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Published by Booth University College, 2017-09-06 11:09:09

President's Prayer Calendar 2017-18

President's Prayer Calendar 2017-18




The President’s Prayer Calendar Just over one year ago I began my service as President of Booth
is produced yearly for friends
supporters and community of University College and sat down to prepare my first Prayer Calendar.
Booth UC. What a year it has been! In the past 12 months we experienced our
largest incoming class in September 2016 and our largest graduating
class in April 2017. We celebrated our 35th anniversary and named
our main campus facility Waldron Building in recognition of the
leadership Commissioners John and Helen Waldron provided to see
Booth UC established in 1982. We completed significant upgrades to Waldron Building so
that we are ready for present and future needs. We have welcomed new faculty and staff and
said farewell to those who have moved on to new opportunities. We have experienced both
planned and unplanned challenges that go with significant change and in the midst of it all
God’s presence has been evident and abundant. We are grateful for God’s faithfulness and
humbled by his provision.

One year ago, I set the words of Exodus 33:15 as our focus for the Prayer Calendar and I have
chosen to maintain that focus for the coming year. These words represent my ongoing prayer
for Booth University College: Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up
from here”.

At Booth University College, prayer is the essential foundation for all we do; prayer for our
students, faculty and staff; prayer for our plans, our hopes and dreams; prayer for our
Board of Trustees, our administration and leadership; prayer for wisdom and discernment
to be faithful stewards and scholars; prayer that lives will be changed, academic
excellence and scholarship will thrive, and that we, our students and our graduates,
will daily live out “Education for a Better World”.

I invite your continued participation in this journey through your prayers. Without God’s
blessing, wisdom and presence, we will not achieve our vision and we will not fulfill our
mission. I share this prayer calendar in the anticipation that friends of Booth UC across
Canada and internationally will faithfully act upon the needs expressed. Your prayers are
an encouragement to all of us at Booth and I thank you in anticipation of your support.

Dr. Marjory Kerr


Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

Zach Marshall, RA

Kaitlin vanDeursen, RA As Booth UC grows, so does our orientation Pray for faculty as they bring their scholarship and passion for teaching
program to meet the changing needs of to our students, both inside and outside of the classroom. We welcomed
students on the Winnipeg campus. For the Assistant Professor Laszlo Markovics (Business Administration) to campus
first time this fall, we are implementing this summer. Pray for his adjustment and contributions to Booth UC.
an orientation program for international
students to support them in making a Pray for staff as they engage in the myriad of details that
smooth transition to living in Winnipeg make for a successful academic year. Pray that they will
and attending Booth UC. Pray that our each see their role in achieving “Education for a Better World”.
international students will get off to a
will be an open and welcoming environment Dr. Michael Boyce, VP Academic and Dean
for them. Ms. Denise Young, VP Administration
Major (Dr.) Mark Wagner, Dean of the School for Continuing Studies
Residence students will arrive on campus Ms. Rhonda Friesen, Dean of Students
over the Labour Day weekend. Pray for Dr. Marjory Kerr, President
the Residence Assistants (RA) in their
responsibilities. Pray for our students in Give thanks for God’s blessing and
residence that they will find support, guidance on all that will come this year.
friendship and encouragement as they
settle into their home on campus, especially
for those who are away from home for
the first time.

As students settle into the rhythm and Pray for our Board of Trustees when they
routines that will provide a solid foundation meet on campus September 22-23. Our
for the semester, pray that their passions Board is committed to Booth UC’s success
and interests will be encouraged. Pray that and growth. Pray that God will bless them
they will find friends and new experiences with wisdom and discernment in their
to complement their studies. Pray that they decision-making. Pray for the new Chair
will care for each other and experience of the Board, Brigadier General (Ret.)
community here at Booth UC. Linda Colwell as she begins this
new responsibility.

Amy Patrick, RA Brigadier General (Ret.)Linda Colwell

Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

President Kerr signs Winnipeg Indigenous Accord

October and November are two Booth Bound 2016
of the busiest months for our
Admissions team as they seize
every opportunity to engage with
potential future students. Pray
for the Admissions Team – for
passion, wisdom, health, stamina,
grace and safe travels. Pray for
the future students of Booth UC.

We are introducing a Fall Semester Booth Bound 2017 will take place from October 19-22. Booth Bound is a unique campus
Reading Week this year, from experience for Salvationist high school students who are considering Booth UC for their
October 9-13. Pray for our students undergraduate studies. The weekend will provide future students with the opportunity to
as they navigate the challenge of experience Booth UC classes, residence and campus life, participate in Sunday worship at
mid-term tests and the pressure of a Winnipeg corps (church) and experience what the City has to offer. Pray for a large number
multiple due dates for assignments. of students to attend the weekend and that they will be inspired to think seriously about
Pray that God will encourage and Booth University College as their university.
sustain them through this time.
Pray for Booth UC’s new Indigenous
Pray for faculty as they deal Advisory Council as it forms and as the
with the stress and pressure of Council members begin the work
grading and returning tests and of planning.
assignments, staying focussed
on course objectives while also Pray that we will creatively and intentionally respond to opportunities for reconciliation within
encouraging, advising and guiding and through Booth UC in downtown Winnipeg as a partner in Winnipeg’s Indigenous Accord.
students, and fulfilling the many
administrative commitments that October is also the time when we begin planning for the 2018/19 academic year. Pray for the
are part of faculty life and the VP Academic and Dean, Program Heads and faculty as they develop an academic program that
academic governance of our will meet student needs and institutional objectives.

