Cornerstone University Remembers Lee Allen Geysbeek

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.

Cornerstone Dedicates New Science Facility to the Glory of Christ the Creator

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).

Professor Jeff Degner Represents Cornerstone University at the Grand Rapids Hall of Fame 2018 Economic Symposium

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.

International Artisan Market: Four Years Strong

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.

Ikegwuonu Delivers Music Matters Lecture Series Talk on Artful Repetition

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.

Colorado Leadership Trip Encourages Students to Grow Their Leadership Skills

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.

Cornerstone Student Serves with Samaritan's Purse in Australia

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 Celebrates National Intern Day

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 Welcomes New Faculty Members

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.

A Call for Prayer

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.

Cornerstone Students Make a Global Impact Through Summer Internships

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.

Cornerstone University Remembers Jack De Witt

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.

Botner Accepts Position As Assistant Professor of New Testament

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 Takes Seriously the Spiritual Discipline of Celebration

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.

Cornerstone University Enactus Team Competes in National Competition

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.

The Urban Cohort Celebrates 10 Years at GRTS

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.

Talking Points Launches Conference Series on Justice and Unity

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."

PGS Student Achieves Dream in Graduating

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.

New Partnership Leads to the Establishment of the Ron Blue Institute Center at Cornerstone University

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.

CU Group Attends MLK50 Conference

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."

Asia Biblical Theological Seminary Student Standing as Light Amidst Darkness

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.

Cornerstone University's Enactus Team To Host Pop-Up Prom Dress Boutique

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.

Cornerstone University Celebrates Cooperative Education and Internship Month in Michigan

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.

Students Gain Real-World Experience Through Academic Internships

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.

Doctoral Student Enhances Community Systems

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.

Cornerstone Staff and Students Attend 18th Annual MLK Breakfast in Grand Rapids

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.

Turner Celebrates 32 Years of Service At GRTS

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.

Cornerstone University Team Participates in Dressember

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.

Cornerstone University Student Leads Film Seminar in Nepal

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.

Understanding Jesus' Words in the World of the First Century

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.

Cornerstone University Reaps Results from 2017 SoTL Grant Research

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.

Cornerstone University Event Aims to Build Sophomore Engagement

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.

The Association of Theological Schools Reaffirms Its Accreditation of GRTS

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.

From a Farm Field to a Community Issue of Poverty, Students are Discovering Their God-Given Skills

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.

Reading After Charlottesville

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.

Telling the Story of Tel Dan in Switzerland

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.

CU Business Division hosts First Annual Business Camp

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.

Cornerstone University Undergraduates Explore Their Callings Through Real-World Experience

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.

Cornerstone Students to Bring the Gospel to Iraq

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.

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary Installs Artwork by Alfonse Borysewicz

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.

Wilke and Lash honored with President's Award

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.

Cornerstone University's Doctoral Program Enters Its Second Year

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’s Business Dubai Trip

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.

Cornerstone Students Form CURE Chapter After Trip to Zambia

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.

CU Hosts 2nd Annual International Artisan Market

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.

Cornerstone University to Host the Global Leadership Summit

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 Launches Its First Doctorate Program

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.

Night of Nets Hosts 5K Race to End Malaria

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.

CU Hosts International Artisan Market

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 Sponsors 2015 Economic Symposium

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.

CU Runs for Nets

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.