During Cornerstone University's upcoming Homecoming and Family Weekend, the Alumni Association is collaborating with Wedgwood Christian Services, a Christian agency dedicated to helping hurting teens, children and families in our community who have experienced severe abuse, neglect or trauma.
The Davidhizar family recently celebrated its most recent Grand Rapids Theological Seminary graduate. Austin (M.A. ’19) marks the second graduate of three family members who started the process of attaining graduate-level ministry degrees from the university.
After much preparation and anticipation, Asia Biblical Theological Seminary will conduct Systematic Theology from Oct. 21 to Nov. 2 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Offering a firm foundation for any keen learner of the Bible, the course will be the pilot for hopefully more to come in a land thirsting for truth and understanding.
On Wednesday, Sept. 18, CU representatives Dr. Joe Stowell, university president; Bob Sack, vice president of advancement; and Rocky, the CU Golden Eagle mascot, traveled to Lansing, Mich., to attend the Michigan Tuition Grant Rally.
During the spring meeting of the board of trustees, Dr. David Turner and Dr. Byard Bennett received recognition for their years of service and approval for promotion to the rank of emeritus professor.
A 2019 Sacred Sector Fellow, Thomas Schliep participated in a 10-week program for seminarians and recent theological school graduates. One of 12 seminarians in Sacred Sector's second annual cohort, Schliep committed the summer months to learning alongside student representatives from institutions such as Indiana University, Ohio Christian University, Calvin Theological Seminary, Northeastern Seminary and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
Dedicated on Sept. 11, the Meyers-Baker Lab recognizes the forward-looking leadership of Ron Meyers and Gloria Baker. Well-loved by former colleagues and past students alike, the two former professors share a combined teaching career that spanned more than fifty years.
In mid-February, seminary faculty members and administrators concluded an in-depth, year-long analysis of the counseling program. The process resulted in the submission of an application for accreditation to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
From its start undertaken by students in the early 1970s to the present, WCSG, a radio ministry of Cornerstone University, has built a longstanding reputation in the West Michigan community for inspiring listeners in their faith. Today's groundbreaking for an expanded broadcast studio signals a new vote of confidence in the Christian music radio station's ministry which reaches almost 200,000 listeners each week through 91.3 WCSG.
Daishaun Hardnett's decision to come to Cornerstone University was not a typical college admission story. Hardnett, a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, moved in just one day before classes began in 2017.
The fruit of a much-anticipated venture sits on the horizon of 2020 as Cornerstone University gears up to potentially welcome its first Challenge Scholars from Union High School.
From the start of his college experience, senior history major Owen LaVigne (B.A. ’20) directed his passion for history toward a career in public history rather than education. A semester-long internship spent digitizing old mugshots and preserving other types of records for Grand Rapids' Community Archives and Research Center reinforced his decision.
With a continued commitment to serving students where they're at, Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division announced a new scholarship program.
For more than 20 years, the Global Leadership Summit, a two-day professional development conference organized by the Global Leadership Network, has brought together a lineup of successful entrepreneurs, respected authors and experienced business professionals to present leadership theory and best practices.
"Extending the Gospel to every heart, every neighbor, everywhere." This simple mantra is the vision of EveryHeart, a cross-country worship ministry led by six young men eager to share the love of Jesus Christ. Among the six are Cornerstone University's own Brennan Joseph and Josh Davis, both of who will be seniors this fall.
As a historian, Dr. Erik Benson remains attuned to dates and event anniversaries, including recollections about new contributions to knowledge that persist in academic and cultural conversations. With last year being the 25th anniversary of a well-circulated thesis written by Samuel Huntington, Benson collaborated with new and reunited scholars to produce an article series for the spring issue of Christian Scholar's Review.
The Asia Biblical Theological Seminary community is abuzz with excitement about the upcoming Scholar Series in Bangkok, Thailand, featuring Dr. Ben Witherington III on New Testament Biblical Theology
Cornerstone University's traditional undergraduate and Professional & Graduate Studies business degrees have been awarded accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools.
For more than fourteen years, Dave Emerson (M.B.A. ’08) has worked on the frontlines of admitting, enrolling and welcoming Cornerstone University's newest traditional undergraduate students. Last week, Chant Thompson, executive director for the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP), named Emerson as Admissions Officer of the Year at the organization's annual conference.
Sharon Garlough Brown, adjunct professor of Christian formation at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, received recognition for her fiction writing from Christianity Today. Named among the publication's book award winners for 2019, Brown earned the Best in Fiction award for her book entitled "An Extra Mile: A Story of Embracing God's Call."
As Grand Rapids Theological Seminary looks forward to a new decade of equipping ministry professionals through its Urban Cohort program, seminary administrators and faculty members expressed gratitude for a recent donation from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, a longstanding partner and donor of Cornerstone University.
For Dr. Max Botner, assistant professor of New Testament, the Gospel of Mark has served as the focus of his research and writing in recent years. In addition to a book manuscript, his scholarship has resulted in the publication of a number of journal articles, including an article in the October 2018 edition of The Journal of Theological Studies.
Commencement ceremonies on May 10 and 11 recognized the academic achievements of record classes for Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.
WCSG, Cornerstone University's radio station, received a resounding affirmation from its listeners last week as 1,400 donors committed more than $1,000,000 for the ministry's new home.
For Cornerstone University, its second annual Celebration of Scholarship on April 25 honored students' scholastic achievements and efforts to add new knowledge in their academic fields.
With a positive influence in the classroom and the workplace, Andrea Owens (B.S. ’08, M.S. ’10) was selected as a finalist in the Grand Rapids Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business publication.
In a brief outdoor ceremony on April 17, Cornerstone University dedicated its newest art installation—a three-dimensional sculpture crafted by Albert Paley, a New York-based artist, and donated by Howard and Roberta Ahmanson.
