Student Standouts

Meet Shannon Farmer

Shannon Farmer, a senior member of LFP, recently held a campus wide event promoting Creation Care. The ambitious young woman collaborated with National Organizer and Spokesperson of Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA), Kyle Meyaard-Schaap, to share current issues and encourage conversation about Creation Care.

“I started organizing for this event back in late October/ early November, so to see it come to a conclusion (and a very satisfying one at that) was super relieving and encouraging! I met with Jo Mo originally for just the chapel part, but he ended up helping me organize a lot of the times and events. Originally we were going to do a three day thing, but it ended up just being a majority event on Wednesday. Eventually, we coordinated with a lot of faculty at Eastern to see who would be interested in doing a Climate change panel that night. PBS contacted Kyle about filming something with Climate Action in a Christian environment and he contacted me about it, so we planned for them to film at chapel and then drop in at the session, where students and faculty could come to talk to him about Creation Care, Climate change, and how it relates to our faith.”

“My biggest goal for this event was to have a big push for more conversation about Creation Care and Climate change at Eastern. I've been working on that little by little this year, to make it easier on whoever follows my work after I graduate and hopefully to sow some seeds in people's minds. I am a leadership fellow for the organization Kyle represents, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. So I've been doing a lot of organizing this year for us to talk about more events through a documentary event (Before the Flood), going to the first presidential debate at Hofstra U, having different career talks with people in different fields for the Environmental Science club, fundraising, organizing for the Creation Care Chapel and Climate March. (I'm pretty sure I missed a few things, but those were the major things that stuck out in my mind--it's been a long year). Most of my events were leading up to an event such as the Creation Care Chapel. I had asked Kyle if he was willing to come up and speak about Creation Care, and he was completely on board ( I was really blessed to have a lot of support from EU faculty, staff, and YECA steering committee members). I'm hoping that by having that chapel people are more open to talking or at least thinking about these issues and how they relate to our faith, and take action steps that hopefully God places on their hearts.”

Click HERE to hear a recent PBS feature on YECA and the Creation Care movement some of which was filmed at Eastern University during a recent Creation Care event through the partnership of the EU environmental club (which Shannon leads).

Meet Kierra Zack

Hometown: Dillsburg, Pennsylvania

Class Year: Sophomore

Intended Major: Nursing

Fun fact: My favorite color is yellow!

In what ways has your commitment as a college athlete affected you?

My commitment as a college athlete has done wonders for me not only as an athlete, but as a student as well. Because I spend hours at practice every day, I don't have the same amount of time to work on my schoolwork as other "normal" college students have. This has taught me a lot about prioritizing as it is necessary for me to really focus and get my work done when I have the time to do so, rather than procrastinating.

  What do you enjoy most about Cross CountryTrack?

My favorite part of Cross Country/Track is the opportunity to meet other dedicated athletes and grow so close to teammates. The people that participate in college athletics, especially those at a D3 level who aren't just there because they're being paid, are extremely focused and passionate about their sports. I have met many great people through Eastern athletics and can call my teammates my best friends.

In what ways has running had an impact on you?

I started running four years ago, after I tore my ACL from playing soccer. The opportunity to continue a sport at the college level that I picked up on a whim in high school is an absolute blessing to me and something that I never would have expected when I first joined a cross country team. While I haven't been a runner for a long time, my passion has manifested itself in the way I compete, study, and glorify God here at Eastern. After my injury from playing soccer, I have an abundance of trust in God's plan as He has blessed me in disguise through an injury that, at the time, felt like it would be the end of the world.

Notes from the Director

Kierra has provided a great example in her pursuit of excellence at Eastern University both on and off the field.  Kierra continues to impress us with her perfection in the classroom (one of only a few students to achieve a 4.0 in her first year at Eastern) and her efforts over the first two years of her cross-country and track participation at Eastern have led to dozens of accolades, team-records, and league honors for both her academic and athletic performances. Despite her success she has displayed great humility.  Even during a recent road block this semester (an injury that cut her season short) I have been encouraged by her positive mindset, joyful attitude, and reliance on Christ.