the 180 (or so)

I realized a while back that I never, ever finished out my quick-descriptions of the final campuses of the big trip.

So, for those of you looking for pertinent college ministry info, sorry for today’s diversion. But if you’re unfamiliar with the yearlong exploration I got to have, here’s a chance to catch up a little.

While only the last 29 30 campuses are new to this list, here are all of the 180 181 campuses I visited between August 2007 and August 2008, complete with at least one random memory from each. Plus, I’ve included links to learn more about each “chapter” of the trip.

[I later realized that I had left out a campus. So we’re now at 181, and holding… for now…]


Preface: The trip to Chicago (that Itinerary)

  • #1: Evangel College, Springfield, MO (Campus number one. Took a nap.)

Chapters 1 & 2: New Student Orientations & further Chicagoland exploration (Orientations Itinerary and Chicagoland Itinerary)

  • #2: Trinity International University / Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL (Gotta love a school named TEDS.)
  • #3: Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL (Hangin’ in the Stupe. Lots.)
  • #4: Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL (That big plaza is pretty cool in the middle of busy Chicago.)
  • #5: North Park University, Chicago, IL (It’s quite Swedish, you know.)
  • #6: Judson College University, Elgin, IL (Campus flood, plus a name-change. With fireworks.)
  • #7: University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL (Hangin’ out in the Inner Circle…)
  • #8: Loyola University, Chicago, IL (That Ignatius of Loyola, he liked to learn stuff.)
  • #9: DePaul University, Chicago, IL (I eavesdropped on one group’s Bible study ’cause I was late.)
  • #10: Robert Morris College, Chicago, IL (Cool giant mural.)
  • #11: University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (Some parts are kinda old and creaky, but in a cool way.)
  • #12: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (They tape their fliers to the ground! And they sell crepes at the food court!)
  • #13: College of DuPage, Wheaton, IL (Lived right across from it for six weeks. Even walked a dog over there.)

The trip to Atlanta & back up to Boston (Itinerary)

  • #14: Purdue University (Stalked a Christian magician.)
  • #15: Western Kentucky University (I understand why they’re the Hilltoppers now.)
  • #16: Furman University (Home of the bald Paladin.)
  • #17: Bob Jones University (Watched Literary Societies play soccer, with their own cheerleaders.)
  • #18: Appalachian State (Two huge hills. And lots of milkshake choices at Cook Out.)
  • #19: Virginia Tech (Ravi Zacharias.)
  • #20: University of Scranton (Slept in a Vistor’s spot.)
  • #21: Lackawanna College (They didn’t lack the wanna to be nice in the bookstore.)

Chapter 3: Boston & more New England (Itinerary)

  • #22: Boston University (Home of the Terriers and the Passion Regional.)
  • #23: Harvard University (How many schools have archeology digs on campus?)
  • #24: MIT (Home of the crazy geometric buildings. It is, after all, MIT.)
  • #25: Cambridge College (I attended Sunday school in a classroom!)
  • #26: Boston College (Man, it’s a ways out there on the Green Line.)
  • #27: Northeastern University (Homecoming King & Queen Karaoke. That’s all I need to say.)
  • #28: University of Massachusetts (There’s some disturbing places on this campus!)
  • #29: Gordon College (Timothy George in Chapel.)
  • #30: Central Connecticut State University (Most disturbing mascot. Ever.)
  • #31: Tufts University (That’s right, they’re the Jumbos! Actually named after the Barnum & Bailey elephant!)
  • #32: Brown University (Sex. Power. God.)
  • #33: Connecticut College (Really nice security guard, for one thing.)

Chapter 4: Headed down to Florida and the Southern Blitz (Itinerary)

  • #34: NYU (Is that your school or a skyscraper? Yes.)
  • #35: Princeton University (Just visiting my cousin getting his Plasma Physics PhD., that’s all.)
  • #36: University of Maryland (Probably the coolest center-of-campus I’ve seen.)
  • #37: University of Richmond (They’re the Spiders, and this campus is in the stinkin’ woods.)
  • #38: University of Florida (Toured the campus on the back of a Vespa driven by a scholarship athlete. Huh.)
  • #39: Samford University / Beeson Divinity School (One of the prettiest campuses ever. Good cafeteria, too.)
  • #40: University of Alabama at Birmingham (They’re the Blazers, and a Blazer is a dragon.)
  • #41: University of Alabama (Fight at the food court! -don’t worry, it was employees, not students.)
  • #42: LSU (The under-construction BCM will be great! And… there’s a real tiger on campus.)
  • #43: New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (An amazing lunch with a college ministry prof and his students – how could I forget?)
  • #44: Tulane University (Waterfalls from the ceiling of the student center? Wowzers.)
  • #45: Southern Miss (Jumbo-tron in the Student Center, eh?)
  • #46: William Carey University (All the street names have to do with Carey’s life. When I die, what would I want on my street names?)
  • #47: Mississippi College (They have some moolah, say their sweet buildings.)
  • #48: Belhaven College (They, too, are the Blazers. Only this time a Blazer is a blazing guy. Or a sword. Or an orb. The bookstore gal and I couldn’t sort it out.)
  • #49: Millsaps College (The SMU of Mississippi, but WITH a climbable tower.)
  • #50: Louisiana Tech (At midnight, the golden bulldog comes alive. Not really. But oh how I wish it was true.)
  • #51: The University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA (The campus was deserted, except for a huge Christmas tree. Good enough.)
  • #52: University of New Mexico (In Albu-qwirky, and it certainly is.)

