Come experience Calvary life at our campus preview event known as “College Days.” There’s no better time to get to know the Calvary family! We love our students, and we think you will too. Prospective students can attend classes and meet faculty and staff as well. Another highlight of the weekend will be our theatre department’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The event starts on Thursday, March 8 and continues through Saturday. To register, click here. God is at work at Calvary. Come check it out!
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As we reach the end of this year, please remember the Calvary students in your prayers. Some of them have final exams, papers, and projects to finish. Others may be done with classwork, but now they are traveling home for Christmas break. Pray for spiritual and physical protection. Intercede especially for those students who are going home to unsaved family and friends. Pray that God would give them opportunities to share about the Savior and that they would put into practice the lessons they have learned at Calvary. Also pray for the new students who will be joining the Calvary family in January that God would supply their every need.
On Wednesday, chapel time was devoted to welcoming the new students via Convocation. Faculty wore regalia and lined the center aisle. The new students entered to applause and sat in the first several rows. Returning students and staff filled many of the remaining chairs. Once the faculty made their way to the stage, Dr. Bitner read some of the history of convocation, and we sang a hymn. Luke Pauli, the Student Senate President, gave a heart-felt charge to the new students and asked them to live each day as if it were their last. Hailey Bair, a talented student, sang “How Great Thou Art.” Dr. Cone’s presidential charge encouraged the students to be like Onesiphorus, who “refreshed” Paul as seen in 2 Timothy 1:16.
The students were told more than once that Calvary will provide them with a fine education – just like many other schools would. However, what sets Calvary apart from those other schools is the family atmosphere. Welcome to the family, new students!
What a beautiful sight – a chapel full of students!
I very much enjoy New Student Registration Day! It is fun to meet all the new members of the Calvary family and find out which ones are children of alumni or siblings of other students. It is also exciting to meet new students, who had no previous connection to Calvary, and hear about how God led them here. Please be praying for our new students as they settle in to Calvary life. Some of them are far from home for the first time. Some will need prayer for good time management as they take classes and work or take classes and play sports. You can pray that all of them will form strong friendships during these first few weeks. Finally, pray that each of them will “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:18)”
With new students arriving in less than one week, another school year seems to be hurtling toward us! That is why our faculty and staff spent Thursday in meetings focused on preparations for the upcoming semester. Dr. Cone encouraged us from God’s Word, and the other members of the Cabinet gave reports from their respective departments.
One bit of news that I would like to pass on to you is about our enrollment numbers. We are praising the Lord that more than 315 students are currently registered for classes in Cycle 2*! Thank you for your prayers in that area. *Calvary’s academic year is now structured into 8-week cycles. Cycle 2 is August 28-October 20.
We are also excited about the progress being made on renovating the former seminary building into the new home of the Hilda Kroeker Library and Clark Academic Center. In addition to that project, we anticipate that work will soon begin on transforming the Student Life Center (formerly Turner’s German-American Hall which we purchased last fall) into our new dining hall. Please pray with us for safety, quality work, and timely completion.
Dr. Cone spoke to the faculty and staff on Thursday.