Why does Southern Seminary do a March Madness bracket challenge?

It’s that time of year again: March Madness is here! Just like last year, Southern Seminary invites you to join our bracket challenge (password: Southern) because we are serious about March Madness.

But this year we are introducing a twist: in addition to the standard SBTS bracket challenge, the Admissions and Student Life teams invite you to take part in “Book Bracketology.” We have randomly assigned a Southern Seminary professor’s book to each team in the bracket. When that team advances, someone who retweets details about our “Book Bracketology” challenge will win a copy of the book. 60+ books in total will be given away! More details are available on the Book Bracketology webpage.

Joining the frenzy of March Madness isn’t an accident. The Southern Seminary Student Life and Admissions teams join forces in this effort to magnify the uniqueness of Southern’s academics while building campus community. The goals of Southern Seminary’s March Madness are:

  • To highlight our professors – The Book Bracketology competition highlights one of Southern’s greatest strengths: our professors. One of the most attractive features of SBTS is the ability to study with the authors. At other seminaries, you’ll read our professors’ books. At Southern, you get to study with them too. So, join the Book Bracketology challenge to celebrate them.
  • To foster campus community – When hundreds of students, staff, and professors participate in anything together, it helps to build community. But in basketball-crazed Kentucky, that’s especially true if it involves March Madness.
  • To involve online and extension students – While most student life opportunities are limited to residential students, the SBTS March Madness efforts are available to online and extension students as well. This gives our distance students a chance to feel more involved in campus life.
  • To keep Dr. Mohler humble – Everyone knows Dr. Mohler is not into sports, even though he joins us by filling out a bracket. So, our annual March Madness competition gives students a chance to defeat Dr. Mohler in the only arena possible.

It’s not too late to join us for our SBTS bracket (password: Southern) or our Book Bracketology challenge. At Southern Seminary, we are serious about March Madness because we are serious about the gospel.


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