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Director of Advancement Awarded in National Contest

Director of Advancement Awarded in National Contest

Either we truly believe that God is God, or we crumble when we face difficult circumstances.”

Glennis Lamb, Director of Advancement and PhD student at Calvary, recently received an honorable mention award in a national essay contest. 

At the urging of some of her graduate professors, Lamb entered the contest which was sponsored by Townsend Press. Townsend was soliciting articles on “What do you believe, and how did you come to believe it?” offering awards and essay publication.

Lamb explained, “I wrote about how tragedy has a way of truly defining what we believe. Either we truly believe that God is God, or we crumble when we face difficult circumstances.” Her essay detailed struggles in her life and how she came to a deeper belief in God through them.

In her article, “The Ultimate Goal: Allowing Tragedy to Shape My Deepest Beliefs,” Lamb wrote that the question she wrestled with was, “Do I really believe God is God?” Through the painful experiences she faced, she found that God was ever faithful.

Lamb discovered Calvary University through her son, who recently graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree from the school. She followed him to Calvary shortly thereafter to complete her own Bachelor’s degree in Bible and History. After graduating with her undergraduate degree in just two years, she completed her Master of Arts in Bible and Theology and started in Calvary’s PhD program. She was hired as Director of Advancement in September of this year.

“My big goals are, I want to teach…” Lamb said, “and I want to write curriculum from an apologetics point of view. And I’m a real big history buff… I’m actually thinking about starting on my master’s in History.”

She is excited about her opportunities here at Calvary, both in Advancement and in investing in students’ lives. She has told more than one student, “If I can do this at my age… you can do this!” Lamb is committed to encouraging Calvary’s students to persevere and rely on God.

Looking toward the future, she said, “I will stay here as long as the Lord can use me here and as long as I am a blessing to others… I am sure I will go through many ups and downs, but being faithful to the Lord is the bottom line to my reason for working at Calvary.”

Calvary Introduces 5-Year BA and MDiv Degree Program

Calvary Introduces 5-Year BA and MDiv Degree Program

New 5-year BA and MDiv gets students through faster with less debt

Calvary University is announcing the latest development in their academic program: A 5-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Divinity (MDiv). While traditionally, an MDiv takes three years of study after the completion of a four-year BA, this program compacts the seven years into five.

Calvary’s Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Teddy Bitner, explained that most MDiv programs assume the incoming student does not have a biblical background, so there is a lot of redundancy between a Bible college degree and an MDiv, especially for Pastoral Studies majors. The new program identifies the overlapping courses and eliminates the undergraduate equivalents so students, can, according to Bitner, “cut out hours and compress the timeline.”

The program requires 163 hours and has enough space for an undergraduate minor in Biblical Counseling or Business. Bitner said this is an innovation. None of the other 5-year programs he studied offered room for a minor. Students in the 5-year track work through their General Education courses the first two years before advancing to higher level courses.

The 5-year plan enables students to get through the program faster, get into ministry faster, and in doing so save money on tuition. Due to the intense nature of the program, applying students will be vetted by Bible and Theology and Ministry Studies faculty.

Five-year masters programs are not entirely new to academia. Bitner explained that Calvary did thorough checking with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) which confirmed that a large enough number of schools have incorporated the plan. It has become a broadly accepted practice.

Bitner pointed out that the new track would strengthen Calvary’s academic program and help students get into the field sooner to pursue ministry. “We want to reinforce the importance of a biblical foundation for ministry,” he said, “which is not always the case in other institutions anymore, especially in areas of languages. So we are becoming more and more unique.”

Calvary University Press Innovates Textbook Production

Calvary University Press Innovates Textbook Production

Calvary’s publication imprint slated to boost textbook availability and cut student costs.

Calvary University is excited to announce the development of their own publishing imprint, Calvary University Press. Faculty member Dr. Mike Dodds heads up the advancement for this new arm of the school. The goal of CU Press, he explained, is “to disseminate out biblical understanding.”

By streamlining the process of getting books into print, Calvary hopes to encourage faculty, alumni, and other likeminded people to pursue publishing. Dodds pointed out that some publishers shy away from books of a strictly theological and dispensational nature, anticipating low sales. CU Press’s print-on-demand system eliminates low sales as a hindrance by removing the substantial “money-down” factor that most publishing houses face. Without dependency on outside publishers, Calvary faculty can pursue publication in a more welcoming environment.

CU Press is focused on academic publishing across the many disciplines Calvary offers. An editorial board headed by Dodds will examine submitted manuscripts for precision, as well as alignment with Calvary’s standards. Once the board approves the manuscript, it will be passed on to editorial staff for copy editing, proofreading, and formatting before being submitted to a print-on-demand service.

This new direction holds great potential, not only for faculty, but for students as well. Lower markup on textbooks, as well as readier access to e-book formats, can reduce student fees and expenses.

Dodds anticipates using CU Press as an instrument to promote Calvary’s academic standards. “It shows that we’re academic, and the level of academic rigor that we desire.” He is also eager to put out works that present our dispensational hermeneutic with excellence. Calvary is preparing to hit the ground running with this new branch of enterprise, thankful for the new opportunities God is bringing our way. 

Dr. Mike Dodds, Director of the CU Press.

CU Press streamlines the process for printing theological and academic works.

Faculty and Staff Ramping Up for the School Year

Faculty and Staff Ramping Up for the School Year

Calvary holds “On Ramp” event to prepare for coming school year.

