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A student publication of Cornerstone University

Volume 45, Issue 20 | Friday, April 11, 2014

CU’s new CFO to start on July 1 By Nick Mulder

Staff Writer

GRAND RAPIDS – Cornerstone 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. “My goal is to lead the fiscal operations of the university in a way which builds for the future upon the strong foundation of the past and the progress of the present.” “I am eager to assist students in realizing the potential and plans God has for them as they influence the world

Dee Mooney Chief Financial Officer, USW for Jesus Christ,” she 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. “More importantly, we were drawn to the evidence that the mission is the foundation of the decision making process at Cornerstone. 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,” Stow-

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Theological Seminary enrollment increases by 5 percent By Brittany Jacobson

Assistant Managing Editor

Amanda Vasicek/The Herald

GRTS: Enrollment increased five percent over the last year at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand 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 highquality 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 successes have contributed to the increase 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 2012-2013 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.

Career Services transition ahead as associate dean to retire By Garret Craig

Managing Editor

GRAND RAPIDS – John Warren, associate dean of Career Services, will retire May 31 after the completion of his 17th full academic year at Cornerstone University. “He’s one of those individuals who is content to work hard for the institution without being in the spotlight,” Rick Ostrander, provost, said, citing Warren’s consistency, dedication and diligence. “He has helped countless students secure internships and jobs after graduation. Cornerstone University and its students are better off because of his service here.” Gerald Longjohn, vice president for Spiritual Formation, announced Warren’s impending departure March 26 in a letter to the CU community, posted to Eagle’s Nest. “I have deeply appreciated John’s investment in our department and his dedicated service to our students and alumni.

John Warren Associate Dean of Career Services John has also stepped in to provide transitional leadership in a variety of capacities over the last few years and his background in HR and career services has been invaluable as we have built our departmental team,” Longjohn wrote, adding he and his wife, Kris, have served as a wonderful example of faithfulness to the cause of Christ. Warren holds a master’s

degree in human resource development from Western Michigan University, on top of a bachelor’s degree in communication and physical education from Central Michigan University. He has a background in high school teaching and coaching. “My real goal was to be a college professor, but when this opportunity came up, I thought, ‘Hey, it’s going to get me on a college campus,’” he said of coming to CU. His job description since then has included helping students and alumni discover their vocational calling, jobs and internships, as well as developing their resumes and interview skills. He received two Outstanding Service Awards from CU, one each in 2003 and 2005. “Working with the students, both in the classroom and as a career adviser, has probably been the best part of the job – the most rewarding part,” Warren said, adding that the ultimate satisfaction was helping


students get hired. “It’s always been about the students.” Warren said he has appreciated the focus of the university in his time here, which has been sending students out to make a difference in the world for Christ, especially since the arrival of Joe Stowell as president. He noted all positive changes since 17 years ago. “I think that the whole atmosphere has certainly continued to be a positive one through the years, and continued to be a good place to work for me,” Warren said. He said there have been challenges, but no real negatives over the years at CU. Warren said he plans to spend most of his extra time with his family, which includes his three grandchildren, all of whom reside, conveniently, in the Grand Rapids area. Longjohn also announced the creation of a Center for Career and Life Calling, which will take over responsibility for career placement and internships

after this school year. “As a university preparing graduates for cultural influence, we want to do more to equip our students to be successful in a career or graduate school upon their departure from CU. Our goal is to educate students to understand their unique calling in life, and to develop relationships with organizations in West Michigan and beyond that will provide career opportunities for our graduates,” Ostrander said of moving career services under academic leadership. Longjohn wrote that the Center for Career and Life Calling was a byproduct of strategic initiatives proposed by a CU study, Long Run in the Right Direction, last year. The center also means the creation of a new position, dean of career and life calling, for which CU will conduct a national search. Ostrander said the school hopes to find an experienced, entrepreneurial career services professional with vision and passion for the job.


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On-campus blood drive coming on April 14 Michigan Blood will be on campus Monday, April 14, for a spring blood drive. They will have two busses parked outside the Bernice Hansen Athletic Center. Cornerstone University Health Services will be outside the cafeteria on April 1, 8, and 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for donation sign-ups. Students may also call Health Services at 222-1441 to schedule donation times. Each person who signs up will receive a coupon for a free large one-topping pizza from Papa John’s.

Business division to host special chapel event The Cornerstone University Division of Business will host its “Our Father’s Business” chapel and presentation of awards and scholarships on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Gainey Conference Center. Skot Welch, president and founder of Global Bridgebuilders, will speak. He is recognized as a leader in utilizing the principles of global quality standards for the development and implementation of sustainable, systematic and measurable innovation through inclusion initiatives. He has also been on the CU Board of Trustees since October of 2010.

Concerts coming soon at Matthews concert hall Matthews Performing Arts Center will host three concerts next week. Chorale will sing April 13 at 7 p.m., Symphonic Winds will play April 15 at 7 p.m., under the direction of CU music education students, and the Contemporary Christian Music program of Cornerstone University will concertize, featuring Red Letter Edition, on April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Study Abroad program moves to single deadline To assist students in planning ahead, the Cornerstone University Study Abroad program will move to a single deadline for all semester study abroad programs. For the 20152016 academic year, they will accept applications on March 1 for both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters. Students will not need to be approved by the sponsoring program by that date, but will apply to reserve a space and be eligible for financial aid. Questions can be directed to Emily Johnston, global opportunities coordinator.

Warriors for Christ Karate club meets each Tuesday The Cornerstone University Karate club is open to all Cornerstone students, faculty, staff and family. Classes are from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the aerobics room every Tuesday. The cost for the club will be $40 per month. All classes will be instructed by Sensei Kirk Steward, who also instructs CU karate courses. Everyone from the newest beginner to the most advanced student is welcome to join the Warriors For Christ Karate club and pursue training in the Martial Arts.


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