For Chitwood, pursuing his doctoral degree at Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division came as an unexpected journey but has shaped the direction of how he desires to serve and reach those he serves at his counseling center.
Language is a unifying thread that ties people together, but it can also be a barrier to understanding and communicating with others. Dr. Michael Pasquale of Cornerstone University's Humanities Division dedicated himself to understanding and teaching the intricacies of language to help people better understand each other.
For the past year, Talking Points, in partnership with CityFest and the Urban Church Leadership Center, has hosted bi-annual conversations on "Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church." With the intention of giving space to hear voices from three marginalized populations in the church, the three-part series concludes on April 16.
Students from five Michigan colleges and universities convened at Cornerstone University from March 22 to 23, 2019, for MWC3, a competitive computing conference. A total of 78 students attended this second annual event along with faculty, staff, area sponsors and employers.
During Cornerstone University's spring break earlier this month, two students and two staff members traveled to Siguatepeque, Honduras, to serve with Casa de Esperanza, a nonprofit organization doing ministry work in Honduras.
Dr. Kent Walters, professor of music and director of choral studies, recently traveled with the University Chorale to Florida and Georgia. For Walters, this year's trip marks his third Chorale tour to Florida.
For Leslie Visser, the completion of a doctoral degree isn't the culmination of her researcher journey. It's a launchpad for new opportunities in addressing outpatient mental health therapy retention.
History majors Anna Stoutenburg (B.A. ’19) and Hope Ketcham-Geeting (B.A. ’18) headed to Harvard in January to present research at the Harvard University National Collegiate Research Conference.
For Don Perini, professor of creativity and innovation and director of the Creativity and Innovation Honors Institute (CIHI) at Cornerstone University, the study of creativity does more than result in useful solutions to problems; it can lead to a lifetime of meaningful work.
Twenty-five. On its own, it's just a number. For Coach Kim Elders, it's the number of seasons he has completed as Cornerstone University's head coach for the men's basketball team. It is also the number of years he has had the opportunity to invest in the lives of young men in the community. This legacy of commitment and focus delivered Elders to the 2019 NAIA DII National Tournament in Sioux Falls, S.D., and secured his place as the first Cornerstone coach inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame on March 5.
With an influential background in education and politics, Patrice Johnson (M.A. ’15) knew she wanted to make an impact in establishing educational equity for urban schools. With the practical skills and experience she's gained through her doctoral education, she's making her goals happen.
The Christian life is one that has always valued the virtue of gratitude, and now, even modern science affirms the power of a grateful heart.
The February 2019 commencement ceremony for Asia Biblical Theological Seminary (ABTS) of Cornerstone University marked the graduate school's largest class to date. Celebrating the accomplishments of 23 students who fulfilled the requirements for a master's degree in religious education and one student who earned a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies, program participants included Dr. James Blumenstock, dean of ABTS; Dr. Peter Osborn, vice president for adult learning at Cornerstone; and Dr. Joe Stowell, president of Cornerstone.
On Jan. 11, Cornerstone University alumna Carol Day (B.S. ’18) and Aquinas College student Dana VanHuis presented a research poster on Bringing Biodiversity to Restored Grasslands at the Stewardship Network Annual Conference in Lansing, Mich. Day and VanHuis were awarded first place for best student research poster.
Published by Baker Academic in November 2018, "Behind the Scenes of the Old Testament: Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts" is a unique textbook on biblical background and comparative studies.
With a passion for empowering the Grand Rapids community, Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division has announced a partnership with Alpha Grand Rapids (AGR) to provide further opportunities for community leaders to fuel their influence.
Given the demand for its counseling program and a desire to ensure long-term compliance with the student-to-faculty ratio requirements set by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) has started a faculty search for a new professor of counseling.
In early January, a group of students and a professor from Christelijke Hogeschool Ede (Ede Christian University) in the Netherlands visited Cornerstone University for 10 days as a part of a study abroad trip.
Approved for sabbatical leave during the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Jonathan Greer, associate professor of Old Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, has traded his usual classroom setting for an ambitious agenda of scholarly activities.
Aaron Sagraves (B.A. ’04), former assistant athletic director for communication at Cornerstone University, has stepped into a new role as the university's athletic director.
In mid-October, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS) celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Urban Cohort program. During a service attended by alumni, students, donors and church leaders, participants reflected on the program's history and anticipated its future.
For Hope Ketcham-Geeting (B.A. ’18), the study of history involves more than reading source material cited in textbooks. To date, her college experience has included internships with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Rapids Public Library and participation in the White House Historical Association's Presidential Sites Summit.
On Jan. 28, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary plans to welcome bi-vocational professionals to campus for a free evening conference. Funded by the seminary's literacy program grant from the Lilly Endowment, the informational event entitled Bi-Vocational Ministry: Balancing Dual Roles will feature a panel discussion, networking and hors d'oeuvres.
Brown is a current student in Cornerstone University's Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership and Development program. He serves the community as assistant chief of administration at the Grand Rapids Fire Department. With his dedication to education and being equipped for sustainable impact, Brown was awarded an international scholarship in recognition for his educational influence.
This year's list of honorees for the annual PW Star Watch, an award given to influential emerging leaders in the publishing industry by Publishers Weekly and Frankfurter Buchmesse, included Cornerstone University alumnus Darron Schroeder (B.A. ’15).
On Dec. 2, the Cornerstone University community was saddened to learn of the passing of Lee Geysbeek (B.A. ’93) at the age of 63. Prior to his work as the U.S. radio marketing director with Compassion International, Geysbeek served as the longtime manager of WCSG and vice president of Cornerstone University Radio.
