Phil and Mandy Shaffer are fifth-generation farmers and parents of two Cedarville graduates and one soon-to-be graduate. They live out their vocation to the glory of God and have chosen to generously contribute the proceeds from their corn harvest to Cedarville every year. We shared the Shaffers’ story at a recent Farmers Night event here on campus. Get to know the Shaffers in a video, and you, too, will be blessed by this couple’s humble commitment to Cedarville and their passion to honor Christ with all that He has entrusted to them.
Dear friends and partners in ministry,
We have compiled the 2018 Cedarville University Highlights of the Year into an online resource that I think you’ll find interesting and encouraging.
Along with a record enrollment and strong financial footing, the Highlights of the Year celebrates three significant academic advancements, the impact of chapel and global outreach, vibrant student community, and a new master facility plan. In each of these, I see God’s hand of faithfulness on us as we continue preparing students for vocational distinction and lifelong impact for Him.
I pray these highlights are a blessing and encouragement to you as you pause to reflect on the tremendous ways God has blessed Cedarville. And I ask you to stand with us in 2019 as we prepare the next generation to stand boldly for the Word of the God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ — in their careers, in their families, in their communities, and in their ministries.
View the 2018 Cedarville University Highlights of the Year now!
Today, November 27, faculty, staff, students, and friends are being encouraged to give thanks, give back, and give joyfully. Having received the benefits of Cedarville scholarships herself, Allie Hundley ’13 is now stewarding her resources to ensure others receive a biblically centered education that prepares them for a lifetime of vocational distinction and godly service. Listen to more of Allies’ story in a short video.
Join Allie and alumni like her who are making a difference for the next generation of Cedarville students and give a gift today. #GivingTuesday #CUGiveThanks
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.
Junior Megan Orr came to Cedarville struggling with what it meant to know and follow God. But during Fall Bible Conference her first week on campus, Megan responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit and truly put her faith in the Lord Jesus. Each year, students just like Megan, who is planning a career in school psychology, put their faith in Jesus Christ for the first time. Others renew their commitment to Christ, or press into their faith in a deeper way. Because of the generous support of donors who invest in student scholarships, Megan and hundreds of others experience a life transformation that leads to personal and professional impact for the Gospel. Please consider making a gift for scholarships now.
Charles and Carolyn Barth are lifelong friends of Cedarville University. At our recent Farmers Night, we honored their family’s faithfulness and commitment to use a successful farming operation in Pennsylvania to transform students’ lives in our Ohio cornfields. Would you consider joining the Barths and hundreds like them who are using the resources God has entrusted to them to invest in Kingdom work at Cedarville? Click on the video to hear their inspiring story.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a dinner with several of our students and two generous donors who had provided scholarships for them. I watched as a senior stood to speak. She beamed with a smile from ear to ear as she expressed her gratitude toward the donors. She told us how she had prayed for ten years that God would allow her to come and study in the United States. The Lord graciously answered her prayer by forging a connection with these generous donors who made her dream possible. I felt a lump begin to gather in my throat as she spoke about what God taught her through chapel services, classes and friendships. As she sat down, I could see the tears as they began to stream down her cheeks. Tears of gratitude and thankfulness for a God who used gracious donors to spread His grace in her life.
Her story represents the story of thousands of students who could not be at Cedarville University without gracious partners in ministry. As I went home that night, I paused to give thanks to God for our donors, our students, His grace and the opportunity to minister at a place like Cedarville.
Please consider partnering to train the next generation to stand for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ by making a year-end gift to the Cedarville Fund.
Money magazine recently recognized Cedarville as the most affordable private college in Ohio and one of the most affordable private colleges in the country. The magazine cites Cedarville’s tuition rate, financial aid package, and early career earnings of our alumni. This ranking confirms what I firmly believe, that Cedarville is a great value. But, there is more work to be done! I am passionate about stewarding our costs and doing even more to increase scholarships for students. You can be a part of that effort by giving to scholarships (our new online giving portal makes that easier than ever!). With your gift of any size, you will be part of transforming lives for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement.
Since the opening of the Stevens Student Center in 2000, The Hive has been a hub of vibrant community on Cedarville’s campus — a comfortable place where students share a meal, meet with a professor for discipleship, or have a life-changing conversation about the Lord’s will for their lives.
But our growing swarm of Yellow Jackets has outgrown the beloved Hive. That’s why we are so excited about this summer’s renovation and expansion of Cedarville’s favorite gathering place. Twice the capacity with a bright and inviting decor — this will be the hub of community for a whole new generation of Yellow Jackets. With a goal of $300,000 to fund the expansion, students and donors have already stepped up to launch the campaign providing space for eternally significant conversations and relationships. Now, your gift — of any size — will help provide a community-enhancing gathering space for our Yellow Jackets.
Because of the generous investment of alumni and friends, Cedarville is able to equip students for godly service, vocational distinction, and cultural engagement during their transformative days on our campus. Students like Krista, who is preparing for a medical career in Haiti. And, graduates like Randy, who has dedicated his life to global missions. Your gifts impact students lives, and ultimately, impact eternity. As 2016 draws to a close, would you make a gift to student scholarships now?