In a few short days, 101 missionaries and 54 mission agencies will gather on campus for the largest Missions Conference ever hosted by Cedarville University. Dr. Kevin Ezell, President of the North American Mission Board (NAMB), will be our keynote speaker and Dr. Matt Bennett, Assistant Professor of Missions and Theology, will give the closing message. My hope and prayer is that God will work in our midst in a powerful way, calling Cedarville students to a lifetime of Gospel purpose at their jobs, in their neighborhoods, and in places where the name of Jesus has not yet been proclaimed.
Chapel sessions will be livestreamed at 10 AM and 7 PM each day.
Julia Gardner, a third-year professional pharmacy student, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in August 2015, just six weeks after her wedding. With two and one-half years of treatment behind her, I am glad to report that Julia is now in remission, and she’s looking forward to receiving her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2020. Her story of recovery is inspiring, but even more inspiring is how she determined to use her own suffering to serve others who are fighting this terrible disease through her organization, Julia’s Jammies.
The Cedarville School of Nursing is volunteering with Shoes 4 the Shoeless, a faith-based nonprofit ministry that distributes new socks and shoes to children in need. Starting this fall, they began visiting Springfield elementary schools to give kids new shoes and to share the hope and love of Jesus. They’ll continue this important Gospel activity through February.
I’m excited to share with you that Cedarville Magazine is now available online. The fall issue is full of information about Cedarville’s heartbeat for missions and how our Global Outreach department is coming alongside students to help them fulfill the Great Commission locally, nationally, and around the world. You’ll also find stories of faithful alumni who have committed their lives to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to be part of an institution where the Gospel reigns supreme in the lives of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
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.
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.
Cedarville will host the 9Marks Conference on November 6-7 with keynote speaker Dr. Mark Dever, Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and founder and president of 9Marks. I am excited to have Dr. Dever speak to our students and guests in chapel on the topic of discipleship. This conference reflects our commitment to developing godly, impactful leaders who are striving to develop healthy, fruitful churches.
I invite you to join us! Learn more.