It was a banner year for Division II basketball program Calvary University as the NCCAA released their annual Winter/Spring 2018-19 Scholar Teams. To be eligible for this award, teams needed a minimum grade point average of 3.40 on a 4.00 scale for all combined student-athletes on the team.
Southwestern Christian University’s women’s basketball team took the lead this year with a 3.78 team GPA, as Calvary University followed closely behind in second place out of the 31 teams that received national recognition. The Lady Warriors collectively achieved a 3.74 team GPA to receive this honor.
“What we’ve seen across our level of basketball is the importance of the student in the term student-athlete,” Head Coach Tressa Shoemaker said. “One of the most important things we can do is to promote an environment where we foster growth in the classroom and in turn, develop the next generation of teachers and leaders to continue that mindset.”
“We seek to recruit highly motivated ladies who are academically driven to be great,” said Shoemaker. “They love the Lord and are seeking to grow in their relationship with Him above all. They care about their classes and their degree with all that they have, they are highly motivated, they have a high GPA, they are selfless and sacrificial, and they display a great work ethic.”
“Our program and our recruiting have both been carefully designed for excellence in all areas,” said Shoemaker. “Here are the pillars of what we strive for in the classroom.
We advocate for our Academic Center.
We implement mentors, study groups, and accountability.
We put teammates together in classes to help motivate and encourage each other.
We think studying is important.
We educate on our academic standards.
“I am proud of this team,” stated Shoemaker. “They have taken a lot of ownership in what we’ve asked them to accomplish both on and off the court. Every girl on this team had a choice to make each day to take responsibility for their academics. Some of these ladies told me that they were making it a goal to do better in the classroom than the previous semester. That showed dedication and sacrifice for themselves and for their teammates. They desired to strive for excellence and to make sure they wouldn’t let their teammates down. The future is exciting for the ladies in this program.”
Calvary University’s Music Department presents “Joyful Tunes of Spring” on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Blue River Bible Church, 15608 Fairchild Dr., Kansas City, MO. A variety of performers both vocal and instrumental, including the newly formed “lux voces”, Calvary Chorale, Music Students, Faculty and Staff. Music selections range from Classical to Musical Theater to Contemporary both secular and sacred will be performed. This is a FREE Concert.
Annual Spring Break Chorale Tour Slated for March 19-27
The Calvary University Chorale will be traveling over Spring Break in March for their annual Chorale Tour. They will leave Calvary on Monday, March 18 and return on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The Chorale consists of 20 members under the direction of Jeremy Schell on tour. Dr. Haekyung An also directs Chorale classes at CU to prepare the students for tour. This year they will travel west to Colorado to perform in a variety of venues, including Churches, Christian schools and a concert in the park. Along with sharing what Calvary has to offer to upcoming students, our purpose of this year’s tour, is to inform those in the local area about Calvary University’s Innovation Center in Fort Morgan, Colorado. The Chorale will be singing at the Bandstand in the Park in Fort Morgan for the community to come and hear the wonderful music and testimonies and to get a taste of what the Innovation Center has to offer. We are grateful for all the Churches and families that are willing to host our students each year for their tour and look forward to hearing how God moves in the lives of our students and those they minister to along the way.
See the tour schedule below and if you live or are visiting the area stop in and hear the Chorale perform.
Question: Where could you find thirty churches and ministry organizations in one room?
Answer: At Calvary’s Christian Ministry Fair
Last Thursday, our students had the opportunity to visit with those representing various local churches and get an idea of which one might be the best fit for them. All new students spend their first semester searching for a church, so the Fair helps them form a list of places to visit in person. Besides churches, students could also learn more about some organizations like camps and missions where they could fulfill their Christian Ministry requirements in the future.