Friends and classmates from the Baptist Student Union at Southern Illinois University will gather Sept. 23-24 for their 28th annual reunion. Canceled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the reunion is an opportunity to celebrate the lasting impact of campus ministry.
The gathering started informally 35 years ago when some of the former classmates got together for dinner, recounted BSU alumnus Carol Smith. Fellow alum Helen Galloway organized more formal gatherings after that. Friends of the BSU live in 22 states and are active in their churches—teaching, preaching, and leading in music and missions, Smith said.
IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams will speak during the Thursday evening session at Giant City State Park Lodge in Makanda, south of Carbondale. Registration is $45, and checks can be made by Aug. 26 to Oleta Barrow, 1543 Applingwood Cove N., Cordova, TN 38016. All BSU/Baptist Campus Ministries friends are welcome.