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Title:Encounter: A Profile of Campus Ministry at Illinois State University
Author(s):Holm, Kristin
Subject(s):Registered Student Organization
Social Networks
ANTH285 F07
Abstract:In this paper, I discuss the results of an ethnographic project about how encounter, a religious student organization, generates meaningful and sustainable community for students at Illinois State University. By way of participant observation at numerous encounter events, including worship, small groups, leadership meetings and social functions, as well as interviews with three staff members, two student leaders, and two student participants not on the leadership team, I show that encounter has a unique ability to meet the needs of Christian students because of its flexible yet durable leadership structure, its focus on building relationships as a primary goal, and its tendency to produce broad student networks which extend beyond the formal organization itself. Based on these preliminary findings, I argue that student religious groups in general demand more attention than they are currently receiving from researchers and the university administration. I also recommend that Illinois State University make a concentrated effort to establish ongoing relationships with all registered student organizations, so as to better promote successful student networking opportunities and improve communication with those organizations which shape the lies of many students on campus.
Issue Date:2008-03-05
Publication Status:unpublished
Date Available in IDEALS:2008-03-05

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  • Student Communities and Culture
    The university offers an extraordinary opportunity to study and document student communities, life, and culture. This collection includes research on the activities, clubs, and durable social networks that comprise sometimes the greater portion of the university experience for students.
  • The University and the Community
    This collection of student research interrogates the relationships between the university and the local community.

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