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CU BREAKING GROUND ON CHRIST CHAPEL PAGE 3 Hundreds of faculty, staff and students celebrated the groundbreaking of the $15 million chapel.




e’re delighted to bring you a publication created exclusively for parents of Cornerstone University traditional undergrads and parents of prospective CU undergrads. You can count on receiving The Carpenter twice a year – at the conclusion of the Fall semester (early January) and at the conclusion of the Spring semester (late May). In it, you’ll find stories about the accomplishments of Cornerstone students, alumni, staff and faculty from the recently completed semester. Admittedly, it might appear to be somewhat of a “brag book.” However, with God doing so many wonderful things through the Cornerstone community, it only seems right to fill you in on a few of the highlights! And, let’s be honest...students don’t always tell us everything that happens at college! The Carpenter is a compilation of articles from this past semester’s issues of The

Herald, Cornerstone’s award-winning student newspaper. So, as you read the articles and wonder about the timing of the references, please understand the “reprinted” nature of the content. By the way, a special thanks to Professor Alan Blanchard and his group of excellent budding journalists for their work on The Herald. In addition, you will notice The Carpenter introduces you to the university brand “Build A Life That Matters” because we believe that every life matters. Our goal is to help every student build on the foundation they have in Christ in order to reach their highest potential. The following are four components critical to reaching the brand goal of Cornerstone: Jesus Matters As followers of Jesus, our staff and faculty are committed to creating an environment where students can thrive in their personal relationship with God and develop a passion for global influence through the transforming power of the gospel. Jesus is central on the Cornerstone campus. He is central in our academic programs, sports, extracurricular activities and, most of all, our worship. The campus culture allows students to bring their faith, cultivate it and let it grow. Academics Matter At Cornerstone University we offer a



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student-focused learning community that values excellence in education. Our outstanding students, faculty and staff are equipped to excel in their fields of study and be influencers in a variety of vocations. Through them, Jesus Christ is the most popular teacher on this campus. Resources Matter Cornerstone University is committed to providing an education and campus rich in resources both for our students, staff and faculty and for the West Michigan and global communities we influence. Community Matters Cornerstone University seeks to provide cultural opportunities, a diverse community and cultural awareness in all of our programs to instill in our students a passion for global influence and cultural engagement. We believe building a life that matters includes learning about other cultures. Remember, if you need further information about aspects of Cornerstone, please visit our website at We want to know what you think of The Carpenter. Please feel free to e-mail or call Kelli Cottrell, editor of The Carpenter. To reach her by phone, call 616.222.1421 ext. 1276 or email at Thanks for reading The Carpenter and have a blessed summer!

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Audio production majors are finding internships and jobs across the country.



he Cornerstone University audio production major has led to the success of many students thanks to the wide variety of topics covered in the program. Michael Cervantes, a graduate of CU, was a student of Randy Miller, instructor of audio production. Because of his dedication to audio and his passion to learn more,

Cervantes found himself in Nashville upon graduation working for one of the top producers in the country. “We got Mike hooked up through my contacts in Nashville and Hank Williams,” Miller said. “He has produced for artists like Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton and many others in the country music scene.” Williams couldn’t hire Cervantes, but told him that he had a good connection for him in New York City at Masterdisc, which has produced for artists like Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. Cervantes will head to Masterdisc in New York to start his new position in June. Miller considers Cervantes to be just one of the many examples of what a passionate student can do within the audio production program and within the world of audio outside of CU, post-graduation. Another student of Miller’s is working at ESPN managing audio, posting blogs, working on podcasting, editing audio for shows and audio assisting for the Mike &

Mike show. Another student was able to work at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids on its audio/visual tech programming team. Now, the student is doing camera work for WZZM 13. “We try to expose students to video and communications so that they have a multi-tiered approach,” Miller said. “We teach sound design for film, Audio Dialogue Replacement (ADR), musical production, scoring for films and different technical aspects. We try to figure out what their specialties are, what they burn for within audio.” What makes CU’s audio production program different, according to Miller, is the fact that it has a communication core. Students learn every aspect of the field, firsthand, so that they know how to do a variety of tasks in the hopes of making themselves marketable and versatile. For more information about the audio program, visit www.

or the first time Cornerstone University will offer five online courses over the summer at discounted rates. Students can take the core classes: writing in culture (ENG212), world civilizations II (HIS-114), Old Testament literature (REL-104), science in culture (SCI-311) and introduction to sociology (SOC-11). Students can use these to get ahead in their academic programs, or just take care of a few extra credits. Courses will run $350 per credit, or $1,050 for a three-credit class. Martin Hughes, dean of undergraduate education at CU, believes the online courses will benefit students in many ways. “It will save them time and money, while also maintaining quality,” Hughes said. “We know there are other schools offering summer courses – both online and on-ground – at an even cheaper rate, but we know that you get what you pay for. People come to Cornerstone not because it’s the cheapest school, but because they believe there’s value in what we have to offer, which is a high-quality Christ-centered education that prepares people not just for jobs, but for a life of service in God’s Kingdom.” Provost Rick Ostrander believes this will allow more students to potentially graduate early. “We knew that many of our students were taking these courses off campus over the summer and transferring them back to Cornerstone, so we wanted to make them available to our students ourselves,” Hughes said. The new online format made sense, Hughes said, because it will allow students even greater flexibility. They will now be able to take these summer courses from wherever they are.

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C Completion of the PGS building renovations were celebrated in February with an open house.



enovations of Cornerstone University’s 18,000-squarefoot Professional and Graduate Studies building on East Beltline are complete, as is the 3,000-squarefoot addition. “In the past, students needed to visit five different locations to see PGS staff,” Rob Simpson, associate provost for PGS, said. “Financial aid, accounting, advising, admissions and academics were each housed in various spots on campus. Now the 40-plus PGS team members will all be under one roof.” The completion of this new building is an example of God’s provision for the expanding of CU’s campus and ministry, administrators said. “There are always blessings in every project,” Marc Fowler, executive vice president and chief operations officer at CU, said. “God’s provision is in the myriad of details that come together in a way to create a very positive

experience.” Fowler, who has overseen the renovation project from start to finish, believes this new building will create a better overall experience. “The purpose of the project is to create a one-stop experience for adult students who can inquire as a prospective student, enroll for classes, complete arrangements for financial aid, and complete all instruction within the building,” Fowler said. Staff is all on the third floor, with a much more open floor plan, allowing for better communication and mobility. “One of the most exciting parts of this building is that all of our staff are in one location. We haven’t had that for years,” Tacie Anderson, community engagement coordinator, said. “Before this change, it was just a maze of cubicles.” Students will utilize the first two floors. There are seven classrooms, four conference rooms, a computer lab and plenty of seating. Anderson said excitement is high. “Our team is very excited to be able to serve our students more efficiently and effectively in our new location,” Anderson said.


C Entries in the Art of Shalom contest were displayed in the Miller Library.

ornerstone University encourages students to express themselves through the talents God has given them and participate in sharing their talents with the student community. The Art of Shalom contest allowed students to tangibly interact with the semester’s chapel theme of Shalom. “We wanted to provide some more opportunities for people to get involved with the most consistent event that helps unite our community, and that

ornerstone University broke ground Jan. 22 on a dedicated chapel and expansion to Gordon Music Building expected to open in August of 2015. President Joe Stowell announced the project during a ceremony held in the Dining Commons and outside at the construction site. “My heart is so full today for God’s goodness and his provision to us,” Stowell said. “And at the end of this day, I want to be sure that God gets the glory for what he has done on our behalf as a campus.” The new chapel building, known as Christ Chapel, and adjoining music facility addition will cost about $15 million. CU has already raised all but $700,000 in donations. The chapel will feature 1,377 fixed, theater-style seating units arranged in the round, as well as 126 movable, interlocking chairs that bring its capacity to 1,503. Stowell said the building’s location is a


statement about Christ’s preeminence. “Its placement between our major academic buildings and our student life centers will remind us that the worship of Christ on this campus influences both our academic pursuits and our student life,” Stowell said of Christ Chapel. “And, given its clear visibility, will stand as a testimony to all who drive past on the Beltline that Christ is central to all that we are and do.” Finally, he touched on the intimacy of the design, achieved in part by the chapel-in-the-round feature. “The in-the-round seating arrangement is designed to foster the feeling of community,” Marc Fowler, executive vice president and chief operations officer, said. “You will be able to see and hear many fellow worshipers almost anywhere in the chapel by virtue of the design.” Another important feature of the design is four stained glass windows expected to cost a total of $1.2 million. By request of a donor, CU will contract their creation to Danish abstract artist Peter Brandes. Brandes is known for his work at Vejleå church in Denmark, which has attracted more than 200,000 visitors in the past ten years. For updates on the chapel progress, visit

Donors, faculty and staff celebrated the groundbreaking of Christ Chapel in February.

is chapel,” Nicholas Burner, CU chapel intern said. The past two semesters students, staff and faculty from across our campus have been leading prayers and readings in chapel, a very deliberate move to involve people who would not normally be able to participate in leading during chapels. The purpose of the Art of Shalom contest was to draw out some different gifts from CU students and different perspectives on Shalom, as seen through this year’s entrants. This is the first year that the chapel program put on this program, and it has received a great response. There were 91 voters on each of the submissions.

Voting was open to staff, faculty and students, completed through an online poll. The contest had specific guidelines for submissions detailing what students could use to show how they captured shalom. There was a wide variety of submissions this year, from photographs and paintings to poems and short videos on display in the Miller Library. “It is nice to see the theme of shalom across campus, you meditate on it in chapel and then experience the same feeling while you are walking through the library.” senior Dan Ilg said.



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Dee Mooney will begin her official duties as CFO on July 1.


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C CU’s chorale performed multiple times during a Chicago tour.



ornerstone University’s Chorale Choir spring tour consisted of a trip to Chicago. The Chorale sang in different high schools and churches, presenting their music and using their God-given talents. The Chorale travelled to Illinois for a three-day tour, launching on March 13 and returning to Grand Rapids on March 17 for a local concert. Chorale started off the weekend tour at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, Ill. They sang for the high



ut of more than 100 applicants, Cornerstone University student, Devin Town, received a fellowship from G92, an organization devoted to raising awareness about the issues surrounding immigration and the reformation of current policies. G92, which got its name from the 92

school’s choir classes and performed during the school’s chapel sessions. “Going to high schools helps us get our name out to students who are interested in the performing arts,” Rachel McManus, a senior Chorale member, said. “We hope to impact people through Jesus Christ in our concerts.” The purpose of the Chorale is to explore and express beauty of choral art, both sacred and secular, in the context of Christian community for the glory of God and the joy and edification of singers and audiences alike. Groups of students were able to stay in homes of volunteers from Christ Church of Lake Forest, Ill. Members of the Chorale said that they enjoyed staying with host families as part of

the touring experience. “One of the side benefits of touring is staying overnight in host homes,” Kent Walters, director of Choral Studies, said. “It provides great opportunities for personal development for the students, and our hosts are able to experience the high caliber of our students.” On Saturday morning, the Chorale got to take advantage of all the Windy City has to offer, and spent some more time touring. This included a group trip to the well-known restaurant Ed Debevic’s. Next year, the group is planning a spring break tour to the east coast that will include a concert in the Cadet Chapel at West Point and stops in Washington D.C. and New York City.

times that the word “stranger” is used in the Old Testament, first initiated its relationship with CU last fall when Jenny Yang, the vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief, spoke for the postgraduate studies program. Town, who served as the executive vice president for CU’s student government, continued to be active in various social justice issues. This year, he went on a disaster relief trip with other CU students. Chip Huber, dean of student engagement, noticed Town’s civil awareness and told him about opportunities with G92. With a little help from Huber, Town applied for the G92 fellowship to be a student ambassador on CU’s campus. “G92 only accepted 16 people,” Town said. “It was a competitive conference.” G92 invited all of its student ambassadors to the conference in Washington, D.C. The speakers mentioned not only

the biblical implications for immigration, but the financial and economic ones as well. “I’m a bible major,” Town said. “So I never considered things like the economic influences of immigration. Now I feel more well-rounded and able to present immigration in a different light, like to non-Christians.” Now that Town is back from his conference in Washington, he can work on incorporating what he has learned with G92 in his everyday life at Cornerstone. “The biggest thing for me is to get people informed, whether they are for or against immigration,” Town said. “I would rather disagree with someone and have them know why, than just be against it because of what their parents think. I want more education and understanding, as well as being more connected to the personal value of immigration. The numbers have faces and stories.”

ornerstone University has selected Dee Mooney to replace Nancy Schoonmaker as chief financial officer for the school. “I hope to be a part of the ongoing good plans that God has for Cornerstone University,” Mooney said. Mooney will oversee and be responsible for all aspects of the financial interests of CU, the Business Office, Human Resources and Financial Aid. She will arrive July 1. “I am personally delighted that God has provided such an outstanding person for this position, and that He has provided her so quickly,” Joe Stowell, president of CU, said. Mooney is currently the vice president for administrative services and chief financial officer of University of the Southwest, a Christian university in Hobbs, N.M. She has a D.Ed. Min. in educational ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She worked at Bryan College as CFO and as controller at Palm Beach Atlantic University before her current position as CFO of University of the Southwest, which began in 2003. “My husband and I were drawn to the identity, mission and vision of Cornerstone University,” Mooney said. “Everywhere we looked, everything we read, and every interaction with members of the Cornerstone community reflected the integration of the mission to the goals and operations of the University.” Stowell discussed why Mooney was selected for the position. “Our hiring grid revolves around three key issues – competency, character and chemistry – and Dee was a 10 on all three fronts,” Stowell said. “Her references demonstrated a high level of professional competency – in fact, among the best in Christian higher education. She has a deep love for Jesus Christ, who has shaped and molded her character, and her chemistry with the other Cabinet members was clearly positive.” In addition to personal qualities, Stowell lauded her résumé. “She has served Christian higher education finances for more than 22 years at three different college settings,” Stowell said. “Her commitment to Christ and Christ-centered education combined with a high level of proven competency is a great match for both our mission and our culture.”


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ome call editing the “accidental career.” Paul Brinkerhof, alumnus of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, is a freelance editor and literary consultant. He has edited study Bibles, Christian nonfiction and academic titles. He works with many firms including Credo Communications, a company that offers editing, agenting and publishing services for a wide variety of literature. “As an editor I’m an advocate for the reader, an advocate for the author and an advocate for the publisher,” Brinkerhof said. He expressed the importance of editors to modern society. “Language is the basis of culture,” he said. He explained that an editor helps the reader understand what the author is trying to say. An editor is not just in charge of fixing mistakes, but improving communication. Much of this Brinkerhof learned in college and seminary, but he picked up most of his editorial skills informally. In fact, he never formally studied editing at all. As a Christian, Brinkerhof said that his faith defines his career. His resume mentions the fact that he aims to serve the Lord in his work. When he is working on a book about Christianity, he tries to learn from it and live out the concepts he reads. Brinkerhof’s “accidental” success in the field of editing, along with his faith, make him optimistic. His work is an extension of his faith and passion for Christ. His end goal is to help people “take the next step spiritually.”



rand Rapids Theological Seminary student, Audrey Filson, is playing the role of Cosette in the production of Les Misérables at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Filson, who is earning her master’s degree in counseling at GRTS, has been acting since the age of nine. She grew up performing at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, and she also acted in her high school’s musical productions. After attending Belmont University in Nashville, Filson graduated with a degree in Musical Theatre. It has been a dream of Filson’s to perform in Les Misérables for quite some time. Les Misérables is famous for including very little dialogue in its script; almost all of the communication is done via song. Filson said this made her performance not harder, nor easier simply different. “I love music,” Filson said. “The music’s so expressive, it’s a dream.” Les Misérables is known for having a few dark moments, but Filson describes the musical as one filled with the message of Christ and his grace. Filson went on to say that Les Misérables is a story of biblical conflict. She pointed out how even one of the final lines of the musical is, “To love another person is to see the face of God.” “It’s one of the reasons the show is so successful,” Filson said, “because you can see God throughout the show. It’s a very beautiful, powerful and moving piece.” Since Les Misérables is one of Filson’s favorite shows, her experience playing Cosette has been unforgettable. “I’m very thankful that I get the opportunity to be a part of this show,” Filson said. “It’s been an absolute pleasure in every way.”

The Kern Scholars Program, popularity of the masters in counseling program and the of a new Urban Cohort contributed to a five percent increase in enrollment at GRTS.



rand Rapids Theological Seminary has seen increases in enrollment over the past few years. “At a time when seminary enrollment has been declining nationwide, GRTS has been blessed to see enrollment increase,” Graham McKeague, director of admissions, said. “We continue to celebrate what God is doing in the lives of our students in the GRTS community.” This year, however, GRTS saw a 5 percent increase, which was very exciting for the institution, John VerBerkmoes, vice president and academic dean of GRTS, said. “GRTS has a lot of momentum right now due to high-quality faculty and staff, a set of well-designed master degree programs, and a few ‘value-added’ features (e.g., Israel Study Tour, Kern Scholars Program

and Ministry Residency as examples). This winning combination should enable GRTS to continue to flourish in the coming years,” VerBerkmoes said. He believes many of their successes have contributed to this increase in enrollment and that the opportunities GRTS offers have been a driving factor when it comes to how many more students enroll every year. “Our recent increase in student enrollment can be attributed to the resurgence of the master of divinity enrollment due to the presence of the Kern Scholars program, the continued popularity of the master of arts in counseling program, the launch of a new Urban Cohort (FA13), and the hard work of a high performing admissions team,” VerBerkmoes said. The increase is also based on a comparison of the total credit hours sold at GRTS during the 2013-2014 school year, compared to the 20122013 school year. “Given the increase in student enrollment, we have added extra sections of select resident courses and we continue to add more course options online,” VerBerkmoes said. For more information about GRTS programs, visit www.cornerstone. edu/grts.



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ornerstone University received the maximum score of 3.0 on the recent U.S. Department of Education assessment of financial responsibility for higher education institutions. The annual assessment scores were based on the 2012 fiscal year. “We are very disciplined with our finances,” said Rick Ostrander, provost of CU. “We have meetings every three months with each budget officer on campus to review expenditures and identify any overages that need to be rectified. In addition, we have a rigorous process for evaluating and approving any funding increases from year-to-year.” The evaluation aims to help determine whether or not the nation’s private trade schools, colleges and universities are maintaining standards necessary for Title IV aid programs. “Beyond the benefit of maintaining access to federal financial aid dollars, which obviously is important, CU needs to maintain sound financial health to remain viable into the future,” Marc Fowler, executive vice president and chief operations officer, said. “This includes the basics of running the university with a significant surpluse each fiscal year, adding capital assets in excess of annual depreciation and continuing major fund raising activities.” Scores are based on audited financial statements and range from negative 1.0 to positive 3.0, where 1.5 is the benchmark for being considered financially responsible. Composite scores are based on three factors: primary reserve ratio, equity ratio and net income ratio. CU scored 1.5 for the 2009 fiscal year, but its financial health has since stabilized. “There were a number of difficult steps taken at the time, including salary reductions for employees, budget cuts and some eliminations of faculty and staff positions,” Ostrander said of the increase in financial responsibility. “We were committed to living within our means and to building cash reserves, and that commitment has paid off. Another important contributor to our financial health has been the increase in fundraising under [Joe Stowell’s] leadership.” Ostrander stressed that the relatively low salaries of its faculty and staff have been a major factor in CU’s improved financial position over the past few years. “I hope that students are aware of and appreciate the extent to which their professors make financial sacrifices in order to teach at CU, and it’s something that the university needs to address as we continue to build academic quality,” Ostrander said. Compass College of Cinematic Arts was the only other Grand Rapids school to earn a 3.0 score. Davenport University scored a 2.7, while Aquinas College earned a 2.5 score.

Bill Acton, speaking, was featured during the 13th annual ESL conference at Cornerstone.



ornerstone University hosted its 13th annual English as a Second Language conference on April 5 in the Gainey Conference Center. The event included workshops taught by Bill Acton. Acton is a professor of applied linguistics and the TESOL (teachers of English to speakers of other languages) program director at Trinity Western University. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics from



ornerstone University’s faculty senate recently approved the introduction of a new minor in social justice, to be offered in next year’s academic catalogue. The goal is to help enhance current majors at CU, aiding skilled professionals to engage culture in their vocation and to attend to the things that matter to God. “Each of us is born with a desire to seek justice; good is rewarded and evil is punished,” said Martin Hughes, dean of undergraduate education, adding this means

the University of Michigan, and is a leading scholar in the field of teaching pronunciation of the English language. During the first workshop session, Michael Pasquale, associate professor of linguistics at CU, presented Acton with the Henry Osborn Award in Applied Linguistics and TESOL to recognize his work. “The past recipients are leaders of our field,” Acton said. “I’m really honored.” The workshops covered topics such as haptic learning – or learning through touch – word stress, phrasal and compound noun stress, rhythm and rhythm groups, intonation, pronunciation and conversational fluency, all taught from the perspective of a teacher of English to speakers of

other languages. Acton’s unique approach to teaching English leads to much laughter and enjoyment from the audience in the conference room. Acton also discussed the importance of being a Christian in the field of TESOL. “Christians have an advantage,” Acton said. “The general field struggles with dealing with the whole person. They have to deal with different worldviews and secular perspectives. As we approach the student we care about their soul.” Acton teaches courses at Trinity Western University such as applied phonology, evaluation and measurement in TESOL and leadership in TESOL. He is a sought-after speaker in the field.

treating people as our neighbors. Hughes said this minor can target all majors such as business, ministry, psychology, social work, biology, communications and media. “There are a lot of students interested in issues of justice, and you can find them in the humanities, you can find them in business, communications and sociology,” said Rick Ostrander, provost. “I think the idea is to have students in the minor coming from a variety of different backgrounds.” This interdisciplinary minor will combine current courses from other divisions – from bible and theology, sociology, ministry and business, Ostrander said. “The intention is not to create new courses, but to look at what is in our division, and is there a

logical collection of courses that can be fit together to constitute a social justice minor,” Ostrander said. This minor will encourage students to desire to make the world more like God intended it to be. The platform in communications and media can be used to raise awareness as well. Hughes said we need to try to address these bigger issues in the world today in every aspect we can. For science majors who have a passion and a desire to preserve and protect natural resources, this minor would also be an asset. “There isn’t any part of our curriculum that wouldn’t be touched by this,” Hughes said.




o not believe this lie about the American dream,” author Rod Dreher told Cornerstone students. “Think about what really matters in life. You can follow your own constellation, but you could be dead the next day. Whatever you do, do it to serve God.” Dreher spoke to Cornerstone University students on March 17. His book “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming” was written after his sister, Ruthie Leming, died of cancer. Dreher’s lecture began with the story of his youth. He explained how he never fit in to his community

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in St. Francisville, La. He felt that many of the people in his town were racist and bigoted. When he was 16, he moved away from home, wanting to live in a less conservative environment. He lived in different cities like New York and Philadelphia. He worked for newspapers, holding positions like chief film critic for The New York Post, columnist for The Dallas Morning News, and several online publications like The American Conservative. When his sister was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, he went back to Louisiana to be with her and their family. He was surprised to find out that many of his friends and coworkers were jealous of him for having a hometown to go to. Many of the people he knew left their families to follow their carrier dreams, or as he said, their constellations, as he did, and they had no place to go back to. When he arrived back in St.

Francisville, he noticed the community loving his sister, the same community that he judged during his youth. After his sister’s funeral, Dreher and his wife moved to St. Fancisville. They had fallen in love with St. Francisville after seeing the love of Dreher’s hometown. Dreher now helps his aging parents, a task that his sister would have done. He learned that running away from his hometown was not what God called him to do. “I really appreciated the emphasis on loving through simplicity,” said Zach Forrester, a CU student. Dreher challenged the students and community to think different about their calling. The event was one of many sponsored by the Institute for Christianity and Cultural Engagement (ICCE) on campus. For more information about upcoming events, visit www.



ornerstone University’s Enactus team competed in the United States National Exposition held in Cincinnati at the beginning of April. Though the team lost in the quarterfinals, they presented four different projects all under the theme of “Upgrade” and advanced past the first round. “The most difficult part of competition is losing. But it isn’t

really losing,” said Cori Astholtz, copresident of the oncampus chapter of the national organization. “All year everyone works so hard on our projects.” Rachel Hammond, assistant professor of business at CU and faculty advisor to Enactus, explained how the competition works. “At the national competition, there were more than 200 teams that came prepared to give a 17minute presentation to a panel of judges that summarized their project’s results from the school year,” she said. “At each stage of the competition, based on scoring, teams were eliminated.” Despite their loss, Hammond said the CU team worked diligently to incorporate the idea of upgrading different areas, whether on campus

Candace Matthews, chief marketing officer at Amway, speaks to business students in March.



Author Rod Dreher signs his books after speaking to students.

or not, hoping to improve the quality of lives of students. “We competed using projects that our team has worked on throughout the school year,” said Eric Visser, an Enactus member. One project, “Upgrade Sustainability,” replaced 42 showerheads in dorm showers across campus, and will save Cornerstone 84,000 gallons of water every year. “Many hours [were] put into the work and I had the honor to present it,” Visser said. “There is no way that our team could have made it to the quarter finals if it was not for the hard work of all the team members involved with the individual projects.”


ornerstone University hosted a prominent area businesswoman on campus as part of the Executive Lecture Series sponsored by the Division of Business. Candace Matthews, chief marketing officer at Amway, spoke to students in the Business Division on March 17 in the Gainey Conference Center during departmental chapel. The visit marked Matthews’ only local appearance of the year. During her lecture, she passed down three main mantras, which she said she took from her mother, to CU students looking to make careers for themselves in business. First, she told the audience, which also included a number of staff and faculty members, as well as students from other divisions, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” Matthew’s said her mother’s will was to find a way for Matthews and her siblings to get the education necessary to succeed. They did, and Matthews was not only a fully-scholarshipped college student, but she eventually earned an MBA degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She then told students: “When the Lord closes a door, he opens a window.” The second mantra became apparent to her, she said, when she lost her job at Bausch & Lomb in Atlanta, but found one at CIBA Vision Corporation within mere weeks. “And (the Lord) opened many, many windows for me,” Matthews said. Finally, the distinguished businesswoman shared the final mantra by which she said she lives her life: “Unto whomsoever much is given, much is required.” Tyler Coyne, a sophomore noted Matthews’ pursuit of excellence. “I thought it was really interesting how she said that she pursues excellence, she doesn’t just let it come to her,” Coyne, a business administration major, said. “I also liked how she said, ‘Practice makes permanent,’ not, ‘Practice makes perfect.’” He said hearing Matthews would help him focus on chasing the right things.



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he Grand Rapids Film Festival took place April 9 through April 13 in venues throughout downtown Grand Rapids, including Kendall College of Art and Design, the Grand Rapids Public Museum and various restaurants and bars. “Our fine region boasts five film program options for high school graduates, a vibrant creative community and entrepreneurs in

spades,” said executive director of the festival Jen Shaneberger in the event program. “The organizers of the 2014 festival reflect this community.” Cornerstone University was involved in the festival in several ways. Kemp Lyons organized and produced the Grand Rapids Film Festival’s production workshop. Abrielle Tatro, a senior at CU, interned at the festival. “I was the production workshop intern,” said Tatro. “I helped organize, supervise and participate in the production workshops.” Pete Muir, division chair of Communication and Media at CU, and Dave Anderson, associate professor of media studies, were


JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT OFFERS $5,000 SCHOLARSHIP BY BRITTANY JACOBSON A scholarship from the family of Russ Pulliam will annually help an aspiring journalist. Meanwhile, Russ Pulliam, a World Magazine board member, is the featured speaker at the 12 th annual Cornerstone Journalism Institute this summer.

he Journalism Department at Cornerstone University will offer a new $5,000 award scholarship beginning in the fall. The Eugene S. Pulliam Promising Journalist Scholarship will be awarded to one journalism student each year. All students majoring in journalism will qualify for this scholarship, whether they will be incoming freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors. Junior journalism major Garret Craig is the first recipient of this $5,000 scholarship, it was announced this spring. Craig is managing editor of the campus newspaper, The Herald. Journalism majors receiving other scholarships included: Amy Etrheim, $1,000, Nick Mulder, $1,750, Brittany Jacobson, $1,750, Reagan Hoezee, $500. “I am thankful to God for Russ

both judges of the films. CU was also one of the sponsors of the event. “Think of it like a 24 hour film, but spread out across four days,” Lyons said of the event. “Day one was a screenwriting workshop. We had actors and a location locked and attendees worked with a local screenwriting professor to write a five-page script. Day two was a storyboarding workshop, where attendees storyboarded the script. Day three was a 12-hour production day, where we shot the script with local and regional professionals. We handed the footage off to two different editors that night and on day four, we screened their rough cuts.” The production workshop was

open to the public to educate people about film production. The workshop focused on scriptwriting, storyboarding and filming. “We’ve broadened our scope this year, drawing in downtown businesses and expanding our host venues—because building a vibrant filmmaking community requires economic development,” said Shaneberger. “By leveraging the strengths of each partner, the 2014 festival will draw national and international attention to the beauty and hospitality of our city.” For more information about film studies at Cornerstone, visit www.

Pulliam, associate editor of The Indianapolis Star, who has generously agreed to allow us to create this scholarship in honor and remembrance of his father, Eugene S. Pulliam,” Alan Blanchard, associate professor of journalism at CU, said. “And I’m excited for how this $5,000 scholarship will help a Cornerstone promising journalist who is preparing for his or her life calling as a truth-teller in the exciting and rapidly changing field of journalism and media.” The Journalism Department offers several other small scholarships. This new scholarship will not only be the largest available to CU journalism students, but it will bring the total of money offered through scholarships to $10,000. Rick Ostrander, provost at CU, lauded Blanchard’s ability to

make awards like the Promising Journalist Scholarship available to his students. “From my general level, Prof. Blanchard has been very active in cultivating donor interest in the journalism program,” Ostrander said. “He has a passion for making sure that students can afford to stay in school and finish their degrees.” Blanchard said many students have already expressed interest in being considered for this scholarship since the announcement. He informed journalism majors of its existence recently. The journalism scholarship is one of many available at Cornerstone to all majors. For more information about scholarship opportunities, visit financialaid.


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ornerstone University Athletics Department announced Wes Hudson and Heidi Walburg as the 2013-14 CU men’s and women’s senior athletes of the year. The annual award takes into account outstanding athletic achievement, academic performance, strong leadership and character. Hudson is a four-year member of the men’s basketball program. During his career as a Golden Eagle, Hudson received numerous conference and national accolades. The Wayland native was named to the All-WHAC 1st team three years


Wes Hudson


Katelyn Cousins

Jill Hendrickson

he title of All-American is the highest individual honor a player can receive in college athletics, and Cornerstone University basketball teams have three. Seniors Wes Hudson and Katelyn Cousins were named NAIA Division II first and second team All-Americans respectively, while sophomore Jill Hendrickson was selected as an honorable mention All-American. “It’s huge for our program,” women’s head coach Katie Mattera said. “There are many people that don’t think that good Christian

while being named WHAC Player of the Year his senior year. He was honored three times as an NAIA AllAmerican highlighted by his firstteam honor this past year. Hudson holds a handful of Cornerstone men’s basketball records including fifth alltime career scorer with 2,036 points. The three-year captain ranks second at CU in career free throw percentage (.887) and fifth in career three-pointers made (236) and career assists (412) during his 136 games played. Head Men’s Basketball Coach Kim Elders and Hudson’s teammates have honored him as the team MVP three years and the best defender two years. “Wes is a once in a lifetime player and we are grateful and blessed to have him in our program for four years,” Elders said. “He’s one of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached at CU. He’s also one of the best leaders we’ve ever had in our program. Everyone on our team, the

girls or universities can compete athletically. Having All-Americans proves that we can love the Lord and compete to glorify Him in everything we do.” The honor topped off a successful season for Cousins, one that did necessarily appear like it would go in that direction. Before the season, she was told that her minutes would be cut and her starting spot was in the air—that same starting spot that she had held from the time she arrived on campus. “Basically, that motivated me to prove everyone wrong and give all I had this season and just prove it by example,” Cousins said. “I used that motivation to push me to succeed this season with the help of God’s will and glory, and of course the help of my teammates.” Hard work was also a key to Hendrickson raising her level of play to an All-American level. After suffering a critical injury her first year at CU, Hendrickson was forced to redshirt. This past summer Hendrickson dedicated herself to improving her skills as well as getting stronger. Following the conclusion of his senior season, Hudson is now able to count first team All-American among the numerous accolades he compiled over his four-year career. “When I came in as a freshman and saw the All-American board on the wall that was something that I told myself I wanted to be a part of before my career ended here,” Hudson said. “So to finally achieve that goal feels great.”

campus and throughout the WHAC respect Wes immensely. As far as Wes as a person, they don’t come any better. He’s left a mark on our program like few players have ever done. We won’t be able to replace him. We will miss him on the court as a terrific player but even more as an outstanding young man.” For the softball program, Walburg is a career .407 hitter. She played in 147 games, has 180 career hits including 30 doubles and 39 home runs. She has also driven in 150 runs. Defensively, she is also a tremendous player whether she is pitching, playing shortstop or third base. As a pitcher, she has 59 wins to her credit. She has struck out more than 430 hitters, while posting a career era of 2.56. Her best season as a pitcher was her junior season, when she went 20-3 with an era of 1.24. She held opposition hitters to a .199 batting avg. in last year’s campaign.


Walburg has been recognized for her great play on the field with many awards, including three offensive player of the year awards, three WHAC All-Conference team selections, an honorable mention spot on the NAIA All American team her freshman season, and a First Team All American Selection last season. She has also been named to numerous NFCA all-Region and AllAmerican teams. In the classroom she has excelled as well, being named twice to the WHAC AllAcademic team. “Heidi had a tremendous impact for the positive in our softball program,” said coach Jim Farrell. “She has been one of the most feared hitters in the conference all four years she played. While her skills and abilities were top notch, she continued to be humble and saw herself as just a part of the team. Her presence on and off the field will be greatly missed in years to come.”

CU Women’s Track & Field placed fourth at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships.



ornerstone University’s track & field program made its mark at the NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships, with the women’s team placing 4th overall with 49.5 points and two men bringing home individual national championships. Both feats were CU program records, and headlined a big weekend for the teams. The annual competition, held at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio on March 8 and 9, featured an 88team field, and CU’s men finished 12th overall with 24 points. Senior distance runner Louis Falland won the national championship for the mile run, finishing in 4 minutes, 6.45 seconds, later earning the runner-up spot last year. “I’ve been preparing for this specific race since last year when I came second in the same event at the same meet,” the Australian

athlete said. “But every workout and every run since I started running has been directed toward achieving as high a goal as I possibly can.” He ran the first 400 meters in 61 seconds, and knew he had to keep an eye on Matthew Clowe from Concordia University of Oregon. They battled for the whole race, but Falland inched ahead in the last 50 meters. As he finished, Clowe lost his balance and fell to the track. Falland said the win brings him a new level of excitement and confidence for the upcoming spring season, in the mile run as well as all the rest of his competitions. Cody Risch, also a senior, had a remarkable weekend for the CU team as well, taking the national championship for the men’s 3,000-meter race walk with a time of 11 minutes, 57.96 seconds. “For the men, having two national champions is something we’ve never done before in the same national meet,” Rod Wortley, director of cross-country and track & field, said. “ Several other CU athletes broke personal and school records. “Even our athletes who didn’t score in individual events set personal bests, which is hard to do under nationals pressure,” Wortley said.



