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Calvary to Host MCCC Volleyball Tournament

Calvary to Host MCCC Volleyball Tournament

CU is making final preparations to host the 2020 MCCC Volleyball Tournament October 30,31. A limited number of tickets have already been distributed due to COVID19 guidelines. We have a small number of tickets that remain. If you would like a ticket please email with your name and valid cell phone number to be considered. We will give the remaining tickets out to Calvary University students and staff. Masks are required in the building. Individual screening for COVID19 will be done on everybody who enters the building.

MCCC Volleyball Tournament October 30, 31
Day Time Match
Oct 30 5:30 pm Match 1 Manhattan Christian vs. Calvary University
Oct 30 7:15 pm Awards Conference VB awards
Oct 30 8:00 pm Match 2 Faith Baptist vs. Barclay College
Oct 31 2 pm  3rd place Losers of match 1,2
Oct 31 4 pm  1st place  Winners of match 1,2

Braves Top Warriors 1-3

Braves Top Warriors 1-3

The Calvary Warriors battled the JV team from Ottawa University to a 3-1 loss on Saturday afternoon in the final 2020 regular season match.  The Warriors will now face Manhattan Christian College in the first round of the Midwest Christian College Conference Tournament at 5:30 pm Friday night at home.  

“We played a very talented, well balanced Ottawa team today,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “While I thought we put up a good match, it wasn’t our best effort and we had some difficulty serving today. We showed some frustration on the court, and when we did, Ottawa took advantage of it and they were all over the court getting to tough balls defensively.   We fought back several times with small runs, but we couldn’t overcome their toughness today.” Today was Senior Day for Tori Veltkamp, stated Johnson!  “Tori has been such a blessing to the school and to our program.   I praise God for her.  This week we need to have some good practices and fix some serving and offensive struggles. We will come out ready for the MCCC Tournament.”

Nikao Student Interns at Local Church

Nikao Student Interns at Local Church

Wentworth (top left) with the team of interns at Grace Church.

Education major Lindee Wentworth served at Grace Church through their internship program.

Last summer, Nikao Leadership Institute student Lindee Wentworth interned at Grace Church in Overland Park, Kansas. She heard about the internship opportunity from her roommate, and said, “I’d been praying about an opportunity for ministry over the summer. I knew that I wanted to make money to pay for school, but I also felt the Lord leading me to do something in ministry.”

Through the internship, Wentworth worked on compiling a resource book for the church with detailed information on “the [missions] trips that we take, about our partners there, about the country, and general tips” for people going on missions trips. The work required “a lot of research,” but it also provided Wentworth with hands-on opportunities to minister to small businesses in the community. She said, “I was really discipled along the way. My supervisor was really great and encouraged me to research unreached people groups and what that looks like. That was really encouraging.”

Wentworth is a sophomore at Calvary studying Elementary Education. After she graduates, her “plan is to teach overseas, maybe in a closed country,” and her internship confirmed that goal for her. She said, “One of the big things I learned was not to ask, ‘give me a reason to go,’ but ‘give me a reason to stay.’ Because the Lord commands us to go.”

Faith Edges Calvary in Five Sets

Faith Edges Calvary in Five Sets

The Lady Warriors fell Friday night to the Eagles from Faith Baptist Bible College.  The Eagles rallied from a 1-2 deficit to defeat Calvary 18-25, 25-23, 27-25, 19-25, 14-16.  With the loss, the Warriors fall to 5-7 on the season. 

The Warriors and Eagles had met earlier in the 2020 season in Ankeny, IA with Faith sweeping Calvary 3-0. CU was out for a little revenge as the two teams took the court at The Pyramid Athletic Center.

“We had some great contributions from a lot of different players tonight,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “I am proud of this team and how they responded with joy.  This match was about desire.  Sets two and three were all out battles.  At the end we got a little tired and got frustrated at a couple of calls and didn’t quite finish it.”

Hannah Davidson led the Warriors with 20 kills and 25 digs on the night.  Tori Veltkamp continues to run the offense efficiently and finished with 35 assists. Leah Grady contributed 11 kills, with five blocks.  Grady added 35 digs to power the Warriors defensively as the team was so close to capturing a dramatic home win. “Leah has had a tough year coming back from the ACL tear,” stated Johnson.  “It has been a battle, and she’s nearing the top of the mountain.  She’s really coming through in the clutch for us.  This is her first year playing in the back row and it has been a blessing to have her in that role.”

