It was a joy to welcome our students back for our first chapel of the academic year, especially the more than 1,000 new students who have joined us this year. I am excited for what God is going to do in their 1,000 days on our campus. God has indeed been gracious to Cedarville University.
As we kicked off the new year, I took some time to catch the students up on what has been happening with construction on campus this summer and previewed the next phases of our campus master plan. Along with many new outstanding facilities on campus, we are at the beginning stages of launching a comprehensive fundraising campaign that includes student scholarships and a Global Outreach endowment that will make it possible for students to serve on short-term missions trips overseas. It is my heart’s desire that every student be able to take at least one Global Outreach trip during their 1,000 days at Cedarville, and this endowment will be a big step in making it possible.
I also introduced our goal this year to become a more prayerful campus. I want Cedarville to be known as a campus where prayer is a priority. Every Friday morning from 7-7:50 a.m., we are inviting the campus community to come together in prayer. We are enjoying a season of God’s blessing and success. Now is the time to double down in dependence on Him.
Finally, we looked ahead on our upcoming chapel series on the book of Nehemiah, “Faithful.” We will see how even when we are faithless, our God is faithful. We have a promise-keeping God who is ready to forgive and restore. I challenged the students – as I do myself and each of you – to seek Him as we start out this new academic year. I am praying for a revival on our campus like we have never seen before. Won’t you join me?
Watch yesterday’s chapel for more updates from campus, along with a preview of this year’s sermon series. Then, I hope you join us each week as we walk through Nehemiah to discover more about our faithful God.
2014 Cedarville alumna Audrey Beck recently began a new position in the nation’s capital, serving as a law clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. As a law clerk, she will research legal issues related to cases currently being considered by the court.
Beginning this fall, Cedarville will offer an entrepreneurial accelerator program for alumni and for students across all University disciplines. The accelerator will prepare participants to launch independent startup companies and help them develop skills to fill roles with existing companies starting up new ventures.
This summer, a team of Cedarville University nursing and pharmacy students traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a Global Outreach missions trip. They served hundreds of patients in four villages, shared the Good News of salvation through Jesus, and supported and encouraged a local doctor. The various talents and skills represented on the trip were a strong reminder of how the Lord uses the diverse gifts of His people to bring His love and truth to the world. Watch the video to hear a student testimony from this trip.
Construction began this spring on a 282-bed residence hall on the north end of campus. This future living space designed for community building and life-on-life discipleship is one of the first projects to launch under the 10-year master plan. The residence hall is slated to open by fall 2020. Watch the video to experience the construction process for yourself.
The summer issue of Cedarville Magazine shares “A Vision for Future Faithfulness: 10-Year Campus Master Plan.” Read through the issue online, and you’ll discover details about the six major projects slated in the plan: Chick-fil-A Dining Commons, 282-bed residence hall, Civil Engineering Building, Callan Athletic Center expansion, School of Business Administration Building, and a Welcome Center and Liberal Arts Building. Because of God’s providential grace, our enrollment has grown for the last 12 years, with another record freshman class projected this fall. Now is the time to expand so that Cedarville is positioned for years to come as a place where students’ lives are transformed through excellent education and intentional discipleship in submission to biblical authority
The Reclaim Wisdom Beginning With Creation Conference was held at Cedarville on Saturday, July 20. This one-day event emphasized the importance of maintaining a biblical perspective that adheres to a seven-day creation and a literal Adam and Eve and explored how worldviews are anchored to an individual’s views on the origin of life. Cedarville professors Dr. John R. Gilhooly, Assistant Professor of Theology, and Dr. Heather Kuruvilla, Senior Professor of Biology, were featured speakers. Dr. Steven Gollmer, Professor of Physics and Assistant Chair of the Department of Science and Mathematics, coordinated the conference.
Rufus Mathew ’22, who came to Cedarville from Bahrain, has already made a huge impression on campus with his love for the Lord, his energy, humility, and kindness, so much so that he was voted freshman class president by his peers. During his first year on campus, he joined the speech and debate team, was a vital part of the successful Model United Nations team, and shared his faith with students at the University of Cincinnati. And while his life has already included many adventures, this summer he will live out his faith and achieve a personal dream on the international stage as he will begin an internship at the United Nations.
Our Master of Science in Nursing program is expanding again, adding two new areas of focus in Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Improvement and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. These new programs will join the well-established FNP, Nurse Educator, and Global Public Health Nursing options and meet demands for advanced practice nurses in today’s healthcare environment. New M.S.N. students will be able to enroll in the PNP and Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Improvement focus areas starting this fall. Please help us spread the word!
Every summer Cedarville Global Outreach sends teams of students, faculty, and staff around the world to share the Gospel, encourage missionaries, and provide practical help to those with physical and spiritual needs. Currently, our team in China is building relationships with Chinese students through games and sports, teaching English, and sharing about the true meaning of Easter. Please pray for this and other teams, that the Lord would open doors for them to have life-changing conversations about faith in Jesus Christ. You can follow along with the various teams through the Global Outreach blog.