To the applause of donors, faculty and students, Cornerstone University opened the doors of its new Jack and Mary De Witt Center for Science and Technology on Dec. 7, 2018. The $15.5 million dollar science facility, dedicated to the glory of Christ the Creator and completed debt free, readies the university to enhance its Christ-centered educational programs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The Cornerstone University Enactus team is currently preparing for its third annual Pop-Up Prom Boutique. In order for every girl to receive a special dress, the team is seeking out generous people in our community to donate gently used prom dresses.
Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division is promoting new opportunities to empower and equip students for influence in their current or aspired careers.
For Cornerstone University, the new Jack and Mary De Witt Center for Science and Technology has more than a functional purpose. In addition to being a state-of-the-art academic building with spacious lab facilities, expanded classrooms and designated group study areas, the building's design and artwork incorporate visual reminders of the work of Christ as Creator.
CU's newest building, the Jack and Mary De Witt Center for Science and Technology, is scheduled to open in January, providing both students and faculty with state-of-the-art equipment, space for building community and—most importantly— a place where academic learning points toward Christ as Creator through the integration of science and faith.
The work Cornerstone University is doing to create a culture of comprehensive wellness is important because it's exactly how Jesus taught us to care for ourselves and for one another.
As Cornerstone University moves into the coming decade, having a clear vision for what a Christ-centered university looks like is essential.
On Nov. 7, more than 100 area business leaders and students gathered in Calvin College's Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex for the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame 2018 Economic Symposium. Panelists from four local universities, including Jeff Degner, assistant professor of economics at Cornerstone University, shared relevant information on microeconomics, the state of the U.S. economy and the impact of mid-term elections on the economy.
The partnership between CU Theatre and stageGR has brought together an exciting and diverse group of students, children and adults for the upcoming production of "Annie."
Rev. Dr. Royce Evans, executive director of GRTS's Urban Cohort program, received the seminary's James Murray Grier Theological Educator Award at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Urban Cohort.
Accompanied by Jason Clayton, dean of Career and Life Calling, and Anne Gaertner, director of employer relations and internships, 13 traditional undergraduate students attended the Michigan Sport Business Conference in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 19.
Established by two traditional undergraduate students, Cornerstone University's International Artisan Market (IAM) began four years ago. After meeting local artisans in Ecuador who were trying to sell unique products but experienced difficulties due to the saturation of their market, the students knew that they needed to find a way to help these individuals.
Cornerstone University has expanded its standardized test score requirement for traditional undergraduate students to include the Classic Learning Test.
Dr. Timothy Gombis, professor of New Testament, and Dr. David Turner, retired professor of New Testament, contributed valuable chapters to a short commentary on the Gospel of Mark entitled "Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism."
In mid-September, Collin Prather (B.S. ’19) presented a breakout session at Big Data Ignite Conference 2018, an annual three-day conference dedicated to the discussion of relevant data science topics such as cloud computing and data management.
Led by Counseling Division faculty, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is in the process of completing a self-study in order to apply for accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.
On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu, assistant professor of music and director of worship arts, presented a lecture entitled "Itughari uche and Holy Minimalism." Coordinated by the Communication, Media & Music Division, the event served to launch Cornerstone University's Music Matters Concert and Lecture Series for the 2018-19 academic year.
Cornerstone University has long boasted a commitment to building lives that matter—lives that influence the world for Jesus Christ by bringing the gospel to bear in their lives and communities.
Cornerstone University students are consistently reminded of the importance of living a life of integrity through chapel, class and community life. This summer, two Cornerstone students are experiencing life at Gordon Food Service, a company that has integrity as one of its core values.
Through using the skills learned in their classes at Cornerstone University, two students are applying their knowledge in enriching internship experiences this summer. Paige Bauer and Mikayla Henke are gaining real work experience in the business world.
For Katherine Hunter (B.A. ’19), a Spanish education major, the start of the academic year will bring an atypical change of scenery. Named as one of this year's recipients of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Hunter looks forward to traveling to Ecuador for an off-campus study program experience this fall.
This summer marked Cornerstone University's second annual Summer Business Boot Camp. In addition to exploring topics such as global business and culture, integration of faith and business, social entrepreneurship and presentation skills, the three-day learning experience gave attendees practice using the Lean Canvas model for ideating and developing a mock business concept.
For the second consecutive year, Cornerstone University is joining with other local universities for GR College Week, a weeklong celebration of all that our community has to offer, specifically for college students.
During June 10 to 16, 11 Cornerstone University student leaders representing areas such as athletics, community life, Terra Firma, CUSO, admissions and chapel leadership traveled to Buena Vista, Colo., along with Chip Huber, associate vice president of student development, and Ian Grotenhuis, associate director of campus engagement and student leadership.
With a passion to pursue their education, Cornerstone University students Brandi Dyke (B.S. ’21) and Mercedes Frias (B.S. ’20) were named recipients of the 2018 ATHENA Scholarship.
CU student Cayte Baker (B.A. ’19) is spending her summer in the land down under. She's not vacationing, although she'd tell you that the breathtaking views in Sydney may suggest otherwise. Baker is interning at Samaritan's Purse, a Christian nonprofit organization with an affiliate office in Australia.
Cornerstone University is pleased to announce the appointment of several new faculty members: Jeff Degner, assistant professor of economics; Michael Greene, assistant professor of engineering; and Chris Kellner, assistant professor of finance.
During May 27 to June 9, 10 Cornerstone University students along with Professor Ray "Gator" Gates and assistant Bill Lee studied biblical perspectives on origins and stewardship of God's creation in the beauty of Yellowstone National Park, the Grand Tetons and the surrounding national forests.
From the business world to ministry opportunities, internships allow Cornerstone University students to receive practical work experience. Today is National Intern Day, and three traditional undergraduate students are completing summer internships to apply what they've learned in the classroom and to gain real work experience in their fields of study.
