Local University Reinvents Itself with New Name, New Locations, New NAIA Athletics, New Attitude
74-year-old Christian Liberal Arts University Launches Academic Year with Record-breaking Enrollment, First-time Football, New Mascot, Expanded Academic Programs, Expanded Campuses
Just a year away from its primary campus relocating from East Point in greater Atlanta to a new, larger campus in West Point near the Georgia-Alabama state line, Point University (formerly Atlanta Christian College) welcomed a record-breaking number of students this fall semester with a long list of significant "firsts."
For the first time, some 1,200 students from around the world began the semester under the new name Point University (became official July 1). Founded in 1937, Point University is a private, four-year liberal arts Christian institution focused on equipping students to be points of influence in culture and the workplace.
New Satellite Location
A new satellite location for Access, Point University's accelerated learning program for busy adults seeking a degree, will launch in October in West Point to augment the Access satellite locations in Peachtree City and East Point.
A new major—Middle Grades Education—was added, increasing the total number of degree offerings to 13.
Two new sports teams—football and cross country—launched this month, with a third, softball, to kick off in spring 2012. Five additional sports are slated to be announced for the 2012-13 school year. All sports are scheduled to compete at the NAIA level in 2012-2013.
Last week, the student body learned of yet another "first" when a new sports mascot was unveiled at its weekly chapel gathering. Several student athletes debuted the Skyhawk as the new rallying symbol of Point University.
"In this season of new beginnings for Point University and with the soon-coming transition to a higher level of athletic competition in NAIA, it's only fitting that the mascot be recreated to reflect the new character of the school," said Point University President Dean Collins.
Athletic Director and Football Coach Kevin Porter said, "the name and visual representation of the Skyhawk is strong, intense, respected and bold - it captures the attitude and significance of sports at Point University where our students seek to be points of influence for Christ on the field, in the classroom, and in the world." Porter, a former NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets, four-year-starting cornerback at Auburn, and two-time all-SEC player, joined Point University this spring to lead its expanded athletics program.
The mascot choice provides a subtle nod to the school's first, unofficial mascot from the late 1940s: Sky Pilots, a slang term/nickname for military chaplains in World War II. Skyhawk is also the name of a type of old fighter jet, which evoked thoughts of fierceness and intensity among the coaches and student-athletes who selected the mascot.
"I, and most other students at Point University, want to be a point of influence for Christ in our world—whether it's through the way we play sports, do our schoolwork or ultimately function in our careers," said senior basketball player Tory Wooley, who helped select the new mascot. "I'm excited about the Skyhawk and the heightened level of competition and excellence at Point. I hope our football team can develop into the national champs our baseball team was in 2010." Point University's baseball team celebrated an NCAA Division II national championship last year.
New Direction, Record Enrollment
Point University credits its record fall enrollment to the announcement of its larger main campus in West Point (opens Fall 2012), the expansion of its athletic programs, a new adult learning satellite location, an increased number of degreed majors, and its effectiveness in equipping students to be points of influence in their chosen career.
"This new growth and direction for Point University reflects our ongoing mission to equip students who are passionate about being points of influence in business, the arts, education, science, athletics and the non-profit world," said President Collins, a former business consultant who provide coaching and guidance to Fortune 500 companies in the areas of executive leadership, organizational effectiveness and optimization of business relationships and is a 1979 Atlanta Christian College graduate.
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Important Firsts for Point University
- Aug. 17: First semester as Point University begins with a record 1,200 students
- Aug. 20: Point University's club football program launches with a roster of 56 players and a 22-6 loss against Lindsey-Wilson College, Kentucky.
- Aug. 31: Point University introduces the Skyhawk as the new mascot
- Sept. 2: Point University's new cross country team begins its season
- Oct. 1: Point University hosts its first home football game near West Point
- Oct.17: Point University's accelerated Access program for adult learners seeking a degree launches in West Point
- Dec. 10: First commencement as Point University
- Spring 2012: Point University launches softball program
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About Point University
Formerly known as Atlanta Christian College (1937 - June 30, 2011), Point University is a private, four-year liberal arts Christian institution where students are challenged to excel academically, grow spiritually and engage globally. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Point University offers associate and bachelor’s degrees in 13 areas of study for traditional and adult learners. The university's main campus will move to West Point, Georgia for the 2012 academic year with adult accelerated learning satellite locations in East Point, West Point and Peachtree City. Point University equips its students to be points of influence, taking their faith into the workplace in new and culturally relevant ways so that life and mission become one and the same. Point.edu