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Fall...A Great Time to Visit Cedarville

October 22, 2014

Fall Colors at CedarvilleToday's Parent Prep post is provided by Sarah Allen, who leads the University's campus visit opportunities.

Pumpkin chai lattes, cozy sweaters, red leaves, and a beautiful lake in the middle of it all --this is my favorite time of year at Cedarville University!

I can vividly remember being on my way to a Bible class my freshman year and crunching through the leaves with my friends. We were on our way from chapel and during that particular service, my desire to find the major that God had directed for my life had increased. At that second, I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. I felt close to the Lord, close to these brothers and sisters in Christ, and excited about the future.

I’d love to have you and your student come and experience the same thing! 

Read today's full post to learn more about the importance of college visits as well as how you can visit Cedarville this fall.


Sarah AllenSarah Clift Allen ’06 is a proud graduate of the Cedarville University School of Business, with a degree in management and a minor in organizational communication. She earned her Masters of Business Administration at Taylor University. After working in event planning and student programming in the Alumni Relations office, Sarah moved to University Admissions in the role of Associate Director in 2008. Here, she can fulfill her passion of assisting high school and college students in discovering God’s plan for their life – or at least the next step!

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Posted in Student Life Admissions Campus Visit

BFF's and Mean Girls...A Secret Keeper Girl Webinar

October 20, 2014

Surviving Mean Girls and BFFs Webinar GraphicOn January 26, 2015, Cedarville University will once again welcome best-selling author, Dannah Gresh, founder of Secret Keeper Girl and Pure Freedom Ministries (not to mention a Cedarville alumna), as our guest presenter for a webinar entitled, "Raising Kids to be Sexually Pure in College." As a Mom, Dannah has a heart for tween and teen girls, helping them navigate the sometimes rough waters of modesty, purity, and BFF's. 

Because Dannah's Pure Freedom ministry is a good friend and partner with Cedarville University, we wanted to pass along information about another free webinar that Dannah will be offering this week on the topic of BFF's and mean girls. 

Although this is not a Parent Prep webinar offered through Cedarville, we wanted our readers to have the opportunity to meet Dannah before our January 26 Parent Prep webinar, as well as alert them to this valuable parenting resource. 

Following is the official description of Dannah's Secret Keeper Girl Webinar, scheduled to take place tomorrow evening (Tuesday, October 21) at 6:30 pm EST. We trust you will find it helpful...and feel free to pass the news along!


Photo of Dannah GreshHas your daughter been the victim of a mean girl? Is she struggling with making her friendships warm and affirming? I've got help for you, but first let me share these thoughts about bullying. They are important for a mom to hear, sad as they are.  National Bullying Statistics reveals the following about 2013:

  • Those in 4th-8th grades are most likely to experience bullying.
  • Every 7 minutes a child is bullied; 85% of the time, there is no intervention of any kind.
  • Each day, 160,000 students miss school due to bullying.

These stats are heavy. What are we to do, Moms? We talk about it. Your daughter may be the victim. She may be the bully (just maybe). She may simply be the bystander. But ask her. That's key! Ask her! Most kids do not tell their parents when they are being bullied.  If you want to be able to intervene and coach her up in how to respond, you'll have to ask.
 
Trust me - she knows about the mean kids - she can tell you their names. She's witnessed the "meanies" in action. She knows about bullying and at some level has experienced it.  
 
On October 21st at 6:30pm ET, we're offering our first webinar to the general public. Myself and Suzy Weibel will be helping you and your daughter start the conversation. Using some fun story time, mother/daughter interaction, online polls, and more, we are going to give your daughter tools to not only survive but thrive in the tween world of bff's and mean girls!  
 
The webinar is free, but you must register to participate. You can register here. I hope you'll join myself and Suzy.


 


Posted in Webinar Student Life

Career Fairs and Finding a Job After College

October 17, 2014

Career FairWhile looking for a full-time career may seem several years away for high school juniors and seniors, Cedarville University understands that the career search should begin much sooner than one’s senior year in college and involves more than just filling out applications. Therefore, each year Cedarville’s Career Services office hosts Career Fairs which are open to all students (freshmen through seniors) as well as alumni and the general public.

Read today's full post to find out who was represented at this year's Fall Career Fair (you'll be amazed!) and learn how Career Services can help your student land a first job!


Be Bold Banner with students and faculty

P.S. Why Cedarville? Watch this inspiring video that our faculty, staff, and students made for you. It answers that question! If your family is looking for a university that is bold about the Gospel, bold about equipping outstanding professionals, and bold about affordability, Cedarville is the place! Also, please encourage students to apply to Cedarville University this weekend, and we'll waive the application fee.

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Posted in Careers Financial Aid Student Life

A University's Doctrinal Statement: How Important Is It?

October 13, 2014

Like your local church, Christian colleges all have a statement of beliefs. As you research and visit different institutions with your student, how important is it to consider each college's doctrinal statement?

First, know that a doctrinal statement provides the general framework within which the university will be offering its education. It is a good idea to review the statements (most are posted online) to assure you are comfortable with the direction. Have questions about what you read? This is a great opportunity to involve your pastor to provide insights.

Second, ask Christian universities if their faculty sign the doctrinal statement as a condition of employment. Not all do. Knowing that faculty will be teaching in line with the institution's stated beliefs provides a point of accountability to you as a parent. Are you comfortable that the faculty at the university will uphold the beliefs that are most important to your family?

Photo of Dr. Jason LeeTwo years ago we conducted a study related to parents' use of the Cedarville University website. We made an interesting -- and candidly, unexpected -- finding. Parents were more likely to search terms related to the University's doctrinal commitments and focus on spiritual growth than any other topics. 

In today's post, Dr. Jason Lee, Dean of the School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville, provides insight about the importance of Cedarville's Doctrinal Statement and how it informs our approach to Christ-centered higher education. Read the the full post here.

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Posted in Why Christ Centered Higher Education? Academics Spiritual Growth

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