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 Jacque Smith, Director of Public Relations

Outlook - December 2004

CQ celebrates Union roots

by Angela Schafer
        Twenty-five years ago Eugene Shirley, a junior at Union College, had a dream: college students needed a Sabbath School study guide of their own. He brought his idea to Maylan Schurch, then an English professor at Union, and they began the Collegiate Quarterly. Now called CQ, Shirley’s format of day-by-day readings written by young people is still used today.
        During chapel on Sept. 28, Union College was part of the 25-year anniversary celebration of Collegiate Quarterly. Schurch, Gary Swanson, current editor of CQ, and Falvo Fowler, from the General Conference office of Mission Awareness, emphasized what one Union College student can accomplish.
        “You are the church of today,” Fowler said. “Tomorrow will be taken care of by what you do here today at Union.”
        In the past 25 years Collegiate Quarterly has used 100,000 writers, and it now has a circulation of more than 70,000. Beyond college-age readers, CQ is shared with prison inmates and military personnel around the world. Numerous readers have been baptized into the Adventist church because of the influence of Collegiate Quarterly.