Admissions Counsellor at event 2017

Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

Major (Dr.) Mark Wagner Our School for Continuing Studies extends the reach of Booth UC far
beyond Winnipeg as we offer courses and programs for Salvation Army
personnel and others in Canada and internationally. Pray that God will
guide our efforts to create and deliver programs that serve our students,
community and The Salvation Army well. Pray for our Continuing Studies
students, many of whom are also engaged in full-time employment and
ministry. Pray that God will provide focus, discipline and encouragement
to complete their studies. Pray for Major (Dr.) Mark Wagner as he leads
the School and settles into his new responsibilities as Dean.

Once again this year, Booth University College will provide approximately $200,000 in direct School for Continuing Studies in Cuba
financial support to students. Students receive entrance scholarships, program specific
bursaries and financial aid that is based on need. Therefore, once again this year we are asking As an institution, Booth UC is committed to helping our students integrate their learning in
for your prayers and practical support of our financial aid program. Join me in praying for the classroom with experience in the community through our field education programs. This
donors who will support our efforts to keep education accessible at Booth University College. is possible only because of the quality of partnerships we have with a range of agencies.
Field supervisors give generously of their time to guide our students in developing their skills
Pray for the Advancement Office team as they seek to increase donor gifts that will support and capabilities. Pray that God will use these experiences to equip our students to be effective
student aid, campus growth and operational needs. Pray for their efforts as they develop, foster agents of hope in our communities.
and maintain relationships with current and future donors, alumni, and friends of Booth UC.
Thank God for the partnerships we
have with our field education agencies
and supervisors.

School for Continuing Studies, Petersen Hall

St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dogs

Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

Classes on the Winnipeg campus finish on December 5, followed by exams from December 7-13. Campus closes for the Christmas season from December
It is always a busy and stressful time as students complete assignments and prepare for their 23, 2017 to January 2, 2018. Students will travel home, and
exams. Pray that they will stay healthy and focussed. Pray that they will manage their priorities staff and faculty will enjoy a well-deserved break and time
and time. Pray that they will have fun in the midst of the pressures. with family and friends. Pray that God will use this time
to refresh us all.
For faculty, it will also be a busy time as they evaluate assignments and exams to submit final
grades. Pray that God will grant clarity of thought and perseverance to faculty and staff as they Pray that God will
push through to the end of the semester. grant us the opportunity
to experience again
Student Christmas banquet 2016 the miracle of our
Saviour’s birth.

Students collect toys for TSA Toy Mountain

Christmas Kettle collection

Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

Winter intensive courses on the Winnipeg campus are scheduled for January 8-19. Regular Booth UC Library staff
winter semester classes begin on January 15. Pray for the first weeks of
classes, that students and faculty will be energized by the excitement of new courses and Our Library staff provides outstanding service to our students throughout the year. This support
new opportunities for learning. Pray for administrative and support staff as they provide extends not only to those who study on the Winnipeg campus, but also to our continuing studies
the many “hidden” supports for our students and for Booth UC overall. students across Canada and internationally. Join me in praying that God will bless our Library
staff and that they too will experience the fulfillment that comes with seeing students learn
Pray for the safe return of staff, faculty and succeed.
and students to campus and for a strong
start to the new semester.

First Cohort- Kroc Center Leadership Certificate, January 2017

Students and Instructors from the first cohort for the new Certificate
in KROC Center Leadership program that launched in January 2017

Our Board of Trustees will meet in Toronto from January 26-27. In each meeting the Board
discusses and decides on a range of matters critical to the future of Booth University College.
Pray that God will direct our trustees and provide them with wisdom and discernment as they
chart the future of Booth University College.

Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

At this time of year many high Heritage Week Chapel Service 2017 Winter Semester Reading Highschool students visiting campus
school students will be making Week will be from February Student Q & A Lunch with the President
decisions regarding their choice Heritage Week at Booth UC 19-23. Pray for our students
of university. We are working Heritage Week at Booth UC as they catch up on their
hard to ensure that Booth reading, research and writing
University College continues to or simply take a break, and
provide an outstanding and for faculty as they mark
affordable learning experience assignments and make
for a growing number of students, progress on their own
and have been blessed with research and writing. Pray
significant growth over the past for the Booth UC community
several years. Pray for students as we prepare for the second
who are considering Booth half of the semester.
University College as their
university of choice. Pray for During February we will be
the Admissions Team as they finalizing our operating
work to achieve their objectives budget for the next fiscal
and provide wise counsel to year which begins on July
students applying to Booth. 1, 2018. Pray that God
Pray for continued enrolment will guide us through this
growth as we work to make process so that we are able
the Booth experience accessible to advance the mission of
to more students. Booth University College as
effective stewards of the
resources available to us.
Pray for Cabinet that we
will know God’s presence
in our planning and