Winter Break in Dallas (Itinerary)

  • #53: SMU (A great library for a few sources for the ol’ thesis.)
  • #54: Dallas Theological Seminary (I left my Red X by the Jesus statue. But it was rescued!)
  • #55: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (My soon-to-be alma mater…)

Chapter 5: California – from bottom to top (Itinerary)

  • #56: University of California San Diego (La Jolla) (Lotsa construction, but it was good to be in San Diego for Semester Two!)
  • #57: San Diego Christian College (El Cajon) (Dorms… right at a church. Huh.)
  • #58: Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego) (Mascot? Sea Lions. Picture of mascot? Regular lion. Confusing!)
  • #59: San Diego State University (San Diego) (Long, pretty “campus walk” down the middle.)
  • #60: California State University San Marcos (Constructed all up-n-down a hill.)
  • #61: California State University Long Beach (The Beach! Or the Dirtbags! And the official mascot, too! Lotsa nicknames!)
  • #62: The Master’s Seminary (Sun Valley) (At Grace Community Church, so I got two explorations in one. Sweet.)
  • #63: The Master’s College (Santa Clarita) (John MacArthur in chapel, so I got the full view.)
  • #64: UCLA – University of California Los Angeles (I had to sprint across the campus, and it’s a big campus… Winded!)
  • #65: Azusa Pacific University (Azusa) (Hundreds and hundreds in night-chapel, plus ashed on my forehead.)
  • #66: Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) (Overlooking the smoggy, pretty city.)
  • #67: University of Southern California (Los Angeles) (Get lost, pull out the laptop, keep searching, pull out the laptop…)
  • #68: Pepperdine University (Malibu) (Man, that’s quite the hill. A big, steep, awesome-view hill.)
  • #69: University of California Irvine (Go Anteaters! Zot!)
  • #70: University of La Verne (La Verne) (Home of Ben Hines Field!)
  • #71: California Baptist University (Riverside) (Golf cart tour! And Woman Chapel!)
  • #72: Westmont College (Montecito) (All kinds of big plants. A plant wonderland.)
  • #73: University of California Santa Barbara (Watch out for bikes! Bikes have the right!)
  • #74: Cal Poly – California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) (Campus Crusade with the Ag College – go Aggies!)
  • #75: University of California Santa Cruz (oh, I’m just hangin’ with a banana slug)
  • #76: San Jose State University (An emerging-ish church service, right there on campus. We are Spartans.)
  • #77: Stanford University (Stanford) (I got sushi boxes, got REAL lost one late night, and ate in the Faculty Club twice. All in a week’s work.)
  • #78: Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley) (What a library! That’s what happens when schools combine!)
  • #79: University of California (Berkeley) (Tree-sitter? Check!)
  • #80: Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary (Mill Valley) (There’s not really a gate on campus. But I did eat a pumpkin-lamb enchilada with a prof!)
  • #81: Santa Clara University (Santa Clara) (Look at that big burrito! Eat it up!)
  • #82: Simpson University (Redding) (What’s that big rock on campus?)

Chapter 6: The Northwest (Itinerary)

  • #83: University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) (I am a Duck.)
  • #84: Northwest Christian College (Eugene, OR) (A little-bitty corner cut outta U of O. Cute!)
  • #85: Reed College (Portland, OR) (Ah, that zany Reed College.)
  • #86: Portland State University (Portland, OR) (What are Park Blocks? Oh, blocks of park-ness, right down the middle o’ campus. Gotcha.)
  • #87: George Fox University (Newberg, OR) (Tents all over.)
  • #88: University of Washington (Seattle, WA) (Not only a great campus, but a great district called the U. What a place. Just don’t try to park.)
  • #89: University of Idaho (Moscow, ID) (Maybe the biggest student center yet. And the Vandals refers to the people-group. Really.)
  • #90: Washington State University (Pullman, WA) (Ah, the Sweet 16. Go Cougs.)
  • #91: Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) (Biggest snowflakes ever.)
  • #92: Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA) (What a spread – killer cafeteria, SPU.)
  • #93: Multnomah Bible College (Portland, OR) (Log cabin or student center? Yep.)

