Cedarville University’s Industrial and Innovative Design (IID) program has garnered national recognition for its excellence. The program, according to College Values Online, is No. 5 in the nation for its academic excellence and career earning power. Cedarville ranked higher than Carnegie Mellon and The Ohio State University, among many others, and was the only Christian university program in the top 25. Such rankings keep proving that a Cedarville education is indeed marked by excellence. Read the full story.
Besides incredible professional preparation, Cedarville also stirs students’ hearts for evangelism and service. One ministry where our students are making a difference for the Kingdom of God is Doors of Hope, which is featured in our latest #CUGO video. This ministry, located just up the road in Springfield, reaches people mired in poverty with both practical help today and the eternally life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ.
At Cedarville, we are always seeking ways to expand our influence for the Lord, and that includes through new academic disciplines. During the January Trustees meeting, we agreed to seek approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission to add a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering program. If approved, civil engineering would join the already impressive programs we have in mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering. It was also my honor to share with our Trustees that we have successfully completed the $3 million Jeremiah Chapel renovation. This campaign generated the highest number of donors for a single project in the University’s history. Our contractors finished on time and on budget, and our students were able to enjoy the upgraded space the moment they stepped foot on campus last August.
Here are other highlights from the January meeting of the Board of Trustees.
I wanted to let you know about a new movie showing in theaters for one night only on February 23, Is Genesis History? Two Competing Views…One Compelling Truth. John Whitmore, Professor of Geology, is mentioned in the film and Steve Austin, an adjunct professor for us this semester, is in the film. For those living in southwest Ohio, Is Genesis History? will be showing at Fairfield Commons 20, Huber Heights 16, Dayton South 16, and other local theaters. As you know, the better a movie does, the more likely additional movies of a similar nature will be produced. I encourage you to support this film.
I love it when our Trustees can share their hearts with our students, and that’s exactly what happened during chapel on January 26. Chip Bernhard, Randy Patten, Corey Abney, Paige Patterson, and Dave Dykema were in Cedarville for our January Board of Trustees meeting, but they took time out of their busy schedules to express the reasons they serve as Trustees and the hopes they have for this amazing institution.
What causes quarrels and struggles among God’s people? James tells us that it’s our selfish desires within us. Our internal struggle with sin leads to external struggles with others. So what’s the solution? Grace through humility. Listen as we continue the Steadfast series, looking at the words in James 4:1-6.
Last month Cedarville celebrated its 130th Charter Day. Students, faculty, and staff were blessed to hear from Dr. Murray Murdoch, Senior Professor of History, as he spoke in the annual Charter Day chapel on January 23.
Dr. Murdoch discussed the challenges facing higher education and, drawing from his 50-plus years at Cedarville, explained why he believes true education can only happen in Christian education. As he shared, the only hope for the problems in our world is the message found in the Gospel. For 130 years, Cedarville has boldly upheld the Word of God with vigor and without apology, and we will always continue to do so.
Watch Dr. Murdoch’s Charter Day presentation and be encouraged about the bold, distinctly Christian education that our students experience at Cedarville University.
Chapel is the heartbeat of Cedarville’s campus. It’s the hour each weekday when we worship King Jesus together through song and Bible teaching. I’ve been excited to see the impact of chapel extend far beyond the Jeremiah Chapel walls. Daily broadcasts via the University’s livestream and Facebook Live attract hundreds of viewers from around the world. I hope you’ll join us this semester for some of these outstanding speakers:
- February 1-2 – Bruce Ashford, Provost and Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
- February 15 – Jennifer Marshall, Vice President of the Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community, and Opportunity
- March 16 – Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC)
- March 21 – Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
- March 29 – Sam Allberry, editor at The Gospel Coalition, global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and honorary minister at St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, UK
- March 30 – Larry Taunton, Founder and Executive Director of the Fixed Point Foundation
- April 12 – Al Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
- April 19 – Denny Burk, Professor of Biblical Studies at Boyce College
For a complete list of speakers, view the spring schedule online.
I’m excited to announce a new program, called JacketConnect, that will link Cedarville students with alumni and friend “advisers” for professional, personal, and spiritual encouragement. Please consider joining this network and sharing your wisdom and experiences with students who are looking for perspective and advice. Our students will benefit, and you’ll be enriched. Our goal is to add 500 alumni and friends to the network by February 15, when we announce the program to our students. We are well on our way to achieving and surpassing that goal. I hope you’ll join us!
This past weekend (January 20-21) we invested in the lives of 700+ students attending our annual CU LEAD Conference. Attracting high school juniors and seniors along with current Cedarville students who desire to serve in a leadership position on campus, this conference helps students grow in their faith and cultivate their leadership skills. Speakers like Brent Crowe from Student Leadership University; Kristin Craig, Cedarville alumna and Disney Imagineer; and more than 30 other faculty, staff, and administrators shared the biblical basis and practical applications of Gospel-centered leadership. Visit the conference website to learn more about CU LEAD.