Posts tagged: Alumni Story

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Blake Wisz: Where Passion Meets Purpose

By Audrey Wierenga on April 14, 2020

God's call for our lives is not something to be taken lightly. Most of us are able to discern the direction He would like us to go, but we can't help holding on to our own plans in the meantime.

But then there are people like Blake Wisz (B.A. ’14), who faithfully follow the Lord wherever He leads and live out their faith with deep conviction.

Al Meredith: Great Tragedy and Compassionate Faith

By Audrey Wierenga on July 17, 2020

On Sept. 14, 2019, Meredith published "Surviving Catastrophe: Lessons Learned from the Wedgwood Shooting." The book covers everything from forgiveness to Christian counseling to survivor's guilt. Meredith wrote the book as a guide for pastors, church leaders and Christians to survive their own "catastrophes."