Back in March, our Feast and Fund Auction raised money for new mattresses for our dorm. On Tuesday, July 17, the mattresses arrived! Faculty, staff, and volunteers worked hard to haul out the old mattresses and move in the new ones. Alumnus Stephen Buller brought a group from a youth camp to help for the day. Part of the day’s work was also to bring some furniture from the old dorms over to the current dorm, because we have more students coming to use it!
Randy Grimm and Dr. Bitner added another old mattress to the stack.
We are so grateful for each person at the auction who helped to fund this need. The dorm students will benefit greatly!
On May 3 the Graduation Week festivities began with Awards Chapel. Awards were presented by the different academic departments to deserving graduates.
Graduate Level Bible & Theology Award Recipients, Monique Spalding (l) and Karl Seele (r), with Dr. Tom Baurain
There were also non-academic awards for things like Christian character and Christian ministry.
One of the Christian Character Award Recipients, Tasha Krahn (middle), with Cory Trowbridge and Arely Perez
This year we created a new award called “Who’s Who at Calvary University,” and eleven undergraduates and seven graduate level students were the first to receive it.
Two of the Who’s Who at Calvary University Award Recipients, Koku (l) and Akpene (middle) Akakpo, with Dr. Bitner
Graduates who excelled with high grade point averages were presented with their cords to wear with their regalia.
Alumni Induction Luncheon
Following Awards Chapel, we invited the graduates to attend the Alumni Induction Luncheon. We enjoyed a delicious taco bar from Silber Spoons Catering!
Graduates, family, and friends enjoying the Alumni Induction Luncheon
Then I presented Alumni Association certificates to each graduate in attendance. I also took some time to recognize the spouses of the graduates for what they have done to “put honey through.” As I welcomed the graduates to the alumni family, I informed them of the benefits and responsibilities that come with that distinction. Dr. Hessel shared a brief word from the Development Department, and Jeanette Regier showed the new alumni what kind of family they are joining by sharing specific examples of Calvary alumni.
Athletic Director Jeanette Regier speaking to the graduates
Boxes of books waiting to be shelved in the new library
Back in July we announced that they would be moving to the former Seminary building; however, that was not God’s ultimate plan.
Students loading up boxes from the old library
Following a months-long process, Calvary recently purchased the former Heart & Soul Church which is right next to our new Student Life Center (dining hall) on the south edge of the campus. April 19 was moving day! Classes were canceled so that students, faculty, staff, and some alumni could all assist with moving furniture and thousands of books.
Moving in to the new library
The new-to-us building has space for the computer lab, study areas, offices, and, of course, lots and lots of books. We are excited about how God has put together this additional campus space piece-by-piece over the last six years!
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.
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.