Each year before the beginning of the new semester, Calvary hosts “On Ramp,” a kick-off event for faculty and staff. The day gives Calvary faculty and staff an opportunity to get on the same page before diving into the school year. On Ramp hosts staff presentations, state of the union information, and free time for relaxing and fellowship. This year, On Ramp met at B&B Theaters in Lees Summit. Attendees relaxed in cushioned seats and watched presentations on the happenings and events of Calvary’s various departments.

A few coffee breaks later, Dr. Cone closed the business side of things with a Q&A session. For the fun side of their meeting, faculty and staff loaded up on some buttery popcorn and watched the premiere of Alex Kendrick’s latest film, Overcomer, a day before it came out in theaters.

As the credits rolled, attendees trickled out of the theater. On Ramp is behind us, leaving us encouraged by the work God is doing here. Calvary University is now full steam ahead toward the fall semester!

 

On Ramp attendees enjoyed a meal at Texas Roadhouse.

Academic Center Broadening Scope

Academic Center Broadening Scope

The Clark Academic Center is expanding its services to help both faculty and students in achieving excellence.

A cheerful blue room full of books and desks is nestled down a hallway of the Hilda Kroeker Library. The sign reads: “Clark Academic Center,” and the room houses one of Calvary’s greatest tools for academic success. 

President Emeritus James Clark instituted the Clark Academic Center (CAC) in 2002 to aid students in achieving excellence. Since then, the CAC has provided paper reviews, academic support, and tutoring in many fields, including writing, study, and time management skills. 

This year, the CAC is coming under the umbrella of Institutional Effectiveness (IE), and Rose Henness, Director of IE, now heads the center. Collaborating with IE, the CAC plans to broaden its scope of services to become “a hub for academic excellence.”  

In their focus on expanding academic excellence, the CAC utilizes a two-pronged approach: academic excellence for students and a new focus on academic excellence for faculty. 

Academic Excellence for Students

On the student side, the interfacing brings an expansion in the services the CAC’s Academic Coaches provide. Beyond reviewing papers and traditional tutoring, “We want to expand to where [our Academic Coaches] are helping all students to begin to learn good study skills, time management, and how to conduct research,” said Henness. With these aids in place, she said, students develop and prepare better papers. 

Henness also wants the CAC to start offering help on resume development, interviewing skills, and conducting a successful job search. “To me, that’s part of academic excellence,” said Henness, “That’s my vision.” The CAC still offers traditional tutoring for students who desire assistance, but it also focuses on reaching the campus in the multiplicity of other areas where coaching or assistance can benefit the students. 

Academic Excellence for Faculty 

Henness plans to integrate the CAC into faculty development by implementing a series of workshops. These workshops will cover topics such as how to maximize efficiency in the Canvas learning system, utilizing effective assessment processes, and how to capitalize on class organization using syllabus and outcome structure. 

These developments provide a support and resource system for faculty. By providing continual investment into equipping our faculty for excellence, the CAC provides a basis for improvements campus wide. Henness pointed out, “Any time that you work to impact academic excellence, it will improve overall… the whole classroom is going to be more enjoyable.” 

Long Range Effects

Henness is optimistic about the long-term effects of the CAC’s new involvement. Equipping students for success vitalizes morale, strengthens retention rates, and even boosts enrollment. The CAC plays a critical role in Calvary’s academics, creating an atmosphere conducive to studying and learning.

Looking to the future, Henness is excited to work towards building a stronger school academically. As the CAC gears up for the new school year, this hub for academic excellence is ready to put Calvary’s students one step closer to success.

 

Academic Coaches offer a broad array of services to students, including paper reviews, academic coaching, and study assistance.

Coaches are versed in several academic styles, including Turabian, MLA, and APA.

Well-loved mascot, the CAC-tus.

Radio Personality and Theologian Joins Calvary’s Ranks

Radio Personality and Theologian Joins Calvary’s Ranks

After 25 years in radio broadcasting, Dr. Tracy Haney is bringing his radio and business expertise to teach at Calvary.

Calvary welcomes Dr. Tracy Haney as Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Senior Program Producer. In his role at CU, he will teach business courses and partner with the marketing department, utilizing his expertise in radio and podcasting.

Haney discovered his talent for radio many years ago while working for Calvary’s radio station, KJLC. He graduated from CU with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies and Radio Broadcasting. Moving on to work for Moody Radio, he recalled a life-changing experience interviewing people off the streets of Chicago. “We went out at 6 or 7 at night,” Haney said, “and I didn’t return until four in the morning. This was a world I knew nothing about.”

He interviewed people leaving bars in the middle of the night, asking them what they thought of the church, and was struck by the negative responses of individuals who “grew up in Awana” and now wanted nothing to do with the church. Haney felt a deep conviction that, “We’re just playing church. We’ve got to get out of here and tell people about Christ.”

Since then, his passion for teaching God’s word has “morphed into a desire to use Business Administration as a means of penetrating a secular society with the Gospel.” He funneled this passion into 25 years of radio broadcasting, and now brings the same eagerness to his work at CU.

Looking toward his future with CU, Haney is especially excited for the future of ministry-oriented business on campus. “The Lord has used my experience in broadcasting to fuse and mesh a different perspective. I’m hoping to help shape minds and hope to inspire the students to use their training.” He pointed out that, since everyone works, the workplace harbors a golden opportunity to make an impact. “That’s what I’m excited about… there is such a need to teach people how to apply their faith in the marketplace. I want to be the person who gives students that vision.”

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