Teaching Beyond the Classroom

By Mikayla Walker on November 25, 2019

At the age of 10 years old, Kevin Shuneson (B.A. ’83) had a general idea of what he wanted to do when he grew up–become an influential educator.

Shuneson recalls his teacher Mr. McClean, who made learning exciting. He was inspired by the way that Mr. McClean built strong relationships with students by getting to know them and even playing with them at recess.

After moving, Shuneson had more inspiration…

David Jesse: Reporting is Endless

By Leslie VerBerkmoes on June 18, 2019

From his experience as a student paper writer in high school to his role as a full-time Detroit Free Press reporter, David Jesse (CU ’97) has a passion for journalism. At Cornerstone University, David pursued a degree in English and spent four years working for the campus newspaper. In addition to writing for the campus newspaper, he was the editor for three years, using the lessons he learned in class…

From the Alumni Relations Office: Alumni Journal 2019

By Dennis Graham on June 14, 2019

The transition from high school to college can be an interesting and challenging time. Leaving your parents' home for the first time, being responsible for yourself and simply figuring out who God created you to be is a process that can be difficult. Some thrive while others struggle.

Graduating from college and transitioning into the adult working world also poses many challenges. From finding the…

Caroline Cahoon: Acting as a Story

By Kimberly Atwood on April 26, 2019

For as long as she can remember, Caroline Cahoon (B.A. ’03) has always loved being a part of the arts. But what she loved most about drawing, writing and theatre was not the act itself, but the underlying theme they all shared—the theme of story.

Call to Adventure

Caroline has always been drawn to art. As a kid, she put a lot of her time into drawing, painting, writing and illustrating. And, through…

Letter from the Alumni Director: Spring 2019 Event Preview

By Dennis Graham on March 27, 2019

Spring is in the air! It's fun to see the sun return to the sky, the snow begin to melt and the students return to normal campus activity after a long and treacherous winter. The Polar Vortex threw Michigan for a loop, but we Michiganders once again proved that we're resilient people.

As we head toward wrapping up another wonderful year at Cornerstone University, I wanted to make mention of several…

Jeff DeVries: To the Track in a Snap

By Kimberly Atwood on March 11, 2019

After playing four sports in high school and four years of basketball at Cornerstone University, one may have thought that, after graduation, Jeff DeVries (B.S. ’04) would begin to settle down. But, nine full Ironman and 29 half-distance competitions later, it's clear that he is only just getting started.

Fitness in a Snap

An active lifestyle is something that Jeff has always pursued, whether it…

Andrei Sullivan: Dreaming Down to D.C.

By Kimberly Atwood on February 15, 2019

"If you had told me when I first visited D.C. and when I first started attending Cornerstone University that I'd be working in Congress, I would have laughed."

Sometimes, dreams have to die for them to be realized. That's what legislative fellow Andrei Sullivan (B.S. ’16) learned as he found himself returning to Capitol Hill 10 years after his first visit to Washington, D.C.

The Dream Begins

At…

Richard and Betty Sterkenburg: Living Out God's Calling

By Kimberly Atwood on December 3, 2018

Listening to the Call

At the age of fourteen, Richard Sterkenburg (M.Div. ’56) pledged his life to the mission field. But it wasn't until senior year of high school, in making a college decision, did the Lord remind him of that promise. This prompting led Richard to begin his college career, in which he obtained his B.A. in secondary education from Calvin College, his M.Div. from Grand Rapids Theological…

Radical Justice: Dr. Peter Osborn on CU's Efforts in Accessible Education

By Dennis Graham on November 6, 2018

"At Cornerstone, we don't just provide education; we actively remove barriers that keep others from experiencing that education."

Within two minutes of sitting down with Dr. Peter Osborn, vice president for adult learning, you gain a palpable sense of his passion for accessible education.