Cornerstone University is pleased to announce the appointment of several new faculty members: James Sackett, assistant professor of kinesiology; Alaina Swaney, assistant professor of psychology; and Kim Hofstra, assistant professor of education.
Last month, Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand, where ABTS has a unique cohort, experienced severe flooding. The camp is home to an estimated 40,000 refugees and many, if not all, have been affected by the devastating situation.
Whether halfway around the world or right here in West Michigan, Cornerstone University students utilize valuable internships to help prepare them for their future careers. From majoring in pre-med to business marketing to mathematics, three Cornerstone students are using their God-given talents to gain global and local experience through their internships this summer.
For the second year, patrons of Cornerstone University's Miller Library can locate books on gardening near a wide-ranging selection of complimentary seeds. The library's heirloom seed collection currently stocks seed packets representative of more than 200 plant varieties.
On Wednesday, June 13, Cornerstone University alumna Ciara Wilke (B.A. ’17), a past recipient of the President's Award, was recognized by the Michigan Career Educator & Employer Alliance for her entry in one of their annual essay contests.
Discovery House, an entity of Our Daily Bread Ministries, recently released "Awakening: Discover Your Role in the Gospel," a DVD series featuring Cornerstone University President Joe Stowell and CU Trustee Rev. Artie Lindsay, Sr.
On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Cornerstone University community was saddened to learn of the passing of Jack De Witt, founder of Request Foods and a long-term friend of the university. His death at age 75 marked the end of a lengthy struggle with brain cancer.
Dr. Max Botner, assistant professor of New Testament, is scheduled to join the seminary's faculty in the new academic year. Relocating to Michigan from Germany, Botner expressed excitement for his appointment and the opportunity to invest in the institution's Christ-centered, student-focused learning community.
Big Ticket Festival, one of the country's largest annual Christian music festivals, gets underway next week. Hosted at the Otsego County Fairgrounds located in Gaylord, Mich., the four-day event features a full schedule of performances given by well-known musicians, messages from faith-based speakers, family activities and hands-on outreach opportunities that uniquely partner concertgoers with both national and international nonprofit organizations.
On May 21, 2018, the Cornerstone University Enactus team competed in the National Enactus Competition in Kansas City, Mo. There are 444 teams in the United States and only 87 teams advance to the national competition. The Cornerstone presentation team was a brand-new team this year, made up of freshman through senior students: Zach Nyp, Gabriel Quakkelaar, Cayte Baker, Dylan Berends, Amber Guzman, Elizabeth Boock and Jared Schmatz.
In 2007, a feasibility group that consisted of local urban pastors, ministry leaders and GRTS administrators convened to discuss the disparity of seminary-trained ministry professionals in the pulpits of churches located in marginalized and under-resourced areas of Grand Rapids. The team sought to remove barriers for bi-vocational pastors who desired advanced theological training. In response, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary launched the Urban Cohort program for emerging urban ministry leaders in 2008.
For the past year, Asia Biblical Theological Seminary has had the privilege of bringing its master's level program to the Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand. This unique cohort is made up of 10 students, and since it began, the visiting faculty have been blessed by how the students have flourished in their learning.
On Saturday, May 5, Cornerstone University hosted a Commencement ceremony to celebrate its traditional undergraduate students.
Among the fantastic graduates were two exemplary students who were awarded the distinguished President's Award.
Cornerstone University student Zachariah Nyp (B.S. ’19) has been named a national finalist for the 2018 Project Leader of the Year award through Enactus United States.
In collaboration with CityFest, One West Michigan and the Urban Church Leadership Center, Talking Points held its spring conference on April 26, 2018. Attended by more than 240 area pastors, congregants and higher education professionals, the event marked the first of three gatherings in Talking Points' 2018-19 series entitled "Justice + Unity: Toward the Healing of a Fractured Church."
By graduating on May 5, 2018, from Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division, Gamboa, age 55, is the first in his family to receive a college education.
But this accomplishment is not solely based on his own personal motivations. The dream his grandparents had for him and his love for his own kids helped him to persevere and earn his Bachelor of Science in Management degree.
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary will celebrate the accomplishments of its 65 graduates on Friday, May 4, 2018. During the evening ceremony, Dr. David Turner is scheduled to deliver the commencement address.
On May 5, Cornerstone University will confer degrees to 266 traditional undergraduate graduates during the institution's morning Commencement ceremony. As part of the program, Dr. Shawn Newhouse, vice president for traditional undergraduate academics, is scheduled to recognize Julie Brown (B.S. ’18) as valedictorian of the graduating class.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Cornerstone University hosted Ron Blue, founder of Ronald Blue & Company and Kingdom Advisors, for its biannual Business Breakfast. Blue's presentation entitled "Master Your Money: A Biblical Worldview of Money and Money Management" reflected his legacy in the financial industry and communicated his renewed commitment to train college students with a biblically-based perspective of stewardship. The event also served to announce the establishment of a new Ron Blue Institute Center at Cornerstone University.
On Friday afternoon, Dr. Joe Stowell and Carole Bos, chairperson of the board of trustees of Cornerstone University, addressed CU students, faculty and staff regarding Dr. Stowell's timeline for his presidency at Cornerstone.
On April 3 and 4, Cornerstone University faculty, staff and student representatives traveled to Memphis, Tenn., to take part in the MLK50 conference. The event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr and, according to the conference website, served as an "opportunity for Christians to reflect on the state of racial unity in the church and the culture."
Cornerstone University hosted its inaugural Celebration of Scholarship on Thursday, April 12. In lieu of the day's classes, the conference-style event showcased academic research conducted by the university's traditional undergraduate students.
With professional development skills gained through his associate degree, Cornerstone University student Mose Stamps (A.S.'17, B.S.'19) is following his calling to equip others for success through his nonprofit, Save Yourself, CDC.
