On Friday, April 5, we welcomed over 100 guests for the 2nd annual Friends of DIU Festival.

Guests began the evening by touring “Global Pathways,” DIU’s hallway remodel project. The tour included a 37-foot timeline of the school’s history and museum-style displays of cultural artifacts from around the world.

Live mariachi music ushered guests into the dinner venue and created a festive atmosphere as they enjoyed appetizers, aguas frescas, conversation, and authentic Indian cuisine.

Over dinner, President Scott Berthiaume highlighted exciting developments of the last year, especially the University’s numerous new academic partnerships, and cast the vision for DIU’s next five years of growth. He also honored Dr. John Watters with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his foundational contributions for DIU’s vision.

Guests also received DIU’s gratitude from a student perspective. William , a current MA in World Arts student, and Alyssa Tomalino, a graduate from the BA in International Service, each shared how DIU has shaped and refined their journeys.

Finally, Greg Pruett, president of Pioneer Bible Translators, shared insight from further along the same road. Dr. Pruett reminded the audience that following Jesus’ commands “to the ends of the earth” requires stellar preparation—preparation that DIU’s countless donors, advocates, and friends make possible.

We thank you for your support! If you enjoyed the Global Pathways renovation, you can contribute to Phase 2 with remaining needs by writing to tricia_reiman@diu.edu.