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Chris Tice felt God lead him to Friends University.

After graduating from Butler Community College in 2002, Chris had his hands full as a firefighter and a single father to his son, Bradley.

But in 2005, Chris was introduced to Friends University through the works and words of the University’s Campus Ministries program.

“The amazing community there helped lead me with my walk with God, and over time I began to think about returning to school,” Tice said.

But Chris hesitated before returning to school.

“Quite frankly, I was scared to make the leap back into the academic world,” he said.

But after a few years of contemplation, Chris took a leap of faith – quite literally. He felt God was calling him back to school.

“I felt a calling to return to school and decided that Friends University had already given me so much in community that my decision was already made for me,” Tice said. “As an Eagle Scout, I learned to give back. So becoming a student at Friends became an opportunity for me to not only become better educated but to also lead others in the community as I have been so blessed to receive.”

As a psychology major, Chris plans to graduate in 2011.

“I chose psychology because it has always been an area of interest of mine. I have always felt that I want to be able to help others as much as possible and this seemed like the calling I had been looking for,” Tice said.

Chris plans to continue his education in psychology with a specific emphasis on cognitive and brain development. He works as a youth director at his church.

“The wisdom I gain from my education has become invaluable for the students in that I have the opportunity to use my skills gained from my classes to help them as well,” Tice said. “My education has also become important on other levels for my future in that I will have many options in life and for me that is what I find helpful because it allows me to let God lead my life.”

As if full-time fatherhood, a full class load, church and community activities, and a job as a firefighter weren’t enough, Chris will take on the additional responsibility as president of the Psi Chi psychology club chapter at Friends University in 2010.

Chris wants to pass on his experiences at the University to anyone who will listen:

“For anyone who has asked (or would ask) me about Friends University, I get this huge smile and begin explaining to them that if they want to be a part of an ever-growing community, look at one of the most beautiful and well-kept campuses in the land, have teachers and staff who care about you on a one-on-one basis, and actually enjoy learning, then Friends is the school for them.”

Alumni Highlight

"Everyone had positive things to say of their experience at Friends University. After meeting with staff and going through an introductory orientation, I knew that this was the place I needed to be. I truly felt God sent me to this place to complete my education, and I'm so happy He did."

Jennifer Babitzke, G'10