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary's 2017-18 Intercultural Studies Lectures Series aimed to expand attendees' understanding of inclusion, diversity and acceptance.
Dr. Michael Pasquale, professor of linguistics, and Dr. Michael Stevens, professor of English, traveled to Lakeland, Fla., during spring training to teach professional development workshops for English as a Second Language (ESL) educators employed by the Detroit Tigers.
Cornerstone University's very own Christ Chapel will host a night of classically inspired orchestral and vocal worship on April 15 at 6 p.m.
On March 2, seven Cornerstone University students along with former CU staff member Kimberly Bytwerk (B.A. '06, M.A. '15) left the cold temperatures of Michigan and traveled south to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
At Asia Biblical Theological Seminary, the vision and mission is aimed at equipping Christian leaders in Asia with theological education within their own context. As this plays out in the classroom, one of the contextual factors that cannot be understated is the environment that a student comes from, especially the religious landscape of the area as it relates to the political climate.
With its upcoming production of "You Can't Take It With You," Cornerstone University Theatre plans to showcase the talent of the entire CU community including current students and alumni.
On Tuesday, Feb. 27, the women's basketball team won its tournament game against Indiana Tech to become the 2017-18 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Tournament Champion.
Led by Dr. Nigel Crompton, professor of biology, this year's Hawaii J-term trip gave students opportunities to experience first-hand the fabulous geology, biology and Polynesian culture that only be found on the Hawaiian Islands.
Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division has announced a new partnership with Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Cornerstone University's Enactus team members will be hosting a "pop-up prom dress boutique" for local high school students on Saturday, Feb. 24 in the university's Bernice Hansen Athletic Center from 12–4 p.m. A selection of gently used prom dresses, collected from Cornerstone students and donations from local consignment shops, will be available to the students for a donation of two canned good items.
Internships provide the opportunity to apply classroom theory in real-world settings. At Cornerstone University, 100% of traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum.
Because February is Cooperative Education and Internship month in Michigan, we would like to celebrate a few of our students who are gaining practical experience in the workplace through an internship while using their God-given talents to help further them in their future career.
At Cornerstone University, staff and faculty work to ensure that graduates enter the workforce with ample experience and the skills they need to thrive as an employee and as an ambassador for Christ. 100% of traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum.
February is Cooperative Education & Internship Month in Michigan. To celebrate, we're highlighting a few students who are using their God-given talents to serve as interns in our local community.
For Brad Brown, elevating organizational alignment and practicing continuous improvement is something he lives out each and every day.
Brown serves the Grand Rapids community as captain of the Planning Division at the Grand Rapids Fire Department (GRFD). With a passion for serving the community, Brown has played an influential role in enhancing organizational processes like the "daily huddle," improving employee training and coordinating departmental improvements that extend into the community.
Now, Brown continues to pursue his leadership experience and skills as a doctoral student at Cornerstone University.
From January 6-13, 2018, five Cornerstone University graduate students enhanced their global learning during a trip to Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Netherlands.
With a powerful and athletic drive to the basket on Saturday afternoon versus Madonna University, Cornerstone University senior Kyle Steigenga surpassed Jared Crandell (B.A. '96) to become the all-time leading scorer in the history of Cornerstone men's basketball.
On Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, several representatives from Cornerstone University attended a breakfast held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Mich. Hosted by the Urban League of West Michigan, the event honored the legacy of Dr. King and celebrated the spirit of diversity in the Grand Rapids community. Local event sponsors included organizations such as Steelcase, Spectrum Health, Priority Health, Chemical Bank, Mercantile Bank, Fifth Third Bank and Comerica Bank.
For Dr. David Turner, professor of New Testament, the 2017-18 academic year marks 32 years of service at GRTS. This notable milestone also signals the prospect of a new ministry season for him and his wife Beverly; Turner plans to transition to an adjunct faculty role in May 2018.
Several female staff, faculty and students at Cornerstone University have committed to wearing dresses every day during the month of December, braving the cold to participate in Dressember, a month-long campaign to raise awareness and funds for several anti-human trafficking organizations.
On April 25, 2015, the country of Nepal experienced one of the worst earthquakes in history. Measured at 7.8 on the Richter magnitude scale, the earthquake killed nearly 9,000 people, injured thousands more and left the country to rebuild billions of dollars in damage. At the time of the earthquake, Dhiraj Adhikari (B.A. '19), a film and video production major at Cornerstone University, was in the midst of it all.
Jordyn Roodvoets (B.S. '19), a second-year member of Cornerstone University's Enactus team and vice president of projects, is participating in the 2017-18 BNY Mellon Enactus Student Fellows Program. She was one of only 150 students in the United States selected for this year's elite program.
Jennifer Greer, adjunct professor of Bible, served as the speaker for the 48th annual Thursday Evening Bible Class. Entitled "The Words & World of Jesus," the class invited participants to interact with maps, archaeological finds and extra-biblical literature related to selected gospel texts. In this way, attendees sought to enrich their reading of Scripture and knowledge of the ancient world that served as a backdrop for Jesus' words.
Pastoral experiences vary widely across cultures. A range of socioeconomic factors as well as cultural differences can combine to make the urban pastor's job unique, and at times, challenging.
To meaningfully influence higher education, it's important to listen and stay fresh. By offering nontraditional curriculum options, Cornerstone's Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division implements new methods to serve those in the community.
After a successful international tour in Europe this past summer, preparations are underway for the University Chorale's upcoming spring tour to Chicago.
The smell of fresh-picked peppers and onions simmering on the stove. A plate neatly arrayed with red, orange and yellow heirloom tomatoes. Lively conversation around the table, eventually flowing onto the porch. The wind gently rustling the trees as the sun sets and paints the sky with deep pinks and blues for as far as the eye can see.
Cornerstone University announces the addition of Dr. Kristy Taylor to its board of trustees.