MARCH 2018
Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)
Booth UC Students

Booth UC Faculty 2017

Many of our students who graduate at the end of April will be searching for employment in the Booth University College is
coming weeks. Others may be applying to graduate programs to continue their education at the blessed with outstanding
Masters or PhD level. Pray for them as they transition from Booth UC to pursue new goals; pray faculty and staff. It is their
that they will be successful in their efforts to secure new opportunities that will positively tireless efforts that make
shape their continued development and contribution to their communities. it possible for our students
to have a transformative
The media frequently reports on the cost of higher education and increasing levels of debt that educational experience.
students incur during their years at university. The financial aid we provide to students makes a Pray that God will continue
significant difference to their ability to cover costs and manage the amount of debt they will have to inspire, bless and encourage
when they graduate. Pray for our current donors, that they will continue to give generously and our faculty and staff individually
sacrificially. Pray for new donors who will enable us to extend the financial support we are able and collectively.
to provide.

APRIL 2018
Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

Spring Convocation 2017

Our winter semester classes end on April St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dogs
13. Students will be completing their final
assignments and preparing for final Pray for this year’s graduates as we honour
examinations which will be scheduled their achievements and thank God for the
from April 16-20. Pray that our students promise they represent.
will have the stamina and focus required
to finish the academic year well. Pray for Spring Convocation 2017
the faculty as they mark assignments
and exams, calculate final grades and
work to meet challenging due dates
and timelines.

Sunday April 29 is Convocation and the
Conferring of Degrees. Pray for the Booth
UC team as we make final preparations
for the day. Pray for the special guests,
families and friends who will be part of
this celebration. Our Board of
Trustees will also meet this weekend
from April 28-30 and this provides the
opportunity for them to participate fully
in the convocation events. Pray that God
will guide the Board of Trustees in their
deliberations and decisions.

Pray for those students who will return
to Booth in September. Pray that their
search for summer employment will be
successful as they work to fund their
studies next year. Pray that God will
bless them over the summer and bring
them back safely to Booth University
College in the fall.

Spring Convocation 2017

MAY 2018
Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

May marks the beginning of our spring term. In addition to online courses and intensive
classes offered on our Winnipeg campus, a number of our social work students will begin
their summer field placements with agencies across Winnipeg and southern Manitoba.
These full-time placements are foundational to their development as social workers.
Pray for their safety and that the learning experiences of our students, wherever they are,
will be blessed by God.

Pray for our faculty as the spring and summer months provide an opportunity to focus their Students taking Intensive classes Students taking Intensive classes
energies on research, writing and other aspects of scholarship that enrich our community, enhance
their teaching and contribute to their particular fields of expertise. Our faculty members engage in Pray that God will provide our faculty
many different kinds of scholarship that include writing books and journal articles, presenting members with focus and energy as they
research at seminars and conferences, and extensive reading in preparation for teaching new pursue these aspects of scholarship
courses. All of these activities require time, clarity of thought and discipline.

Students taking Intensive classes

from May to August.

Students taking Intensive classes

JUNE 2018
Lord, “if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here”. (Exodus 33:15)

As our fiscal year comes to an end in June, we will be working hard to confirm that we have July and August 2018
used our resources wisely and that our expenses will match our income for the year. Pray that
God will bless our efforts to manage our expenses. Pray for our administrative and business Over the next two months, most of our faculty and staff will have opportunity to enjoy well-
staff and the outstanding work they do to ensure our financial commitments are met and as deserved vacations. Pray for their safety and well-being and that of their families and loved
they guide us through the busyness of year-end financial reporting. ones. Pray for God’s renewing presence and for the passion and energy that they will bring
back to campus once again when we gather in September.
This month we will begin annual maintenance and upgrades on our facilities. Pray for our
facilities and hospitality staff and the workers who will be completing these tasks. Also pray that
God will provide the resources to maintain and improve our facilities.

Pray that the summer break from the
pressures of work and normal routines
will be refreshing and renewing for all.

Cadets who are in training for Salvation Army Officership at the College for Officer Training in
Winnipeg take a number of courses at Booth during their training and therefore they also are
Booth students. As the second year cadets prepare for their Commissioning and Ordination as
officers in The Salvation Army and the first year cadets prepare for their summer assignments,
pray for God’s blessing upon them and for the future leadership of The Salvation Army in Canada
and Bermuda.

Our Student Services staff provides a range of supports to our students. They plan events,
provide counsel, organize our spiritual life program, oversee those living in residence and many
other aspects of student life. As they make preparations for the fall semester, pray that they will
continue to serve our students with generous spirits and caring hearts.

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