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BREAKING: Calvary wins NCCAA Men’s Basketball Regional

BREAKING: Calvary wins NCCAA Men’s Basketball Regional

Warriors returning to campus around 11 p.m. Saturday night 

Calvary University’s Men’s Basketball team won the North Region championship today, defeating the highest seed in the tournament. The team will be arriving back at the CU campus around 11 p.m. tonight (Saturday 2/27) for those who wish to greet the team. This is reportedly the first regional championship since Jeanette Regier came as a coach to Calvary in 1996.

On Thursday, the Warriors—ranked 6th in the region—defeated #3 Oak Hills Christian College 91-89 in overtime. This set up a contest with #7 Emmaus Bible College on Friday. The Warriors squeaked past Emmaus 75-74. Today’s championship game was gainst #1 ranked Trinity Bible College. Calvary earned the title of North Region Champs with a decisive 80-72 victory. 

More details as they become available. 

Calvary once again designated “Military Friendly”

Calvary once again designated “Military Friendly”

Calvary University is designated a Military Friendly School for 2021-2022. “This is a phenomenal achievement and is a testament to the programs that your institution has created for the military community,” says Scott Shaw, VP of Business Development and Co-Founder of Viqtory, which develops the annual listing. CU is committed to supporting those in the military community by offering high quality education with some of the most affordable rates around. CU is approved by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs for the training of veterans, and is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for participation in all Title IV Student Assistance Programs
Bonine has served Calvary for more than 40 years

Bonine has served Calvary for more than 40 years

“My favorite thing about Calvary is the care and concern shown to each student.”

Dr. Tom Bonine has been at Calvary longer than any other faculty member. He has been an adjunct professor for Calvary University since 1980. 

“I came to Calvary after teaching in Christian schools for ten years to work in the Education Department,” he said. “The Education Department was starting some secondary education programs and I had been teaching secondary education math and Bible courses, and I saw the need for more Christian School Teachers with a [minor] in Bible” (which Calvary requires of all education majors).

Bonine loves Calvary’s mission and getting to participate in it. “I have stayed for so long because I love helping Calvary grads prepare to live according to a biblical world view and to serve others in the world and in the church,” he said. 

“My favorite thing about Calvary is the care and concern shown to each student, and the emphasis on developing a biblical worldview and a Christ-centered approach to life and work and relationships.”

Bonine has also been at Calvary long enough to see how God has used each president to accomplish unique advancements.

“Each of the presidents that God has brought to Calvary through the years has made a valuable contribution to the ongoing growth and development of Calvary’s ministry,” he said. “Dr. Cone brought us into online blended education. Dr. Clark led us into a robust graduate school that includes biblical counseling and biblically based business administration. Dr Urey hired Dr. Clark to develop a counseling major at Calvary. Dr. Bathke brought us the Excel Program that became the basis for offering intensive classes. Dr. Madison kept us grounded theologically when many schools were ‘being tossed about by every wind of doctrine.’” 

Bonine’s favorite story is from when he first came to work at Calvary. “We were moving from 39th street to the present campus and I was helping move the library—loading shelves of books into big trucks and unloading them into the new library—and several students thought I was a new student because I looked so young. They were somewhat ‘shocked’ when they came to class and I was their professor.

“My one piece of advice to students would be the advice given to me by Pastor Smith—the man who led me to Christ. ‘Read one chapter of proverbs every day to obtain daily wisdom from God.’ My second piece of advice would be to read through the Bible every year to stay current with your biblical world view. My third piece of advice would be to embrace the biblical axiom for JOY. Jesus first, others second, yourself last. I would also like to share my life verses (Proverbs 3:5-6) Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not unto your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.

Calvary student wins U.S. Naval Institute writing contest

Calvary student wins U.S. Naval Institute writing contest

Student Mike Burke, author of “Crowdfunded”, pictured rehearsing the role of El Gallo for Calvary’s upcoming production of The Fantasticks.

Burke inspired by Calvary’s English and Theatre Departments

by Amanda Harman

The year is 2038. An intense battle is raging between the technologically advanced Marines and the genetically-enhanced enemy. The tide of the battle turns against the Marines, and with no sign of help, they desperately use a less conventional source for rescue.

