Torch, Summer 1980

New Development Officer On Monday, April 7, Mr. Charles Ross began his duties as Director of Develop– ment, replacing Rev . Lee Turner. Mr. Ross' last three years were spent as Director of Development for the Old Time Gospel Hour in Lynchburg, Virginia. Respon– sibilities included raising funds for Liberty Baptist Col– lege, Thomas Road Baptist Church, and the television broadcast. Charles Ross was raised in Kane, Pennsylvania, and was graduated from Penn State University in 1957 with a B.S. degree i n agricultural economics and rural sociology. After graduation, he served as Assistant County Agent for Penn State University. In 1961 he became a County 4-H Agent for the University of Connec– ticut. In 1967 he took the position of Assistant Director of Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. Other positions held include Director of Development at Trumbull Memorial Hospital , Warren, Ohio; and Vice Presi– dent of Development, Aurora College, Aurora, Illinois. In June 1977, he went to Lynchburg . Mr. Ross sees Cedarville as an opportunity to use his professional training at a col – lege that is standing true to the Word of God. He enjoys the warmth and sincerity of the students here. The immediate projects that confront the develop– ment director are funding for the Athletic / Academic Center and long-range funding . He believes Cedar– ville College is one of the "best kept secrets in America," and he plans to get the story about Cedarville College out to places where funding is possible. Mr. Ross and wife Martha have two daughters, Sandi, 17, and Sara, 14. North Central Accreditation In 1975, Cedarville College was granted full accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools subject to a five-year review. On April 21-23, 1980, the North Central team was again on campus to see if the college was maintaining the school's high standards. The team included a college president, an administrator, and two professors. In preparation for this visit, the Cedarville faculty and staff completed an extensive self-study. It states the mission of the college and the ways in which the school is accomplishing these purposes. To validate this, the team from North Central carefully looked over the facilities, faculty, staff, finances, and achievement of objectives. Preliminary indications are that the team will recommend that full accreditation be continued with a review in seven years. The final decision will come later in the summer. 3 Grand Rapids Alumni Meet To the 72 alumni, spouses, and friends who came together in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on April 13, it only seemed to be a warm, informal time of fellowship. But, in fact, it was a record– setting event. This was the largest off-campus Cedarville alumni gathering ever. Jim Engelmann, the alumni council chairman, drove to the meeting from Flint, Michigan, and the Abundant Life Singers came all the way from the college. The meeting was held at the Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary as alumni traveled from Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Muskegon, and other less-distant cities. The program consisted of music by the students, a glimpse at the most recent student recruitment media, an alumni and campus news update, and plenty of good conversation over cake and coffee. Dan ('69) and Suzie (O'Shell '68) Stevens, who hosted the event, challenge alumni in other cities to "get with it" and do social organizing. A few phone calls, a little planning, and a mailing from the alumni office may be all that it would take to accept the challenge of the Grand Rapids area alumni. Even if your attempt is not a record-breaker, friendships will be renewed, your awareness of Cedarville's progress will be increased, and the Alumni Association will have gone one step further in fulfilling its purpose. Captain Loren Reno Receives Air Force Honor Captain Loren Reno ('70) of the 450th Flying Training Squadron of Mather Air Force Base, Air Training Command, received two honors recently. Captain Reno, the executive officer to the base commander, is one of 70 captains selected for the fiscal year 1981 Air Staff Trai ning program. After August 1981 he will serve at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Legislative Affairs. He will be able to participate in the decision making process which formulates Air Force policy. Captain Reno was honored a second time by being named Air Training Command Instructor Navigator of the Year. A native of Ohio, the captain has a civilian teaching background. He instructed C-130 flight crews at Clark Air Base in the Philippines from 1975 to 1978, and he was an instructor in the Undergraduate Navigator Training program at Mather AFB. Captain Reno and wife Karen (Chrestensen '74) and daughter Rachel are looking forward to their tour of duty in Washington, D.C. ANNUAL FUND 1979-1980 $76 108 Jan . Feb. '80 Mar . $80,000 Goal Apr. May June