The Cedarville University Solar Splash team achieved its 11th World Championship — and its fourth consecutive win — at the most recent World Championship of Solar Boating, held at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ohio. The Solar Splash team competed against teams from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada in sprint, slalom, and endurance competitions. The boat was powered by solar panels and by batteries charged by the sun. Congratulations for another outstanding achievement to Solar Splash co-advisors Dr. Tim Dewhurst, Senior Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Dr. Gerry Brown, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, and to their team of recent graduates.
Dr. Glen Duerr, Associate Professor of International Studies, and Matt Bennett, Instructor of Missions and Theology, led a tour of Israel and the Holy Land from May 27 to June 7, giving 38 Cedarville University students a lesson in biblical history and the modern Middle East that will last a lifetime. They visited biblically significant sights such as the Mount of Olives, where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount, and important modern locations such as the Golan Heights.
Dr. Larry Zavodney and his Supermileage team took a brand-new car called Karcharias (pronounced car-care-e-us and translated “shark” in Greek) to this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers competition in Marshall, Michigan. The Supermileage Competition tests the ability of vehicles to go the farthest on a single gallon of gasoline. Such contests test and grow our students’ engineering knowledge and problem-solving skills in ways that prepare them for vocational impact for Christ.
I am pleased to announce that Cedarville’s Master of Science in Nursing was recently granted 10-year accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). I commend Dr. Angelia Mickle, Dean of the School of Nursing, Dr. Kim Higginbotham, Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs, and our entire School of Nursing team for the excellence and diligence with which they approached this external review process. We are grateful to the Lord for His blessing on their efforts and look forward to seeing how He will continue to use our School of Nursing to prepare skilled advanced practice nurses who use their profession as a ministry for Jesus Christ.
Cedarville University recently announced two exciting changes to residence life at Cedarville. We will open one new residence hall in August — Walker Hall — and name a recently constructed townhouse — Rooke Hall — at the start of the 2018-19 academic year. Cedarville University has built several residential halls in recent years because of its rising enrollment, and 2018-19 is expected to be the largest enrollment in school history.
Effective with fall 2019 applicants, Cedarville University will officially accept the Classic Learning Test (CLT) as an alternative standardized entrance exam for undergraduate student admissions. The CLT is a college entrance exam that began in 2015, and is an alternative to the American College Test (ACT) and the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). I am excited to offer this option for prospective students and their families.
Transforming lives for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement is our goal not only in our undergraduate disciplines, but also in our expanding graduate programs. Serving more than 400 adult students, Cedarville now offers graduate degrees in business, nursing, pharmacy, and ministry, all of which equip professionals for career success and Gospel impact. Recently, I sat down and shared my vision for graduate programs and discussed my passion for equipping gatekeepers for our culture. Please take a moment to watch this short presentation and share it with friends who may be considering graduate education.
The summer issue of Cedarville Magazine features stories about our cyber operations track and our recent recognition as an NSA National Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Cyber Operations, which puts Cedarville in an elite category among schools training the future cyber workforce. We also spotlight our engineering programs and how they’re developing graduates equipped to lead innovation while keeping a Gospel focus on all they do. We also introduce you to our newest major, civil engineering, which was driven by our commitment to missions.
Faster, cost-efficient, and now with more specialized options, Cedarville University’s Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program has announced attractive upgrades for students seeking a professional ministry degree. Now with three different options, our M.Div. offers reliable and comprehensive biblical training that fits students’ lives and prepares them for ministry effectiveness in one of eight new tracks. Since the M.Div. was introduced in 2016, the program has exceeded enrollment expectations, and the five-year B.A.+M.Div. accelerated degree has become the “go-to” track for undergraduates pursuing vocational ministry in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies.
With trustee approval May 4, the University announced the creation of a Center for the Advancement of Cybersecurity. Seth Hamman, Associate Professor of Computer Science, will serve as its first director. This new center will develop cyber leaders in the classroom, help shape the future of cyber education among institutions of higher learning, and promote cyber awareness in society. Cedarville is uniquely positioned to make a difference in this field for years to come because of our proven leadership in this field and our bedrock values —- love for God, love for others, excellence in effort, and integrity in conduct.