Calvary University English Literature and Creative Writing Major Mike Burke’s contest-winning short story “Crowdfunded” follows this platoon of Marines as they navigate through an abandoned city, avoiding ambushes, using every trick up their sleeves to hold off the enemy, and generally just trying to stay alive. Burke, a retired Marine himself, cowrote the story with his friend Nicholas Nethery, who is still on active duty in Europe with the Army. Their piece “Crowdfunded” won first prize in the U.S. Naval Institute-CIMSEC Fiction Essay Contest.

“There are so many talented people out there with great stories to tell; it never occurred to me we would do so well,” Burke says. “The notion that we wrote the kind of story they want to read feels great.” The coauthors are already talking about their next story on explosives disposal techs and smart munitions.

On the inspiration behind the winning entry, Burke says, “Our story addresses a number of issues the future military might face, including moral and ethical issues.” He adds, “All the tech in the story actually exists or is in development.” Another source of inspiration was English classes at Calvary, where Burke learned how to outline a plot in Creative Writing and how to write purposeful dialogue in Playwriting.

Besides writing, Burke enjoys being part of the Theatre Department at Calvary, and he will be starring in the upcoming production of The Fantasticks. Burke says that English and Theatre have so much overlap that “When I write I feel like a gunfighter with a pistol in each hand.”

Burke’s advice to fellow writers comes from experience: “Good writing has been drafted and rewritten a bunch of times so it’s okay if yours is too. It’s also fine to write a draft of something and set it aside for six months and look at it with fresh eyes. Just don’t do that with your homework.”

You may read “Crowdfunded” by following this link to the U.S. Naval Institute website.


Box Office Opens for Calvary Theatre’s The Fantasticks!

Box Office Opens for Calvary Theatre’s The Fantasticks!

Adam Weeks, Ashley Huseby, Rebekkah Harms, and Leah McNabb rehearse for the upcoming show.

Box Office Opens for Calvary Theatre’s The Fantasticks!

Calvary Theatre Arts is proud to present the longest running musical in the world, The Fantasticks. A beautiful coming of age story, The Fantasticks tells the story of the young lovers, Matt and Luisa, as they fall in love, realize that happily-ever-after isn’t always so happy, and grow stronger together for it. With romance, comedy, and sword fighting, this show has it all, even . . . vegetables?

The Fantasticks will run for two weekends with performances March 12 – 21, 2021.

We are also excited to announce that we will be hosting our performances in a different space this year in order to best follow Covid-19 guidelines and continue to bring this story to life while also keeping our guests safe. In-person performances will be held at Calvary University’s Student Life Center, and streaming options will be available for those who wish to experience the magic of theatre from the comfort of their homes.

For more information and to order your tickets please visit our box office page, or click one of the links below.

Trowbridge looking forward to a new opportunity

Trowbridge looking forward to a new opportunity

Cory Trowbridge honoring students in an Awards Assembly.

“It’s the people who make Calvary what it is.”

Cory Trowbridge has worked for Calvary University for over thirteen years. He was a student here before that, making his total time at Calvary almost fifteen years. However, like all good things must, his time here has come to an end. He recently accepted an offer to work for Arvest Bank, and his last day at Calvary was January 14.

When considering his time here at Calvary Trowbridge said, “I loved the lunchtime conversations! The opportunity to just ask my stupid questions and talk to people and to get to know students and let them get to know me a little bit.” He was extremely well known around campus and made many efforts to form good relationships with the students and other faculty.

When looking to the future and considering his new opportunity, Trowbridge stated that he is looking forward to a “new set of challenges” and a “new opportunity.” Trowbridge is certainly not one to back down from a challenge considering he has worked a number of different jobs at Calvary throughout these past thirteen years. One of those jobs was Dean of Students, and because of this there are many CU students who know him fondly as “Dean Cory” rather than “Mr. Trowbridge.” 

When asked if there was a message which he would like to give to the students and faculty here at Calvary, he simply stated that he wished them to “press on” and continue to fight the good fight. Continuing this thought, Trowbridge said, “I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the students who are still around, and what happens with Calvary in the days ahead. It’s the people who make Calvary what it is.”

Two people are attempting to fill his shoes. Samuel Tschetter will be taking his place as Title IX Coordinator. Jeff Campa will be filling his role as Vice President of Student Development.

“Dean Cory” enjoying a pre-COVID Calvary event with his family.

Cory Trowbridge dominating in a recent kickball game.