CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Eunoia, the Baptist campus ministry at the University of Virginia, is one of seven winners of a UVA competition that showcases the creativity and innovation of the university’s undergraduates, officials announced April 18.
To compete for the ACCIAC Fellows in Creativity and Innovation Award, students develop three-minute videos documenting their research, scholarly or creative projects. A panel of judges selects up to seven projects, each of which receive an award of $2,000. The competition is funded by the Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-University Academic Collaboration.
Eunoia’s video highlighted its efforts to forge ties with the university’s artistic community, said Evan Hansen, director of Eunoia and Baptist campus minister at UVA. The ministry’s building, formerly called the Baptist Campus Center but renamed The Garden, was remodeled recently with a gallery for curated art exhibits and a performance space.
Manya Cherabuddi, The Garden’s curator, was the driving force behind the project, said Hansen.
“Manya wanted to do a video about Eunoia’s service to UVA’s artistic community,” he said. “She and Bernard Hankins, a recent UVA graduate, put this together over the course of two days.”
“This really shows the ‘Good News’ being good news to a community,” he added.
Eunoia, which means “beautiful thinking” in Greek, represents the Baptist campus ministry’s affirmation that “beautiful thinking is a gospel imperative,” according to an identity statement on its web site.
“After all, God the Father, through his son Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit is making all things new,” the statement says. “We are invited to be fellow participants in this, and as we think beautifully, we believe we are.”