Wayland welcomes Van Dyke for Creation Care Week

November 7, 2012


PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University will celebrate its third annual Creation Care Week Nov. 12-17, highlighted by guest speaker Dr. Fred Van Dyke, the executive director of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies located in Mancelona, Mich.

What started originally as Creation Care Dare quickly blossomed into a week of activities focusing on Christian Stewardship in dealing with environmental issues. Sponsored by the School of Mathematics and Sciences, programs dealing with environmental issues are highlighted throughout the week, bringing attention to the importance of taking care of God’s creation.

“This provides an opportunity to renew and strengthen our appreciation for God’s creation and to revive in us an understanding that we are to serve our creator by nurturing and caring for all that he has created,” said Dr. Herbert Grover, dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences.

Each year a guest speaker is brought in to speak in various venues about the importance of conservation and recycling. Dr. Van Dyke is a conservationist who has held positions in academia, government research and management, and private environmental consulting. He is formerly the Chair of the Department of Biology and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Wheaton College in Illinois. Van Dyke is a contributing author to Keeping God’s Earth: The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective and also helped to write Redeeming Creation: The Biblical Basis for Environmental Stewardship.

Dr. Van Dyke will participate in several events within the School of Mathematics and Sciences as well as taking center stage at chapel at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, followed by an information session at 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend these sessions at no cost.

Along with the visit from Dr. Van Dyke, Dr. Grover said organizers are assembling displays by various campus groups who participate in creation care/conservation activities throughout the year. These projects include various recycling efforts by student organizations, faculty and staff; a community garden providing locally grown healthy produce for the less fortunate in our community; providing a place to drop off prescription medications for safe disposal; and other programs.

The week will conclude with an electronics recycling event co-sponsored by the City of Plainview, Pitch-In Plainview and SIMS Recycling Solutions. People may drop off their electronic devices at the Plainview Recycling Center at 1018 E. 4th St. from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Devices such as TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computers, monitors, keyboards, mp3 players, radios, cell phones, hard drives, printers, speakers and stereos will be accepted. All hard drives will be either wiped or destroyed. Household appliances and things such as ink cartridges are not accepted