public school system, filled with kids who they couldn’t stay in their regular classrooms. Despite trepidation, she answered the call. For the last 29 years, Knauft has continued working with at-risk students, both as a high school teacher and principal. Knauft earned her master’s degree in students at risk from the university in 2003 and continues to see God’s hand in her work. “Every day I get to work with students who are struggling with life. I get to listen to their stories and be a role model for them. I get to be the hands and feet of Jesus,” she says. Knauft also finds joy in helping with Pathfinders, teaching Sabbath School, and leading vacation Bible school programs. She and her husband, Ted, have four children and have fostered several others.