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Portraits of Calvary, January 13, 2017

Portraits of Calvary, January 13, 2017

Spring Semester Has Begun

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.”

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator


Upcoming Calvary Events

January 24-27       Missions Emphasis Week

February 2-28       Alumni Phone-a-thon

Upcoming Basketball Games

January 13, 5:00 (Women) & 7:00 p.m. (Men) vs. CCCB at Moberly, MO

January 14, 2:00 p.m. Men vs. St. Louis Christian at Florissant, MO

January 17, 5:00 (Women) & 7:00 p.m. (Men) vs. Manhattan Christian at Home

January 20, 5:00 (Women) & 7:00 p.m. (Men) vs. Faith Baptist Bible at Home

January 21, 2:00 (Women) & 4:00 p.m. (Men) vs. Emmaus Bible at Home

Upcoming Evidence Performances

January 22, 10:45 a.m. at Abiding Faith Baptist Church and Mission in Kansas City, MO

January 29, 10:45 a.m. at Northwest Bible Church in Kansas City, MO

February 5, 10:05 a.m. at Holden First Baptist Church in Holden, MO

Portraits of Calvary, November 11, 2016

Portraits of Calvary, November 11, 2016

Learning Center Renamed

At his inauguration this fall, Dr. Cone announced that the Learning Center will now be known as the Clark Academic Center in honor of President Emeritus Dr. James Clark.  The center exists to assist all Calvary students with writing, study skills, and time management; their specialty is providing paper editing and Turabian Style formatting assistance.  Dr. Terri Stricker is the Director of the CAC, and Ashley Spicer, Philip Parker, Jordan McFarland, Adam Weeks, Celeste Williams, and Karinna Wong serve as student tutors.  Dr. Stricker says, “Student tutors consider their assistance a ministry that contributes to the academic development of Calvary students.  We are committed to helping students with whatever the problem seems to be, so we may spend time quizzing a student for an upcoming exam, reviewing an essay, or assisting with planning for a research paper.  The student tutors are uniquely chosen for their concern for students and for their ability to come alongside other students and encourage them.”


Celeste Williams, Dr. Terri Stricker, and Karinna Wong

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator


Upcoming Volleyball Games

November 11-12, ACCA Tournament at Joplin, MO

Upcoming Calvary Events

November 11       Masterworks Chorus: The Seven Last Words of Christ

November 17       Beauty and the Beast Auditions – Also open to alumni and friends of Calvary

December 2          How Great Our Joy (Christmas  concert)

December 3          Winter Shorts (acting recital)

December 9-11    Madrigal Dinners

Upcoming Evidence Performances

November 13, 10:00 a.m. at Avondale Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO

November 13, 6:00 p.m. at Open Door Fellowship in Basehor, KS

November 20, 10:15 a.m. at Blue River Bible Church in Kansas City, MO

November 20, 6:15 p.m. at Red Bridge Baptist Church in Kansas City, MO

Upcoming Basketball Games

November 15, 6:00 (Women) & 8:00 p.m. (Men) vs. Kansas Christian at Overland Park, KS

November 18, 7:00 p.m. Men vs. CCCB at Home

November 19, 3:00 p.m. Men vs. Missouri S&T at Rolla, MO

November 21, 7:00 p.m. Women vs. CCCB at Home

Portraits of Calvary, August 19, 2016

Portraits of Calvary, August 19, 2016

Welcome, New Students!

Yesterday was a very exciting day filled with new faces!  We welcomed our new students and assisted them with moving into the dorm, registering for classes, and making financial arrangements.  I am sad to report that the air conditioning in Madison Hall has not been working, so we are extra thankful for all of the students and their families who braved the heat to complete the registration process.  It certainly makes us appreciate the cool air in the conference center and the dorm!  Thankfully, cooler temperatures are in the forecast, and hopefully, the air conditioning will be fixed soon.  Welcome Week will continue none the less, and we look forward to getting to know the new members of the Calvary family.


Advisors met with new students and their parents on Thursday.

