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September 14, 2011

Roberts Alum Eileen Button To Deliver Pep Rally Remarks




Will Lead Discussion of Her New Book, The Waiting Place, and Deliver Remarks at Friday Pep Rally


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Roberts alum Eileen Button – author, adjunct professor of communication, and award-winning columnist for The Flint (Mich.) Journal – returns to campus for Homecoming and Parents’ Weekend to deliver a Pep Rally presentation Friday, Sept. 23, at the RWC Stadium.

Button will speak to the crowd at 11 a.m. on “Faith and Sports.”  Also at the event will be an honorary introduction of the College’s fall sports teams, as well as appearances by the RWC STEP team, the Roberts Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), and a student jazz musical ensemble.

In addition to her remarks at the Pep Rally, Button will lead a seminar entitled, The Waiting Place: A Love Story, at 4 p.m. Friday, based on her new book, The Waiting Place:  Learning to Appreciate Life’s Little Delays, published this past summer by Thomas Nelson.

Called “practical and profound” by The Washington Times, The Waiting Place is a collection of essays that explores the beauty and tension of waiting in life – for the end of the day, for a mother’s acceptance, for church to be over, for a place called home.  The Los Angeles Newspaper Group says of Button:  “Impressive … is her ability, like Erma Bombeck’s, to bring the reader, in a span of a sentence, from laughter to a catch in the throat.”

“She tells us stories of what it means to be human beings, and gets us all to see who we are in relation to one another,” Dr. Elvera Berry, professor of communication at Roberts, said of her former student.  “Her writing grows out of her need to give matters a voice – one that she hopes will become a universal voice.  Eileen is vibrant and alive, and she makes the mundane something to think seriously about.”

A 1989 Roberts graduate, Button has since earned a masters’ degree in communication.  In addition to her weekly columns for The Flint Journal, she has taught communication at several institutions – including Eastern College in Philadelphia, State University of New York at Fredonia, Mott Community College in Michigan, and Roberts.  Her writings have appeared in Newsweek, Christianity Today, Holy Bible: Mosaic, and other publications.


About Roberts Wesleyan College

With an enrollment of nearly 2,000 students and a tradition of excellence since 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a leader among liberal arts colleges with a Christian worldview.  The College offers more than 50 undergraduate programs, as well as graduate programs in education, school psychology, school counseling, health administration, health information administration, nursing education, nursing leadership and administration, social work, music education, strategic marketing, and strategic leadership.  Roberts Wesleyan also offers innovative undergraduate degree-completion programs for working adults in health administration, nursing, organizational management, and teacher education. 

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