To become the transformational leader he always knew he could be, Greg Weaver (A.S. ’16), director of food services at Kalamazoo Gospel Mission, just needed to find the right opportunity to thrive.
During the fall semester, Cornerstone University faculty scholarship recipients of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) grants continue to integrate their summer research findings in the classroom. Through support from the university's CELT group, faculty are able to generate a more culturally diverse way of teaching and encourage their students to take part in the journey with them.
The Cornerstone University board of trustees today announced plans for a presidential leadership transition. Dr. Joseph M. Stowell, who has served the university as president since 2008, will finish his term as president of the university in May 2019. Subsequently, he will serve in the role of chancellor.
Cornerstone University is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Kenneth Russell, director of diversity and multicultural affairs. His role also includes growing the cross-cultural and multicultural competency of Cornerstone.
Cornerstone University Theatre launches its 2017-18 production season with five performances of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" on Nov. 16-19.
On Oct. 19-21, 11 faculty and two staff members from Cornerstone University traveled to Traverse City, Mich., for the annual Lilly Conference.
Six Cornerstone University students raised $8,350 for clean water through a partnership with Team World Vision, a Christian organization dedicated to tackling poverty and injustice in communities worldwide.
Cornerstone University is the grateful recipient of an $18,000 grant, made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Mich., with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc.
As creativity becomes a more prevalent skill desired by employers and business leaders, Cornerstone University is launching an initiative for students to excel in the marketplace after graduation.
Construction on the new state-of-the-art science facility will soon be underway at Cornerstone University. On Oct. 11, the public is welcome to come join the CU community as we celebrate the groundbreaking of the newest building.
Given its commitment to serving the best interest of students, Cornerstone University announced that it is restructuring its pricing model. The academic pricing restructure, for traditional undergrad students, addresses three aspects of college costs.
On Sept. 26, Carla (Sterk) Fles, former women's basketball coach at Cornerstone University, was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame for her standout athletic and coaching career.
On Sept. 20, Cornerstone University's Center for Career and Life Calling spearheaded a student organization fair and alumni networking event. The gathering supported efforts to create a campus culture in which traditional undergraduate students are intentional about their experiences and utilization of resources that are available to them here at Cornerstone.
In an announcement made Friday as part of its national awards day, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has named Kyle Steigenga of Cornerstone University the winner of the prestigious Emil S. Liston Award. The marks the first honor in school history for this award.
On Sept. 16, 2017, Cornerstone University will celebrate and re-dedicate the newly remodeled women's softball stadium.
Cornerstone University is one of 10 local universities partnering together for GR101 College Week, a weeklong event that encourages students to explore downtown Grand Rapids and discover all of the unique and intriguing attractions that our community has to offer.
In partnership with Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Cornerstone University and the Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, the Urban Church Leadership Center will celebrate its grand opening in October 2017.
Cornerstone University strives to reach academic and spiritual excellence. Professors who are passionately dedicated to their disciplines, to their students and to God are what makes Cornerstone stand apart.
Mae La Refugee Camp is located approximately 550km—or 341.8 miles—northwest of Bangkok in Thailand. In the camp, refugees are dependent on relief organizations to provide food and supplies. Many camp residents are not allowed to leave the camp under penalty of deportation. With a general sentiment of hopelessness, suicide rates are more than three times the global average.
After completing an in-depth, two-year evaluation process, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary is pleased to announce a 10-year reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In their final report, the site visit team affirmed the seminary's commitment to academic excellence as evidenced by its culture of assessment, exemplary administrative leadership team and practical leadership formation experiences.
On August 8, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary's Talking Points launched an online curriculum designed to integrate faith and the gospel with "secular," everyday work, and in turn, with the world.
College is a student's time to discover and explore who they are and what talents God has uniquely gifted them with. Through intentional exploration and involvement, students learn who God has called them to be. Various experiences, such as an internship, create valuable steps toward helping students further discover their God-given skills, talents and potential to help further serve our society.
On August 10 and 11, Cornerstone University joined with over 450 other sites to host a live stream of Chicago-based Willow Creek Association's annual Global Leadership Summit.
Our world needs Christ-centered influencers. After the harrowing events that took place on Saturday, Aug. 12 at a rally in Charlottesville, Va., it is now more vital than ever to be educated and aware of issues facing millions of Americans today.
Dr. Jonathan Greer, associate professor of Old Testament and director of the Hesse Memorial Archaeological Laboratory, traveled to Switzerland in June. Participating in a conference hosted by the University of Lausanne, he presented research based on his extensive involvement with the Tel Dan archaeological site.
Most high school students spend their summer working part-time jobs and spending time with friends. However, last week, 11 high school students set their summer activities aside to come to Cornerstone University's first annual business camp, Entrepreneurship in a Global Marketplace, which focused on entrepreneurship and international business.
What does an entry-level college graduate need to succeed in today's marketplace? Experience. One of the best ways to gain such experience is through an internship. By taking an internship, students are provided with adequate opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting. From a global furniture company to the City of Grand Rapids, Cornerstone University students are gaining practical experiences while classes are out for the summer.
Several Cornerstone University students are utilizing their summer breaks to gain valuable, real-world experience by serving as interns at companies and organizations related to their fields of study.
From July 3 to August 2, a Cornerstone University alum and current student plan to teach conversational English in Iraq.
The two will join an organization that has short and long-term English teaching teams in various parts of Asia and the Middle East. Teams seek to use education as a tool of hope and relationship building that eventually lends itself to the sharing of the gospel.
The Cornerstone community was deeply saddened yesterday to learn that one of our undergraduate students, Sang Yoon, passed away while on a camping trip with friends in the Upper Peninsula.
Former Lost Girl of Sudan Rebecca Deng (M.A. '11) confronts brokenness and trauma with God's hope and love.
