I love to introduce you to Cedarville students, and this story is particularly special. Hitesh Kewalramani ’21 was raised as a Hindu in India. When he reached college age, he came to the United States to study, beginning at a community college in the Chicago area where he met Ethan Hand ’21. The two began a friendship that led Hitesh to eventually ask, “Why are you different?” That question began a journey for Hitesh that led him to a saving relationship with Jesus and then to Cedarville University for professional training and biblical grounding in his new relationship with God. What a privilege for Cedarville University to have a part in equipping students for a lifetime of ministry! Watch the video below to hear Hitesh’s powerful testimony.
This season of the year provides another opportunity to thank the Lord Jesus for His gracious hand upon Cedarville University. With the Apostle Paul, I also thank God for each of you who stand with us in prayer, in giving, and in faithful support. Parents, partners, students, alumni, faculty, staff, donors, and friends, thank you for being part of God’s work at Cedarville University and for standing with us for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.
At Cedarville University, we are committed to equipping Christian young people for Gospel impact and Kingdom service. Nowhere is this more evident than our Accelerated B.A.+M.Div. dual degree program. This unique program allows students to earn a B.A. in biblical studies and a Master of Divinity in just five years, creating a faster pathway to ministry and saving them thousands of dollars in tuition over a traditional M.Div. approach.
Watch this short video to hear Dr. Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies, explain how this innovative, accelerated program works and effectively equips students for full-time vocational ministry. (Don’t forget to share this resource with any students who may be considering a ministry path, too.)
Along with the B.A.+M.Div., our School of Biblical and Theological Studies offers two stand-alone M.Div. options: a 79-hour traditional M.Div. and a 61-hour Advanced M.Div.
If you are aware of students who are interested in being equipped for full-time Gospel service, please encourage them to consider Cedarville University.
Last Friday it was our privilege to welcome 500+ guests to chapel as part of our #CUFriday visit event. Together we continued our ID: In Christ series, studying Ephesians 3:14-21 — Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus. The apostle in these verses prayed for what he was most concerned about, and despite his own difficult circumstances, his prayer was not for his own well-being. Instead, in humility, Paul prayed that the Ephesian believers would be strengthened through the Spirit so they might comprehend the love of Christ in order to live in the fullness of God. Those words are rich with power and meaning. Listen in as we examine Paul’s prayer for the Ephesian believers and for us as well.
For more than 50 years, Roger and Charlotte Kuriger faithfully, quietly gave to Cedarville University. They lived simple lives focused on intentionally caring for others. It was this heart for people, and a special connection with Cedarville, that resulted in the University receiving the largest estate gift in our 131-year history this fall. The Kurigers, through an endowed fund established in their names, will provide scholarships for M.S.N. and accounting students for years to come. Roger and Charlotte Kuriger treated us as “family” in their estate, and we were honored to welcome them posthumously to the Cedarville family as the 2018 Honorary Alumni of the Year. Watch a video about the Kurigers remarkable story to learn more about this remarkable couple.
Cedarville University Emergency Medical Service (CUEMS) became the first collegiate emergency medical service in the nation in 1968. Since then, Cedarville students from all disciplines have been the first responders to those in need on campus and our neighbors in the village of Cedarville. All 15 members of CUEMS are nationally certified emergency medical technicians trained at the basic, intermediate or paramedic level. We are proud of this service, which for the last 50 years has been a shining example of the kind of servant leadership we strive to develop in our students
During Homecoming and Parents Weekend, we recognized outstanding alumni and friends of the University during the Legacy Banquet, held this year on October 5. These individuals live out the Cedarville vision statement — godly servants who have engaged culture and achieved vocational distinction. Our winners this year include: Alumni of the Year – Wesley ’84 and Dawn (Staley) Polsdorfer ’84; Young Alumna of the Year – Kristen (Craig) Zeigler ’14; One Another Mindset Award – Tim Ware ’98; Distinguished Educator – Lynn Brock ’68; and Honorary Alumni of the Year – Roger and Charlotte Kuriger. Read more about these outstanding award recipients in a recent press release.
Last month, we celebrated a very special Homecoming and Parents Weekend. There were the traditional activities like the homecoming parade; the State of the University address; volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer matches; and the cardboard canoe race. But this year, we added our first all-alumni luncheon, a time to reconnect and reflect on Cedarville’s impact for the Kingdom of God, and introduced a worship finale that was beyond words in the way it honored and glorified King Jesus. We captured the excitement of the whole weekend in a highlights video. I pray you enjoy the video and are inspired to be part of the celebration next year.
A new residence hall to accommodate recent record enrollments and increased financial aid designed to help incoming Cedarville University students make college more affordable were key items approved by our Board of Trustees at the October 3-4 meetings. The Trustees also welcomed a new Trustee and reviewed the initial phase of a comprehensive 10-year master plan. I am thankful to serve with these godly men and women who steward well all that God has entrusted to Cedarville University. Read more about the Trustee meetings in a recent press release.
You still have time to join us for the Alumni & Friends Cruise that will depart from sunny Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on February 2 and return to Ft. Lauderdale on February 9. We have three destinations: Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and St. Maarten. To guarantee the special group pricing, make your deposit of $250 before November 4, 2018. Deposits are refundable until that date. If you book your trip by October 31, you can take advantage of a special Buy One, Get One at 60% off offer. I pray you will consider joining us for this time of relaxation, recreation, and reflection with your Yellow Jacket family.