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The Center for Spiritual Life
Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College

Doug McMahon, Jr.
Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain

Libby Shannon '05
Associate Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and Chaplain

Father John Gerth
Catholic Campus Ministries

Rabbi Ed Rosenthal, Campus Rabbi
Executive Director Suncoast Hillel
Office: 813-899-2788
Office Fax: 813-899-2919

Center for Spiritual Life

Center for Spiritual Life

Student Coordinator

Student Coordinators are students who work with the Center for Spiritual Life and Campus Ministries to serve the student body. Along with the Eckerd College Chaplains and the Faculty Fellows, they lead small groups, dorm conversations, special programs and other activities on the Eckerd campus.

Chelsea BlissChelsea Mary Bliss
Student Coordinator for Spirituality
Junior from Northville, Michigan 
Marine Chemistry and International Relations
Minors: Italian and Religious Studies 
Clubs/Organizations: Model United Nations, Amnesty International
Other activities: Intern at United States Geological Survey, harpist, skier, scuba diver 

Junior Chelsea Bliss is the Student Coordinator for Spirituality at the Center for Spiritual Life. She is majoring in Marine Chemistry and International Relations, with minors in Italian and Religious studies. Chelsea became involved with CSL through a Bible study in her freshman year and has described her group as “a little family.” Since then, she has become a Student Coordinator, helping with events such as the Pet Blessing, which is her favorite CSL activity so far. At the Pet Blessing, pet owners at Eckerd bring their pets to be blessed by the chaplains, regarding which she stated: “I really liked seeing people come together.”

Chelsea’s interests include studying religion, playing the harp, skiing, and scuba diving. At Eckerd, she is involved with Model United Nations and Amnesty International clubs.

Rachel BeckRachel Beck
Student Coordinator for Communications
Sophomore from Cupertino, California
Environmental Studies and Political Science
Minor: Spanish
Clubs/Organizations: Campus Sustainability Club, The Current, Eckerd College Ambassador, Research Assistant
Other activities: Reading and traveling

Sophomore Rachel Beck is the Student Coordinator for Communications. She became involved with the Center for Spiritual Life by attending church services and Bible study in her freshman year and became a Student Coordinator in her sophomore year. “I wanted to help get the word out about all of CSL’s interesting events,” she said. Her favorite event hosted by CSL so far was a Conversation Dinner that brought together students and professors to talk about their passions in life. “I really enjoy how friendly and open professors are about sharing their stories with students,” said Rachel.

Rachel enjoys many aspects of Eckerd life. “I love how there's always something to do on campus,” she said. She works for Admissions as an Ambassador, leading tours for prospective students. She also writes for the school newspaper, The Current. “Eckerd has so many opportunities for all students.” Rachel also enjoys reading and traveling.

Chris Giordano
Student Coordinator for Service and Social Justice
Senior from Birmingham, Alabama
: Marine Science and Spanish
Minor: Chemistry
Clubs/Organizations: Resident Advisor, Natural Science Collegium representative to the Eckerd College Senate, Student Interviewer for Admissions, President of ECHO
Other activities: Baking and photography

Senior Chris Giordano became involved with the Center for Spiritual Life as a freshman. He is the Student Coordinator for Service and Social Justice, organizing blood drives as well as many other volunteer activities on campus. “I hope that in this role I am able to inspire others to volunteer more and develop their understanding of selflessness,” he said.

“Hands down, my favorite thing about Eckerd is the amount of opportunities available to the students; all you really need to do is reach out and take them,” said Giordano. His favorite CSL activity this year was the Peace Pilgrimage. “It was an eye opening experience to the different pulses that run through the city,” he said. “We were able to learn about the history of St. Petersburg, its development, possible service opportunities, and, on the whole, see a side of the city that we aren’t often exposed to at Eckerd.” Chris enjoys baking and photography.

Olivia Cook
Office Staff for CSL
Junior from Lakeland, Fl
: Anthropology/International Relations and Global Affairs
Clubs/Organizations: Outdoor Adventure Club VP of Communications, Garden Club,
Independent study student/volunteer for Edible Peace Patch Project
Other activities: Reading, writing, playing music, cooking, and spending time outdoors

Junior Olivia Cook is a part of the Center for Spiritual Life office staff. Olivia is double majoring in Anthropology and International Relations and Global Affairs and first became a part of CSL when she participated in a service trip during Autumn Term of her freshman year. Her favorite CSL event so far is the Peace Pilgrimage, a walk through St. Petersburg that highlights themes such as war and peace. “I ended up having a really great time,” said Cook.
Olivia participates in a variety of clubs such as Outdoor Adventure Club and Garden Club.  She also volunteers for the Edible Peace Patch Project, a project that project uses organic gardening to teach elementary school students about environmental science, at Lakewood Elementary School, about 10 minutes from Eckerd.

Olivia has many favorite things about Eckerd. “I love the learning environment here,” she said. “It's such a rich community of people.” She likes to spend time outdoors and enjoy Eckerd’s campus.

Jessica EckboldJessica Eckbold
Student Coordinator for Christian Ministries 
Senior from Wilmington, Delaware
: Visual Arts
Other activities: Kayaking, paddle boarding, art, cooking, and camping

Senior Jessica Eckbold is the Student Coordinator for Christian Ministries. She is majoring in Visual Arts and enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and kayaking. She is looking forward to starting up a garden behind the Chapel. “I'm really excited about it,” she said. “Its going to be lots of fun and we will be plant an awesome garden and hopefully make a lot of great friends along the way!” she said.

Jessica has enjoyed her time at Eckerd. “My favorite aspect is all the different people I have the chance to meet. From students to teachers I have met some amazing people here at Eckerd,” said Jessica.

Sydney NagelSydney Nagel
Student Coordinator of the Burchenal Lecture Series & Special Events
Senior from Lodi, Ohio
: Human Development
Minor: French
Clubs/Organizations: The Office of Service Learning
Other activities: Biking, birding, knitting, reading, and being outside

Senior Sydney Nagel is the Student Coordinator of the Burchenal Lecture Series & Special Events. She is majoring in Human Development and minoring in French. She became involved with CSL as a freshman. “I had a lot of friends that were involved, so I got involved too,” she said.

One of her favorite events freshman year was the informal game nights and tie-dye during Accepted Student Weekends. Her hobbies include birdwatching, knitting and reading.

Ryan Jarrett
Office Staff for CSL
Senior from Gainesville, FL
: Economics and International Relations and Global Affairs
Clubs/Organizations: Ethics Bowl, Political Science Honor Society (President), Academic Honor Council
Other activities: Reading, playing the piano, guitar, and swimming

Senior Ryan Jarrett is a part of the Center for Spiritual Life office staff. Jarrett is double majoring in Economics and International Relations and Global Affairs. He has many favorite things about Eckerd but believes that“(Eckerd’s) greatest asset is probably its excellent teachers,” he said. “Every teacher that I have had has been highly committed to teaching each and every student, and I know that I have benefited tremendously from having much more direct and personalized interactions with them than would have been possible at a larger university.”

Jarrett’s favorite CSL event was the Peace Pilgrimage. “Within only 24 hours of being together we all came to know each other very well, learned a lot, and had a great time,” he said. Jarrett also enjoys reading, playing the piano, the guitar, and any/all board games.

Mission and Work

Eckerd College is related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church, USA and is a member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities.

The mission and work of the Center are enriched and informed by the Reformed Tradition, while remaining ecumenical and inclusive in focus as the Center seeks to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse academic community.