Four paintings were newly installed in the hallway of the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary this past year. Donated by GRTS alumnus Dr. Christopher Brewer (M.A. ’04, M.Div. ’10) and his wife Rachel, along with their family, this series of four paintings was created by the Detroit-born, Brooklyn-based artist Alfonse Borysewicz. The pieces, which were created between 2003 and 2005, portray the presence of Emmanuel.
Cornerstone University students are utilizing their summer breaks to gain valuable, real-world experience by serving as interns at companies and organizations related to their fields of study.
Cornerstone University announces the recent appointments of Dennis Graham, director of alumni relations, and Mark Tremaine, advancement advisor.
On Thursday, June 15, the Michigan Career Educator & Employer Alliance recognized the accomplishments of two recent Cornerstone graduates. Both Taylor Rabineau (B.S. ’17) and India Tellkamp (B.S. ’17) accepted essay contest awards at the organization's annual conference in Metro Detroit.
Cornerstone University Enactus won third place in their league at the National Exposition in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday. The team was recognized on stage and received a trophy and a cash prize of $750. This ranking places them as one of the top 50 teams in the nation.
On Saturday, May 5, Cornerstone University celebrated undergraduate commencement. Among the fantastic graduates were two exemplary students who were awarded the distinguished President's Award. This year President Stowell was honored to give the distinguished awards to biology major Ciara Wilke and to business major Austin Lash.
Liz Crandell (B.S. ’16), a business management professional intern at Disney Institute in Orlando, Fla., views her formative experience as an international business student at Cornerstone University as a critical factor in shaping how she engages with her coworkers.
The spring Talking Points conference focused on teaching pastors and counselors how to bridge the different cultural context between when the Bible was written and and where we are today.
Cornerstone University announces the addition of Kelly Miller to its board of trustees. This appointment marks the second time that Miller has served on the university's board (1995-2004).
On Monday, April 3, Cornerstone University business students and area business professionals gathered on Cornerstone's campus for a continuation of the "Our Father's Business" chapel series.
Cornerstone University's Michael Pasquale, professor of linguistics and chair of the Humanities Division, was recently awarded a Fulbright Senior Scholarship to Peru.
In a unique collaboration with Grand Valley State University, Cornerstone is introducing an engineering major with strands in environmental engineering, design and innovation engineering, engineering management and data science.
The Cornerstone University Enactus team is proud to announce that it was awarded the title of Regional Champion at the Enactus Regional Championship in Rosemont, Ill., on Monday, March 27, 2017.
Last May, CU's Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) launched its Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Development and Leadership degree program. The program, which began with an enrollment of 13 students, is now entering its second year, with its second round of residencies taking place this coming May.
Cornerstone University junior Kyle Steigenga is more than a good student and basketball player. Named a CoSIDA 1st Team All-American for 2016-17, Steigenga is proud to play as a Golden Eagle.
Cornerstone University announced the launch of a new academic partnership with University of Detroit Mercy as part of Cornerstone's growing emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
This past January, 11 Cornerstone University students received the chance to travel to Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). This trip, conducted every two years, gives students the opportunity to engage in the culture, speak to local business professionals and participate in what the Christian churches are doing in the area.
At Cornerstone University, a group of female students and staff are participating in Dressember. For the entire month of December, over 20 female students and staff are wearing dresses as a way to raise awareness for human trafficking and money for International Justice Mission and A21.
CURE U is a network of college students who are partnering together to bring healing to children with curable disabilities through CURE International. Students in CURE U chapters use their resources, passion and platform to truly make a difference in the lives of the kids around the world.
Cornerstone student Claire DuBois is influencing our world for Christ while gaining real-world experience working in a developing country.
Cornerstone University's latest ranking highlights its commitment to academic excellence and value for its students. Cornerstone was recognized among the top institutions providing the best value for online associate degree programs by SR Education Group.
Today, Cornerstone University announced the election of two new members to its Board of Trustees—Dr. Lee June (M.A. ’13) and Pastor Artie M. Lindsay, Sr. (M.T.S. ’04).
Cornerstone University business finance student Katrina Lee (B.S. ’18) is exploring leadership, scholarship and service in a whole new way this year.
Cornerstone University graduate and Campus Life Director for West Michigan Youth for Christ, Grace Ralsten (B.S. ’13), has served with Youth for Christ for six years and also has extended family involved within the organization.
Started in 2005, the Super Science Explorers program gives Cornerstone University juniors and seniors the chance to apply what they've learned in the classroom.
Where can you travel the world's artisan markets yet stay in the same room? Cornerstone University's Enactus team is hosting an International Artisan Market where shoppers can do just that; and even better, they can help small businesses in the process.
In an email interview, Dr. Michael Pasquale shared about his involvement with the American Culture Study Program.
David Blevins, Ireland Correspondent for Sky News, will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 in Cornerstone University's Gainey Conference Center on the role of the media in Northern Ireland's peace process.
Cornerstone University students Elijah Erickson, Linda Anthony and James Hardman each had an opportunity this summer to gain practical, applied experience in a real-world setting.
Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies program was recently ranked among OnlineU's 2016 Best Value Schools for Online Business Degrees.
Cornerstone University student Alexa Heeres (B.S.W. ’17) is spending her summer serving women all over the world, without ever leaving West Michigan.
The Sonlight High School and University Choir and Drama Team, a 60-voice team from Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, will be traveling to Grand Rapids this July to complete various acts of ministry work.
Grand Rapids Theological Seminary professor Dr. Timothy Gombis and Cornerstone University graduate Dr. Scot McKnight (B.A. '76) were recently published in an edited volume entitled "The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective."
Cornerstone University announces the appointment of two new members to its Board of Trustees—Doug Busch (B.A. '93) and Joe McDonald (CU '07).
