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)”
Ok, you’re a new student at Calvary University! Now what? What is the class load like? What resources are available for you to use? Is there any help or are you completely on your own?
The answer the Clark Academic Center provides is,”Whatever you need to succeed, we will help you!” The Clark Academic Center works with students from all walks of life and in all varieties of learning capabilities & styles! They have tutors to help with grammar, Turabian formatting, math, Greek, time management, study habits, and so much more! They help undergraduate students & graduate students alike! The Clark Academic Center can provide support for those with learning disabilities as well as a distraction-free environment for the student who works best on their own. Whatever your needs or preferences, the Clark Academic Center stands ready to assist you to achieve your fullest potential as a successful Calvary student & future graduate.
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.
The Hilda Kroeker Library and Clark Academic Center will have a new home by the end of 2017. Work has already begun to transform the former Seminary building into an updated space for research and study. Some staff and faculty have spent the last few Tuesdays pulling up carpet, moving furniture, and painting walls, and a contractor will do some interior and exterior remodeling. The new space will be smaller and require a decrease in the physical materials available, but as a result there will be an increase in technology and digital offerings. The Clark Academic Center will have ample space for tutoring, and there will still be a classroom in the building. The new location is much closer to the dorm which will be beneficial to on-campus students. Please pray that the improvements will be completed in a timely manner, so that the move can be made as soon as possible.
Dr. Hessel, Joshua Paxton, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Bitner (l to r) removed carpet during a Tuesday Work Day.
This past Saturday our Student Services department hosted a one-day Ladies Conference for Calvary students, faculty, and staff. Julie Ganschow, director of Reigning Grace Counseling Center, was the speaker for the day. She taught about having a confident heart in a wavering culture with a focus on a woman’s biblical role. The ladies in attendance also enjoyed food, games, music, and craft demonstrations. Overall, it was a terrific day of edification and fellowship.
Julie Ganschow encouraged the ladies to “follow hard after God.”
Cory Trowbridge, Vice President of Student Services, spoke to the new students during Orientation on Monday.
Things returned to “normal” this week, and by “normal” I mean, students on campus, meals in the dining hall, Chapel, and, of course, classes! We are excited to welcome several new students this semester and also happy to have many returning ones. Would you take a moment to pray for us? Pray that new students, faculty, and staff will have a smooth transition to life at Calvary. Pray that students will manage their homework and study time well amidst basketball season, rehearsals for Beauty and the Beast, work, and Christian ministry responsibilities. Finally, pray that we would all “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”