Lee Alumna Olson To Speak In Chapel March 27

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Lisa Manyata Olson
Lisa Manyata Olson

Lee University will welcome Lee alumna and motivational speaker Lisa Manyata Olson to the chapel stage on Thursday, March 27, at 10:40 a.m. in the Conn Center. 

Ms. Olson, founder of Manyata Ministries, will share the message of how God’s divine hand has been evident upon her life since being born without arms and legs in India.  Soon after birth Ms. Olson was abandoned to die, brought to a hospital, and saved by a Christian doctor who placed her in a mission. At the mission, she was given the name Manyata, which means “acceptance.”

At the age of five, Ms. Olson was adopted by an American missionary woman in Carmel, N.Y., where she spent her childhood. During her high school years, she moved to Roswell with her adoptive mother, and later attended Lee College where she earned her bachelor’s in communications (’96).  After Lee, Ms. Olson earned a Master’s degree in Journalism, with an emphasis in Public Relations.

Ms. Olson was one of the first disabled students to attend and graduate from Lee.  While at Lee, she helped to devise a campus accessibility plan. Ms. Olson also worked on the school’s yearbook and newspaper staffs, stage managed and helped produce a documentary video. During her senior year, she went on the Cambridge study abroad trip. 

Ms. Olson received recognition on The National Dean’s List (‘95-96’) and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (‘97).

She cites being tapped as a “Little Sister” for Alpha Gamma Chi as her most special experience while at Lee. 

Ms. Olson’s desire is to deliver God's message of acceptance and love to the nations. She brings an inspirational message of hope and encourages her audience to meet their God-given purpose regardless of any life obstacles. Her ministry reaches churches, educational institutions, children's organizations, disability organizations, medical professionals, adoption agencies, and more, said officials.

“The underlying themes of my life have been acceptance and overcoming obstacles,” said Ms. Olson. “The Lord has been so faithful and has truly blessed me.” 

Chapel is designed for student worship, but the community is always welcome to attend.

The Lee University Conn Center is located on the corner of Parker and 11th streets. 

For more information about chapel services at Lee, contact Campus Ministries at 614-8420.

For more information about Manyata Ministries, visit www.manyataministries.org

.Ms. Olson can be followed on Facebook (at Lisa Olson – Manyata Ministries), Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.


Parade Ends Cat-Rat Events At GPS

The hoopla of the GPS Cat-Rat tradition ended on Thursday with the annual Cat-Rat parade and an afternoon at local attraction Lake Winnepesaukah. The friendships forged during the week between seniors and sixth graders as well as the mentor relationships may well continue through the year, said officials.  With a theme of “toys,” the Class of 2015 dressed in costumes they ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Awarded NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Chattanooga State Community College $197,944 as part of its Advanced Technological Education program. The grant entitled “Faculty Development for Technician Education in Welding, Materials Joining and Non-Destructive Testing” (DUE #1400530) will address a well documented and growing need for certified welding, materials joining, and ... (click for more)

Jordan Williams Named Manager At Bradley SPCA; President Says Group Taking And Placing Animals

Jordan Williams has been named manager for shelter operations at the Bradley County SPCA following the firing of former director Bobby Anderson at a tumultuous meeting on Monday night. Betti Gravelle, president, said, "Jordan has been with the organization since shortly after its inception and is fully prepared to assume leadership in the daily operation of the shelter as well ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Coaches Vs. ‘Top 25’ Foes

The long-accepted measuring stick for a college football coach has been his win-loss record, with an after-glance at his win-loss record within his conference. But in Wednesday’s editions of the Wall Street Journal, writer David Everson, with the help of Stats LLC, used a much-tougher litmus test when he revealed the records of 65 major-college coaches against opponents that were ... (click for more)