CU alumna Moriah Roberts cheerfully bids on a choice item during the 2019 Feast & Fund.
The 2020 Feast & Fund Auction has been set for March 20, 2020. This event is a fun-filled evening for all, a delicious meal, as well as an important financial boost to the work of Calvary University.
The doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, to allow time to look over the numerous silent auction items before dinner at 6:30 pm. The evening will include an excellent dinner and a live auction of several items. You won’t want to miss out.
William “Bill” Stebbins, Chief Development Officer, at Al Faw Palace in Baghdad.
“We never want students to be intimidated by the cost of education.”
William Stebbins traveled the world from India to Iraq to Mexico and beyond before he came on board as staff at Calvary. Stebbins was active duty in the Army for 20 years, doing everything from leading platoons of tanks to operational commanding. In his last job before retiring from the military, he taught tactics.
He brings years of experience and training in operational strategy to bear on developmental strategy at Calvary. “It 100 percent affects [my work here] because it deals with leadership. My entire Army career, I dealt with leadership and having to develop a team from very disparate backgrounds, bring them together to focus on a goal, and work through problems to figure out how to achieve a better outcome.”
Stebbins heads Calvary’s Development Department as Chief Development Officer (CDO). In his role, Stebbins focuses on revenue generation. He said the vision is keeping tuition low for students. “Because we never want students to be intimidated by the cost of education. Who wants to go to the mission field if you have a $20,000 debt?”
The question for academic institutions is how to stay financially viable while maintaining low tuition. Stebbins pointed out that “across the nation, universities and Bible colleges are shutting their doors because they can’t balance that.” And this is where Stebbins comes into the picture. As CDO, he finds ways to increase revenue in untraditional ways not tied to students’ tuition.
Looking at his mission, Stebbins said the most exciting part of his work is “making [low tuition] a concrete reality.” Calvary is committed to providing affordable education, and Stebbins plays a large role in achieving that goal. His work protects and advances the low tuition that is one of Calvary’s distinctives.
Stebbins works as Calvary’s Chief Development Officer.
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.
“First item up: 4 tickets to the May 5 Sporting KC game! We’ll start the bidding at $150!”
And with those words, the Feast & Fund Live Auction took off like a shot! Ringmen circled the crowd of 173 people as hands shot up, bidder numbers were called, and people laughed as our beloved guests animatedly vied for the items they desired. The familiar rhythmic auctioneer chant swirled around the Student Life Center for a little over an hour until $65,046 was raised to buy the Calvary University students the much-needed appliances and furniture for the Kansas City dorm!
The Calvary University administrative staff and business partners worked tirelessly to make the second annual Feast & Fund Auction a fun-filled evening for all and by God’s strength and grace, the night was a success! Postponing once to allow us to bid farewell to the nasty winter weather proved to be a blessing as more attendees were able to make the “snow date.”
The doors opened at 5:30 pm on Friday, March 29, to allow our attendees to look over the 49 silent auction items before dinner at 6:30 pm. The smoked BBQ brisket dinner put together by our own David Allen, with sides provided by Jack Stack’s, was a huge hit as there wasn’t a single scrap of leftovers.
The live auction featured 22 items and included things like autographed sports memorabilia, processed meat, firearms, exotic trips, and student-made goods. During the Fund-A-Need segment, attendees gave generously and raised $18,860 which has been matched by a generous donor!
Calvary University wants to thank everyone who came out to support this event or gave in absentia. Your heart for the students is so appreciated and treasured. Keep your eyes open for upcoming information on the 2020 Feast & Fund Auction!
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!
The first place team (from left: John Oglesby, Cory Trowbridge, Lance Rensberger, and Dr. Bitner) received their trophies from Dr. Hessel (back).
The 2018 Clay Shoot Benefit was held on October 20 at Powder Creek Shooting Park. This was our fourth annual event, and God once again provided wonderful weather. Eight teams comprised of 38 individuals participated in the sporting clays competition. This year the winning team included three Calvary alumni and our Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Teddy Bitner. Dr. Bitner also won the prizes for best individual shooter and most consecutive hits. We want to express our appreciation to our sponsors – MidAmericare & Patmos Healthcare, Bushnell, and CZ-USA. All proceeds from the event will go toward student scholarships.
Three members of Team Wright: (from left) Scott Wright, Josiah Wright, and Rob Jordon