Next up, the Warriors will be on the road next Tuesday for a match in Nevada, MO against Cottey College.

Thunder Outlast Warriors

Thunder Outlast Warriors

The Warrior volleyball team looked poised to challenge NCCAA powerhouse Manhattan Christian Tuesday night in Kansas City.   The Thunder had other plans as their team stormed back to snap the Warriors momentum 0-3.  With the loss, the Warriors fall to 5-6 on the season. 

“Credit to Manhattan as they battled back after our run and served very well,” Warrior Head Coach Josh Johnson said. “They capitalized on some brief lapses we had with our serving, and turned the momentum of the match. Hopefully we learned some important lessons from this loss as we continue our season.” 

The Warriors came into the match after going 2-1 in competition last week with victories over Barclay College, and Spurgeon College. Manhattan Christian entered Tuesday’s match with a 10-2 record, having won against Barclay College last week as well. 

“Lindee and Hannah were big contributors tonight on the outside, Johnson said. “They each had some big swings for us.  I think our team also proved tonight that defense has become a strength after working extremely hard to improve.  The weakness we need to improve on in the next few practices would be our serving and serve receive inconsistencies.  The turning point in the match came when our receivers faced their tough float server.  She helped Manhattan run off about six straight points with her tough serving.”

“With the ups and downs this season has brought with Covid-19, it has sometimes been hard to find the connection we need as a team, setter Tori Veltkamp said.  Last weekend and today we clearly started seeing what we can achieve.  There has been so much growth.”

Next up, the Warriors return home on Friday night as they welcome Faith Baptist to the Pyramid Athletic Center.

Calvary Student Takes Second in State Bicycling Championship

Calvary Student Takes Second in State Bicycling Championship

Cheslik (second from right) participates in a cycling competition.

Cheslik is also coaching Calvary’s Cross Country team (left to right: Josiah Stout, Adam Weeks, Cheslik, Bethany Cathcart and Kara Adams).

Cheslik says Calvary course taught him to train his mind for endurance

Tyler Cheslik, a Business Administration and Sports Management student at Calvary, placed second in the Missouri State Championship Criterium. The criterium, a bike race consisting of several laps around a 1- or 2-mile circuit, took place August 23. Cheslik, who has been cycling competitively for five years, “was second in the race in the Pro/Category 1/2… [and] first in the state of Missouri.”

Cheslik said his interest in cycling started when “my youth pastor let me try out his road bike, and I really enjoyed it… so I decided to buy my own.” Now he competes on a regular basis while pursuing his bachelor’s degree, working as lieutenant on Calvary’s security team, and coaching the cross-country club team.

Looking at his time studying Business Administration and Sports Management, Cheslik said, “There’s a lot of things I learned at Calvary that influence the way I race.” He referenced a Sports Psychology class taught by coach Tressa Shoemaker and said, “It taught me about the perseverance of the mind” and how to train his mind for the endurance competitive cycling requires. The 2020 cycling season is winding down, but Cheslik looks forward to the 2021 season, where he plans to “Pursue more high-level events where more pro teams are competing… I’m planning on doing more of the USA [Criterium] Series that all the pro teams are going to be traveling to, and I’ll be at the level now that I’ll be in the same races.”

Calvary Hosts President’s Dinner at Loretto Campus

Calvary Hosts President’s Dinner at Loretto Campus

“Calvary is not its campus… first and foremost, it’s a place where God does redemptive work in individuals through Christ.”

Presidents Dinner attendees walked the halls of the historic Loretto campus last Thursday revisiting Calvary’s roots. For many alumni, it was a chance to relive the memories of their college experience at the campus where Calvary operated from 1967 to 1980. Nearly 150 persons attended the event and heard an address by interim president Jeff Campa, a performance by Calvary’s music group lux voces, and testimonies from alumni. Dave Allen, who assisted planning the event, said, “As a recent graduate from the Graduate school at Calvary, it was extremely gratifying to see the history on display” at the historic campus.

Gracia Burnham, who studied at the Loretto campus, shared a quote from Adoniram Judson, “There is no success without sacrifice. If you succeed without sacrifice it is because someone has sacrificed before you. If you sacrifice without success it is because someone will succeed after.” She encouraged the faculty, staff, and donors that the sacrifices they make have impact, even when they don’t see them. Alumnus Bud Jones added, “The foundation I received here is still preparing me… I have no better memories in my Christian life than the memories I have at Calvary.”