The TRECC from Portland to North Carolina (Itinerary)

  • #94: University of Montana, Missoula, MT (Give me a student center, spacious and wooden and plant-filled, with a glass elevator running up the middle and metal statues hiding in the forest… was this a dream?)
  • #95: Montana Tech, Butte, MT (Orediggers!)
  • #96: Montana State University, Bozeman, MT (And suddenly, Montana gets flat, along with its campuses.)
  • #97: North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND (Quite the snowman for April!)
  • #98: Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN (O metal dragon around the lightpost, how can I find the bookstore before freezing?)
  • #99: Bethel University, Minneapolis, MN (I feel like I walked across this campus inside in a long glass hallway? Is that right?)
  • #100: Notre Dame University, South Bend, IN (They know they’re a tourist attraction, and they should be.)
  • #101: Grove City College, Grove City, PA (Nostalgia, since last applying and visiting in ‘98…)
  • #102: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA (Gotta love the Rock! But I since found out their rivals call them “Slimy Pebble.” Really.)
  • #103: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (Super T-shirt sale, so I’ve got Christmas shopping covered for a few years…)
  • #104: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC (That echo spot in the missions building is phenomenal. I coulda stood there for hours.)

Chapter 7: The NC Triangle (Itinerary)

  • #105: Duke University, Durham, NC (The center of their campus has an inexplicable giant wooden bench, perhaps 10 feet high.)
  • #106: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (My first bagel and lox. A huge political rally. Getting caught in ridiculous rain. Reading Prince Caspian. What a campus.)
  • #107: North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC (Red brick all over.)
  • #108: North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC (I had like 15 minutes to explore…)

Chapter 8: Summer I in the Midwest (Itinerary)

  • #109: Marshall University, Huntington, WV (We are Marshall. What a powerful history.)
  • #110: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH (If I had free Ms. Pac Man in my student center, college might have been a completely different experience.)
  • #111: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (I like the little Bearcat claws they put on the C in Cincinnati. I wish the claws helped me spell “Cincinnati” more easily.)
  • #112: Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI (It’s Dutch, yo.)
  • #113: Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI (A Christian campus to watch, with new pres and new spiritual emphasis.)
  • #114: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (There’s no other school as identifiable by just an “S,” right? This is State.)
  • #115: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (I remember a giant tower, and I rode to the top. Among other explorations.)
  • #116: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI (One of the most stunning student centers I’ve seen. I just wish they were the EMU Emus.)
  • #117: University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario (My first international campus, achieved by accident. I ran into more drama troupes and moon bounces than at American universities.)
  • #118: Assumption University, Windsor, Ontario (Oddly enough, this separate school shares space with its Windsor counterpart. Another awkward Canadian discovery.)
  • #119: University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Finals week never tasted so Badgery.)
  • #120: Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL (A good campus visit after they experienced somber times in the spring semester.)
  • #121: The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (My final in-season campus experience, since they’re on the Quarter System. And a buckeye is just a nut?)
  • #122: Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio (Viewing – and interviewing – a campus preacher.)
  • #123: Capital University, Bexley, Ohio (You’d think Capital U would be located in the capital city, not just next door…)
  • #124: University of Illinois, Urbana / Champaign, IL (A school in two cities? Sweet.)
  • #125: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (Little did I know, but this was right before the monster floods.)
  • #126: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (Not to be outdone by Wisconsin’s Badgers… enter the Golden Gophers.)
  • #127: Hamline University, St. Paul, MN (They claim to be MN’s oldest U, but even better, they’re the Hamline (Pied) Pipers.)
  • #128: Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (A little campus, but a big statue of Luther.)
  • #129: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (Big and glistening buildings, if I’m remembering the sunshine correctly.)
  • #130: Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO (Suprisingly big ‘n pretty. I give it an A.)
  • #131: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (On the way, I saw the floods and their effects, including – I think – a big fish sticking out of the mud.)
  • #132: Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, IN (They sometimes call it Ooey Pooey, for obvious reasons.)

