Cedarville University News

  • Bookstore to Host Children’s Parade and Book Reading
  • Retired Studio Art Faculty Wins Prestigious Art Award
  • New Cabinet Appointments Position Cedarville for Growth

Bookstore to Host Children’s Parade and Book Reading

Cedarville University’s bookstore will host its third annual children’s Halloween parade and book reading on Friday, October 28, from 1-3 p.m. All community children are invited to attend the free event, which will take place in the Stevens Student Center.

Children are encouraged to come dressed in costumes, and they’ll participate in a parade on campus and enjoy a book reading, a fall-themed photo booth and refreshments. Disney’s “Frozen” character look-alikes Anna and Elsa will also make a special appearance.

“I’ve looked forward to planning the event because it provides a fun fall activity for local children,” said Hilary Slone, bookstore assistant manager and marketing and event coordinator.

Slone expects more than 50 children to attend the parade and book reading. The event gives the bookstore a great opportunity to connect with community families.


Retired Studio Art Faculty Wins Prestigious Art Award

James Mellick, a retired Cedarville University Professor of Studio Art, recently won a $200,000 grand prize for his art exhibition “Wounded Warrior Dogs” at ArtPrize, an international art competition, held annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

More than 1,450 artists from 44 different countries attended ArtPrize, but Mellick’s exhibit captured the attention of thousands of visitors. Mellick, of Milford Center, Ohio, won “People’s Choice Best in Show” and “Best in 3D” categories.

“Wounded Warrior Dogs” featured seven wooden dog sculptures, each representing their human companions wounded in battle. Mellick, motivated by compassion for wounded veterans, spent 14 months creating the dogs.

“In my limited and small way I wanted to pay tribute to the soldiers who served with great sacrifice by creating the sculptural allegory of wounded warrior dogs who were the soldier’s best friend and companion in battle,” Mellick said.

Mellick has sculpted other dogs in the past, but said that this project has been his most purposeful. He uses dogs to tell stories about their human counterparts.

“The response was overwhelming with gratitude and praise for presenting the subject,” stated Mellick. “There were many tears, handshakes and hugs from men and women, dog lovers and veterans.”

Mellick intends to use the “Wounded Warrior Dogs” exhibit to raise awareness about the sacrifice of wounded veterans and to encourage donations to local wounded veteran organizations.

The “Wounded Warrior Dogs” will be on display from Feb. 5 – March 26, 2017, at the Ohio Craft Museum in Columbus, Ohio.


New Cabinet Appointments Position Cedarville for Growth

Cedarville University has announced a new cabinet appointment and an organizational realignment designed to expand influence and to continue enrollment growth while positioning the institution for future expansion in graduate, adult and online programs. Dr. Scott Van Loo has been named vice president for enrollment management, and Dr. Janice Supplee has been named vice president for marketing and communications.

Sharing the news with the campus community, President Thomas White said, “This is an exciting day for Cedarville and another step forward in the growth of the institution. I am thankful for God’s clear leading and providential timing, bringing another quality member to the cabinet team and positioning Cedarville for expanded influence. Above all, with these moves, our goal is to advance Cedarville for the Word of God and the Testimony of Jesus Christ.”

Van Loo will lead the Enrollment Management division comprised of undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, financial aid and enrollment services. With 3,760 students enrolled this fall from 50 states and 61 countries, along with the recent full accreditation of its school of pharmacy and new graduate programs in ministry, nursing and business, Cedarville is poised for expansion.
A 1998 alumnus of Cedarville University who served as director of admissions at the University until 2009, Van Loo returns to Cedarville after holding cabinet-level positions at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, and most recently at Ashland University in Ohio. During his tenure at Ashland, Van Loo served as vice president of administration and strategic planning, executive vice president and vice president for enrollment management and marketing, leading that institution to growth in transfer and freshmen students, reducing its institutional discount rate and increasing graduate, adult and online enrollment. Van Loo holds a master’s degree from Wright State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.

“I am thrilled to return to my alma mater and for this opportunity to invest my skills and experience in an educational experience that advances Christ’s kingdom and equips students for professional excellence and Gospel impact,” said Van Loo.

The Marketing and Communications division, under the leadership of Supplee, will include public relations, web services and marketing. The division is charged with helping the University achieve its enrollment, advancement, ministry and visibility objectives through oversight of advertising, creative production, media relations, crisis communication, digital media, promotional events, internal and external communication, market research and publications. Supplee joined Cedarville in 1995 and has served as vice president for enrollment management and marketing since 2009. She holds a B.A. in communication from Cedarville University, an M.B.A. from Wright State University and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“This new role perfectly aligns with my professional experience and educational background,” said Supplee. “I’m excited to serve alongside Dr. Van Loo as he leads the enrollment team to new levels of growth, while also having the opportunity to engage more closely with other areas of the campus community on strategic marketing and communications initiatives. It is a privilege to be a part of what God is doing at Cedarville University.”

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