Serving Our Students
The mission of the Department of Student Affairs (DSA) at Heritage Christian University is to maintain an environment that enhances each student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical well being as each student prepares to communicate the gospel.
We want your experience at HCU to be the best it can be as you prepare to proclaim the gospel to the world. Our goals are to provide you with opportunities for spiritual growth and to provide you with services and activities to enhance your spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical well being.
The DSA also works closely with the Student Government Association (SGA). We encourage all HCU students to join the SGA, to participate fully in its meetings and activities, and to aspire to leadership in the SGA.
Dean of Students
Mr. Brad McKinnon
Dean of Men
Dr. Ed Gallagher
Dean of Women
Dr. Rosemary Snodgrass
Campus Life Assistant
Mr. Mark Newton
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Opportunities for Spiritual Growth
The DSA provides opportunities for spiritual growth through chapel services Tuesday through Friday during each semester. Distance Learning students as well as campus students may access recorded chapel messages by visiting the HCU YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/heritagechristianal.
The DSA provides opportunities for spiritual growth through regular on-campus devotionals planned in conjunction with the SGA (Student Government Association). These are announced in chapel and posted on the “Dashboard” in Populi.
The DSA provides opportunities for spiritual growth through the Christian Service Program and student mission opportunities. Mr. Brad McKinnon, the Director of Christian Service, coordinates these activities for both campus and DL students.
Personal and Family Counseling
The DSA provides personal and family counseling through the Alpha Center, located on the ground floor of the first married housing dorm to the left of the main entrance. Trained Christian counselors, including Dr. Rosemary Snodgrass (director), Dr. Bill Bagents, Dr. Betty Hamblen, and Ben Hayes, are available by appointment. In many cases there is no cost to the student. DL students may also receive limited, initial counseling through the Alpha Center via telephone and more extensive counseling via campus visits to the Alpha Center. Students may phone the Alpha Center at 256-765-7111 to speak confidentially with one of these mature, experienced, Christ-centered counselors.
The DSA provides arrangements for students to obtain health services. These arrangements include locating local doctors and medical clinics, offering transportation to and from health services, and informing students regarding private health insurance. Tylenol and similar first-aid items are available in the Business Office. The DSA provides health information and assistance DL students as requested and feasible.
The DSA provides a soccer field, the Dr. John Kerr Student Center, and the gymnasium on campus for exercise and fellowship. The DSA seeks to enhance and expand these facilities, in keeping with student requests. The DSA sponsors, together with the SGA, basketball tournaments, ping-pong tournaments, international dinners, game nights, and other events. Students are encouraged to request and initiate activities in which they have interest. Using campus facilities and scheduling campus events must also be approved by the Public Relations Office, which keeps the university calendar. From time to time faculty and staff members will invite students into their homes, organize day trips, etc.
The DSA publicizes and promotes outreach and service activities sponsored by local congregations. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to notify the DSA of any such activities planned by the local congregations they serve and attend.
Student and Campus Life
The DSA encourages attitudes and behaviors that fit the image of Jesus Christ and the purpose of Heritage Christian University. The Student and Dormitory Handbook explains the policies and guidelines designed to support these goals. The Handbook serves as an objective, practical rulebook, which each student agrees to follow while at HCU. The Handbook covers important matters related to philosophy, character, conduct, chapel attendance, disciplinary procedures, emergency procedures, and dormitory life. Each student is expected to be familiar with the contents of the Handbook and to abide by it. The link to the current edition is posted near the top of this page.
The DSA, with the help of Mr. Philip Goad and Mr. Travis Harmon in the Development Office, provides information to students regarding speaking opportunities and ministry openings for which they may be qualified. Ministry openings are often posted on the bulletin board on the south wall inside the Bible building, next to the Distance Learning office. These opportunities are also posted here on the HCU website.
Walk-in tutoring sessions are available in the Overton Memorial Library each Tuesday classes are in session from 4pm to 5pm. Experienced students are available to provide assistance with theology/biblical studies courses, SBL formatting/general writing issues, as well as help with the general education curriculum. Students who need extra assistance because of academic difficulties may arrange for additional help through the Department of Student Affairs.