Intentional. Transformative. Biblical. These words describe the 1,000 days of an undergraduate experience at Cedarville University. But at the heart of it all is the word that you’ll find at the core of the University mission statement: discipleship. That’s the focus of the fall 2019 issue of Cedarville Magazine. We pray you are inspired, encouraged, and challenged in your own efforts to make disciples who make disciples.
On January 7-9, Cedarville will host the annual Global Outreach (GO) Conference. We are privileged this year to have Dr. Danny Akin, President of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, as our conference speaker. The GO Conference is a chance for us to hear from the Lord through missionaries, mission agency leaders, and church leaders with a passion for missions. Our students are encouraged to live for maximum Kingdom impact, whether they serve locally or globally. The GO Conference also kicks off a new semester of chapel, where we will continue our series in the book of Nehemiah. You can livestream the GO Conference and daily chapel from our website or from the CU Chapel+ app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
The walls are going up on the Chick-fil-A building, there’s a roof on the Civil Engineering Center, and the exterior of the new residence hall is nearly complete. Inside the residence hall, you can see the doorways for dorm rooms, and it’s easy to imagine those hallways filled with students pursuing the Lord together in community. Enjoy our latest construction video.
On December 3, Cedarville participated in #GivingTuesday, a national grassroots initiative that encourages charitable giving during the holiday season. Our goal was to raise $150,000, and the Lord did abundantly more than we could ask or imagine, as 329 generous donors gifted $1,065,866 to the University. We are humbled and grateful for this outpouring of support. If you would like to invest in all that the Lord is doing at Cedarville, please consider making a year-end gift.
Dr. Duane Wood, former academic vice president at Cedarville University, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019. He was 78 years old. As chief academic officer from 1987 through 2005, Dr. Wood helped position Cedarville as a leader in Christian higher education, with multiple world-class programs launched during his tenure, including the School of Engineering and Computer Science, the School of Pharmacy, and the Industrial and Innovative Design program in conjunction with the International Center for Creativity. Dr. Wood leaves a legacy of godly, visionary leadership. He finished well and is now rejoicing with his Savior. Pray with us for comfort and peace for the family.
Did you know that Cedarville has a podcast? The new Cedarville Stories podcast is telling Cedarville stories for God’s glory. You’ll enjoy interviews with students, faculty, staff, and alumni and hear how God has worked in their life personally and through the mission of Cedarville University. Hosted by Cedarville’s Executive Director for Public Relations, Mark Weinstein, the weekly stories are engaging, encouraging, and insightful. A new podcast is available each Wednesday. Subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts, and you’ll be alerted on your smartphone when a new one is ready.
We dedicated and celebrated the grand opening of the Warren and Betty Wiersbe Library and Reading Room during Homecoming and Parents Weekend. Located on the first floor of the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies, this space houses the personal collection of Warren Wiersbe, one of the foremost Bible teachers and authors of the 20th century.
On March 21, Cedarville will host hundreds of middle school and high school youth and their leaders for CedarMania and the Youth Leaders Summit. There will be lots of high-energy activities, inspiring messages to encourage faithful discipleship and growth in Christ, powerful worship, and lots of fun. We hope that young people attending this event, as well as their youth leaders and pastors, will be encouraged and challenged to pursue the Lord with greater passion and commitment.
During chapel on September 19, we announced a new initiative, the Beyond Startup Accelerator, which will provide expertise, capital, and investment opportunities for student and alumni businesses. The accelerator’s Executive Director is Dick Blanc, a 1982 graduate of Cedarville, former managing partner with Accenture, LLP, and adviser to multiple Fortune Global 500 and startup companies. Our goal is for Cedarville to become a hub for faith-based entrepreneurship in the Midwest.
Our annual Community Christmas Celebration will be held this Sunday, December 8, at 6 p.m. The University’s choral and instrumental ensembles will celebrate the Christmas season with uplifting renditions of classic carols and a powerful performance of the Hallelujah Chorus by our mass choir and symphonic band. It’s our gift to you this holiday season. The concert is free and open to the public. If you can’t be here in person, please join us via livestream online.