Chief Financial Officer Randy Grimm presented the annual Hand-in-Hand award, a recognition given to an organization that has blessed and served Calvary in the past year. Grimm presented this year’s award to Calvary’s Board of Trustees, “for their leadership, wisdom, and prayers in a year of great challenges.” Chairman of the Board, Tom Zobrist, said, “We do what we do because we love Calvary and we love Jesus… we want to glorify Him.”

Interim President Jeff Campa also addressed attendees, saying, “The alumni that call this place home can attest to [God’s] work in and through Calvary, and they are bearing witness to God’s faithfulness in their lives and ministry.” He added that, in the face of a difficult year, “We learned that Calvary is not its campus… first and foremost, it’s a place where God does redemptive work in individuals through Christ. For 88 years, God has used people just like you, organizations just like yours to sustain this work, and for that, we are ever grateful.”

Interim President Jeff Campa addresses attendees.

Touring the room where chapel was held.

Fred Hendricks shares how his time at Calvary impacted him.

Calvary students served the meal catered by Affordable Elegance.

Calvary’s Online Master’s Program in Top 25

Calvary’s Online Master’s Program in Top 25 recently awarded Calvary University with the #20 spot for its online Master’s degrees.

To determine the ranking, “the editors at Best Master’s Programs started with a pool of Evangelical and mainline Protestant colleges and universities offering online graduate programs. From there, they were ranked according to cost, alumni salary, and variety of offerings.”

The ranking explained, “As one of the Midwest’s best online Christian universities, Calvary University offers three graduate degrees through the school’s online system.” Calvary University provides a Master of Science (MS) in Worship Arts, a Master of Science (MSEd) in Education, and a Master of Science (MS) in Organizational Development. “Calvary University offers tuition discounts to military members or those who are currently working full-time in a ministerial position.”

Keeping Calvary’s Campus Safe

Keeping Calvary’s Campus Safe

Calvary resumes campus life with COVID precautions.

Across Calvary’s campus, faculty and staff work to keep a sanitary environment. Calvary’s Director of Food Service, Joe Dapra, explained the precautions the cafeteria is taking “to minimize risk of the spread of COVID-19.” He said, “After meals we sanitize high-touch areas. Students are asked to wear masks when entering the building and going through the serving line. There is hand sanitizer available.” To ensure health among the cafeteria staff, “Serving staff wear masks during the meal. Kitchen staff practice standard procedures with hand washing and wearing of gloves. We are set up to record temperatures and ask questions about wellness for staff coming to work.”

The Hilda Kroeker Library established protocols to eliminate germs from shared resources. Head Librarian Tiffany Smith said, to minimize the spread of germs, “the library is quarantining items for a minimum of 72 hours.” To create a safe study environment, Smith said, “While masks are required to be worn when moving about the library building, seating areas have been spaced so that they do not have to remain on during study of non-reference and non-reserve materials.” The library staff sanitizes study areas after each use to cut down germ transfer.

Calvary is keeping the classroom safe, too. Face shields are in place for professors, and ample space enables social distancing. Faculty and students carefully sanitize tables, doorknobs, and other high traffic areas before and after each class period. In the fluid situation of COVID-19, Calvary is committed to the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

Students cheer on Calvary’s volleyball team.

The Warrior Café also implemented special sanitizing measures.

Early College and Dual Enrollment Growing

Early College and Dual Enrollment Growing

Dual Enrollment Doubles!

Calvary’s Early College program grew rapidly in the past school year, with the number of Dual Enrolled students more than doubling. Early College allows high schoolers to earn college credit while still in high school at the reduced rate of $54 per credit hour. Dual enrollment, a subset of Early College, enables students to take a course through Calvary and earn credit towards their high school and higher education programs simultaneously.

Admissions Team Manager Tammy Pihl said, “Dual Enrollment are those people who generally are attending [Calvary] through a school that’s made an arrangement with us… or a school where a student has made an arrangement with us.” These programs give students a head start on their undergraduate degrees once they graduate high school. Pihl added that, “Homeschooling grows in Missouri by 15% a year, and I think our Early College is on track with that.”

Pihl also noted a growing trend towards Dual Enrollment in public secondary education. “Schools are moving towards partnering with a [university]. What is setting Calvary apart, why it’s growing so fast at Calvary, is our [online]. It’s a much better situation where you can turn on a TV and there’s a teacher talking to your class.” She also added that “our professors are golden,” creating flexible options to work with high schools’ timelines. Calvary’s Early College options provide a great way for students to fast-track their early college at a fraction of the cost of normal tuition.