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Chi Alpha campus ministries hosted a dating panel for students to ask married speakers questions about dating and relationships.
The panel was held on Valentine’s Day at 7:30 p.m. in the Trojan Center Ballrooms and was open to all students.
“This event is a time for students to be able to ask hard questions to people who have more experience than them in the dating field,” said Whitney Bowers, a strategic communication graduate student from Melbourne, Florida, who volunteers with Chi Alpha.
Wesley and Halie Alexander, a newlywed couple who spoke at the panel, said they enjoyed answering students’ questions.
“I think that my expectations were that they (students) would come with questions about future relationships,” Halie Alexander said.
Halie Alexander said she had been looking forward to speaking and representing her belief in God to students.
“I wanted to show students what it is like to have a healthy relationship and a relationship that represents Christ,” she said.
Wesley and Halie Alexander answered the questions students had and said they were glad they could help.
“It’s important for me to show students that they can have a real relationship and find the right person for them,” Wesley Alexander said.
Michael and Debra Sharp, the district Christian education directors for the Assembly of God, have been married for over 45 years and spoke at the event about their marriage.
Bowers said she has been married for over a year and came into the event wanting to hear from a couple who has been married for a long time.
“I really just wanted to know what the secret is to a long and healthy marriage,” she said.
Bowers said she was encouraged by the speakers and was glad students came.
“I love being married, and it was really encouraging for me to see students who wanted advice on how to get there,” she said.
Haleigh Mitchell, a junior human services major from Trussville, said she came to the event to hear what questions students had about dating.
“I always have a lot of questions about dating, especially being in college, so it was a good time to hear some advice from people who are married,” she said.