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What is the CAC?

What is the CAC?

As I write this article, snippets of dialogue between one of my tutors and his client trickle down the hall. They are passionately discussing an essay, figuring out the best way to word a particularly troublesome sentence. This conversation reminds me of countless other conversations that testify to the ministry of the Clark Academic Center (CAC).

In a recent email, for example, one student wrote, “Thank you so much for the guidance on my paper! I was able to fix all the needed areas and have the paper turned in within an hour. […] I will definitely use the CAC for help in the future.” Another student told me in person that she was absolutely humbled by the amount of help the CAC tutors were providing her. I assured her it was a free service and we her happy to help.

Our Mission

What exactly is the ministry of the CAC? Maybe you’re new here—a new student or a new faculty member. Or, perhaps you’ve been here for a while but have never visited the CAC. Let me briefly detail some of what we do here. Then, come and see for yourself.

Our mission is simple, but we take it seriously:

The Clark Academic Center is a ministry-minded student service whose main focus is helping students succeed academically.

Our Goals

Did you catch that? Our job is to make you successful. How do we do that?

We meet the mission by . . .

  1. Providing tutorial assistance for college coursework and related academic skills
  2. Helping clients at Calvary University and other Calvary sites with documents in any stage of the writing process, in any discipline, in any medium, and in any genre
  3. Accommodating students with learning disabilities as recommended by the DSS Coordinator
  4. Serving the Calvary University community with academic support services
  5. Modeling the Christian walk in academic service and mentoring clients spiritually to affect spiritual growth alongside academic growth

Our Tutors

Our tutors are highly-trained students, who actively build their skills in a variety of subject areas. The tutors have to take the equivalent of a three-credit hour training course during their first semester of work, in addition to weekly professional development meetings.

Our Services

Most of our clients come in for help with writing, but we can serve in any academic area. Here’s a short list of things we’ve helped students with just this semester:

  • Brainstorming, planning, writing, and reviewing essays
  • Learning time management skills
  • Understanding and applying Turabian and answering difficult Turabian questions
  • Tutoring math
  • Proctoring tests
  • Reading textbooks out loud to students who are auditory processors or who have special needs

What else can the CAC do for you? The possibilities are virtually endless. It never hurts to ask. Need help with something? Give us a call at extension 1402.

Faculty and Staff Help Prep Kansas City Campus for New Academic Year

Faculty and Staff Help Prep Kansas City Campus for New Academic Year

Weekly Portraits of Calvary Life

Do It Heartily

Karen Hange painted railings near the Conference Center.

Each Tuesday during the summer, several Calvary staff members step away from their desks and pitch in to help with various maintenance projects around the campus.  They clean in the dorm for the first few Tuesdays.  Most weeks some people spend time mowing, weed-eating, and pulling weeds.  This summer staff members have painted numerous spots and stained a gazebo as well.

Ashley Spicer, Rachel Hontz, Tasha Krahn, and Tressa Shoemaker stained the gazebo.

Because of the library move this spring, one of the Tuesday Work Day projects was putting together some additional shelves.  Other staff members worked heartily at moving furniture to the CABRE.

CABRE

Last summer I told you that the building formerly known as the Seminary was being remodeled.  At that time, we were planning to move the library and academic center to that space.  God had other plans!  Now the old seminary building has a new name to go with a new purpose.  The CABRE (pronounced SAY-bur) is the Center for Advanced Biblical Research and Engagement.  It houses the Pre-Trib Research Center, Center for Interdisciplinary Creation Studies, and the Burnham Center for Global Engagement.

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator

Library and Academic Center Move to New Location

Library and Academic Center Move to New Location

Weekly Portraits of Calvary Life

The Hilda Kroeker Library and Clark Academic Center have a new home!

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!

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator

Also on April 19, Dr. Luther Smith spoke to Christian leaders at the conference we held at Blue River Bible Church.

Upcoming Calvary Events

Music Department Spring Concert                             April 20

Race to the Philippines                                               April 21

Lindsay Lee’s Senior Theatre Capstone                      April 21

Andrew Lovisone’s Senior Recital                               April 27

SpringShorts Acting Recital                                        April 28

Christopher Stolberg’s Senior Recital                         April 29

Awards Chapel                                                            May 3

Baccalaureate                                                             May 4

Commencement                                                         May 5

Preparations for a New School Year

Preparations for a New School Year

Weekly Portraits of Calvary Life

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.

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator

 

Upcoming Calvary Events

New students arrive                   August 24

Classes start                               August 28

Discover Calvary: Visit Day       September 15

Library and Academic Center on the Move

Library and Academic Center on the Move

Weekly Portraits of Calvary Life

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.

Sara Klaassen

Alumni Relations Coordinator