The Beacon Bolt has decided to start a new feature called “Spotlight.” We sent out some questions to various members of the NCU community and each week we’ll be giving you their answers! This week we talked to Dr. Doyle Srader, Associate Professor of Speech and Communication.
BB: What brought you to Oregon?
DS: NCU was advertising for a communication professor. Before I moved here in 2007, I’d lived in Texas (32 years), Georgia (4 years) and Arizona (2 years). Closest I’d ever been to Eugene was a short trip to Bellingham ten years earlier.
BB: What are some of your hobbies?
DS: Walking, reading, baking cookies, writing silly poems, thinking up new teaching illustrations. Seriously; that last one is arguably part of my job, but never feels like work.
BB:Favorite worship song?
DS: Either “Holy is the Lord God Almighty” or “Jesus Messiah.”
BB: Favorite Candy?
DS: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
BB: Favorite toy as a child/imaginary friend?
DS: Definitely Tinkertoys.
BB: First thing you would do if you won a million dollars?
DS: Get rid of it. Pray about who to give it to, then dump it.
BB: Biggest guilty pleasure?
DS: Guilt, shmuilt; I revel in all my pleasures. The pleasure that gets me teased the most is that I’m a fan of the Indigo Girls. It’s possible that current students will have no idea who they are.
BB: Favorite bible verse?
DS: John 1:12. (Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God)
BB: What makes you most proud to be a Beacon?
DS: Higher education is in sad shape. It’s become a money-laundering and nonsense-publishing industry. But all the big, poisonous things most colleges get wrong, NCU gets right. NCU isn’t perfect, but at least it nurses its own imperfections instead of running after the world’s idea of what a big, successful school has to do.