Inspire, Fall/Winter 2011

In celebration of God’s faithfulness, we’re preparing to mark 125 years of Cedarville’s influence in our community and in our world! Nearly 29,000 alumni have called Cedarville home before spreading out across the world to make a difference for Christ. I am humbled to think that God has allowed me to be one of those 29,000 and to spend almost a quarter of Cedarville’s existence serving Him here on campus. In nearly 30 years, as a student and staff member, I have been privileged to meet outstanding alumni who are innovators in their professions and in ministry. At homecoming this fall, we presented awards to just a few of these alumni who are doing “Beautiful Things” with their lives (page 37). Special thanks to Jay LeBlanc ’94 and Ryan ’07 and Mary (Thengvall) Rotman ’07 for leading worship during alumni week in chapel. Featured speakers were: Tom Chmura ’78, Kirk Belmont ’90, Taryn (Campbell) Hofert ’96, and our alumni of the year, Harry ’96 and Echo (Tuinstra) VanderWal ’98. You can hear their messages online at . Alumni relations is developing a printed 125th anniversary alumni directory. This comprehensive book will include everyone beginning with Cedarville’s first graduate, John Bickett, class of 1897. Watch for emails and postcards next spring with information about how you can be involved in this special project. Even now, God is directing the steps of students who will define Cedarville’s next 125 years. More than 3,300 of them are already on our campus, taking online courses, or enrolled in graduate studies. And several hundred more have already applied for admission for next fall. It’s exciting to think about how God will use their talents and passions to live out the words of our alma mater: Oh, Cedarville, your call fulfill And to our God be true! Then we who truly seek His will And come to you May learn to shine for Him In all we do. Jeff Beste ’87 Director of Alumni Relations Help us get ready for the 125th anniversary alumni directory! Visit to update your alumni profile with your current contact information. Call or email our office if you need login information. 1-800-837-2566 Happy Birthday, Cedarville! 28 FALL/WINTER 2011 di rector ’s cha i r