And with the forthcoming launch of a new program partnership with Mel Trotter Ministries, Cornerstone is advancing…

Erin White (B.A. ’13): How Art Keeps Me Sane

By Bailey Linton on October 3, 2018

Erin White (B.A. ’13) has carried her passion for art and film since high school. She knew that with her media studies major, focused in film production, her journey would not be an easy one, especially since the conclusion of the film incentive program in Michigan. She had an urge to keep her creative side active and loved to have side projects to work on to keep herself going. This quickly led to…

Ron Frelix (M.B.A. ’12): MBA to YMCA

By Dennis Graham on July 17, 2018

When Ron Frelix (M.B.A. ’12) graduated from Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies program with a Master of Business Administration in 2012, his plan was to find a job that combined his passion for health and wellness with his new degree. He did just that when he earned an entry-level position with the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids. From there, he worked his way up to become the community…

Tony Paladino (B.S. ’08): Stewarding Creation in Yosemite National Park

By Jordan Grooters on July 13, 2018

When Tony Paladino (B.S. ’08) first visited Cornerstone University, he knew it was a place he would call home.

"I remember visiting Cornerstone for the first time and being overwhelmed by the amount of compassion that they had for me, feeling so encouraged about what my life could look like as a student," Tony said.

As a student with some learning challenges, the learning resource center helped Tony…

Kevin Cumings (B.A. ’87, M.Div. ’91): In the Business of Wellness

By Dennis Graham on July 10, 2018

Kevin Cumings (B.A. ’87, M.Div. ’91) has always been a people person. Fascinated by the study of human behavior and relationships, he chose to study psychology as his undergraduate major. After graduation, he continued on to receive his M.Div. in Theology, a degree that helped him grow a deeper understanding of God and His interaction with the world and humankind.

It was at Grand Rapids Theological…

The Clums: It's a Family Thing

By Dennis Graham on June 29, 2018

Jerry Clum first visited Cornerstone University, which he knew as Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College, in the 1960s when his grandfather would let him tag along to evening classes. Jerry's grandfather, Victor Clum, attended Wealthy Street Baptist College when it was just a Bible institute with a few classrooms in downtown Grand Rapids.

"I know he attended classes there and was instrumental in getting…

From the Alumni Relations Office: Alumni Journal 2018

By Dennis Graham on June 25, 2018

As my first year of service at Cornerstone University draws to a close, I cannot help but reflect on how appreciative I am for the opportunity to serve the great alumni of this institution. I'm thankful for those who have served in this role before me, as they have laid a wonderful foundation for me as I continue to take the Cornerstone Alumni Association in new and exciting directions and build upon…

CU Alumna Brenna Threatt to Return to South Africa

By Brenna Threatt on June 20, 2018

My mom attended Cornerstone University, and I had no intention of following in her footsteps. God had other plans, though, which has seemed to become a theme in my life. I am so thankful for my time at Cornerstone and all the growth that happened academically, socially and spiritually. I left Cornerstone a better person than I came in as, and God used that time to prepare me for what He had in store…

His Persistent Faithfulness

By Dennis Graham on June 7, 2018

Maggie Dryer (B.A. ’18), in a baccalaureate service for traditional undergraduate seniors and their families, reminded this year's graduates of God's persistent faithfulness. Continue reading for a transcript of the speech she gave on Friday, May 4, 2018.

CU Alumna To Give Back To the Community Through an Upscale Thrift Store

By Jordan Grooters on May 23, 2018

Throughout her life, Cornerstone University alumna Lauren Manzer (B.A. ’16) usually got dressed in the morning with a little help from her sister's closet. "She's a shopper and always has the latest and greatest," says Manzer. "I'm known for not spending my money and being an outfit repeater. Of course, when she catches me wearing her clothes…it's not her favorite. A few years ago, out of spite of…

Finding Faith After College

By Audrey Wierenga on May 17, 2018

Reality hits kind of hard after college. Suddenly classes are over and you jump into a job or job seeking. Your whole identity changes from student to employee. You might move to an entirely new town or move back in with your parents. However it goes, it's a transition. And it's easy to feel lost during a transition. You can sort of have an identity crisis.

Seeing You

By Baylin Riva on April 26, 2018

Sometimes when one is in the midst of a struggle it is difficult to see how God is working to make good come from even the darkest of times. It has taken me years to understand why I was the one who struggled the most with body image and self-esteem issues in my teenage years (and still now) compared to the rest of my peers. However, it was on Feb. 22, 2018, that I finally grasped how God was using…

A Note from the Alumni Director

By Dennis Graham on January 17, 2018

Greetings from the Alumni Association! On April 18, 2017, I officially assumed the role of Director of Alumni Relations at Cornerstone University. As a two-time graduate of Cornerstone, I feel blessed to return to the place that deeply and eternally influenced my life.