Environmental biology student Whitney Lambert (B.S. '16) took first place in the IMAGIN Student Poster Competition in the Best Cartographic Design Category. The competition was held in Lansing, Mich., on April 5, 2016.
Cornerstone University and Kentwood Community Church invite you to attend a live-stream of Willow Creek Association's Global Leadership Summit on August 11 and 12. This two-day leadership development event, originating from suburban Chicago, will feature speakers including Melinda Gates, Alan Mulally, Bill Hybels, John C. Maxwell and more.
Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division launched its first doctorate degree program this month. The Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership and Development is designed for individuals who have completed a regionally accredited master's degree. It will equip students to effectively lead organizations through evidence-based decision making.
Seven members of Cornerstone University Enactus along with faculty adviser Rachel Hammond traveled to St. Louis, Missouri last weekend to compete in the Enactus USA National Exposition.
On April 30, 200 runners laced up their running shoes for a 5K on the campus of Cornerstone University. The second annual Night of Nets 5K race was a race to end malaria—a part of the Night of Nets campaign, founded by Cornerstone's Director of Athletics Chip Huber and a group of athletes.
Tanner Hostetler, daughter of Jeryl and Jill Hostetler of Pettisville, Ohio, has graduated as valedictorian of the 2016 graduating class at Cornerstone University. She received her bachelor's degree in Business Management and Finance with a GPA of 3.99.
Cornerstone University's Business Division is proud to announce a second place finish for the student team competing at THE Project 2016 competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., this past week.
Grand Rapids Symphony, for the first time in its 86-year history, collaborates with the Cornerstone University Chorale for a program of music, "Sacred Dimensions: Sacred Stories," on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 6:30 p.m.
When Cornerstone University student Brittany Jacobson (B.A. ’16) attended a human trafficking conference in 2013, she knew that God was telling her to do something and that staying back just wasn't an option.
On March 22, Cornerstone PGS students Brent Gravenhof and Liza Alvarez were awarded the prestigious ACG Cup title for 2016.
Cornerstone University's contemporary touring ensemble, Red Letter Edition, of Grand Rapids, Mich., will appear at three separate venues in Illinois from April 2-3, 2016.
The Cornerstone University Enactus team is proud to announce that it was awarded the title of Regional Champion at the Enactus Regional Championship in Lombard, Ill., yesterday.
On Friday, February 26, Olympic gold medalist Earl Young stepped onto the stage in Christ Chapel to share his story.
Esteemed Cornerstone faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends gathered at Frederik Meijer Gardens on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, for the annual Cornerstone University Winter Gala.
The men's and women's CU basketball teams took the court on Saturday, Jan. 23 in a double header against Lourdes University. But this was no ordinary game. The inaugural Hoops for Hope basketball game gave the players, coaches and fans a chance to give back to their community.
Fresh off its grand opening in September, Cornerstone University's Christ Chapel is set to receive a spectacular addition to the foyer of the new chapel building.
Just two months removed from its grand opening in September, Cornerstone University's Christ Chapel is set to host Cornerstone's annual Christmas concert.
On Nov. 14, 2015, the Cornerstone University Enactus team will host an International Artisan Market, raising awareness and funds for various local and global non-profit organizations who sell international artisan crafts.
Lighthouse Group, one of the largest privately held insurance agencies in Michigan, has partnered with Cornerstone University and The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame to host the 2015 Economic Symposium, an event focused on the economic outlook of 2016.
A $5,000 research grant funded by the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP) has united 28 female higher education professionals and seven undergraduate students from three neighboring peer institutions: Calvin College, Cornerstone University and Kuyper College.
Cornerstone University is proud to announce one of the entries in ArtPrize this year was created by world-renowned Danish artist, Peter Brandes, who was commissioned to make the four stunning, 27-foot stained glass windows in the newly opened Christ Chapel.
Cornerstone University's Professional & Graduate Studies division was recently honored as one of the 50 Best Online Master's Degree Programs in 2015 by BestMastersDegrees.com.
With deep sadness, Cornerstone University announces the death of its fifth president and chancellor, Dr. W. Wilbert Welch, 97, this morning, July 16, 2015.
Cornerstone University is pleased to announce Dr. John VerBerkmoes as executive vice president and academic dean.
As a Christ-centered community that is committed to positively impacting our culture, we at Cornerstone University observe the developments of the Supreme Court's decision with great interest.
Professor of Biology, Dr. Nigel Crompton, has been accepted as one of 50 participants to present at the upcoming Integrated course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology (IBPRO) 2015 Conference.
Cornerstone University will offer eight online courses this summer after last year's successful pilot program of just four classes.
More than 120 people from across the state of Michigan attended the 14th Annual Cornerstone University English as a Second Language (ESL) Ministry Conference.
On April 11, Cornerstone University hosted its first-ever Night of Nets 5K Marathon earning more funds to purchase bed nets to prevent malaria in Africa.
Cornerstone students will help Grand Rapids residents prepare their taxes at no cost along with IRS-certified tax preparers and community volunteers over the next few days.
Teresa Weatherall Neal, superintendent of the Grand Rapids Public School, will speak to Cornerstone University's largest graduating class in history on May 2.
Cornerstone University Provost, Dr. Rick Ostrander, was nominated to take a position on the Chief Academic Officers Commission with the CCCU.
Cornerstone University will host its semi-annual Business Breakfast March 26 featuring local business experts to discuss immigration and its impact.
On Monday, March 16 world-renowned softball superstar Jennie Finch will be the featured speaker at Cornerstone University at the annual Champions of Character Preseason Kick-Off.
A regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business News will be the featured speaker at Cornerstone's Business Division annual chapel, Our Father's Business on March 16.
Cornerstone University was recently awarded the honor of being one of three universities in the state of Michigan as a 2015 Christian College of Distinction.