In early May, Calvary reached a milestone in student enrollment. Tania Edwards, Vice President of Enrollment Management, explained, “Our registration currently reflects 460 students…This is the highest enrollment in Calvary’s history for the past 25+ years.” Of the student body, a little over half attend in-person classes, and the rest do long-distance-learning through Calvary’s online platform. Edwards attributed the growth to “a combination of expanding our degree offering and focusing on the student experience.” This tailored focus has an impact “from recruitment, to getting them in the correct degree program that really gets them excited about attending school, to showing them campus life and the various activities they can get involved in.”
Despite the fluid nature of the current academic situation, Calvary’s numbers are growing, and Edwards noted that Enrollment had even seen an increase in inquiries in the past months. She said, “The Business Department is growing exponentially. I’ve seen a lot of referrals come from students in that program.” Calvary’s blended model provides vital adaptability as students look for a more flexible education. As her team works hard to prepare for the fall semester, Edwards said, “This is a result of prayer and effort on the behalf of all faculty and staff. Our God is truly gracious!”
Due to the forecast of more winter weather, the Feast & Fund Auction has been postponed until March 29. We hope our supporters will be able to change their plans or make new plans to attend on this date. Click here to sign up.
March is a very busy month for Calvary. The Theatre Department will be presenting Newsies seven times over the next two weekends. Click here to purchase tickets. We also have Calvary Days, our campus preview event, coming up next weekend. Click here for more information.
In the midst of all this activity, Cycle 4 will be ending, and a new cycle will be beginning. Shortly after that is Spring Break which coincides with the Chorale Tour. Click here to see the Chorale’s schedule which includes stops in Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska.
The end of March brings the new auction date and a recital by senior Cherrish Palmer. Would you pray that the weather has no further impact on any of these events? We thank the Lord for each of the students, faculty, and staff who make these events happen. Would you pray for health and energy to abound? Finally, we hope you’ll consider attending one or more of the upcoming events!
Last Friday’s ConnectFest was a brand new idea for serving our local community. We are estimating that 700 people were on campus throughout the course of the 10-hour event. While we definitely enjoyed seeing alumni and friends of Calvary, it was extra wonderful to welcome those who have never set foot on this campus before. What a fun introduction to our school!
Friendly faces welcomed guests to ConnectFest.
ConnectFest was like a carnival and a community festival all rolled into one FREE day of excitement. Attendees were given 20 free tickets to play carnival games and win prizes. There were also more than a dozen rides, inflatables, and other attractions that young and old could do for free.
Trackless train ride
Slip ‘n’ Slide
Vendors and local businesses set up booths to sell their items or promote their services, and they did not have to pay any fees to participate. Several local churches also used this opportunity for community outreach.
Music, Food, and Fireworks
Josh Freerksen sang on stage.
No festival would be complete without live music, and we had plenty! Calvary students, Blue Ridge Christian School students, and local artists performed on an outdoor stage. We also enjoyed spoken word, drama, dance, poetry, and comedy mixed into the performance schedule. Terry Magelssen, a Christian illusionist, performed a show that was enjoyed by all ages. Of course, I can’t forget to mention the delicious food that was available to purchase from various food trucks. To top off a great day, we had a 13-minute fireworks show!
Thank you, Lord, for holding back the rain and providing a breeze on a hot day. Thank you, Admissions Team and ConnectFest committee, for all your hard work in dreaming up, planning, and implementing this BIG IDEA! Finally, thank you, volunteers, for running games and rides, picking up trash, handing out tickets, giving out prizes, etc. This event would not have been such a success without YOU!
A sizable group of men and women went through the check-in process on Thursday, and some of them also moved into the dorm. Thankfully the afternoon brought clearer skies for transporting student belongings.