The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee.
– Psalm 20:1
A climate of fear has descended on the world, and for many university students across the country who spent the past week moving out of campus housing, feelings of anxiety are just beginning to set in.
The librarians and staff at the Library are aware of the emotional toll the past week has taken on many of our students, and we want to assure our users that all essential library services – research assistance, instruction, interlibrary loan, materials acquisition – will continue without interruption or reduction.
The librarians have set up a special FAQ Central page to answer some of the most common questions students may have about Library services during the closure. This page will provide our users with up-to-date information about Library services, new online acquisitions, and recommendations from the academic library world on making the most of the evolving situation.
The Library is committed to the academic success of our students and will provide every possible support in the coming weeks. May the Lord keep the entire Regent family safe through this trial and grant that we all emerge from it with a strengthened faith and closer relationship with Him.
Image from Regent University Facebook: March 20, 2020
Image credit: https://www.facebook.com/evangelistreinhardbonnke/
Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who dedicated his life to bringing the Gospel to people all over the world, passed away at the age of 79 on December 7, 2019.
Although his ministry would eventually reach to every continent, it is Africa where Bonnke had perhaps the most profound impact, bringing millions of people to Christ from his first visit in 1967 to his final Crusade in 2017. For his love and devotion for the people of Africa, Bonnke became affectionately known as “the Billy Graham of Africa.” Dr. Corné Bekker, Dean of the School of Divinity and a native of South Africa, attended several of Bonnke’s prayer meetings and recalls that “There would be a wonderful time of worship, he would preach the Gospel, very simple Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then he would give an invitation for people to come forward, and people in their thousands, sometimes, hundreds of thousands of people, would come forward and dedicate their lives unto the Lord.”1
Throughout the years, Bonnke was a regular guest on the 700 Club and in March 2013 preached at the dedication services of the newly completed University Chapel. The Library has a selection of his books and video spanning 1992-2013. During February, a display in the Library will commemorate the life and work of this tireless servant of the Lord.
1George Thomas, “Remembering ‘God’s General’ Reinhard Bonnke,” CBN News, December 9, 2019, https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2019/december/remembering-gods-general-reinhard-bonnke.
Follow regentulibrary on Instagram and look for me each day during the first week of classes.
During the first week of classes, the Library will run a contest in honor of our new mascot, Robbie the Royal Raptor. Currently enrolled Regent students will have five opportunities (one each day) to win a $15 Amazon gift card.
Each morning, we will post a picture of Robbie engaged in an activity in the Library or on the campus. To enter for that day, simply like the photo, add a comment, and follow us (if you are not already). That’s it! We will hold a drawing and announce that day’s winner at midnight the next day.
How to Enter:
- The contest runs Monday, August 26 to Friday, August 30.
- At the start of each day (midnight), the Library will post a photo of Robbie somewhere in the Library or on the Regent campus. Simply like the photo, add a comment, and follow us. You have until the end of the day (11:59 PM, Eastern Time) to enter.
- Drawing will be held among eligible entries at midnight the next day.
- Winners must currently be enrolled at Regent.
- Winners must like and comment on the photo and follow the Library.
- Students may enter each day but may win only one time.
- Winners will be announced on the post at the end of each day.
- Winners will be contacted by email and awarded a $15 Amazon gift card On September 3.
Good luck, and help spread the word about our contest!
At the end of June, a long-time faculty member and valued colleague of the Library will retire after nearly 28 years of devoted service. Head of Public Services Sandy Yaegle came to Regent in November 1991 after earning a Master of Library Science degree from Clarion University. Prior to becoming a librarian, Sandy was an elementary school teacher in her home state of Pennsylvania. Owing to her practical teaching experience, she has served as education subject specialist and liaison to the School of Education since joining the Library faculty.
In addition to her duties as Education Librarian, Sandy has served the Library in critical leadership positions, including Head of Public Services and Coordinator of Information Literacy and Library Instruction.
The Library faculty and staff will miss Sandy for her unfailing friendliness, modesty, and Christian spirit. Yet we rejoice with her as she begins a new chapter in her life. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.
For centuries one of the chief sources of inspiration for library architects has been the main reading room, such as the Duke Humfrey’s Library at Oxford, which was used as the setting for Hogwarts Library in the Harry Potter films:
While we may not quite yet be able to be able to compete with the atmosphere of an Oxford library originally completed in 1480, Regent does have a beautiful reading room sure to enhance your concentration and sense of scholarly purpose:
The Regent’s Special Collections Reading Room is now open for quiet study 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sunday through Thursday. Electronic devices may be used for long as they are set on silent. On your visit, be sure to take a look at some of the rare objects in the Reading Room display cases, such as the ancient Greek amphora, the oldest item in the Library: