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Welcome to Cedarville Parent Connect!

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Welcome to Cedarville Parent Connect!

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Jeff BesteI graduated from Cedarville College 34 years ago, and I just finished my 33rd year as a staff member. But several years ago, I was looking at Cedarville University differently than I ever had before – as a PARENT! My oldest daughter graduated with Cedarville's class of 2020, and my middle daughter will be a senior nursing student this year. And, we have one more at home who is excited to follow her sisters to Cedarville in a few years. As an alumnus, staff member, and now a parent, I could not be more excited about where Cedarville is today and where we are headed.

The transition to being the parent of a Cedarville student brought some unique insights during our oldest daughter's first year, though. One of those was our desire for more communication! While we live only a mile from campus, we seldom saw Kylie (she was a crazy busy college student, right?), and when she did call home, the kind of information she shared was not necessarily what was happening on campus, or who was speaking in chapel, or what programs we might be interested in hearing about. It was about HER. I realized that parents needed a better way to be engaged with Cedarville and what is happening on campus.  It is my hope that Parent Connect, prepared especially for parents of current Cedarville students, does just that!

My goal is to send you information at least twice a month that can help you navigate your student's college experience — like school break times, when the semester ends, when your student has to be out of the residence hall, and how to access the livestream of chapel.

Last year, COVID-19 presented some unique challenges for us all year. We are excited and confident to return to campus for a more normal fall semester this year! But if other challenges arise, we will be sure and notify you of any important details.

As Director of Strategic Relations, I recognize that parents are one of our most important strategic relationships. I look forward to hearing from you – let me know the kinds of things you want to hear about. How would you like to become more connected with Cedarville as a parent?

We can’t wait to welcome you and your student back to campus next month! And, parents of new Cedarville students, we are so excited to meet you and welcome your student to Getting Started. Stop by under the University seal in the chapel so we can personally greet you.

We will be praying for you as you prepare to bring your student to campus in a few weeks. Please reach out at parents@cedarville.edu if I can be of help.

Jeff Beste
Director of Strategic Relations

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