Page 4 | DBU Report Fall 2022

DBU REPORT 4 From the moment cars began to drive through the front gates on Move-In Day, the campus came alive with the nervous excitement of over 650 new students, each ready to dive into Student Welcome and Transition (SWAT). After weeks of prayer, training, and planning performed by the SWAT 2022 Team consisting of over 130 upperclassman leaders, DBU’s Student Life Office, and countless behindthe-scenes individuals, SWAT 2022 was ready to begin. By intentionally designing each piece of the SWAT puzzle, students were given the opportunity to see the vision of DBU come to life. With an emphasis throughout the week on community, prayer, and service, each Patriot left SWAT with a sense of passion for both their peers and their Savior. COMMUNITY This year, 82 upperclassmen volunteered to lead the 41 SWAT small groups, acting as mentors, prayer partners, and guides to their selected new students. These upperclassmen were given the opportunity to lead their groups in spiritual conversations, encourage them during gatherings and collaborative events like Follies and Battlegrounds, and worship alongside them in daily sessions held in the Chapel. “The spiritual community at SWAT was incredible. Each worship service was so impactful, being in a room filled with college students passionately worshiping the Lord,” said freshman Jaylin Whiting. “I couldn’t have asked for a better transition to college, and the Lord used that experience to reassure me that DBU is where I am supposed to be during this season of life.” New students were given countless opportunities throughout the week to grow closer to their new classmates, leadership, and peers. The President’s Reception allowed students to meet DBU President Dr. Adam Wright and his wife, Candice. Later that week, students were able to relax together at the Saturday Night Block Party with their new-found friends. SWAT 2022 Establishing a Culture of Community, Prayer, and Service on the Hill