By Trinity Hobbs
The freshman class of 2024 was the first to take the Pendle Hill Pledge. This pledge states four promises that students will experience within their four years at Malone: career-focused personality inventories, one-on-one mentoring with faculty, education in the practical skills of job-seeking and internship, practicum, service-learning experience or major research project opportunities. Students will not only learn in a classroom setting but will also get hands-on learning experience.
The name of the pledge relates closely to Walter and Emma Malone, the founders of Malone University, because they were part of the Friends church. Dr. Jacalynn Stuckey, professor of history, suggested the name Pendle Hill because of its historical significance.
“The Friends were about living their lives in a way that would show the light of Christ,” Stuckey said.
The denomination’s name comes from John 15:15: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I have learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
George Fox, a leader of the Friends church, went on a special quest to a community called Kendal, England in 1652. He came across a giant hill on his way there, called Pendle Hill. George had felt the Lord telling him to climb it and once he got to the top the Lord gave him a vision of many people that would come and be a part of the movement called the Friends.
“We are launching our freshmen into what God calls them to do career-wise and life-wise,” Stuckey said. Malone University wants to be intentional with their students and their faith.
“There are four ways in which you can receive a Pendle Hill credit: internships, service-learning or study abroad, major research projects or a practicum,” said Laura Foote, a co-coordinator of Pendle Hill.
Students will need to do one of these four requirements in order to graduate. Some majors already require internships while others such as social work require service-learning.
“College is not just about taking the right courses to get the right career skills to get a good job,” Foote said. “We want you to have all of that, but we also want more for you: to understand what it means to be a part of a faith community and that when you leave Malone, you will understand that God uses our gifts and talents to serve the world.”
The faculty created the Pendle Hill Pledge so students will know that there are people on campus that want to help guide them.
“We are really hoping that students will do all four requirements,” said Scott Waalkes, a co-director of Pendle Hill. Students will receive something special at graduation to recognize them for their achievements if they complete all four Pendle Hill credits.
“Doing one or more of the Pendle Hill requirements will push you outside of what it is like to be in just a classroom setting,” Waalkes said.
Malone University is committed to ensuring that students get to experience at least one of the four opportunities for Pendle Hill. The challenges that come with the requirements will help students gain more experience and connections in their desired field.
Whether students take part in a research project or get hands-on experience through an internship in their career, the faculty at Malone will be heavily involved in making them more well-rounded students, ready to be an example of what it looks like to follow Christ.