IWU Honors Humanitarian Cheryl Beckett

Cheryl Marie Beckett

An Indiana Wesleyan University residence hall will be dedicated October 3 in memory of an honors graduate of IWU who was killed while doing humanitarian work in Afghanistan.

The residence hall, which opened in 2010 as North Hall, has been renamed in memory of Cheryl Marie Beckett. She graduated in 2000 with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

After graduating from IWU, Beckett turned down a full scholarship for graduate study at Johns Hopkins University because she felt God calling her to humanitarian work.

In August 2010, Beckett was one of 10 members of a medical team who were shot to death while traveling in one of the poorest regions of Afghanistan. She was 32 years old and spent the last six years of her life serving the people of Afghanistan.

Beckett's parents, Charles and Mary Beckett, along with several other family members will be on IWU's Marion campus for the dedication ceremony that will begin at 2 p.m., October 3, in the lobby of Beckett Hall.

Charles Beckett, a pastor in Knoxville, Tennessee, also will speak in two chapel services at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. the same day in the IWU Chapel Auditorium.

Beckett Hall houses 310 women - 180 upper-class students in one wing and 130 freshmen students in a second wing. The building was designed specifically so that older students in one wing could mentor freshmen students in the other wing.

Students who live in the residence hall initiated the process that led to the residence hall bing named in honor of Beckett.

A plaque honoring Cheryl Beckett also will be unveiled October 3 on the Alumni World Changer wall in Jackson Library. IWU trustees created the Alumni World Changer designation in 2011, and Beckett's name is the first to be placed on the wall.


Indiana Wesleyan University is an evangelical Christian comprehensive university of The Wesleyan Church, which has its world headquarters in Indianapolis. The University was founded in 1920, and is committed to liberal arts and professional education.

More than 3,200 students are enrolled in traditional programs on the University's main campus in Marion. Another 12,200 adult learners attend classes at education centers in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, and online.