The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities offers 12 study experiences under its "Best Semester" program, and Union students take part in many of these opportunities. Sutton spent four weeks of her research leave at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, where a Christian world view is integrated with an introductory exploration of everyday work in Hollywood. She sat in on classes and talked to people working in the industry.
Sutton: "Our students today are so visually oriented that they are drawn to films… I teach 'Literature of Film' for the English majors and minors. It just helped me to have been out there (in California) to see the story, to tour the studios, to talk to the screenwriters, to talk with the technicians and to explain to our students back here that Hollywood is a mission field."