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lex Tarnow recently graduated with a degree in business. Soon after, he’ll hit the ground running again, moving into a job as a financial control consultant at Northern Trust in Chicago. “New plans, new people, new place to live,” Tarnow, a double major in accounting and finance who anticipates a 3.8 cumulative college GPA, said. “All of it, I can’t wait.” Tarnow has stayed busy during his time at CU with a number of extracurricular activities. He has participated in the school’s branch of Enactus for the past three years. “I have served as the project leader for the social media team,” he said. “Basically, we invite local nonprofit

organizations to breakfast seminars where we help educate them on how to market, brand and grow their organizations through effective social media practices.” Enactus at CU has worked with the Salvation Army and Kids Food Basket. “Knowing that our team has helped an organization feed thousands of inner city kids is a pretty cool feeling,” Tarnow said of working with the organizations. Tarnow also spent time on the Student Advisory Council at CU, as well as the school’s Economic Stability Task Force. He said he won’t forget those experiences. He also joined the CU men’s tennis team when the program started back up in his sophomore year. Tarnow didn’t expect to play in college, but is glad he got the chance. “Some of my best friends are my teammates,” he said. “I’ve played sports my entire life, but have never been apart of a team where I actually

love and care about my teammates like I do here at Cornerstone. Balancing athletics and academics can be tough. Sometimes there are late nights. But really, I think it just comes down to hard work and planning.” Last year he won the ITA/Arthur Ashe Jr. Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and Arthur Ashe. The summa cum laude graduate also earned two scholarships for his academic work at CU last spring. “While it is nice to be recognized for your hard work, I view [awards] as a reminder that I am doing the right thing by using the talents that God has given me,” Tarnow said. He feels blessed for all the opportunities he has had. “I know not everyone has the opportunities that I have had and I feel truly blessed for that,” he said. He said he has appreciated the size of CU, which enabled him to

get to know his roommates and his business professors well. “Scott Morter has been more than just a professor to me,” said Tarnow. “I know for a fact he has taught me a lot about finance, but I think he has taught me even more about life. This last year, [President Joe] Stowell has been a blessing in my life as well.” Tarnow said he would advise college students to recognize the importance of their relationships with faculty members, with their peers and most importantly, with God. “Your relationship with God is the most important thing in the world,” he said. “If you’re not working for God, you are not working for anything good at all. I find an enormous of purpose – all my purpose – in knowing that all of my work – academic, athletic, relational, etc. – is done for God. If you don’t work for Him, you’re not working for anything eternal.”

The first Make it Rain event at Cornerstone this spring, a 5k race to raise funds for Living Water International to build wells, included a section for participants to run barefoot across campus.



ornerstone University held its first Make It Rain event on April 12. Make It Rain is ACT:S, a social

justice group on campus, substitute for a former event called Hoops for H20, which was supported by CU’s basketball teams. ACT:S is a partner of Living Water International to build wells with funds raised from this event. Cornerstone’s ACT:S hoped to raise $2,000 at the event. “We knew we wanted to do something athletic,” Brittany Jacobson, one of the leaders of ACT:S, said. ACT:S decided that Make It

Rain would primarily feature a 5K relay race for individuals and for teams with four members across Cornerstone’s campus. The race was comprised of four sections, two of which included running barefoot or carrying water on their shoulders. Because the 5K relay is split into four parts, each installment covered less than a mile. On April 11, ACT:S hosted a fundraising concert in the Corum featuring singer/songwriter, and Traverse City native, Jessica Hoover.

A speaker also talked about the issue of clean water and an acoustic worship band made up of CU students performed. For those not wanting to run, there was a donor page to help raise the goal of $2,000 to build the well. The site was hosted by, and donors could sponsor students who were running the 5K. For more information about upcoming ACT:S events, visit www.




s a part of its mission to go “beyond baseball,” the Cornerstone University baseball team went to Cuba on a mission trip during winter break. From Dec. 13 through Dec. 20, the

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players, coaches and guests of Global Baseball, a Christian organization specializing in using baseball as its platform to spread the Gospel, spent time doing home visitations, helping with house churches and running baseball clinics for kids. “We saw God do great things, not just in the Cuban people but in our players,” head coach Dave Mitroff said. “It was truly a life transforming experience.” Even with the language barrier, the group was able to develop relationships with the Cubans. For Mitroff, it was important to get to know the people beyond just their nationality.

“My personal highlights were really getting the chance to get to know the Cuban people as brothers and sisters in Christ. I think as Christians it’s easy to categorize people in different cultures by calling them ‘Cuban people’ but I think when you see how many real brothers and sisters there are in another culture, it becomes much more personal.” In addition to building relationships with individuals, the team broke into smaller groups to visit different house churches and do home visitations. Those who wanted to were given the opportunity to share their testimonies. Throughout the week, the team


was able to play baseball with the locals, both organized and spontaneous. Each day, half the team would split off and play games against former semi-professional and professional players. On the last day, while part of the team was running a clinic, a few guys found some locals playing pick-up baseball in the outfield. For two to three hours, the CU players played “sandlot style” baseball with rocks for bases, an oversized bat and a ball that had no cover. “It was a great end to the week and one of the most fun I have ever had playing baseball,” said Davis Martin, sophomore infielder.

Team members developed relationships through baseball games and home visits during their trip to Cuba.

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