Chapter 9: Summer II in D.C. and the Southeast (Itinerary)

  • #133: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (First campus this year with a monorail, but I’m not finished yet!)
  • #134: George Mason University, Fairfax, VA (Another orientation-in-action. Those get me fired up for what we do.)
  • #135: Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. (I remember the humongo mystery cemetery, and the giant wall keeping me out of it.)
  • #136: George Washington University, Washington, D.C. (Supposedly created by a direct act of Congress? Can your college say that?)
  • #137: Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL (A day spent on a rather empty campus, but at least I could watch Matlock while I blogged. Summertime is officially a little boring.)
  • #138: University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity. And the heat. But any campus full o’ palm trees and wandering birds can’t be that bad.)
  • #139: University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL (Don’t let the name fool you: this is one of the bigger campuses in the whole country.)
  • #140: University of Georgia, Athens, GA (Let the Big Dawg eat!)
  • #141: Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, GA (Complete with a visit to The Varsity diner for an Orange Freeze [correction: Frosted Orange] and pimento cheese burger.)
  • #142: Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (2 amazing acts of customer service in 30 minutes on this campus, so I’ll be cheering on their football team… when it starts in 2010.)
  • #143: Clemson University, Clemson, SC (An orange cherry on my brownie sundae. Is that genetically modified?)
  • #144: Grambling State University, Grambling, LA (Tiger benches.)

Chapter 10: Westward Push (Itinerary)

  • #145: Delta State University, Cleveland, MS (Their officially unofficial but often-celebrated mascot? The Fighting Okra. For reals.)
  • #146: University of Memphis, Memphis, TN (I always love the tree-lined streets on my way to this campus.)
  • #147: Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR (Just in time for their new mascot, the Red Wolves.)
  • #148: Harding University, Searcy, AR (Though they recognize it’s grammatically incorrect, they’re the Harding Bisons. Plurally pluralized!)
  • #149: Union University, Jackson, TN (A campus on the comeback, after tornado damage last semester. Good to see.)
  • #150: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary / Boyce College, Louisville, KY (Quite the campus grounds, for which they were predestined.)
  • #151: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN (Dandy Vandy, how I love thy Baseball Glove Lounge.)
  • #152: University of Louisville, Louisville, KY (Cool barn thing in the middle of campus that apparently houses parties or, that day, a blood drive.)
  • #153: Transylvania University, Lexington, KY (Lots of historical markers, especially for a little school.)
  • #154: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY (Their student center has a bit of a catacombs feel at times…)
  • #155: Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY (Great connection with Collegiate Ministry prof Chris Kiesling…)
  • #156: Asbury College, Wilmore, KY (a separate school from ATS) (…and then with his cousin Greg, Asbury’s campus minister.)
  • #157: St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO (Weirdest mascot in the business.)
  • #158: Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK (Most unique buildings of any campus I saw. Without a doubt… and that’s not even counting the 2-story-high praying hands.)
  • #159: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR (Lots of hills, or one big hill… in any case, UA is more topographical than I was expecting. Woo Pig.)
  • #160: John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR (It’s certainly out in the boonies. The tree-boonies.)
  • #161: Missouri State University, Springfield, MO (I really kind of appreciated their humongo towering bear statue.)
  • #162: Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, MO (Martyrs. Incredible.)
  • #163: University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE (I think I remember an awful lot of oddly-placed statues on campus. I mean, even more than on most college campuses.)
  • #164: University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (This felt like being in the far reaches of America more than any other place, and it put me in awe of the God who would provide this amazing adventure.)
  • #165: Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO (Environmentalism.)
  • #166: University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (The buildings felt like Colorado.)
  • #167: Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO (That chapel really is impressive.)
  • #168: Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (Believe it or not, the second “Orediggers” mascot of the trip.)
  • #169: Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO (The stones memorializing each class year were impressive.)
  • #170: Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ (This is any outdoorsy student’s paradise.)
  • #171: Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ (It feels just like a coastal school… without the coast.)
  • #172: Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ (Disappointed that with such a cool mascot, I couldn’t find a good Antelopes T-shirt.)
  • #173: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (My last major stop on the trip. So I figured I would donate some blood.)
  • #174: New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM (They are the Aggies; the Aggies are they.)
  • #175: University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX (The stadium cut out of the rock-mountain is pretty stinkin’ impressive.)
  • #176: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico (I searched for a T-shirt shop… tienda de camiseta, if I’m remembering the Spanish I quickly learned that day. To no avail!)
  • #177: Rice University, Houston, TX (I saw this fancy campus after my first all-night drive of the trip. I think I was excited to be headed home.)
  • #178: Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX (Great colors; lousy T-shirts. But it was a quick visit.)
  • #179: University of Houston, Houston, TX (Open-air student center.)
  • #180: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (My first visit to the Bonfire Memorial at my alma mater. Still hard.)
  • #181: Baylor University, Waco, TX (I could look at those bears in their on-campus habitat all day long.)

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