Continued stories of adoptee perspectives
by Maggie Walker
**Below are the continued stories of adoptees from the article “Adoptees share perspectives onTransracial Adoption”
Gaby Bush was adopted from Guatemala as a baby.
When she was four years old, she went back to Guatemala with her mom to adopt her younger brother. She doesn’t remember a lot of the trip because she was too young, but she got another opportunity to go back on a Cedarville mission trip. During the mission trip, Bush found and met her biolog...
Cedarville University’s Diversity Book Clubs promote reflection and open conversation
by Noah Tang
In the picture from left to right: Marielle Payton, Annaliese Miller, Caleb Forehand, Meghan Wells, Jayla Martin, Ella Clay, Senait Scheie, Elizabeth Dunham, Jessie Thomas, Kailee Harris, Professor Carolyn Barnett, Noah Tang, Grace Gregory.
As part of its commitment to the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ, Cedarville University strives to attain the correct understanding of Kingdom Diversity. To that end, the University has undertaken several initiatives to ...
Cedarville’s Christian worldview sets it apart in the sports world
by Avonlea Brown
On a typical afternoon, the halls of the Callan Athletic Center are filled with students. They are on the way to the gym for practice, to the weight room, or coming from the locker rooms after a team meeting. Students that pass one another offer encouraging remarks, a brief ‘hello,’ and give a friendly high-five before moving on.
There is always a faint smell of sweat, the sound of sneakers on the gym floor can be heard echoing around the building, and every once in ...
Cross guides student-athletes in position he never expected as athletic director
by Alan Brads
Growing up deep in Steelers country in Northwest Virginia, Chris Cross gravitated toward sports and never looked back.
"We had a hoop in our driveway where I used to play with my brother," Cross said. “He would beat me like a drum every time, but I still remember when I finally beat him and realized I was pretty good.”
But as a fifth grader playing basketball in the driveway, he never dreamed that his passion would make him an athletic director at a Division II ...
Adoptees share perspectives on transracial adoption
By Maggie Walker
(photo provided by Maggie walker) From left to right: Jean Walker(maggies mom), Joseph Mattackal(Maggie’s fiancè), Maggie Walker, David Walker(Maggie’s Dad), and Maggie’s siblings Holly, Lilly and Ben.
My surname, Walker, has Scottish origins, but I’m not Scottish. My current surname is not the only one I’ve held because I’m adopted. Before I was adopted, my surname was Yi, the surname given to me by the Chinese orphanage. I was adopted at 12 months and ...
Dr. White celebrates 10 years serving Cedarville University
by Kathryn McDonald
“God is faithful. We can trust Him.”
These words, spoken by Dr. Thomas White in many chapel messages to the student body of Cedarville University, resonate with his goal to see students leave Cedarville equipped with the tools they need to flourish. It starts with this foundational truth: God is faithful.
This academic year marks the 10th anniversary of White’s service as President of Cedarville University. His time here has been filled with many opportunit...
Ronni Kurtz pours his life’s work into teaching his students
by Chris Karenbauer
Dr. Ronni Kurtz is one of Cedarville University’s newest Bible professors. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Kurtz, his wife Kristen and their daughter Finley live in Cedarville, Ohio where Kurtz teaches at Cedarville University as a Theology professor.
“There are many things that attracted me to Cedarville University,” Kurtz said, “but one of the most important was simply the strength of the curriculum and the strength of the students here at CU. I love ...
The life of Brenda Reid: Genealogies brought Brenda Reid closer to her family and their history of faith
by Marielle Payton
Brenda Reid is the Director of International Student Services. Well-beloved by international, missionary kids and “third culture kid” students, she manages and oversees “everything international students.” But she also has a secret specialty; she has an avid interest in history and has been doing personal genealogy research for over 15 years.
Through her research, she uncovered an inspiring story of faithfulness. From fleeing religious persecution to planting ...
Title IX celebrates its 50th anniversary: Gender equality came to athletics in 1972
by Chris Karenbauer
Teresa Clark, Cedarville University’s Faculty Athletic Representative, was a student athlete when Title IX was implemented 50 years ago. She played volleyball as a student, and then she returned to Cedarville as the head coach for the volleyball team.
Title IX of the Education Amendments was adopted in 1972 to end sex discrimination. According to the Department of Education, Title IX “protects people from discrimination based on sex in education programs or ...
Life is a Highway: The Galkin Kids Growing up on the Road
By: Maggie Fipps
From left to right: Anna Grace, Elli, Will, Christy, William, David, and Lily Galkin
“They’ll be here in five minutes!” Christy Galkin warns from the front of the trailer.
Anna Grace, William, Lily, David and Eliana Galkin frantically clean up their personal five-square feet of living space, tidying the bunk, throwing underwear in a drawer, and bumping into each other to wipe down the bathroom. Their home sways a bit as they scramble to make themselves present...