When Southwestern does a community block party, it is no small event. More than 1,000 current and prospective students and their families consumed 1,250 Chick-fil-A sandwiches; 80 gallons of tea; and 2,000 bags of chips and experienced 18 fair-style games and bounce houses.

Located on the lawn of Pecan Manor—the home of President and Mrs. Paige Patterson—on Oct. 15, Southwestern Seminary’s second annual Fall Festival, which was organized by Student Life, was part of the seminary’ biannual Preview Conference. The event provided prospective students a glimpse of campus life and allowed them to socialize with current students and faculty. As Associate Director of Student Life Garrison Griffith summarizes, “Our goal for this event is to connect the campus community with those attending Preview Conference in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.”

Carnival-style activities—including face painting, a pumpkin photo opp, and basketball and football tosses—were provided by campus organizations. These organizations included, among others, the schools of theology and church and family ministries, Pecan Manor, Fellowship of North American Church Planters, and the Chinese Student Fellowship. Each group’s presence afforded prospective students a further opportunity to engage with different aspects of the campus and student life.

“Having them be a part shows our student body and our preview guests that our entire campus is working together for their benefit,” Griffith says. “From academic offices to student organizations, we all work to be Christlike servants to our campus community.”

Other Preview Conference events included a Q&A session with Southwestern President Paige Patterson, conversations with Southwestern faculty, campus tours, and the opportunity to sit in on various classes. If you are interested in signing up for the Spring Preview Conference, check swbts.edu for updates regarding dates and registration information.