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator


Upcoming Calvary Events

August 26            Dr. Cone’s Inauguration

September 29     President’s Dinner

Upcoming Volleyball Games

August 26, 6:00 p.m. vs. Central Christian at Moberly, MO

August 30, 6:00 p.m. vs. Baptist Bible at Home

Words of wisdom for new students

Words of wisdom for new students


One of the major things we prepare for here in Student Services is helping the new incoming students transition to college life. Especially for students where this is the first time they have lived away from home and are stepping into a new environment, it is a significant (but exciting!) change. We want to help our students make a smooth transition to college life and succeed at Calvary.

To this end we decided to ask the faculty and staff here to share a word of advice for incoming freshmen. Below are some of the nuggets of wisdom (and a few shameless plugs) they have offered.

We are praying for each of you as you prepare for the semester and are looking forward to seeing you!

Student Services Department
Calvary University

Advice for Incoming Freshmen

“Have fun, but remember that God’s calling to prepare for ministry and life come first!”
Dr. Skip Hessel
Chief Development Officer

“Keep your eyes and ears open, pay attention.”
Jeff Campa
Director of the President’s Office and Public Relations

“Make good friends from the start. Take responsibility for yourself. If you have questions, ask Dean Arely.”
Cory Trowbridge
Vice President of Student Services/Dean of Students

“Pay attention, ask good questions, seek God, make wise decisions, have fun.”
Arely Perez
Associate Director of Student Services/Associate Dean of Students

“Don’t take for granted the relationships you build with the professors; those relationships will contain some great discipleship.”
John Oglesby
Admissions Counselor

“Ignoring financial issues NEVER solves them.”
Martha Byers

“Get to know as many of your fellow students as you can – you never know who you might have something in common with.”
Ruth Grimm
Publications Director

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and periodically visit a staff member. Phil. 4:6-8”
Merv Wagner
Executive Director of Advancement

“Be positive! Dive into college life and enjoy it!”
Ann Rogers
Admissions Office Assistant

“YIKES GUYS! Get your sleep! Every hour of sleep before midnight fuels your body as if it were 2 hours!!!! Get to sleep before 11:00. Sorry party animals!”
Patricia Miller
Biblical Counseling Department Chair

“Stay focused, work hard, and most importantly, put God first!”
Gary Rogers

“The first few weeks of your freshman year in college will do a lot to shape the rest of your college experience. During that time, make it a point to get to know as many of your classmates and teachers as possible. You can’t ever go back to the beginning, so make a point to start out well! Also, remember God is faithful, you’re not alone, syllabus-shock will eventually wear off, and there’s pizza on Fridays!”
Rebekah Parker
Senior Admission Counselor

“Don’t just pursue a degree; pursue God.”
Dr. Tom Baurain
Director of the Seminary

“ENJOY your time at Calvary (but not so much that you forget to buckle down and work! )!”
Jolayne Rogers
Human Resources

“Take your studies and your grades very seriously now, because your GPA is harder to improve the longer you stay in college.”
Dr. Eric Stricker
Graduate School Director/Professor

“Make your bed every morning, brush your teeth, put on clean clothes and study hard.”
Randy Grimm
Chief Operations Officer

“Submitting an assignment that is 90% finished is always better than submitting it 100% but late! (I.e., You can always do more but don’t be late!)”
Dr. Michael Dodds
Director of the College

“Don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of work in the syllabi you receive, but start reading NOW.”
Dave Vandeberg
Grounds Manager/Maintenance Tech

“Don’t hide in your room. Open your door, be friendly (but not too friendly…get your homework done). Stay up late, explore the city.”
Blinda Dunn
Residence Life Coordinator, Student Services Office Manager

“Discover and use the resources your library provides.”
Tiffany Smith

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:1-10)
Eidene Anderson
Library Assistant

“Be a sponge for learning! In your classes, listen to learn rather than for tests. Your classes will be more interesting, and you will also retain more information…which will come in handy when you’re beginning your new career! Also, buy a planner and use it!”
Maria Russo
Disability Support Services/Elementary Education Instructor

“Lead a balanced life: spend time studying, reading, and preparing for class but also schedule time for socializing. Don’t be afraid to tell someone “no” if you don’t have time to go out, but take a rain check and follow through. Also, you should have 7-8 hours of sleep each day, or you will begin a “sleep deprivation problem.” Everything will become harder and less successful if you deprive yourself of sleep. Lastly, early on in the semester, preferably the first week, check out The Learning Center for the free services that are provided for your academic success.”
Dr. Terri Stricker
Learning Center Director/English Professor