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Getting Started Weekend and Homecoming 2015

July 17, 2015

Dear Parent,

There are only 30 days until Getting Started Weekend 2015! The faculty, staff, and students are preparing for your arrival and praying that God is glorified in all that we do. Our goal with this post is to provide you with up-to-date Getting Started Weekend and Homecoming information.

Getting Started Weekend is one of the most memorable experiences you'll have at Cedarville. It's a great way to officially begin your Cedarville experience. Whether you’re a new student or the parent of one, we guarantee you’ll feel welcomed into the Cedarville family. We encourage all new students to arrive on Friday, August 14, 2015, to receive the maximum benefit from the Getting Started program. New students and their parents will meet their small group leaders on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Getting Started Schedule and Information »

In the past, Cedarville has had a weekend just for Parents and Grandparents. The goal of this weekend was to provide parents and grandparents with the opportunity to connect with their student and experience life here at the ‘Ville. This year we have decided to join forces with the annual Homecoming festivities in order to provide bigger and more effective programing and services for all of our guests. You will receive more information in the weeks to come about Homecoming 2015.

Homecoming 2015 »

Welcome to ParentConnect

June 24, 2015

Dear Parent,

Greetings from Cedarville University and the quiet Village of Cedarville, Ohio. Getting Started Weekend 2015 is only 52 days away, and we are working hard and looking forward to having the campus full of new and returning students.

ParentConnect was created one year ago with the purpose of providing parents with relevant information about Cedarville University, introducing parents to events and services that are tailored to parents, as well as providing parents with a snapshot of student life at Cedarville University.  Every month you will receive at least two different posts from ParentConnect, and our desire is to keep you informed and to equip you to serve your student from home.

With Getting Started only a few short weeks away, we wanted to update you with some important information.

  • Getting Started has gone mobile – Check out the Getting Started Arrival Guide website and click the "guidebook" link to explore the mobile guide
  • Homecoming and Parents Weekend – October 2–3, 2015
  • CU LEADership Conference – January 22–23, 2016
  • Li’l Sibs Weekend – February 19–20, 2016

We are looking forward to serving you and your student during the 2015-2016 academic year, and we do all this for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ. 

Posted in Getting Started

Cedarville Residence Life Experience

April 1, 2015

Cedarville Residence Life: Discipleship at Your Doorstep

As I have opportunity to speak with alumni, one thing becomes abundantly clear. One of the strengths for Cedarville University through the decades has been the community and life transformation students experience through living in the residence halls on campus. The distinctive of Residence Life seeking to make life transformation happen where everyday life happens remains today. What makes Residence Life so important at Cedarville? I think we may glean an idea from the late professor and author Howard Hendricks who is often noted for having taught, “You can impress from a distance, but you can only impact up close.” By design, Residence Life is about equipping staff and students to be deeply committed to one word—discipleship. The mindset of serving and encouraging students to grow in maturity in Christ and become disciple-makers who impact others up close–where they live–is the heartbeat of Residence Life.

Scripture is filled with examples of life on life discipleship. Imagine the opportunity to have been Joshua drawing on the life of Moses, Elisha watching and learning from Elijah, Timothy being impacted by Paul, or of course, one of the disciples walking with the Lord Jesus himself. In each of these examples, the pupil had opportunity to not only receive teaching, but to draw insight from walking alongside his leader. This pattern of reproducing discipleship is exactly what believers are called to today so it is what we seek to provide through Residence Life. How do we do this?

Servant-oriented discipleship

The Residence Life staff includes the Student Life Deans, Resident Directors (RDs), and Resident Assistants (RAs). This team of individuals is present in the moments of life when it matters most to influence another person. Every week I watch our staff work out the servant-oriented discipleship principles below as they sacrificially serve others in the common moments of life.

People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.

  • A disciple will not exceed his teacher, so you cannot invest what you do not possess.
  • You can teach what you know, but you reproduce who you are.
  • You never graduate from the school of discipleship.

These ideas are the very approach we are taking toward modeling Christlikeness and encouraging every man and woman who lives on campus toward maturity.

Intentional discipleship

Life transformation is not a human work but is a work of the Holy Spirit. Nonetheless, the design God has given for spiritual growth is for His disciples to intentionally invest in the lives of others. This happens through the structure of the Residence Life staff thinking strategically about how to invest in the lives of our students. There are many needs college students have today and our staff is meeting those needs head on. Just a few examples include leading group studies on identity in Christ, spiritual leadership, forgiving others, and gaining freedom from pornography through studying Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace. In addition to these group times that provide opportunity for broad impact, each individual on the Residence Life team looks for opportunities to pursue a deeper level of discipleship with a few students who desire to grow more deeply. I have witnessed these informal, yet intentional and powerful, relationships be a key factor in young men and women growing in all aspect of following Christ.

Community driven discipleship

A wonderful strength of Cedarville University is the close community on campus. The strength of the campus community in the big picture rests on the strength of individual communities in each residence hall. Yet, we all know strong community does not happen by accident. Each RD leads his or her team of RAs to facilitate events, programs, and spontaneous moments of community that draw students together into friendship. Just as important, in the spontaneous moments of life our staff is near to share in those times with students. Whether it is support in difficult moments, guiding individuals through relationships with other people, or sharing in the joyous moments of life, I am thankful for the excellent team who is present. Finally, I would fail you if I do not remind you of how important students doing ministry together is to the Cedarville experience. The community that is built in the residence halls is a catalyst for students taking the message of the Gospel and the love of Christ to the communities around the campus.

It is safe to say that the experience students have through living in residence halls is a significant element of their Cedarville experience. It is a tremendous privilege to be entrusted with the lives of students who live on campus and I am impressed everyday by the excellence with which the Residence Life staff invests in others. Please join me in continuing to pray for the Cedarville Residence Life staff and our students.

Posted in Student Services

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